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The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for April 8, 2010 | Become an APME Member

In this issue:

Don't Miss It: APME Has a New Web Site
Online Credibility Webinar
Smart Phones for Smart Journalists – ONA Workshop
NewsTrain: Sept. 23-24 in Nashville, Tenn.
AP Launching Regional Investigative Teams
AP Changing Style on State Abbreviations
We Want Your Great Ideas
APME Update Needs Your Help
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP's Beat of the Week: Matt Sedensky of Miami
Editors in the News
Industry News
Business of News
Awards/Scholarships: New APME Award
AP Corporate Archives Offers Booklet for State Meetings on War Risks
Great Ideas CD Also Good Giveaway
In Memoriam: Jerald terHorst
And Finally…. U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating cartoonist Bill Mauldin

Dates to Note:

April 9, ONA Workshop
April 15, Online Credibility Webinar
June 18, APME Contest Deadline
Sept. 23-24, NewsTrain in Nashville, Tenn.



The Associated Press Managing Editors has launched on a new platform, hosted by It offers greater interactivity, membership management and an easy-to-use content management system.

New features include embedded video training libraries, wiki-type articles for editors to add to the discussion, an online payment processor and user profiles. There are easy links to APME's twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. The calendar function makes it simple to see what training opportunities are ahead and to check on upcoming award and conference deadlines.

We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on the new site at ymlink=206786&finalurl=http% 3A%2F%2Ftinyurl%2Ecom% 2Fapmefeedback

WHEN NEWS BREAKS, will your newsroom be ready to make the tough calls?


Thursday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m. ET

For information and to register, click here **

** APME members may use an access code to register for $9.95. Watch for the code in emails to members.

Don't just be the first to break local news - ensure that your readers get credible stories. Learn best practices in managing tough decisions when publishing breaking news via online or mobile. Confront issues of credibility and ethics. Know the importance of aligning your newsroom's standards with the expectations of your readers. And understand how digital delivery affects traditional news standards and values, and how to manage your newsroom moving forward.

Editor of the Sioux City Journal, Mitch Pugh, will discuss the results of the APME Online Credibility Project and the Sioux City Journal: Breaking News Without Breaking Trust. He'll explain why and how the Sioux City Journal developed an ethics policy devoted to breaking news, and guide you to create your own.

Participants will learn:

  • How to identify credibility and ethical issues editors grapple with in breaking news situations
  • How to explore issues that might crop up in a real-life breaking news situation
  • Learn about the kind of decision making online breaking news require
  • Learn what kind of critical questions you need to answer in order to create your own online breaking news policy

REGISTER TODAY for Smart Phones for Smart Journalists

Online News Association workshop created with the help of APME board member Jack Lail from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

April 9, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., John Seigenthaler Center, Freedom Forum, Nashville, Tenn.

Click here for more information and registration.

REGISTER TODAY for NewsTrain / Nashville in September

Can you find $50 in the budget? Pay for NewsTrain now, while you have the money.

APME and Freedom Forum will host a NewsTrain workshop Sept. 23-24 at the John Seigenthaler Center, Freedom Forum, Nashville, Tenn.

Attend both days, or pick a day/pick a track. Registration costs $50 for one or both days.

Program highlights:


Track 1: The Nimble Leader

  • Helping Reporters to Develop Their Beats / Jacqui Banaszynski
  • The Skeptical Editor / Jacqui Banaszynski
  • Covering the New America / Bobbi Bowman
  • Creating a Constructive Culture / Ronnie Agnew

Track 2: The Evolving Journalist

  • Coaching Writers and Planning Content for Multiple Media / Michael Roberts
  • Great Ways to Tell Stories With Data / Patrick Beeson
  • Ethical Decision-Making – Social Media and Breaking News / Banaszynski and Roberts

Third Rail / Extra Jolt

  • Coaching Narrative Storytelling / Jacqui Banaszynski
  • A course for educators: Journalism Class Exercises that Work

Journalism educators and college media advisers may apply
for awards to attend the Nashville NewsTrain.

Click here for more information about McCormick Awards for the Nashville NewsTrain.


AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes announced the launch of four regional investigative teams to produce ground-breaking, exclusive journalism.

