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APME Update
The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for June 9, 2010 | Become an APME Member

In this issue:

Save the Date: APME Conference at Poynter Oct. 20-22
Five Reasons to Renew – or Join - APME
2010 APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Monday, July 12
APME/NewsU Webinars on Credibility: July 21
NewsTrain: Sept. 23-24 in Nashville, Tenn.
NewsTrain: Oct. 1-2 in Fort Worth, Texas
NEA, Columbia Offer NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music, Opera
Stimulus Spending: Tracking the Money
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP's Beat of the Week: Photographer Charlie Riedel on Oil Spill Impact
AP Releases 2010 AP Stylebook With New Social Media Guidelines
Industry News
Business of News
AP Corporate Archives Offers Booklet for State Meetings on War Risks
Great Ideas CD Also Good Giveaway
In Memoriam: Greenspun, Zusy, Zusy, Flowers
And Finally… The Normandy landing: A June Day to Remember

Dates to Note:

July 12, APME Contest Deadline
July 21, APME/NewsU Webinar on ‘Unpublishing'
Sept. 23-24, NewsTrain in Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 1-2, NewsTrain in Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 20-22, APME Conference, Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla.






The APME 2010 Conference – Building Momentum – will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.

More information on the program will be posted soon on the APME website at

For hotels, the downtown Hampton Inn & Suites and the Marriott Courtyard both have set aside a block of rooms for $94 a night for the conference. The special Poynter room rate will be available until Sept. 26 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. For more information, go to



2010 APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Monday, July 12, 2010

The 2010 APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is well-written and incisively reported and that effectively challenges the status quo.

All Awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

The deadline for entry is Monday, July 12, 2010.

The Awards will be presented at the APME annual conference at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 20-22 and linked on the APME website.

The Awards include the Annual Innovator of the Year Award, which for the first time carries a $2,000 prize provided by sponsors GateHouse Media Inc. and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Others are: Public Service Awards, First Amendment Award and Citations, Online Convergence Awards and International Perspective Awards.

The Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism will be offered for the first time this year, with a $2,500 prize in each of two circulation categories.

Nominations are received online only. For more details, go to: ymlink=242878&finalurl=http% 3A%2F%2Fapme%2Esite%2Dym% 2Ecom%2F%3FAPMEAwards


REGISTER for this APME / NewsU Webinar

APME and NewsU will team up for another webinar on journalism credibility topics. A code, sent separately, will allow APME members to sign up for $9.95.

July 21, 2 p.m., Archived Content and "Unpublishing" Requests / Kathy English, public editor, Toronto Star

To register: ymlink=242878&finalurl=http% 3A%2F%2Fwww%2Enewsu%2Eorg% 2Fsocial%2Dmedia%2Dcredibility


REGISTER for NewsTrain / Nashville SEPT. 23-24 at the Freedom Forum

>Click here for information or to register for the NewsTrain workshop.

>Journalism educators and college media advisers may apply for a McCormick Award to attend the Nashville NewsTrain.

Click here for more information or to apply for a McCormick Award for the Nashville NewsTrain.

>The Scripps Howard Foundation is funding scholarships valued at up to $300 to help journalists from diverse backgrounds attend. Alumni of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute's programs and journalists from the organizations that planned this NewsTrain workshop are encouraged to apply.

Click here to apply for a Scripps Howard Scholarship.


NewsTrain / Fort Worth -- Oct. 1-2 at Texas Christian University


The National Endowment for the Arts and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York have announced the seventh NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.

The institute takes place October 9 -19 at Columbia University, and is part of a series of NEA-funded programs across the country that focus on improving arts criticism in classical music, opera, theater and dance.

The application deadline for this October's institute is July 20, 2010.

The NEA Arts Journalism Institutes are helping to establish the importance of professional training in the coverage of the arts through lectures and seminars with leaders in higher education, the arts and journalism. The programs are designed for journalists located primarily outside the largest media markets, where professional development opportunities are limited, but a limited number of positions will be considered for applicants from major media markets as well. Institutes for dance critics are also being hosted by the American Dance Festival at Duke University, for theater critics at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication, and for visual arts critics at American University. The programs cover most of the participants' expenses.

Andras Szanto, former head of the National Arts Journalism Program, will direct the institute at Columbia with co-director Anya Grundmann, executive producer for NPR Music, and artistic director Joseph Horowitz, the nationally recognized classical music historian and critic.

