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APME Update: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012
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Dec. 20, 2012


Feb. 1 & 2, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

What's in your newsroom?

Each week, we will feature a photo from among our newsrooms, broadcast outlets and journalism educators. Send a shot of your crew, your favorite newsroom art, etc., to APME Update. Tell us a little about the shot and we'll feature you in APME Update and on our Facebook page.

Election night at The News Leader in Staunton, VA, submitted by Executive Editor David Fritz.

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Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 — already, four members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

APME's 2013 conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis

APME will hold its 80th annual conference in Indianapolis Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. For this special anniversary gathering, we will return to Indiana, home of the very first conference in 1933.

Watch APME Update for more information in the months to come.

APME to celebrate NewsTrain's 10th anniversary

The Associated Press Media Editors is launching a special fundraising campaign in support of NewsTrain’s 10th anniversary year in 2013.

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Welcome NewsTrain to your area: Apply for a 2013 host site

APME's popular NewsTrain program is seeking host sites for 2013.

Our national traveling workshop will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year and needs enthusiastic hosts with venues that can hold 100+ attendees.

More information and an application can be found at

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• AP: Is gun debate on the horizon?
• Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio community leaders defend mayor’s courts, ticket writing
• South Florida Sun Sentinel: After probe, cities stop cops from leaving work early
• The Orlando Sentinel: Florida rivers are in crisis
• The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Food recalls up due to better testing
• The Columbus Dispatch: Federal student loans ‘monsters of debt’ for borrowers

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Jessica Hill

The horrifying shooting that left 20 children among 27 dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School would have tested the emotions of the most hardened photographer, much less someone who had been AP's go-to freelancer in Connecticut for just a couple of years.

For Jessica Hill, it was personal. She was born and raised in Connecticut, and she was dismayed by the in-your-face behavior of some of her competitors who descended on her home state to cover the nation's second-deadliest school shooting.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Melinda Deslatte

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate, has campaigned on transparency and blue-chip ethics in government. But when statehouse correspondent Melinda Deslatte beheld the reality behind Jindal’s claims of transparency, she uncovered a great story.

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• Lehigh Valley Media gets new publisher, president
• NY Times jumps into mini digital book market
• Staff at Ohio newspaper looks to protect jobs
• Virginia judge bars media from teen rape hearing
• Aspen newspaper sues for police documents

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AND FINALLY … Money helps digitize newspaper tied to Lincoln

A grant of nearly $33,000 will fund continued work to digitize a Springfield, Ill., newspaper that was key to Abraham Lincoln's political career.

The money from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation will allow the "Papers of Abraham Lincoln" project to continue work that started earlier this year.

More issues of the Sangamo Journal will soon be available for free with searchable text through the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of Illinois.

The newspaper was forerunner to today's Springfield newspaper, The State Journal-Register.

The Journal supported Lincoln and other members of the Whig Party and later backed Republican Lincoln in his rise to prominence.

Great Ideas

GateHouse Media Missouri
Joyce Miller, editor

There are as many as 100,000 active missing people cases at any given time in the United States. While a lot of those will be resolved, many families never find any answers.A project by central Missouri GateHouse Media newspapers looked at missing people across a five-county area, with graphics broken down by location, age and years reported missing. The story included descriptions of 19 local people who were reported missing and never found.

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