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APME Innovator of the Year Finalists

Wednesday, July 6, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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The Kansas City Star, The Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn., and a group of Pennsylvania newspapers are finalists in the Associated Press Managing Editors' annual Innovator of the Year contest.

The papers will present their work at the annual APME conference Sept. 14-16 in Denver. After the presentations, the audience will choose the winner.

The Kansas City Star is honored for the Midwest Democracy Project, a collaborative experiment to find new and better ways for Kansas and Missouri citizens to get informed and engage in civic debate. The newspaper's partners include the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and the University of Missouri School of Journalism and its Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The Register Citizen is honored for its Open Newsroom Project that turned its newsroom into a community center, opening the process of local journalism to the public. Readers are invited to attend daily newsroom meetings and use 134 years of local archives. The Register Citizen, an 8,000-circulation northwest Connecticut daily, won APME's monthly innovation contest for January.

The Pennsylvania Broken Budgets project, which involved 33 newspapers and The Associated Press bureaus in Pennsylvania, is honored for collaboration in informing readers of state legislative staffing. In all, one out of 11 legislative workers in the country works in Pennsylvania, and taxpayers pay $300 million a year to fuel the legislature. This project, which stemmed from the AP-APME Broken Budgets initiative, won APME's monthly innovation contests for April.

This is the fifth year for APME's Innovator of the Year. The winning entry will receive $2,000 from the contest sponsors, GateHouse Media and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

Previous winners of APME's Innovator of the Year contest are The Seattle Times in 2010; The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City in 2009; the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2008, and The News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla., in 2007.

Newspapers are encouraged to submit their innovative work for monthly recognition. Visit for details.

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APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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