From his memo to AP staff:

"In today's world of tweets and sound bites, it's easy to lose sight of journalism's essential role in holding governments and institutions accountable. In fact, investigative journalism has never been more important or more vital than it is today, a fact repeatedly driven home by the attention and play generated by our best AP Impact enterprise. All of our studies of how our content is used – and this includes text and video and interactives and photos – show that there is a hunger for the exclusive. A desire for news we break!

"Today, AP is making a significant commitment to this kind of journalism by creating four regional investigative teams to complement our existing national and Washington based investigative reporting operations. These teams, tapping some of AP's best reporters and editors, will serve as a resource for AP journalists across the country, an engine for producing ground-breaking, exclusive journalism that is important to millions.

"Each team will include specialists in computer-assisted reporting, public records access, Flash interactives, and good old-fashioned source reporting. Training money is going toward further building these skills among the team members. The teams will work closely with our video producers to make sure our exclusive journalism is designed from the beginning to work on all our platforms.”


The Associated Press is changing its style on state abbreviations and Canadian cities to create a consistent and universal style for international and domestic use. Starting May 15, the proper style will be to spell out the names of U.S. states in all stories and datelines where a city is followed by a state name. SACRAMENTO, Calif., for example, will become SACRAMENTO, California. We also will drop the practice of including names of Canadian provinces in datelines. We will instead use Canada. VANCOUVER, British Columbia, for example, will become VANCOUVER, Canada.


We are accepting submissions for APME's 2010 "Great Ideas” book. What's a great idea?

It can be a new concept for print or online, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your newspaper to show off great work and to help fellow editors by providing ideas that might work in their markets. APME is again focusing on watchdog stories — big and small — because of the difference they can make in the community.

Our "Great Ideas” Web site allows you to quickly submit entries (150-word limit) and upload a picture (.jpg, .pdf) that accompanies the Great Idea. When the Great Ideas page opens, click on the "Submit Your Great Idea!” link and input the entry. The process is simple, quick and painless.

If you have questions, contact Kurt Franck, executive editor of The (Toledo) Blade or Terry Orme, managing editor news/business at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Kurt: 419-724-6163,
Terry: 801-257-8727,


Please send links to your best impact reporting — whether of the watchdog variety or a look at stimulus spending — or to any other subject you would like to share with other editors. Please e-mail the link to


The Associated Press reported that inmates convicted of violent crimes are among those being freed early from California jails to save money, despite lawmakers' promises that they would exclude most dangerous prisoners and sex offenders. An Associated Press review of inmate data shows that some of the freed criminals were convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly. The early release program specifically forbids authorities from freeing prisoners convicted of about 150 crimes such as rape and murder. But any offense that is not specifically listed qualifies for release, and individual counties can then decide who gets out. hostednews/ap/article/ ALeqM5iGbkP7pNr4yedct5oNesQlhi YxxwD9EPQ2980

The Associated Press reported the Pentagon is pouring millions of dollars into equipment and training for its smaller partner nations in the Afghanistan war, a new effort that could encourage some countries not to abandon the increasingly unpopular conflict. The money comes from a $350 million Pentagon program designed to improve the counterterrorism operations of U.S. allies. While the funding cannot be openly used as an enticement for NATO nations to either send troops to Afghanistan or keep them in the country, the budding initiative sends the message that those who commit to the counterinsurgency fight could be rewarded. dist/custom/gci/InsidePage. aspx?cId=tennessean&sParam= 38057510.story

The Associated Press reported that when Cliff Lee of the Seattle Mariners decided he didn't have time for another abdominal strain, the pitcher chose an unusual treatment in which his blood was drawn, then a solution created from it injected back into his body. The technique, known as platelet-rich plasma injection therapy, has become trendy among top athletes -- even though there's doubt in the medical community about whether it works. "It's helped a lot of athletes speed up their healing process," said Lee, who had the treatment on March 19. "I'm hoping it does the same for me." A recent study in the Netherlands found the treatment was no better than a placebo, the kind of conclusion reached about more common alternative therapies like ginkgo biloba (for memory) and glucosamine (arthritis) by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. other_sports/articles/2010/04/ 04/doubts_cast_about_trendy_ sports_medicine_therapy/?rss_ sports+news

The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World report the state of Oklahoma makes tens of millions of dollars selling personal information about people that some lawmakers and labor organizations want kept secret for government employees. At least $65 million has been made in the past five years from the sale of millions of motor vehicle records that include birth dates and other personal information of all state drivers, Department of Public Safety records show. A private company has collected about $15 million conducting most of those transactions on behalf of the state, records show. As a result, birth dates and other personal information flow freely on a daily basis to insurance companies, employment screening services, government agencies, attorneys, individuals and more. brings-in-millions-by-selling- personal-data/article/3451253

