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APME Update, Dec. 15, 2015
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APME UPDATE  Dec. 15, 2015 

 

 

SAVE THE DATE 

Jan. 21 – NewsTrain in Lexington, Ky.

April 9 – NewsTrain in Lincoln, Nebraska

May 6-7 – NewsTrain in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Date TBA – NewsTrain in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Sept. 12-15 00 ASNE-APME Conference, Philadelphia

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AP: Global grocer supply chains tied to slave-peeled shrimp

The Associated Press is reporting that poor migrant workers and children are being sold to factories in Thailand and forced to peel shrimp that ends up in global supply chains, including those of Wal-Mart and Red Lobster, the world's largest retailer and the world's largest seafood restaurant chain. The AP’s investigation found nearly 100 Burmese laborers were trapped, most working for almost nothing, at the Gig Peeling Factory in Samut Sakthon. They spent 16 hours a day with their aching hands in ice water, ripping the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp. One girl was so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table. Some workers had been there for months, even years. Always, someone was watching. More than 2,000 trapped fishermen have been freed this year as a result of an ongoing Associated Press investigative series into slavery in the Thai seafood industry. The reports also have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars' worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws.

Read more:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8f64fb25931242a985bc30e3f5a9a0b2/ap-global-supermarkets-selling-shrimp-peeled-slaves

 

Deadline Dec. 21 for diversity scholarships to Lexington, Kentucky, NewsTrain

Dec. 21 is the deadline to apply for a diversity scholarship to attend Lexington, Kentucky, NewsTrain on Jan. 21. Journalists, journalism educators and journalism students from diverse backgrounds are eligible. Those chosen will have their $75 registration fee waived. Sessions include maximizing social media for branding and reporting, getting started with data-driven enterprise reporting, and shooting compelling smartphone video. Trainers include Daniel Victor, senior staff editor of The New York Times; Kathy Kieliszewski, visuals director of the Detroit Free Press; and Linda J. Johnson, former computer-assisted reporting coordinator for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Discounted $109 hotel rooms are available. Apply for scholarships or register at http://bit.ly/LexingtonNewsTrain.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: SUMMARY OF IMPACT JOURNALISM FROM PAST WEEK

 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Cancer drug okayed without proof it extends life

Seattle Times: How Microsoft moves profits offshore to cut its tax bill.

Austin American-Statesman: University employees abused access to tickets

Baltimore Sun: Housing policies still pin poor in Baltimore, but some escape

Indianapolis Star: Computer glitch may have caused test score errors

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Warnings about prison doctor unheeded

Miami Herald: Sex, corruption and cover-up in nation’s largest prison for women

Sun Sentinel: Cuban tourists who never leave U.S. get easy immigration path

San Diego Union-Tribune: Monsanto lawsuits unnerve corporate America

San Francisco Chronicle: Video spurs police reforms, but skeptics doubtful

Dallas Morning News: Drugged to death in a dental chair

Arizona Daily Star: Tucson border police check many, few deported

Sacramento Bee: Desalination will help ease water crunch but cost is high

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Turner, Gottlieb

 

OPEN RECORDS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Watchdog calls rules cited by Walker administration improper

U. Iowa president hires media consultant with ties to regent

Grand jury declines to indict Tennessee House GOP whip

City denies request for body camera recording from Wichita police shooting

Open records lawsuit against Alabama sheriff set for trial May 5

UK-affiliated medical foundation: Records should stay closed

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Journalists behind bars: 2015 report highlights China, Egypt

Free Press parent opens D.C. bureau

Publisher of Erie Times-News, website selling to New Media

China's Alibaba pays $266M for influential HK newspaper

Las Vegas Review-Journal owner: Paper sold for $140 million

Rupert Murdoch's UK papers won't face phone hacking charges

Newspaper columnist injured when Iowa State fans storm court

Newspaper finds 85 dental patient deaths in Texas since 2010

Globo secures Olympic TV rights in Brazil through 2032

Trump's Muslim proposal makes for electric TV moments

Lawmakers want social media companies to report terrorists

World Trade Center incentives mulled for News Corp., Fox

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IN MEMORIAM: Schweid

 

 

 

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