The attendees – who include critics, reporters and editors in traditional, broadcast and digital journalism media – will work with senior journalists and faculty members to improve their viewing, analytical and writing skills. Participants will have the unique opportunity to take advantage of the rich cultural offerings in New York City and attend performances that cover a wide variety of genres, as well as rehearsals and behind-the-scenes meetings with artists and administrators of several leading classical music presenting organizations.

For more information, visit nea/ or aji/index.html


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that while much of the federal stimulus money has gone to large infrastructure projects and schools, pockets of money are also bolstering small businesses, community groups and nonprofits such as Better Family Life. The ventures may not get the attention of major bridge projects but are still promising to generate jobs. The men and women who gather at Better Family Life in St. Louis hope to someday weatherize homes, install solar panels or handle biofuels. The nonprofit group landed a $3.3 million federal stimulus grant to train and place 700 people into alternative energy jobs in two years. Community groups and businesses say the money has provided a chance to reach more people and expand during needy times and tight credit markets. With nearly half of all stimulus funding spent, many projects are getting rolling, giving hope that the economy will gain better traction. They are also testing the government's ability to oversee how the money is used and ensure that jobs are generated. stltoday/news/stories.nsf/ stlouiscitycounty/story/ BB23A7E6356D3CEB862577390017B5 EE?OpenDocument



The Associated Press reported that more than half of the federal judges in districts where the bulk of Gulf oil spill-related lawsuits are pending have financial connections to the oil and gas industry, complicating the task of finding judges without conflicts to hear the cases, an analysis of judicial financial disclosure reports shows. Thirty-seven of the 64 active or senior judges in key Gulf Coast districts in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida have links to oil, gas and related energy industries, including some who own stocks or bonds in BP PLC, Halliburton or Transocean – and others who regularly list receiving royalties from oil and gas production wells, according to the reports judges must file each year. The AP reviewed 2008 disclosure forms, the most recent available. Those three companies are named as defendants in virtually all of the 150-plus lawsuits seeking damages, mainly for economic losses in the fishing, seafood, tourism and related industries, that have been filed over the growing oil spill since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. Attorneys for the companies and those suing them are pushing for consolidation of the cases in one court, with BP recommending Texas and others advocating for Louisiana and other states. business/95722909.html?elr= KArks:DCiU1OiP:DiiUiD3aPc:_ Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

The Associated Press
reported that if you lose your job these days, it's worth scrambling to find a new one – fast. After six months of unemployment, your chances of landing work dwindle. The proportion of people jobless for six months or more has accelerated in the past year and now makes up 46 percent of the unemployed. That's the highest percentage on records dating to 1948. By late summer or early fall, they are expected to make up half of all jobless Americans. Economists say those out of work for six months or more risk becoming less and less employable. Their skills can erode, their confidence falter, their contacts dry up. Their growing ranks also will keep pressure on Congress to keep extending jobless benefits, which now run for up to 99 weeks. 06/05/1293897/growing-ranks- of-long-term-jobless.html

The Associated Press detailed record campaign spending by California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Where all that money was going was an untold story until Williams dug into recently filed campaign spending reports. The records showed that the former eBay CEO is paying $90,000 a month for her top political consultant, $1.2 million for private jets with "white-glove service" and other travel costs, $30,000 and up for events at the state's fanciest hotels and tens of millions for GOP strategy firms across the country. Whitman's spending starkly contrasts to her central campaign promise to institute a "common sense" approach to budgeting. 06/04/meg-whitman-rewrites- campaign-spending-book/

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that from almost the time it opened in 1998, Shawano Gun and Loan has been in trouble with federal authorities. After repeatedly warning the store about missing records and other violations, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives took the unusual step of revoking its license in 2007. Nearly three years later, the case is tied up in federal court in Green Bay where an appeal could grind on for years. And the store continues to sell guns - thousands of them each year - with the ATF's blessing. The case involving the Shawano store is notable because of what experts call blatant evidence of "straw buying" – where people with clean records purchase guns for felons and others who are forbidden from buying and owning them. watchdog/watchdogreports/ 95704794.html

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the thoroughbred industry has been rocked by one multimillion lawsuit after another in the past six months. Altogether, Central Kentucky banks are suing horsemen for at least $54.4 million. By some estimates, that would be equivalent to 5 percent to 10 percent of the equine lending market tied up in troubled debts, a potentially significant stone around the neck of an already struggling horse industry. Each lawsuit is unique, but one thread runs through them all: The loans were collateralized with horses. So to pay the loans off, horses will have to be sold. How much the banks recover will depend on the thoroughbred market, which has lost at least 40 percent of its value in the past two years. 06/06/1294660/lawsuits-are- only-tip-of-problems.html