The Oklahoman
discovered that an Oklahoma lawmaker pushing a bill to close off public access to the dates of birth of government workers previously carried another bill that quietly opened up the home addresses of state workers to a labor organization that represents state workers. Addresses of government workers are confidential information under state law. The labor organization later gave the lawmaker an improper campaign donation and also named him "Legislator of the Year" for providing the addresses, which were used for mailings to recruit members. 3449654?searched=John%20Estus& custom_click=search and 3449649?searched=John%20Estus& custom_click=search

The Detroit Free Press assembles all the proposals for the revival of Detroit, a city in trouble but also a place brimming with hope for tomorrow. Looking at all the plans and dreams advanced in recent months, the city of 2020 looks dramatically different than it looks today: smaller, smarter, greener, more mobile, with more job opportunities -- and once again the pounding heart of a metropolitan region. Pipe dreams? Not to a new group of city leaders who vow to reject business as usual. Not to grant-making foundations that are aligned as never before in an urgent, coordinated effort to turn decades of daydreams into something real -- and soon. Not to anybody in Michigan who recognizes that a state with its largest city in deep trouble is a state in deep trouble. 20100404/OPINION01/4040518/ What-Detroit-could-be-in-10- years

The Houston Chronicle reports Federal officials have known for years that terrorists could use methods as dramatic as an aircraft attack or as mundane as a false shipping order to kill thousands of people and terrorize millions more by attacking chemical plants and refineries in the Houston area and across the nation. Yet almost a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has inspected just 12 of the 6,000 facilities that require special security measures. story.mpl/business/energy/ 6943880.html

The Las Vegas Review-Journal asks readers to look around most Las Vegas Valley neighborhoods where they'll see shattered pieces of the local housing market. As an epicenter of the nation's foreclosure crisis, Southern Nevada is now a crucial test ground for federal government efforts to stem at least some of the damage, to improve the plight of homeowners and neighborhoods as a means of helping the entire market. In the first of a two-part series, the newspaper welcomes readers to Cowboy Cross Avenue in North Las Vegas, where that test is well under way and, by all accounts, not getting passing grades. fortunes-rise-and-fall-for- one-north-las-vegas- neighborhood-89872532.html

The (Milwaukee) Journal Sentinel reports that criminals on the run in Wisconsin turn to family members to hide murder guns, bloody clothes, stolen loot and other evidence, but the family helpers can't be charged under a long-standing state law. Prosecutors across Wisconsin say the situation is common and hurts investigators' ability to solve serious crimes. About a dozen states have similar laws. But Wisconsin's version is among the most liberal, exempting more family members and allowing them to even plant false evidence without fear of prosecution. A bill that would remove the protection for family members and add more prison time for anyone breaking the law has stalled repeatedly in Madison over the past five years. "That's incredible," said Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association, of Wisconsin's law. "The people who typically engage in harboring are the very people exempted -- parents, spouses, children. . . . It begs the question: Why even have the statute?" milwaukee/89853102.html

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports the Great Recession is taking its toll nationwide on mass transit. Atlanta is considering a huge cut in bus and train service. Cleveland is trimming its operations Sunday. Chicago reduced its bus and train service in February. "It doesn't matter whether you're the biggest on the block or somewhere in between. All transit agencies are being impacted by this," said Ted Basta, chief of business support services at Atlanta's transit system. "Every single one." The St. Louis region has not been immune to these tight times. Metro made cuts last year — cuts that received such an outcry that the agency restored some of them. And it will now refloat an idea that was shot down by voters two years ago: a half-cent sales tax. Without the tax, the St. Louis region faces a significant loss of transit service beginning in June, Metro officials say. stltoday/news/stories.nsf/ stlouiscitycounty/story/ 1ABF34DBBEF12415862576FA0007AC EC?OpenDocument

The St. Petersburg Times reports it often starts with a call to a child abuse hotline, and just a few scraps of suspicion. A kid gets a bad grade at school and breaks down, afraid. A little girl shows up at day care with a possible cigarette burn. An intoxicated mother, baby in tow, crashes her car. A case is born, and so begins a fresh jitter in the stomach of an investigator — Allison Dingivin , or 100 other civilians like her in the child protective division of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, where endangered child referrals arrive at the rate of 1,000 a month. humaninterest/with-kids- safety-on-the-line-child- welfare-cant-be-wrong/1084714

