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APME Newsletter March 4, 2011
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APME Update
The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for March 4, 2011

In this issue:

Membership Drive: $99 New Member Discount Until April 15
APME NewsTrain: Register by March 11 for Washington, DC, NewsTrain
Midwestern reporters and editors: Register for Madison, Wis., workshop
2011 APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline May 16
Innovator of the Year: February Winner is Victoria (Texas) Advocate
Broken Budgets: AP-APME National Reporting Project
New York State AP Association Offers Free Spring Workshop
Dig into Your Treasure Chest for APME's New Online Auction

Join us on Facebook
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP Beat of the Week: Morgan, Gelineau, Griffiths, Gomez
Editors in the News: Salazar
Industry News
Catching up on Credibility Topics: Order the Full Set
APME Forums: Discuss Good Ideas With Colleagues
In Memoriam: Morris, Sulzberger
And Finally … At 150 years, the pope's newspaper raises eyebrows


Save the Date

- March 17-18 -- The Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute will host NewsTrain/Washington, D.C., at the Newseum

- April 5-6 – SNA-APME Symposium: Impact of Economic Crisis on American Families

- April 15 – Last day to sign up for $99 membership discount for new members

- April 29-30 – NewsTrain Workshop in Madison, Wis.

- May 16 – Deadline for 2011 APME Journalism Excellence Awards

- Sept. 14-16 – APME annual conference in Denver



APME MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: $99 New Member Discount Until April 15

APME President Hollis Towns is offering a special one-time membership deal for first-time members. Become a new member by April 15 and pay just $99. That's a savings from the regular annual rate of $150. Editors who have already joined for the first time at the higher rate will receive a discount on their conference registration. Members also receive discounts on contest entry fees and conference registrations.

Take a minute and go to, and join APME's ranks. New members must use the promo code Newdiscount to sign up. Editors who sign up as a new member by April 15 will receive a free 2010 Great Ideas thumb drive and an AP "I am not a paper cup" mug.

To read Town's membership letter, please go to


APME NewsTrain: Register by March 11 for Washington, DC, NewsTrain

WASHINGTON: The D.C. NewsTrain will be held at the Newseum on March 17-18. Content is geared to both reporters and editors. This workshop has two tracks: "Planning and Creating Multimedia Content" and "Watchdog Journalism in the Digital Age."

Every registration includes a complementary ticket to the Newseum, to be used anytime within a year. Registration for the workshop is $50 for one or both days. NOTE: We will close registration on March 11.

  • Click here for workshop information and a link to registration:
  • On the information page, you can also find a downloadable agenda that includes detailed course descriptions.
  • NOTE: The deadline for making hotel registrations at special conference prices is March 4. See information page for details.

Midwestern reporters and editors: Register for Madison, Wis., workshop

MADISON: By the end of April, won't you be ready to visit Madison for something other than the political dispute about collective bargaining? Come to NewsTrain's workshop on Friday-Saturday, April 29-30.

This workshop has one track designed specifically for reporters and one track for editors -- something NewsTrain is offering for the first time. Participants may attend the full workshop or any portion of it for $50 registration fee, which includes lunches and coffee breaks.

  • Click here for workshop information and registration:
  • On the information page, you can also find a downloadable agenda that includes detailed course descriptions.
  • NOTE: The deadline for making reservations at the conference hotel is April 18. See information page for details.


2011 APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline Monday, May 16

The 2011 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.

Categories include:

  • Fifth Annual Innovator of the Year Award. The winner will be awarded $2,000.
  • Second Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. The winner in each of two circulation categories will be awarded $2,500.
  • 41st Annual Public Service Awards
  • 41st Annual First Amendment Award and Citations
  • 10th Annual Online Convergence Awards
  • 10th Annual International Perspective Awards

All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2010, and May 16, 2011.

The deadline for entry is Monday, May 16.

The awards will be presented at the APME annual conference Sept 14-16 in Denver and linked on the APME website.

Entry fees are $75 for APME members and $100 for non-members.

For more information: Please go to:



The Victoria Advocate in Victoria, Texas, is the Februarywinner of APME's innovator of the month contest.

The paper is honored for "A Father's Strength,” an online section that educates readers about ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

APME's Innovator of the Year, now in its fifth year, is expanding in 2011 by naming an innovation of the month. Each monthly winner will be invited to enter the annual contest, which is open to all newspapers in the U.S. and Canada and is awarded at the APME conference in Denver in September.

"Victoria's project is incredibly powerful and moving and worthy of recognition," said Bob Heisse, APME vice president and Innovations Committee chairman. "We're pleased at APME to put a spotlight on innovations at newspapers."

Here's how the entry submitted by Editor Chris Cobler described the innovation: "Our entry is a special Web section named, ‘A Father's Strength.' This series combines the power of print and online to better educate the public about ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"The idea for ‘A Father's Strength' was developed after one of our interns, Drew Stewart, and a reporter, Erica Rodriguez, worked together on a story about Craig Fox and his battle with ALS. After working on this story, they brought back the idea for a documentary and print series. Several more stories about Craig Fox's struggle and the support provided by his family were printed and also featured online.

"After the documentary was produced, we wanted a way to present the documentary, the stories written about ALS, as well as any additional information about the disease, all in one place, hence the creation of the online web section, ‘A Father's Strength.'”

Read and view the innovative work at Cobler can be reached at

Applications for APME monthly innovation recognition are being accepted at





The Associated Press and the Associated Press Managing Editors have launched a joint project to examine the fiscal crisis facing U.S. states and cities, how state and local governments will deal with this crisis and how Americans' lives will change because of it.

