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APME Newsletter March 17, 2011
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APME Update
The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for March 17, 2011

In this issue:

March Madness: APME's New Online Auction with Beach Condo, Sports Tickets
APME Membership Drive: $99 New Member Discount Until April 15
NEWSTRAIN: Midwestern reporters and editors: Register for Madison Workshop
Join NewsTrain on Facebook and Twitter
Broken Budgets: AP-APME National Reporting Project
AP: Baseball Hometown Leads This Season
Mobile Migration workshop being held in Nashville on April 1
2011 APME Journalism Excellence Awards: Deadline May 16
Call for Nominations for McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards
Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP Beat of the Week: Japan's Foster, Inouye and Edelsten
Editors in the News: Maddox, Kuppers, and Mike Cobb
Industry News
Catching up on Credibility Topics: Order the Full Set
APME Forums: Discuss Good Ideas With Colleagues
In Memoriam: Broder, Craemer, Person, and Robinson
And Finally … David Broder: Remembrances



Save the Date

- 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

- May 16 – Deadline for 2011 McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards

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




It's time for some March Madness, APME style

Support the Associated Press Managing Editor's association and its mission to train and support newsroom leaders through NewsTrain, the annual conference, awards, webinars and other practical tools. Your donation or your winning bid goes directly to help this volunteer organization advance the cause of professional newspaper journalism in practical, meaningful ways. For the first time, APME offers choice items for bid throughout the year in an online auction, all building up to the annual conference and the live Foundation Auction on Sept. 14 in Denver. APME is a nonprofit organization and your donations are tax-deductible.

Bidding ends 5 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, March 28.

Winners will be notified April 1 (no fooling) and will receive their certificates or items after payment is received.

Thank you to our auction donors and to all our bidders!

Now, let's start bidding and have some fun! To see the goodies and bid, go to:

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



NEWSTRAIN: 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.



Have you attended one of the many NewsTrain events Associated Press Managing Editors have hosted over the years? Just generally interested in good training material? Then become a fan of NewsTrain's new Facebook page and Twitter feed. You'll find relevant news about upcoming training events, best practice training tips and be able to connect with NewsTrain alumni through this social media outreach.




Broken Budgets, the yearlong reporting initiative of The Associated Press and APME, has gotten off to a strong start with national stories that are getting front page play around the country and with localized reports that are enriching papers.

Broken Budgets is examining the fiscal crisis facing U.S. states and cities, how state and local governments are dealing with this crisis, and how Americans' lives will change because of it.

There's even a statewide Broken Budgets project planned in Pennsylvania that has attracted great member participation. The stories in that project will run in April. A 50-state interactive should be available to members soon.

We're planning to offer free training webinars, perhaps as early as April, for reporters working on budgets. We willoffer introductory sessions and sessions for seasoned reporters. I may soon send a note to the board for ideas on topics for these. APME can publicize them.

Some recent and upcoming stories:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – While budget deficits threaten to cripple government services across the country, a handful of states with billions of dollars socked away in "rainy-day" funds for troubled financial times are discovering they cannot use that money to offset their cuts. Amid the worst financial crisis facing states in decades, stringent rules governing the use of reserve funds have tied the hands of lawmakers in nearly a dozen states even as they consider raising taxes, slashing health and social services and shuttering education programs. By Melinda Deslatte.


DENVER (AP) – At the Ohio Department of Mental Health, Christy Murphy's days are filled with calls from people seeking help she can't seem to give. They plead with her, but budget cuts have trimmed services so much – more than $1 billion in the current state budget – that she is not sure where to send them. The desperation on the other end of the line hits painfully close to home for Murphy. Her 19-year-old son, Christopher, suffers from a range of mental problems. Although he has coverage through Medicaid, he can't get the services he needs. His mother says he has no psychiatrist, no case manager, no medication: "I think it's 100 percent about money," said Murphy, who lives in Columbus with her son. An onslaught of budget cuts has hit mental health services in states struggling to weather economic woes. Even in better times, help could be hard to find. Now, just as demand is soaring, billions of dollars in cuts have shuttered facilities, prolonged waiting times to get services and purged countless patients from the rolls. By Matt Sedensky and Kristen Wyatt. For use Monday, March 14.