The Burlington Free Press reports on what may be the last days if the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which feeds electricity across Vermont and the rest of New England. In the past month the prospect that it could close two years from now has grown more plausible than ever. In late February, as the source of radioactive tritium leaking from pipes into the ground water remained unclear, the state Senate voted against allowing the Public Service Board to rule on Vermont Yankee’s request to operate the plant for another 20 years after its license expires in March 2012. The seeping tritium was one issue. The fact company officials had told state officials those pipes didn’t exist was another. It's a decision supporters of the plant hope will be reversed next year. In the meantime, many people — the employees who work at Vermont Yankee, the bar owner who serves them burgers across the road, those with a say in where Vermont gets its electric power — have to ponder the possibility of life without Vermont Yankee.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports taxpayers spent more than $416,000 last year to send 156 police officers, clerks and other city employees to college. Many classes obviously relate directly to the employees' work, but not all. An Enquirer review of reimbursements for 2009 found, among others, police officers pursuing degrees in biology, liberal arts, medical assisting, medical transcription, sports management and biblical studies; a clerk/typist in the law department taking computer and electronic engineering technology at ITT Tech, a fleet services mechanic working on his accounting degree, a Metropolitan Sewer District painter taking Hispanic/Latino influences ($1,584) from the University of Findlay for a degree in environmental health and safety and a police officer taking History of Jews in North America ($1,159) for a liberal arts degree from Xavier University. apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/ 20100405/NEWS01/4040356/

The Columbus Dispatch says this much is beyond dispute: Tickets alone will cover less than half the cost of running trains among Ohio's major cities, so taxpayers will be on the hook for millions of dollars in subsidies each year. What's less clear is how much taxpayers will need to pony up to keep the trains running. Or where the money will come from. Or what would happen if the state decided to discontinue the subsidy. In its successful application for federal stimulus money to start passenger train service linking Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, the state said the rail service would need a subsidy of $12.7 million a year. Ohio Department of Transportation officials reached that sum after concluding that the route would lose money at a rate of 16.1 cents for each mile that a passenger travels.

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The Modesto Bee reports vacant storefronts, abandoned homes and shuttered schools tell the story of the economy in the Northern San Joaquin Valley: This is the new normal. People are beginning to look at the 3-year-old economic downturn as a permanent condition rather than a storm to be weathered. Modesto is looking at $8 million in cuts this year from its $106 million general fund, the money that pays for essential services such as police, fire and parks, Mayor Jim Ridenour said. That number is down from the city's $130 million general fund of its 2006-07 budget year. 04/1114096/living-in-economic- downturn-has.html

The Post-Crescent reports Sheriff's Department personnel in Wisconsin's Waupaca County have used Tasers more than twice as often as those in Outagamie County the past two years, including the recent tasing of an 85-year-old man that has family members considering a lawsuit. In that case, a deputy tased an 85-year-old suffering from dementia who left the grounds of the Wisconsin Veterans Home over the objections of staff. When a deputy arrived, the man refused to remove his hands from his pockets, would not consent to a search, flailed his arms and swore at the deputy, according to a department report. article/20100404/APC0101/ 4040533/1004/Sheriff-s- official-defends-use-of-Taser- on-man--85

The Sacramento Bee reports that if you dissect the methods allegedly employed by Loomis Wealth Solutions to steal from investors and mortgage lenders you soon slip down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. A bewildering maze of securities, mortgages, insurance policies and loan and tax documents are spread through a labyrinth of interconnecting entities populated by an array of improbable folks who, according to FBI and IRS agents and federal prosecutors, shared one goal: to fleece as many people as possible for as much as possible. Although Lawrence Leland "Lee" Loomis, 53, founder and president of the now-defunct Loomis Wealth Solutions, has not been charged with a crime, the Roseville-based enterprise and affiliated entities have been characterized by IRS special agents as a giant, coast-to-coast Ponzi scheme. 04/2654058/roseville- financial-firm-wove.html#mi_ rss=Business

