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|APME Newsletter Feb.17, 2011|
In this issue:
APME Membership Drive: $99 New Member Discount Until April 15
-- Feb. 20 – Deadline to apply for scholarships for NewsTrain in Washington, D.C.
- Feb. 25 – Deadline to apply for scholarships to SNA-APME Symposium in Chicago
- March 2 – APME-SNA Hot Topic Webinar at 11 a.m. ET on Social Media: Control It Before It Controls You – Lessons Learned from the "Man with the Golden Voice"
- 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.
- Sept. 14-16 – APME annual conference in Denver
APME President Hollis Towns launched the 2011 membership drive by 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 http://www.apme.com/, 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 http://www.apme.com/news/58796/New-members-join-and-save-a-letter-from-APME-President-Towns.htm
Application Deadline: Feb. 25
The SNA Foundation and the Associated Press Managing Editors have been awarded a McCormick Foundation grant to conduct a two-day symposium April 5-6 in Chicago designed to teach community journalists how to uncover local stories on the impact of the economic crisis on the American family. The symposium will feature top speakers from the academic world, as well as journalists who cover highly specialized aspects of the topic. Scholarship winners will gain the tools and information needed to better cover the topic in their communities. Follow-up webinars will also be available.
Applications for the 20 scholarships are due by Feb. 25. Click here <http://www.apme.com/link.asp?ymlink=449882&finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esuburban%2Dnews%2Eorg%2Fportals%2F3%2Fdownloads%2Fdocuments%2FSNAF%5FMcCormick%5FScholarship2011f%2Epdf>to access the application form and information. The scholarship will cover the costs of airfare, hotel and meals.
Editors and reporters are eligible to apply for the scholarships. Special consideration will be given to those in a position to drive the coverage of this topic at their newspaper. Depending on the size of the paper, this may be the editor, an assignment editor or a reporter.
The scholarships are available for community journalists who work at daily newspapers with a circulation of 100,000 or less or for a weekly group of newspapers. A number of slots have been reserved for weekly newspaper editors and for smaller dailies. The goal is to have a diverse audience.
The symposium is being implemented with a $35,000 grant from the McCormick Foundation.
The Associated Press Managing Editors' Innovator of the Year contest, now in its fifth year, is seeking entries for February in its new monthly contest highlighting newspaper innovations all year long.
Associated Press-member newspapers are invited to enter their innovative work at any time. Judges will recognize one paper per month.
The Register Citizen, an 8,000 circulation daily in Torrington, Conn., was the first winner, in January, of the innovator of the month contest.
The Register Citizen, owned Journal Register Co., was recognized for its groundbreaking Newsroom Cafe, which began in December.
"The Register Citizen shows that innovations come in all sizes," said Bob Heisse, APME vice president and Innovations Committee chairman. "We're pleased at APME to put a year-round spotlight on innovations at newspapers."
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.
Find details and the entry platform at http://www.apme.com/link.asp?ymlink=446263&finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fgreatideas%2Eazstarnet%2Ecom%2F. Every entry will also be considered for APME's annual Great Ideas book.
Monthly winners are recognized on apme.com and at the annual APME conference.
Applications for APME monthly innovation recognition are being accepted at:
The Associated Press and the Associated Press Managing Editors have launched a joint initiative 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. The Broken Budgets logo is available to accompany stories in the series.
Stories in the initiative 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 initiative, or an idea that can be produced jointly, please contact your state's AP bureau chief.
Together, we will shine a spotlight on the fiscal challenges in the statehouses, and in many cases AP and its members will develop comparison data to show the situation in every state.
To see examples of how newspapers have used Broken Budgets stories, go to:
Last chance to apply for scholarship to attend Washington, D.C., NewsTrain
NewsTrain and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute are accepting applications through Sunday, Feb. 20, for scholarships to attend the NewsTrain in Washington, D.C., on March 17-18.
Click here to get to the application: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DC_NewsTrain_Scholarship
Here is our other main page headline and the two workshop blurbs:
MADISON: NewsTrain's second workshop of 2011 will be held April 29-30 in Madison, Wis.
NEWSROOM "HOT TOPIC" WEBINAR
APME & SNA Members: Only $29 per webinar. Non-members: $49 per webinar.
