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APME Newsletter Dec.22, 2010
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The electronic newsletter of the Associated Press Managing Editors for December, 22, 2010

In this issue:

Ohio ME Laura Kessel Named to APME Board

Broken Budgets: AP-APME National Reproting Project

NewsTrain Schedule for 2011: Four New Workshops

Watchdog Reporting: Summary of Recent Impact Reporting
AP Beat of the Week: Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo
Editors in the News: Melvin, Deghati
Industry News and Business of News

Catching up on Credibility Topics: Order the Full Set
APME Forums: Discuss Good Ideas With Colleagues
AP Member Discount for 2010 AP Stylebook with Social Media Guidelines

In Memoriam: Wettengel
And Finally … A Nation of Watchers







· March, 17-18, 2011. The Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute will host NewsTrain/Washington, D.C., at the Newseum.


The board of directors of the Associated Press Managing Editors has announced the appointment of Laura Kessel, managing editor of The News-Herald in Willoughby, Ohio, as a member of the board.


Kessel will fill a one-year, unexpired term created when the board reinstated the Journalism Studies chair on to the leadership ladder.


"We’re delighted to have Laura join the APME board,” said APME President Hollis R. Towns, executive editor of the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J. "Coming from a small newspaper, she'll help us take on projects such as training that benefits everyone in journalism today."


Kessel has been managing editor at The News-Herald (Journal Register Co.) for four years. Prior to that she was a page designer, copy editor and news editor at the News-Herald, Valley News-Dispatch/North Hills News Record in Tarentum, Pa., and The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio.



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.

On Monday the first story moved, byBeth Fouhy in New York City about how the nation's 26 new governors are inheriting multibillion-dollar shortfalls that will mean their first year in office will be remembered for raising taxes or slashing health care or education.

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


APME NewsTrain will host four regional workshops in 2011, two in the spring and two in the fall.
* The Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute will host NewsTrain/Washington, D.C., at the Newseum on Thursday-Friday, March 17-18. Save the date! Information to come at: NewsTrain / Washington, D.C.

· The Wisconsin Newspaper Association and The Wisconsin State Journal will host NewsTrain/Madison at the Wisconsin State Bar Center at a date TBA, probably in early April. Information to come at: NewsTrain / Madison, Wis.

· The Oakland Tribune and San Francisco State University will sponsor a Bay Area NewsTrain in the fall.

· The Record of Hackensack, N.J., will sponsor a Northern New Jersey NewsTrain at Ramapo College, Mahwah, in the fall.


AP: New governors take office amid historic budget crisis

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta property taxes: Values fall faster than tax bills

The Austin American-Satesman: Tax breaks get failing report card

Memphis Commercial Appeal: Is police department complying with court’s spy order?

Read all 20 watchdog reports at:

AP'S BEAT OF THE WEEK: Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo

Not even the CIA can keep secrets from Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, Washington reporters covering the intelligence beat who had not one but two major exclusives on the same day.


In the first, Goldman and Apuzzo disclosed a secret agreement between the CIA and two contractors who carried out Bush-era waterboarding interrogations: The CIA agreed to cover, directly from its own budget, at least $5 million of their legal fees. In effect, taxpayers would pay to both investigate and defend the two architects of a tactic that the U.S. now says was torture.


Then, Goldman delivered a second beat: In an unusual move for the U.S. and a complication on the front lines of the fight against al-Qaida, the CIA had pulled its top spy out of Pakistan because of terrorist death threats after a Pakistani lawsuit accused him of killing civilians in missile strikes.

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Don Melvin, a veteran London-based editor for The Associated Press who has covered events ranging from the fall of Berlin Wall to the death of Pope John Paul II, has been named Brussels news editor. The appointment was announced by John Daniszewski, senior managing editor overseeing international news and photos. For the last three years Melvin has served as an editor on the AP's regional editing desk in London. As Brussels news editor, he will direct coverage of Belgium, Luxembourg and international institutions including the European Union and NATO.

Photographer Abdolreza "Manoocher" Deghati, who got his start covering his homeland Iran's turmoil after the 1979 Islamic Revolution and went on to work around the Middle East and Latin America, has been named Middle East regional photo editor for The Associated Press, heading photo operations across the region. The appointment was announced by Director of Photography Santiago Lyon. In the new post, based in Cairo, Deghati will oversee the AP's photo coverage in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Cumberland, Md., paper names Effingham publisher

Fort Wayne, Ind., newspaper closing Washington office

Kansas' historical newspapers available on website

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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:



AP members are eligible for discounts on purchases of the 2010 AP Stylebook – both the print and online versions.

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.


Jack Dean Wettengel, former managing editor of The Duncan Banner and executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, has died at 88. Coming from two generations of newspaper publishers, he grew up in the back shop of the Covington, Okla., newspaper and the Rush Springs Gazette. After graduation from Oklahoma University, he became the owner and publisher of The Clay County Leader in Henrietta, Texas, until 1961. Then, he took over as managing editor of The Duncan Banner for a year until he was asked to serve as the Oklahoma assistant secretary of state. After his term in office in 1967, Jack worked for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (REC) until he was recruited for the Oklahoma Historical Society, where he headed the Newspaper Archives until he was named the executive director. He retired in 1986.


We came, we saw, and we saw some more: A year of watching, from Snooki to the spillcam


NEW YORK (AP) – There it was, gazed upon by millions in horror, anger and pure fascination: a grainy, sputtering image of the deep blue sea and its interloper – the bubbling brown goo that was spewing into the water from the depths of the planet.


It was, of course, the "spillcam" _ the reverse periscope into the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico that was broadcast live to the world from May to July. For the first time, we could watch in real time as a huge natural disaster unfolded in a place that for most of human history had been beyond our view.


And why not? Because that is what we do in this Brave New World, this modern age of unprecedented and unsettling wonder:


We watch.

Read more at:


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