An Arizona Daily Star investigation last year found that the Giving Tree, a nonprofit program for the homeless, served expired and potentially unsafe food to needy kids, charged clients hundreds of dollars a month to live in crowded rental homes, and that at least twice made a public display of giving kids gifts at holiday parties, only to take them back later. Many of the Giving Tree's actions violated city and state regulations, or were contrary to widely accepted standards for charities. Now, the newspaper reports, the Giving Tree's new board of directors, appointed late last year to correct the problems, has resigned. Members of the new board -- appointed because most members of the previous board of directors indicated they didn't have the time or expertise to fix the problems – say Director Libby Wright undermined their reform effort. They contend the Giving Tree's books are riddled with financial and accounting irregularities. article_52e9ee31-615f-50dd- b543-c7b75732ba9f.html

The Oregonian's Brent Walth found that a federally mandated wireless network, meant to help firefighters and public safety officials communicate in the event of a disaster, is a year behind schedule, and state of Oregon officials now say they can't be sure what the project -- estimated at $485 million – will actually cost taxpayers. politics/index.ssf/2010/05/ oregons_emergency_radio_ system.html

The Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, in a print exclusive unavailable online, reports that after decades of neglect and underfunding, Illinois' pension system has become another crisis in a state already facing too many of them. Pensions long have been one of the dirtiest words in state politics, their growing problems largely ignored. But now, with the system $78 billion in debt and Illinois in one of the worst budget crises in its history, it can't be ignored. At stake: the financial future of thousands of retirees.

The Detroit Free Press reports that nearly 100,000 people die of hospital-acquired infections each year, and Michigan is in the forefront of combating that staggering health care statistic. A nationally acclaimed Michigan program, now being rolled out to the other states, has trained staff at more than 100 Michigan hospitals to reduce infections — particularly in intensive care units, where patients are more likely to contract germs from catheters and ventilators they may need for nourishment, drugs and oxygen. Central-line catheters, implanted in the chest and neck, account for at least 30 percent of the deaths from hospital infections each year. New procedures for preventing infections include an oral hygiene regimen to curb infections in the mouth from tubes and checklists for staffs to be sure they strictly follow sterile procedures. pbcs.dll/article?AID=/ 20100606/NEWS06/6060451/1001/ RSS01&template=fullarticle

The Houston Chronicle reports growing concern is brewing in offices and manufacturing facilities of Houston's energy community even as rage and fear grips many Louisiana residents watching the oil spill sully fragile marshlands and imperil the state's economy. Houston's oil and gas companies worry that future exploration and production in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a business that has been the driving force behind the city's vast energy economy for more than a decade, could be jeopardized by fallout from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. A six-month government ban on deep-water drilling already has caused disruptions, forcing oil and gas firms to idle equipment and thousands of workers and scurry to redeploy them elsewhere. But even if the ban ends in November as scheduled, and it may not, Houston could feel the effects of the interruption long after. story.mpl/business/ deepwaterhorizon/7039523.html

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reports that while oil washing up on Panhandle beaches from the BP spill poses the most immediate danger to Florida, marine scientists warn that the most frightening threat to much of the state is a future disaster if offshore drilling spreads farther south. The spill has turned a long-standing national debate over the hazards and rewards of offshore drilling into a hot-button campaign issue, starting with Florida's nationally watched Senate race. Just three weeks before the spill, President Barack Obama proposed opening a vast tract to energy exploration directly in the path of a powerful loop current that carries water from the Gulf of Mexico to the East Coast. Since the spill, Obama has put that plan on hold by suspending for six months new energy exploration in deep waters along the nation's coastline. Obama's future policy may be swayed by the findings of a special commission co-chaired by former Florida Sen. Bob Graham. Yet once the nation's largest spill is contained, pressures to drill are bound to resume as the energy industry and its allies in Congress press to meet the rising demand for oil and natural gas. Florida's next senator likely will play a prominent role in that debate.