Click to download registration form: http://www.apme.com/link.asp?ymlink=444331&finalurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esuburban%2Dnews%2Eorg%2Fportals%2F3%2Fdownloads%2F2011%5FSNA%2DAPME%5FWebinarRegistrationForm%2Epdf
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 http://www.apme.com/ or www.facebook.com/apmenews) and we're hoping for a bit of madness. Send the description of your item and a photo (if possible) and its value to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Impact: At CIA, grave mistakes, then promotions
AP: At northern border, agents fight drug war on ice
Plain Dealer: Stimulus funds education reform in Ohio
Oregonian: The high price of Oregon's insanity pleas in court cases
Columbus Dispatch: Rising Ohio school lunch aid reflects greater poverty, sets record
Cincinnati Enquirer: City contract workers retire with six-figure sums for unused leave
Philadelphia Inquirer: Why 37 accused priests are still serving
Orlando Sentinel: More babies born addicted to pain drugs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Tipster says schools official tried to obstruct state probe
Read all 14 watchdog reports at: http://www.apme.com/?page=Watchdog
As investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo and counterterrorism reporter Adam Goldman searched for truths about U.S. national security over the past year, some things never made it into their stories.
The analyst behind the mistaken CIA interrogation of the wrong man? She's now leading the hunt for al-Qaida, they were told. The operative punished for delaying medical treatment for a detainee who died? He's back at the CIA as a contractor, Apuzzo and Goldman learned.
They were interesting anecdotes, but not strong enough by themselves to carry a spot story or even a short-term enterprise piece.
A larger story, though, began to develop, and Apuzzo and Goldman followed it. They found that time and again after 9/11, when the CIA made major mistakes, when people died or were wrongly imprisoned, the officers involved received no punishment because of an accountability process that even some within the agency say is unpredictable and inconsistent. Behind the cloak of CIA secrecy, the officers were promoted through the ranks and now sat in senior leadership positions.
The Los Angeles Times announced that Jimmy Orr has been named Managing Editor, Online. Most recently Deputy Editor, Online, Orr will take on editorial responsibility for latimes.com and the Los Angeles Times Media Group's expanding portfolio of digital and mobile properties. Orr succeeds Sean Gallagher who is moving to London and will leave The Times at the end of the month. Orr is charged with working across The Times' newsroom and masthead to ensure continued integration of print, Web, social networking and search engine optimization efforts and consistency across distribution mediums. In addition, he is responsible for expanding mobile content strategy, including for upcoming Android, iPad and Windows apps, as well as implementing latimes.com's daily news and features.
An editor who helped direct the newsroom at the Salt Lake City Tribune is getting ready to lead the staff of reporters and photographers at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. Newspaper officials say Josh Awtry took his new post this as the new editor. Awtry most recently served as assistant managing editor of the Salt Lake City Tribune, a newspaper with a daily circulation of 150,000. He also worked at two community newspapers, The Independent in Grand Island, Neb., and The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Awtry, 35, will oversee all newsroom operations and sit on the Times-News editorial board. He says his top priority is to integrate the newspaper more closely into the community and its readers, both in print and through social media and mobile news formats.
Trish Bennett has been named managing editor of the Circleville (Ohio) Herald upon the retirement of David Amey. Bennett has more than five years of service to The Herald as a reporter, serving the past three years under Amey's leadership and two previously under former editor Shauna Goodhart from 1999 to 2001.
Honors for Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat reporters
Publisher closes on Lehman Communications deal
Find these reports at: http://www.apme.com/?page=IBNews
Hundreds of APME members attended Online Journalism Credibility webinars presented in the past nine months by NewsU and APME.
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 APME.com.
Reviews of 'Spider-Man' musical draw backers' ire
By Mark Kennedy
AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – The reviews are in for "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" – and that could be a bit of a problem.
Not because of what they say, but that they exist at all.
Some theater critics are weighing in on the $65 million musical even though it doesn't officially open until March 15, a move that violates the time-honored agreement between producers and journalists.
The latest reviews – and, for the most part, vicious pans – include assessments by The Washington Post ("a shrill, insipid mess"), The New York Times ("sheer ineptitude"), the Los Angeles Times ("an artistic form of megalomania"), the Chicago Tribune ("incoherent"), New York Post ("erratic"), Variety ("sketchy and ill-formed"), New York Daily News ("in need of a lot of work") and New York magazine ("underbaked, terrifying, confusing").
Their defections, timed to coincide with the third revised opening date, drew a furious response from the show's producers and threatens to upend the often cozy relationship between reviewers and show backers.
Read more: htttp://www.cleveland.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/02/spider-man_musical_draws_vicio.html