Plans are under way for several major stories for 2011. Newspapers will get 7 to 10 days notice from AP and APME to localize some of these stories. A logo is being planned to accompany any stories in the series, for any paper wanting to use it.

Stories in the project can be jointly produced by the AP, its members and other journalism organizations.If your organization has a story it wants to contribute to the project, or an idea that can be produced jointly, please contact your state's AP bureau chief.

Look to APME Update and for news and developments in the joint project.

Together, we will shine a spotlight on the fiscal challenges in the statehouses, and in many cases AP and its members willdevelop comparison data to show the situation in every state.

For further information, please contact Bob Heisse at or Sally Jacobsen at



The New York State AP Association is again offering a free spring workshop for member editors and reporters. The topic is watchdog journalism and the latest tools for "digging deep.”

It will be held at the student activities center of Marist College in Poughkeepsie9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, March 26.

Need some pointers on how to organize a project for print and online? Rick Pienciak,national investigative editor for the AP, and Mary Beth Pfeiffer, investigative reporter at The Poughkeepsie Journal, will speak. Two Marist faculty members, Lyn Lepre and Kevin Lerner, will provide an update on digital resources. Sean Lahman of The Democratand Chronicle in Rochester will discuss digging into Census data. Lee Miringoff, director ofthe Marist Institute for Public Opinion, will discuss vetting surveys for reliable numbers.

Registration deadline: March 18. For questions, contact New York COB Howard Goldberg at



Dig into your treasure chest! This is your chance to help the APME Foundation throughout the year by donating auction items for our new online auction.

We'd love almost anything – sporting tickets, newspaper photos, vacation homes or rentals, books or newspaper memorabilia. Some items that have done well in our annual live auction include Harley jackets, sporting wear, jewelry, wine tours and regional beverages – the sky's the limit.

The new online auction will kick off in March (watch for details at or ) and we're hoping for a bit of madness. Send the description of your item and a photo (if possible) and its value to or Give us your contact info, so we can confirm the details with you. And then give yourself a pat on the back for helping the APME Foundation continue its great training and scholarship programs, such as NewsTrain.




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AP: Past medical testing on humans in US revealed

Albuquerque Journal: Tight budget doesn't dampen this university party

Sunday Free Press: High-risk investments cost Detroit$408 million

Philadelphia Inquirer: Law firm where son of board member worked received millions

Sacramento Bee: Wide range of salaries for state's largest community college districts

The Sunday Journal: Delaware's beach trash ends up swirling ocean mass of debris

Read all 17 watchdog reports at:


AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK: Morgan, Gelineau, Griffiths, Gomez

Nairobi newswoman Katharine Houreld has developed contacts in intelligence and private security communities for years. In October, a contact in the Mogadishu airport called to say 12 men who looked suspicious had landed in the lawless Somali capital. The source wondered: Did Houreld know anything about them? No, but after a few related tips she set about finding out. The result, pulling in the work of colleagues on three continents, has been a series of stories peeling back the layers of a multimillion-dollar program financed by several Arab countries to mobilize Somali recruits to fight pirates who are terrorizing the African coast.

Read more at:


Editors in the News

A former reporter for the Las Vegas (N.M.) Optic from 2000 to 2003 has returned to the newspaper as its managing editor. Las Vegas native Martín Salazar succeeds David Giuliani. The 36-year-old Salazar has 15 years of newspaper experience, including stints at the Gallup Independent, The Wenatchee World in Washington state and the Albuquerque Journal. He has worked for the Journal since 2004, where he was assistant city editor responsible for Sunday and Monday editions. Salazar has won awards from Associated Press Managing Editors and the New Mexico Press Association. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico in 1998.



Wyoming Senate advances one bill, defeats other on public records access

New publisher at Picayune, Miss., paper

Aurora, Colo., publishing sells The Sentinel newspaper

Fort Worth (Texas) tycoon to buy Star-Telegram building

Las Vegas (Nev.) Review-Journal cuts investigative unit

Find these reports at:


Hundreds of APME members attended Online Journalism Credibility webinars presented in the past nine months by NewsU and APME.

Though the six-part series is now over, the webinars live on in recorded form, allowing learning to continue. If you missed a webinar or want to watch them again because you have new situations to consider, now is a great time to register for the Training Package, which enables you to view (and re-view) all six seminars.

Here is the link to the Training Package:

APME Online Credibility Series



A great place to talk about what's working in your newsroom is our forums on

Check out the forum and "good ideas" and help start a conversation on a topic.

And if you have ideas for additional forums, please let us know.

You can find the forum area at:



Former Greenville (S.C.) Piedmont editor William Coke Morris has died at age 89. As a reporter for the Greenville Piedmont, Morris wrote an award-winning series that resulted in a state inspection of prisons. He edited the afternoon paper for 38 years and retired in 1984. The Columbia native served in a U.S. Army field artillery division during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. He also served as advisory chairman for the South Carolina Methodist Advocate and was a trustee of the South Carolina Methodist Center.

Judith P. Sulzberger, a physician and member of the family that controls The New York Times, has died at age 87. Sulzberger was the granddaughter of Adolph S. Ochs, who bought the newspaper in 1896. Her father, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, and brother, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, were publishers of the Times. Her nephew Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. is the current publisher. Judith Sulzberger served on the Times' board of directors from 1974 to 2000 and was a principal owner of the company under a trust, the newspaper said.

AND FINALLY...At 150 years, the pope's newspaper raises eyebrows


Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The headline was an eye-grabber: "Homer and Bart are Catholic."

That this homage to The Simpsons was splashed across the Vatican's newspaper was odder still, hinting that as it nears its 150th year of publication, L'Osservatore Romano was trying to be relevant, hip, even a bit controversial.

Read more at:


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