http://southflorida.sun- spill-politics-20100606,0, 687373.story

An investigation by The Texas Tribune and the Houston Chronicle found workers at a center for distressed children provoked seven developmentally disabled girls into a fight of biting and bruising, while they laughed, cheered and promised the winners a precious prize: after-school snacks. Four of the girls were injured, according to records obtained by reporters at the two newspapers. State officials learned of the incident at Daystar Residential Inc. in Manvel the day after it occurred when a Daystar employee doing health checks found bite marks, scrapes and bruises on the girls' bodies. The fight was one of more than 250 incidents of confirmed abuse and mistreatment in residential treatment centers over the last two years, based on the Tribune/Chronicle review of state records by reporters Emily Ramshaw and Terri Langford. 2010/06/06/2241863/staff- forced-disabled-girls-to.html

A California Watch investigation, published in TheSacramento Bee and other newspapers, reports a flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to people's homes, offices and more unconventional locations across the state. The report said records and interviews show the unfettered delivery of marijuana through hundreds of these services highlights how quickly California's pot industry is moving from the shadows and into uncharted legal territory. These new couriers include enterprising farmers, business entrepreneurs and even a former Los Angeles pot dealer methodically switching her former clients to legal patients. In newspapers and on the Internet, hundreds of "mobile dispensaries" advertise a wide range of strains and other products, such as brownies and cookies laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. One service delivers organic vegetables along with medical marijuana, as part of a "farm-direct" service. breaking-news/ci_15232134

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Waverly Woods believes a tax on indoor tanning discriminates against her in three ways: She's white. She's female. And she's a small-business owner."They want to brainwash everyone into thinking tanning is the new arsenic," said Woods, who owns tanning salons in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Starting July 1, indoor tanning salons must charge their customers a 10 percent tax on sessions involving ultraviolet rays to comply with the health care law passed in March. Legislators who support the tax view it as discriminatory, too – but from their perspective, it penalizes people for an unhealthy habit. Indoor tanning before age 35 has been associated with a 75 percent increase in the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma. That's according to a review of medical literature by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, which categorizes indoor tanning as carcinogenic. 06/tanning-salons-feel-burned- new-tax-tied-health-care- overhaul

The St. Petersburg Times looks at how in Florida, even after an arrest, doctors suspected of trafficking strong prescription drugs can continue to prescribe more. It reports from Tampa the case of Dr. John Mubang, who is free on bond and wears an ankle monitor so police can track his every move. Undercover detectives say he prescribed them enough addictive narcotics to meet the legal definition of drug trafficking. Medical examiner records show Mubang, who works out of two Hillsborough clinics, prescribed drugs to at least five people who died of accidental overdose. Yet as Mubang awaits his August trial on felony charges of trafficking in illegal drugs and prescribing controlled substances without medical necessity, he is free to keep seeing patients and dispensing drugs. His state Health Department license record consumers can see online shows not one single blemish — no complaints, no discipline. health/medicine/ article1100079.ece

The (Nashville) Tennessean reports a combination of many preachers, too many small churches and a bad economy have led to one of the worst job markets for ministers in decades. That has led to the so-called clergy glut. According to the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches, there are more than 600,000 ministers in the United States but only 338,000 churches. Many of those are small churches that can't afford a full-time preacher. Among Presbyterians, there are four pastors looking for work for every one job opening. That has left many good pastors out in the cold, waiting before finding a new job or finding alternative employment, denominational leaders say. article/20100606/NEWS06/ 6060349/Glut-of-preachers- struggle-to-find-jobs

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, in the first of a six-part series, reports on how too often in North Carolina an official diagnosis of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) hides the truth. The public knows sudden infant death syndrome as a mysterious, unpreventable death that strikes otherwise healthy babies in their sleep. An Observer investigation found that in North Carolina, two-thirds of SIDS autopsies list risks that raise the possibility babies suffocated because of unsafe bedding or sleeping with another person. The wide use of SIDS also frustrates law enforcement agents, who say the diagnosis – considered a natural death in North Carolina – prevents them from prosecuting neglect or other crimes. Medical examiners are supposed to classify deaths as SIDS only after a thorough scene investigation, autopsy and review of a baby's medical history have ruled out all other causes. But in North Carolina, newborns and infants have died face down in pillows and soft couches. They have died on adult beds and alongside one or more people, or with their heads covered in blankets. In some cases, police have suspected foul play, even homicide. The N.C. chief medical examiner often calls those deaths SIDS.

http://www.charlotteobserver. com/2010/06/05/1481324/sids- rulings-mask-clues-in-baby. html