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the mental health experts who help decide whether convicted sex offenders are too dangerous to be released from custody used to rely heavily on face-to-face interviews. They would travel to the prison, sit across a desk from the inmate in a tiny office and ask deeply personal questions about parents, siblings, puberty, sex. Many say it’s the best way to understand what makes someone tick. Now the experts are more likely to sit at home and look at an inmate’s records on a computer screen. That shift in policy may be illegal, critics say. It has prompted a local assemblyman to ask for a government audit and has raised concerns about the effectiveness of a program designed to protect the public from what are known formally as sexually violent predators news/2010/apr/04/interviews- of-offenders-cut-sharply


For weeks, the Vatican has reacted with denials and indignation over suggestions that Pope Benedict XVI might have been lax in taking action on priest sexual abuse cases when, as a cardinal, he was the Catholic Church's top disciplinarian.

It was the reporting of Miami newsman Matt Sedensky, however, that brought the scandal the closest yet to the pope himself. As the scandal unfolded in Europe, Asia and the American West, Sedensky, a member of AP's religion beat team, started making calls. He contacted dozens of victims, attorneys and advocates, and went through hundreds of pages of case files, looking for instances of abuse that were handled by Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, which Benedict headed before he became pope.

The work paid off with the first documented evidence linking Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future pope, to delays in dealing with sexual abuse accusations. Among the documents was one with Ratzinger's signature, showing that his office took over an abuse case 12 years before the priest was ordered removed.

By Good Friday, just three days after he had set to work, Sedensky had found links between the pope and two Arizona priests whose cases languished in church trials and in the future pontiff's office for years. The delays were despite repeated pleas from the local bishop to expedite the cases.

As the reporting unfolded, Sedensky and religion editors Greg Giuffrida, on the South Desk, and Walter Ratliff, at the Broadcast News Center, kept Photos, Video and Broadcast in the loop. Together, they nailed down a video interview with the Arizona archbishop, a radio report and scans of the documents. Photos of the archbishop who tried to get the church to take further action accompanied the story.


Alicia Quarles, an award-winning multiformat reporter, producer and editor for The Associated Press for the past seven years, has been named AP's global entertainment editor. Quarles, who has been the interim editor for the past six months, will be based in New York. She will lead a 60-member staff of text, video, audio and photo journalists based primarily in Los Angeles, London and New York. "Alicia brings a strong background of entertainment coverage across all formats," said Lou Ferrara, AP's managing editor for entertainment, sports and interactive. "She is well positioned to lead AP's entertainment reporting worldwide as we expand and adapt to the new landscape."

The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., has promoted assistant editor and city hall reporter Seth Tupper to editor. The editor position became vacant in mid-March when Korrie Wenzel was promoted to publisher. Wenzel had been editor the past 4 1/2 years. The 31-year-old Tupper first began working at the paper as region editor in 2003.


Lawyers for artist Shepard Fairey must disclose the identities of anyone who deleted or destroyed records related to a copyright dispute over the Barack Obama "HOPE" image, a judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ruled in favor of The Associated Press in most of its requests for evidence, including when Fairey's lawyers first knew the AP had asserted that it holds the copyright to a photograph the image was based on. He said lawyers must disclose relevant documents that were deleted or destroyed from Fairey's files and when the deletions or destruction occurred. Hellerstein further said the lawyers must disclose the identities of anyone who tampered with or destroyed records, commanded and supervised the acts or was told about them. An attorney for Fairey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling. Dale Cendali, a lawyer for the AP, said the news organization was "very pleased" with the order. "The discovery in this case has been unnecessarily burdensome for The Associated Press as a result of Fairey's discovery abuses," she said. "We're very pleased that the court is requiring Shepard Fairey and his companies to comply promptly with their discovery obligations." Fairey sued the AP last year, asking a judge to rule that his artwork does not infringe copyrights held by the AP. The AP countersued a month later, saying the uncredited, uncompensated use of one of the news cooperative's pictures violated copyright laws and posed a threat to journalism.

The Justice Department is supporting a proposal by The Associated Press to create a voluntary digital registry to help news organizations track their content on the Internet, including unlicensed use of their materials. Christine Varney, the head of the department's antitrust division, notified the AP of its position in a letter released April 1. The proposed registry would be a database of news content from many different outlets, specifying how that content can be used. The registry is designed to help news organizations monitor where stories go on the Internet -- and deter Web sites from posting content without paying licensing fees. Varney says such a registry may offer a new way for news content users to understand the terms of use and licenses for Internet news. Tom Curley, the AP's president and CEO, said the registry would help news organizations learn more about how their content is used, to the benefit of consumers. "We're delighted that the Department of Justice recognized the need for such a service," Curley said.