BOSTON (AP) – A sign welcomes visitors to "historic" downtown Gardner, Mass., but history is one of the few things this city of about 20,000 residents has going for it these days. While it still calls itself "Chair City," its heyday of fine-furniture manufacturing has long past and unemployment is at 11 percent. The town about 60 miles west of Boston is struggling on two fronts: A sinking local economy that is generating less tax revenue for basic services and a state government drained by the Great Recession with less money to spread to its municipalities. Like countless cities and counties around the country, Gardner has compensated by cutting services. Children in grades 7-12 no longer have school buses, public library hours have been slashed, city public works employees have been laid off and a summer program that paid teenagers to clean up parks and playgrounds has ended: "I'm supposed to be doing more, with a heck of a lot less," said Mayor Mark Hawke, whose city now is receiving less state money than it got a dozen years ago. His lament is a familiar one in cities and counties across the country. Gardner's woes come amid a fiscal squeeze unlike any in modern history and are emblematic of the rough road ahead for local governments in nearly every state. By Bob Salsberg and David A. Lieb. For use Sunday, March 20.

And a few links to Broken Budgets stories:

There's room for more – much more – member involvement in this reporting initiative that is taking place in all 50 AP statehousebureaus and sports its own logo.

The fight over the cost to states of public employee benefits in Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee and other states proved to be a perfect example of how the Broken Budgets initiative can respond to spot news. Several stories that were planned for longer-range movement were beefed up with real-time examples of the issues states and workers were dealing with and moved spot.

Broken Budgets works like this: Advisories of majorstories produced by AP staffers are sent to member papers 7 to 10 days in advance, giving time for localizing. Stories in the initiative can be jointly produced by AP, member papers and journalism organizations. If your organization has an idea for this series,a story you'd like to produce jointly, or even a statewide project you'd want to participate in, please contact your state's AP bureau chief.

A few ideas for localizing stories from Gatehouse News Service:

Look to APME Updates and for updates in this initiative.

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


AP: Baseball Hometown Leads

Sports Editors:

Starting with the new season, AP Sports will add another dimension to our baseball coverage. We will now provide optional-style tops featuring the losing team in addition to the regular optional top that focuses on the winning team.

Called hometown leads, the stories will move after the breaking and optional leads have appeared on the wire. The hometown lead will pick up into the material in the breaking lead and will run about 12-13 inches. It will carry a featurized lead and quotes from at least one player and/or the manager. We hope to have it on the wire within 60-75 minutes after the game ends.

To recap:

_ NewsNow game lead.

_ Writethru with game details.

_ Optional lead.

_ Hometown lead (losing team optional), picking up into main game story.

Slugs for the main stories and optional leads will be the same: BC-BBN—Phillies-Mets.

The hometown lead will be slugged with that team's name only: BC-BBN—Mets. In other words, this means the Mets lost the game and the regular optional is focused on the Phillies.

AP Sports decided to begin providing this service, after discussions with many U.S.-based sports editors, as a way to

meet a need for coverage tailored to their local teams.

Questions can be directed to sports editor Terry Taylor at 212-621-1640.

-AP Sports, New York


Mobile Migration workshop being held in Nashville on April 1

A mobile study released this week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that nearly half of all American adults (47%) get some local news and information on a cellphone or tablet.

One in 10 U.S. adults is getting news or information via an tablet or smart phone "app," the survey found.

Are you developing strategies for these new small screens? Join us in Nashville on April 1 for the Mobile Migration workshop co-sponsored by the Online News Association and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute with underwriting assistance from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

You'll learn how to decipher this new disruption is the key to building new competitive business models. You'll hear how the Dallas Morning News is making the mobile web an integral part of its paid-content strategy. You'll learn how magazine publishers are reacting with both wins and humbling crashes. You'll learn how innovations are popping up in Africa and Europe and among non-traditional news start ups.

Registration information:

(For those who want to stay overnight, there is a special $109 room rate at the nearby Embassy Suites Hotel, 1811 Broadway, To get the discounted rate, call Mike Henry, senior sales manager at the Embassy Suites, 615-277-4964.)


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 14-16in 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 Associated Press Managing Editors, in partnership with the American Society of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 10th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in newspaper content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color. The deadline to make a nomination is Monday, May 16.

Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference, Sept. 14-16 in Denver. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

For more information:



AP: Survey shows progress, setbacks in government openness

Miami Herald: Despite recall vote, commissioner gives taxpayer funds to pet projects

The Sunday Oregonian: Green energy soaks up taxpayers dollars

Tulsa World: Lawyers and lobbyists top financiers of 2010 state election campaign

Democrat and Chronicle: Medical Examiner is highest paid in county.

Read all watchdog reports at:


AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK: Japan's Foster, Inouye and Edelsten

Tokyo Chief of Bureau Malcolm Foster was at his desk when Japanese TV flashed an ominous warning: A "huge" earthquake was about to hit Japan. About 10 seconds later, as the seventh-floor bureau started shaking violently.

He turned to see APTN senior producer Miles Edelsten, video camera on his shoulder, standing at the full-length windows filming people pouring out of nearby buildings onto the streets. Photographer Itsuo Inouye snapped a photo of reporters Mari Yamaguchi and Jay Alabaster under their desks in the textbook earthquake position

Foster, Inouye and Edelsten powered though an earthquake and a tsunami and were still able to get out impactful stories on all fronts, including photos, video and text.

Read more:



Three veteran editors at the Ledger, of Lakeland, Fl., are taking on new roles in the newsroom, increasing the media company's focus on multimedia and investigative reporting. Metro Editor Lynne Maddox and Sports Editor Andy Kuppers have been promoted to assistant managing editors, expanding their roles in the Newsroom, Managing Editor Lenore Devore has announced. In addition, Mike Cobb, a 37-year sports reporter and editor, is moving into a new role as head of a six-person Multimedia Desk.



AP appoints reporters in Haiti and Cuba; expands Spanish service staff

Open government policy is the focus of Sunshine Week

Report: Online news consumption only area of industry showing growth

Ohio Historical Society receives national grant to preserve historic Ohio newspapers

Erie newspaper to outsource printing lay off 40

Amy Lee has joined The Huntsville (TX) Item as its new publisher.

Find these reports at:



Online Journalism Credibility webinars presented by NewsU and APME are available online. If you missed a webinar or want to watch them again, 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.



David Broder, the prize-winning Washington Post political columnist whose even-handed treatment of Democrats and Republicans set him apart from the ideological warriors on U.S. opinion pages, died last. He was 81. Post officials said Broder died of complications from diabetes. Broder was familiar to America television viewers as a frequent panelist on NBC television's "Meet the Press" Program. He appeared on the program more than 400 times, far more than any other journalist in the show's history.

Jack Craemer, a longtime editor and co-publisher of the Marin Independent Journal newspaper, has died. He was 94. The Independent Journal reports that Craemer died last week at his home in San Rafael. He became managing editor in 1949, two years after joining the newspaper.

Evert Bertil Person, Sonoma County's foremost philanthropist and former publisher of The Press Democrat, died last week at his winter home in the Palm Springs area of Riverside County. He was 96. Person, who retired from the newspaper business in 1985, had been in failing health for a month and died of complications from pneumonia. Through two charitable foundations and on his own, Person donated about $40 million to the community. Among the major beneficiaries were the city of Santa Rosa, Sonoma State University, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and the Burbank Center for the Arts.

B. Frank Robinson, owner and former publisher of the Elizabethton (TN) Star, has died. He was 85. Robinson, who had congestive heart failure, died last week at home. Robinson became publisher of the paper in 1955 and remained in the post until 1980 when he named his son, Charles Robinson, as publisher. B. Frank Robinson returned as publisher in 2004 when his son died and stayed until 2008 when his grandson, Nathan Goodwin, assumed the position.



David Broder: Remembrances


The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - On the night before the 2008 New Hampshire primary, a few Washington Post reporters gathered for dinner in Manchester to pay tribute to our colleague David Broder for his almost half-century of covering presidential contests in the Granite State. We all knew it might be the last primary he would ever cover there.

He was in good form, dressed in his typical road wear - an old, tan corduroy jacket and plaid flannel shirt. He had a smile on his face and was totally in his element. He loved these moments in every campaign, as the voters were about to speak. At one point, he was asked for any last-minute observations. "Watch Ron Paul!" he said with a laugh.

Read more at: __________________________


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