A study by the Watchdog Institute published in TheSan Diego Union-Tribune reports the progress San Diego was making toward improving fire response times has stalled since the city started idling fire engines to save money in February. The national standard calls for engines to respond within five minutes 90 percent of the time. The data analysis by the Watchdog Institute, a nonprofit investigative reporting center based at San Diego State University, found that engines responding to fires met that goal 56 percent of the time in February through April under the city's "brownout” policy of sidelining up to eight engines on a rotating basis. That's down from 58 percent during the same months of 2009, flat statistically. But 2009 had shown progress over previous years, improving from a low of 38 percent in 2006 for the same period. news/2010/jun/06/idling-fire- engines-not-helping-city- improve/



It was a routine tour with the Louisiana governor to inspect efforts to hold back the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from a tiny barrier island. AP photographer Charlie Riedel had been on many of those trips in the past several weeks, only to be frustrated that they weren't to the worst areas.

This time, the trip was to the oily coastline of East Grand Terre Island, and Riedel's determination and patience paid off.

Riedel, based in Kansas City but on special assignment to the Gulf for the second time, was the only still photographer, and he wasn't interested in what amounted to a photo op as local television crews gathered about Gov. Bobby Jindal for a sound bite. Riedel decided instead to explore the area.

He was looking for dolphins, birds or any other animals affected by the oil as the spill began making landfall along the Louisiana coast.

Several hundred yards away, he found the real story, not a staged event: a struggling pelican, totally covered in oil on the beach

Riedel shot the scene, including three different pelicans and other oil-covered waterfowl. He used every lens in the bag, from every angle he could find.

About three dozen pictures moved on the network. They were displayed on newspaper front pages from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to the Anchorage Daily News, and on hundreds of websites, including The New York Times, Yahoo, AOL, NPR, the Boston Globe and Newsweek. Another 80 photos were sent to the live archive, and Riedel also shot video for APTN and OVN.

The photos were heartbreaking, and they generated thousands of angry comments – 1,500 alone on the Boston Globe site.

Yahoo News said the pictures represented the first time "that the spill's devastating effect on wildlife truly reverberated across media platforms, from Twitter to blogs, cable news to the daily paper." interactives/_national/oil_ photo_gallery/



Social media have gained greater recognition in the 2010 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook with a separate section for the first time that also makes "website" one word.

The new Social Media Guidelines section includes information and policies on using tools like Facebook and Twitter, how journalists can apply them to their work and how to verify sources found through them. Also included are 42 separate entries on such terms as app, blogs, click-throughs, friend and unfriend, metadata, RSS, search engine optimization, smart phone, trending, widget and wiki.

The AP said the change from "Web site" to "website" was based on increasingly common usage both in print and online.

"In making the change, the Stylebook team considered responses from our staff as well as readers and users of the Stylebook. It was clear that website has become the widely accepted usage," said Darrell Christian, AP editor-at-large.

"We solicited reader suggestions for the new Social Media section and received 237 responses, with a large number of commentators urging us to change to website," he said.

"Web" remains a capitalized proper noun when used as a shortened form of World Wide Web, and e-mail, with the hyphen, remains unchanged for electronic mail, along the lines of similar phrases such as e-book, e-reader and A-list.

The new edition of the Stylebook also changes some cities that have appeared alone in stories, without country identification. Country names were restored to Bogota, Colombia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Frankfurt and Hamburg, Germany; Kabul, Afghanistan, and Oslo, Norway. The province was restored for Ottawa, Ontario, in Canada. The changes were based on editors' judgment that these cities get higher reader recognition when paired with their countries in news stories.

The Stylebook also makes the distinction between Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the corporate name of the discount retailer, and Walmart, for the stores themselves.

New entries recognize significant developments in world events: Great Recession, referring to the 2007-08 economic downturn that was the worst recession since the Great Depression, and tea party, for the conservative political movement.

Other new entries cover Alcoholics Anonymous, Bluetooth, Blu-ray, bondholder, Breathalyzer, flu-like, GED, International Space Station, mic as the shortened form for microphone, hard line, high-five, Taser, thumbs-up and Ultimate Fighting.

In print, and as the Web-based Stylebook Online, the AP Stylebook is the essential tool for writers, editors, students and public relations specialists.

It inspires such a following that the social networking site Facebook includes four separate groups called "The AP Stylebook is my Bible" and has spawned a popular parody Twitter account. The official Twitter account for the AP Stylebook,, has more than 45,000 followers.