A Sioux City, Iowa, television station's decision to shut out other media and the public from the first debate between Republican candidates for Iowa governor has caused a local newspaper to offer its own debate. KTIV is sponsoring the GOP gubernatorial debate at its studios. The station is recording the debate April 7 and plans to air it April 12. It has prohibited other media from watching and reporting on the debate before it airs. The Sioux City Journal sent letters to the three candidates offering to sponsor its own debate that would be open to the media and public. The candidates also have a debate scheduled for May 1 in Cedar Rapids sponsored by the Iowa Broadcast News Association and a third debate sponsored by The Des Moines Register that has yet to be scheduled.



Timothy E. Ryan, publisher of The Baltimore Sun, will add another Tribune Co. newspaper to his responsibilities, taking over as publisher and CEO of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. Ryan has overseen financial, business development, human resources and other departments at The Morning Call for the past 15 months. Now, the advertising and editorial departments will also report to him. Several other executives with the Baltimore Sun Media Group also have responsibilities at The Morning Call. Ryan replaces Tim Kennedy, who has been publisher since 2006 .

Shares of magazine and newspaper publisher Washington Post Co. jumped after an article in Barron's dubbed it "America's most undervalued media company." Barron's, a financial magazine that is part of News Corp.'s The Wall Street Journal family, said Washington Post investors don't give the company credit for its Kaplan education division. Kaplan runs preparation courses and tutoring programs for students at all levels. It also offers online and campus-based university-level courses and continuing education for finance industry professionals, among other programs. In an article titled "Washington Post is Dirt Cheap," Barron's wrote that the Post's market value, $4.2 billion, is too low based on the magazine's estimates for the value of each part of the media company's business. Barron's said the Post should be worth about $8.5 billion — including $5 billion from Kaplan — with shares trading at more than $900.


The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism will be offered for the first time this year as part of the annual APME contest.

Description: This award recognizes groundbreaking work by a journalist or a staff that creatively uses digital tools in the role of being a community's watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. Criteria for evaluating innovation include interactivity, creation of new tools, innovative adaptation of existing tools, and creative use of any digital medium. An entry will consist of a single story, series or package on a single subject.

Entries will be judged by APME. Two winners will be selected, with each receiving $2,500.


The AP Corporate Archives is producing a 70-page booklet entitled "The Costs of War:AP Journalists in Beirut, Kabul, and Baghdad, 1975-2010.” The booklet highlights the complex risks taken by AP journalists and local staff in covering the Lebanon civil war and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It features photographs and documents drawn from the Beirut and Cairo bureau records, the text archive, and the photo library, with commentary by Corporate Archives Director Valerie Komor.

The booklet is accompanied by a DVD featuring a selection of oral history interviews conducted last year with AP reporters and photographers in the Middle East.

The Archives is making the booklets available for state AP meetings. For more information, contact Valerie Komor at or at 212-621-1731.


The Texas APME convention is using APME's Great Ideas CD as a giveaway at the conference. The CD has terrific ideas that editors can use throughout the year. It might work for your conference too.


Jerald terHorst, who resigned as White House press secretary rather than defend President Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, has died at age 87. A longtime Detroit News journalist, terHorst served for a month as Ford's spokesman in 1974 before quitting to protest the president's decision not to hold his predecessor accountable for any crimes in the Watergate scandal. TerHorst told Ford in his resignation letter he could not credibly speak for him in defending the pardon while young men who evaded Vietnam military service as a matter of conscience had to pay for their actions. Ford issued the pardon as a way to heal a nation badly shaken by the scandal that drove Nixon from office after the 1972 break-in at Democratic headquarters by burglars tied to Nixon's re-election committee. The pardon itself opened a national rift but Ford said for the rest of his life that it was the right decision.


The U.S. Postal Service is honoring one of the nation's favorite cartoonists during World War II, with a stamp commemorating Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Bill Mauldin.

Mauldin became known during World War II for his Willie and Joe characters in cartoons that took a humorous look at military life through the eyes of infantrymen.

Mauldin won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for distinguished service as a cartoonist. His second came in 1959 for a cartoon portraying the author of Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak, as a Soviet prisoner.

Mauldin was a New Mexico native. He died in California in 2003 at the age of 81.


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