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Two-for-one Registration Offer for APME Conference

Monday, August 15, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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New Offer: Any editor who pays for a conference registration may add a second editor for no further registration charge. The second editor must be an APME member. To join,visit:

Program for Reaching New Heights: Embracing Tomorrow Today! APME Annual Conference, Embassy Suites Downtown Denver, Sept. 14-16
SEPT. 14

1 p.m. The Future of News. AP President & CEO Tom Curley; Dean Singleton, Chairman and CEO, MediaNews Group; and Kate Marymont, Vice President/News, U.S. Community Publishing, Gannett Co. Moderator: APME President Hollis R. Towns, Executive Editor, Asbury Park Press, Neptune, NJ.

2:30 p.m. Using Social Media in the Newsroom. A boot camp for news executives. Get advice on setting social media strategy, managing social media performance, what social networks to pay attention to and establishing guidelines. AP Assistant Managing Editor Ted Anthony.

4 p.m. Facebook for Journalists: Engaging Readers. Vadim Lavrusik, Journalism Program Manager, Facebook. Moderator: Jack Lail, Director of News Innovation, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel.

5 p.m. How to Make Comments Engaging. David Arkin, Executive Director, News & Interactive Division, GateHouse Media; Steve Buttry, Director of Engagement, Journal Register Co.; Bobby Burton, President, 24/7Sports. Moderator: Jack Lail, Director of News Innovation, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel.

6:30 p.m. Opening Reception and Auction. The Denver Post, sponsored by MediaNews Group. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock will welcome attendees.


8:30 a.m. Innovator of the Year Awards. Finalists: The Kansas City (Mo.) Star for its Midwest Democracy project; The Register Citizen, Torrington, Conn., for its Open Newsroom project; and Pennsylvania newspapers for APME-AP Broken Budgets project. Moderator: Laura Sellers-Earl, Director, Audience Development, East Oregonian Publishing Co., Astoria, Ore.

9:30 a.m. Sports Access. How to deal with the restrictions sports leagues and organizations try to place on newspapers and websites. Bob Bowman, Chief Executive Officer, MLB Advanced Media, and Dave Tomlin, AP Assistant General Counsel. Moderator: John Cherwa, Deputy Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times.

10:30 a.m. Wrestling Hyperlocal. "The Truth about” While not the only hyperlocal online news network on the scene, AOL's has caused the biggest stir within the newspaper industry since its launch in 2009. Many newspapers are competing head to head for both news and advertising dollars, competing to retain reporters who are being lured away, and even changing news practices to better compete. But is really a long-term threat to our local news businesses, or is it destined to financially flame out? A panel of experts discusses the business model, its progress to date, and some surprising facts. John Lynch, Serengeti Communications; Brian Timpone, CEO,; and Neal Simpson, The (Quincy, Mass.) Patriot Ledger, reporter and former staffer. Moderator: Brad Dennison, GateHouse Media Inc., Vice President of News & Interactive.

11:30 a.m. AP News Presentation. AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll and AP Senior Managing Editor Mike Oreskes.

12:15 p.m. The 2011 Awards Luncheon. AP Staff Awards. 10th Anniversary Robert McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership. APME and APPM Awards Celebration.

1:15 p.m. A Conversation with Julian Assange. How WikiLeaks changed our approach to Information in the 21st century. Moderator: Martin Reynolds, editor, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune.

2:15 p.m. First Amendment/Public Records. How to protect sources, reporters and news organizations in an era in which there’s no federal shield or privilege against compelled testimony and when the government can – and routinely does – secretly monitor our communications and records to check on who’s telling us what. Dave Tomlin, AP Assistant General Counsel; Laura Frank, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, and Steve Zansberg, Levine Sullivan Kock & Schulz. Moderator: David Bailey, Managing Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

3:15 p.m. APME Election Results/Annual Meeting. APME President Hollis R. Towns.

4 p.m. "Deadline.” Movie Screening. "Deadline” is the story of the murder of an African American youth in rural Alabama that has gone unpunished, unsolved and uninvestigated for more than 20 years. But that changes when Nashville (Tenn.) Times reporter Matt Harper meets an idealistic young blueblood bent on discovering the truth. Created by Mark Ethridge, former managing editor, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. Inspired by a true story. "Deadline” is adapted from Ethridge’s novel "Grievances.”

6 p.m. Baseball Game. Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants. Warning Track party area. Coors Field. Dinner/cash bar.

FRIDAY, Sept. 16

8 a.m. Great Ideas. Moderator: Kurt Franck, Executive Editor, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio.

8:30 a.m. Gannett Foundation Award for Digital Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. Randy Lovely, Editor, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, and Bill Church, Statesman Journal, Salem, Ore. Moderator: Alan Miller, Managing Editor, The Columbus Dispatch.

9:30 a.m. Collaborating with Non-Profits and The Associated Press. Stephen Engelberg, Managing Editor, ProPublica; Mark Katches, Editorial Director, Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch; and Matt Moore, AP’s Pennsylvania News Editor.


10 a.m. Digital Leadership: Managing and guiding digital work. Knowing what questions to ask, what to pursue. Val Hoeppner, Director of Education, Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, Nashville, Tenn.

11 a.m. Bringing National and International Stories Home. John Schidlovsky, director, International Reporting Project, and AP Tokyo News Editor Eric Talmadge.

10 a.m. Feedback – The Master Class. It’s harder than ever for busy editors to provide the feedback journalists want – and need. You can't add more hours to your day, but Poynter's Jill Geisler will show you how to UPGRADE the feedback you currently provide. In this fun, interactive session, you'll assess your current approach, discover new opportunities and techniques – and discover what the world looks like when you're wearing "feedback glasses."

12:15 p.m. "Deadline Every Second.” Movie screening. "Deadline Every Second” is a new documentary showing 12 AP photojournalists in action worldwide in eight countries as they cover war, political clashes, financial markets, natural disasters, sports and human interest stories. Ken Kobré, Producer; John Hewitt, Co-Producer and Editor. Moderator: AP Photo Director Santiago Lyon.

1 p.m. Lunch, box lunches will be available.

Coaching Sessions. Jill Geisler, Leadership and Management Group Leader at the Poynter Institute, is offering her popular one-on-one coaching sessions on Thursday, Sept. 15, on a first-come, first-serve basis. No charge to APME members. Please email Sally Jacobsen at sign up for the 30-minute sessions.

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