The Stylebook was first produced in 1953 as a stapled collection of rules totaling 60 pages, and has grown to a publication of more than 450 pages today. The book's creation was prompted in part by a technical change in the way the AP transmitted news as well as a need for consistency among a worldwide editorial staff that produced stories for newspapers with a variety of style preferences. There have been major periodic revisions over the past few decades, the last in 2008, and the print edition is now updated annually.

The new print edition and online subscriptions can be ordered by credit card online at a secure site at The order form also allows customers to create an invoice to pay by check or money order, and member news organizations can request direct assessment.

AP member newspapers get a discount on the spiral-bound print Stylebook and on the Web-based Stylebook Online. Member newspapers can place orders on a secure website, They need to indicate on the order form that they are an AP member. They will need their AP SID code to verify membership; local bureau chiefs can provide if necessary.

For the second year in a row, the AP is holding the price steady on the 2010 book. AP members pay $11.75 per book, a deep discount off the regular retail price of $18.95.

Rates for Stylebook Online are based on the number of users, with pricing available for individual named users or for concurrent users. The price per user decreases with more users. For a member with 50 users, for example, the price is less than $10 a user in the first year - and drops to less than $6 a year when renewed.


Longtime Washington journalist Helen Thomas abruptly retired as a columnist for Hearst News Service following remarks she made about Israel that were denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, has been a long-time fixture in Washington and has been lauded as a pioneering journalist who has covered presidents since 1960. Known for her confrontational questioning, Thomas apologized for comments that were captured on video and have spread widely on the Internet. On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they go to Germany, Poland or the United States. Hearst announced her retirement, effective immediately, shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks "offensive and reprehensible." The White House Correspondents Association also issued a rare statement, calling her comments "indefensible." 2010/06/06/518758/helen- thomas-high-school-speech.html

The Newspaper Association of America spent $250,000 in the first quarter lobbying the federal government on a law that would shield reporters in some cases from having to reveal confidential sources and other issues. That's down from the $290,000 that the group spent in the same quarter a year earlier and the $440,000 spent in the last quarter of 2009, according to congressional disclosure forms. The group, which represents nearly 2,000 newspapers in the U.S., lobbied the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on a proposed measure called the Free Flow of Information Act. The law would give journalists some protection from having to reveal confidential sources in court, a step that media organizations argue would encourage whistle blowers to help expose corruption. The association also lobbied on legislation related to the Freedom of Information Act, which requires officials to release many government documents to the public. In addition, the group lobbied on the Federal Communications Commission's Future of The Media Project, an initiative to overhaul laws governing media ownership.

The Wisconsin school athletic association has the right to limit who carries games live on the Internet, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's exclusive agreement with the video production company When We Were Young Productions doesn't stifle media freedom. In a 51-page decision, Conley noted that media outlets can stream games not produced by When We Were Young Productions for a fee. As for games the company does stream, media outlets can still publish stories, offer opinions and offer limited live coverage, the judge said. "Ultimately, this is a case about commerce, not the right to a free press," Conley wrote. The ruling came in a lawsuit between the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and The Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper, its parent company, Gannett Co., and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. The sports association sued after The Post-Crescent streamed live coverage of four high school football playoff games in 2008. The newspaper claimed the deal between the sports association and the video production company violated the constitutional right to freedom of the press and the equal protection clause. nationworld/wire/sns-ap-us- newspapers-online-sports,0, 4302902.story

A Michigan state lawmaker's proposed bill that would have reporters and columnists voluntarily register with the state so that readers, viewers and listeners can check their qualifications has been roundly criticized by traditional and new media outlets alike. Senate leaders have no plans to take up Republican Sen. Bruce Patterson's bill, and he said he isn't pushing for it to be become law. But he said he hopes his proposal will provoke people to think about the news media's role in informing the public about government. The proposal has led to a raft of news articles and commentaries since its introduction last month, many criticizing it as an attempt to curb the freedom of the press. It would create a state board that would register reporters if they meet certain standards, including showing "good moral character." Registrants would have to sign a statement indicating they understand generally accepted standards of journalistic ethics, and would have to have a journalism or equivalent degree, job experience or other relevant experience. Registration would cost $10, but it would not be required for employment as a journalist. It would cover reporters who contribute to stories broadcast, published in newspapers or posted on the Internet, as well as editorials and commentaries. It wouldn't extend to photojournalists. news/chi-ap-mi- registeringmedia,0,3535732. story

Experts say Fort Bragg, N.C., likely violated the First Amendment when it sought to prohibit reporters from identifying accusers at a soldier's arraignment. TheFayetteville Observer reported it was denied access to last week's arraignment of Spc. Aaron Pernell because its reporter refused to agree to the rule on identifying accusers. The 22-year-old Pernell faces charges including rape and burglary. The Observer doesn't publish names of victims of sexual crimes. But Pernell faces charges other than sex crimes. The arraignment was open to other members of the public without restriction. Legal experts say reporters are guaranteed the same rights. A military spokesman says reporters won't be prohibited from identifying people at Pernell's court-martial.


Gannett Co., the biggest U.S. newspaper publisher, said its second-quarter earnings should hit the high end of Wall Street expectations as demand for advertising improves, especially on TV and online. Gannett's newspapers, which include USA Today and more than 80 other dailies, have yet to turn the corner. Gannett Co. Chief Financial Officer Gracia Martore told financial analysts that the publishing segment will likely post another quarter of declining revenue compared with the same period of 2009, albeit a smaller decline than the ones reported last year. She said publishing ad revenue, which still provides just over 50 percent of Gannett's overall revenue, will be down on a percentage basis in the "low to mid-single digits." That compares with an 8 percent decline in the first quarter and an 18 percent decline in the last quarter of 2009. The company's TV stations and websites are rebounding faster from the effects of the Great Recession. Martore said broadcast ad revenue should rise 20 percent or more from the same quarter a year earlier, the second gain in a row, while digital revenue is expected to increase in the mid-single digits. business/95768904.html?elr= KArks:DCiU1OiP:DiiUiacyKUUr

For more than a century, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser competed to chronicle Hawaii, from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the Pearl Harbor attack to statehood and the election of island-born Barack Obama. That rivalry ended June 6 when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, published its last edition after being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers lost their jobs. The Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry. Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle among the cities served by only one daily newspaper and a shrinking pool of professional journalists. "I wanted to just keep going for I don't know how many years. But that's gone now — that's not going to happen," said Norman Shapiro, a photographer and 18-year veteran of the Advertiser. On June 7, Oahu Publications Inc., the owner of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, plans to launch the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Moody's Investors Service said it expects the newspaper industry's advertising revenues to drop another 5 percent to 10 percent this year before potentially edging back to positive territory in 2011. For an industry as hard hit as the newspaper business, that is not such bad news. Ad revenue dropped 22 percent in 2009, according to Moody's. The ratings agency said its outlook for the industry remains "Stable." With the economy improving, newspaper companies such as The New York Times Co. and USA Today publisher Gannett Co. have been reporting slower advertising declines each quarter. Moody's said the aggressive cost cutting that newspaper companies did last year should help buoy profits for the next 12 to 18 months. Moody's projects a range for 2011 of down 3 percent to up 2 percent. The long-term outlook for newspapers is still uncertain. Moody's said its outlook could become negative in 2012 as the snap-back in ad revenue brought by the economic recovery fades. While newspapers were certainly hurt by the recession, they also face the permanent shift of ad dollars onto the Web, where competition is fierce and ad prices are just a fraction of what they are in print. Ad revenue has typically accounted for about 80 percent of newspaper revenue, with the rest coming from subscription rates.


The AP Corporate Archives is offering a 70-page booklet on "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 staffers 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 used 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.



Barbara Greenspun spent more than 60 years helping shape Las Vegas as a newspaper publisher, philanthropist and real estate developer. But she recalled being uncertain of that future when her husband, Hank Greenspun, bought a fledgling newspaper in a city of 25,000 people in 1950 to turn it into the daily Las Vegas Sun. "I said, 'Oh no, not a newspaper — not with all that we have on our plate,'" Barbara Greenspun remembered 50 years later. "He put $1,000 down to buy it, and we didn't have $1,000 back then. We didn't have any money." Barbara Greenspun lived to see Las Vegas grow to some 2 million residents and the newspaper she headed as publisher after her husband's death in 1989 win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for public service for stories about construction safety and worker deaths at resort projects on the Las Vegas Strip. Barbara Greenspun died at home of complications of old age, the Las Vegas Sun reported. She was 88.

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Fred Zusy, whose short-lived expulsion from Egypt by that country's government while serving as Cairo bureau chief for The Associated Press raised questions about government censorship in the name of national security, has died. He was 96. He also tangled with former President Harry Truman about the accuracy of a comment Truman supposedly made about "some squirrel-headed general" involved in the invasion of Italy during World War II. While Zusy worked for the AP, Egypt attempted to expel him for "bad faith," and Egyptian officials said they had warned him several times that his work was aimed at harming the interests of Egypt. When Egypt was warned the expulsion could harm relations with the U.S., it reversed course. Another development embroiled Zusy in international attention when Truman denied he made a comment attributed to him criticizing military leadership for troop landings south of Rome. During a tour of Italy in 1956, Truman was quoted as saying that the landings at Salerno and Anzio were unnecessary "and planned by some squirrel-headed general" and that there were a lot of easier places that could have been chosen for beachheads. "I would make no comment like that," the former president told reporters. But Zusy, who was covering Truman's Italian tour for the AP, defended the accuracy of the quote, and a colleague from another news organization agreed. The comment attributed to Truman quickly stirred protests in the United States and England. The armies of both countries suffered heavy casualties on those beachheads. Zusy later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, his family said.
Zusy was born in Milwaukee and joined the AP in 1941, interrupting that work to serve as an officer in the Navy in World War II, and rejoining the news agency in 1946. He worked for the AP in Washington and New York, before moving to Cairo, as well as Istanbul and Rome. A daughter, Anne Zusy, 58, of Ridgewood, N.J., who also worked for the AP, along with The New York Times, died last week.

The former publisher of the Gainesville (Texas) Daily Register has died. Warren Flowers died at a nursing home for veterans in Bonham. He was 87. Flowers started at the Gainesville paper in 1936 as a 13-year-old paperboy and worked his way up. He left for a few years to serve in the Army Air Corps beginning in 1942, but returned after the war as circulation manager. The cigar-chomping icon of Cooke County became the Register's publisher in 1976. He held that post for 18 years, retiring in January 1995. The Register in its online editions lauded Flowers' service to his community and to journalism.


AND FINALLY...The Normandy landing: A June Day to Remember

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS, ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, JUNE 6 (AP) -- Allied troops landed on the Normandy coast of France in tremendous strength by cloudy daylight today and stormed several miles inland with tanks and infantry in the grand assault which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory."

__Beginning of The Associated Press' Wes Gallagher's 1,500-word bulletin, which moved on the AP wire June 6, 1944. From "Breaking News: How The Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else."

On June 6, 1944, At 12:37 a.m. Eastern War Time, six minutes ahead of its competitors, The Associated Press sent the first details of D-Day on the national wire.

News of the Normandy invasion came through AP's London office, from a radio broadcast of the German news agency Transocean, according to Richard Pyle in "Breaking News: How The Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else."

That morning, AP correspondent (and future general manager) Wes Gallagher was awoken before dawn and told to report to Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower's Supreme Headquarters (SHAEF) in London's suburbs. "On the way out, Gallagher phoned AP to say where he was going. No one had to ask why," Pyle wrote.

SHAEF officers disclosed the invasion plan, then gave reporters an hour to write their stories before the 9:30 a.m. release time, Pyle said.

Gallagher was by no means the only AP staffer involved in reporting on D-Day. They ranged from reporters like Barbara Wace, who gathered "man in the pub" reaction in London, to Gladwin Hill's description of the front from a low-flying observation plane, Pyle said.

It was dangerous work. "Weather, chaos on the beach, and German fire kept some correspondents from getting ashore, and those who did were lucky," Pyle wrote. "Minutes after AP's Roger Greene reached Sword Beach, three British commandoes were killed within an arm's length of him. Landing at Omaha Beach with the First Infantry Division, (Don) Whitehead _ already known as 'Beachhead Don' for four previous amphibious landings _ huddled with troops under fire from a German blockhouse ... "

AP's only D-Day casualty was Henry Jameson, who was injured when a German 88-millimeter shell hit his landing craft, Pyle said.

Newswoman Joy Stilley, working at the Shawnee, Okla., News Star, saw this historic flash, which moved at 3:33 a.m. Eastern War Time. She donated the flash to AP's Corporate Archives in 1998.

Photo caption (middle): While under attack of heavy machine gun fire from the German coastal defense forces, these American soldiers wade ashore off the ramp of a U.S. Coast Guard landing craft, June 6, 1944, during the Allied landing operations at the Normandy. (AP Photo)

Photo caption (bottom): AP correspondent Wes Gallagher, posting with a statue of Kaiser Karl I in the Reichstag Building, Berlin, October 1945. (AP Photo by Henry Burroughs)

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