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APME Update for Thursday, March 8, 2012

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The 2012 APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television 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.

This year, innovation-award categories have been added for radio, television and college students. In addition, the online convergence category has been retooled. The new digital storytelling award recognizes print-online combinations that draw on data visualization, social media, video and/or blogs in presenting a story.

Categories include:

Sixth Annual Innovator of the Year Award. The winner will be awarded $1,000.

• (New) Innovator of the year awards for Television and Radio

• (New) Innovator of the year award for college students

Third Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism. The winner in each of two circulation categories will be awarded $2,500.

• 42nd Annual Public Service Awards

• 42nd Annual First Amendment Award and Citations

• 11th Annual International Perspective Awards

Digital Storytelling and Reporting Awards (previously Online Convergence Awards)

All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between July 1, 2011 and April 30, 2012.

The deadline for entry is Tuesday, May 1.

The awards will be presented at the APME annual conference Sept. 19-21 in Nashville and linked on the APME website.

Entry fees are $50 for APME members and $100 for non-members.

For more information: Please go to:



The Des Moines (Iowa) Register and New Haven (Conn.) Register are the winners of The Associated Press Media Editors' first monthly Innovator and Great Ideas contest in 2012.

Des Moines won for its digital coverage of the Iowa caucuses. The Register's multiplatform effort included launching a website, mobile app and mobile site and using social media strategy to deliver breaking news, videos, photos and data from Republican presidential candidates’ campaign stops across Iowa.

One judge wrote that "Des Moines' online coverage was simply amazing: comprehensive, reader-friendly and innovative."

As for the "Great Idea of the Month," New Haven is the first 2012 winner. The Register won for its "Digital Ninja School," a comprehensive, structured approach to digital skills training, using a martial arts-style belt system to get the entire newsroom immersed in five areas — digital publishing, social media, blogging, video and data journalism.

A judge wrote about the training approach: "This is a great idea, seemingly well-executed, and sure to engender excitement at all levels of the newsroom. It's one thing to say our journalists and co-workers have to learn digital tools: It's another entirely to enable, motivate and reward learning that's taken to heart and applied. Love the name, love the concept, plan to steal it all."

Kathy Best, managing editor of the Seattle Times, Laura Sellers-Earl, digital development director of the East Oregonian Publishing Co., and Gary Graham, editor of The Spokesman-Review, served as judges for the monthly honors. Joe Hight, director of information and development for The Oklahoman/, and David Arkin, vice president of content & audience for GateHouse Media Inc., are the co-chairs of the Innovator/Great Ideas Committee.

You can read a special Q&A with the two winners by going to:
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APME’s second annual March online auction offers a beach getaway, iconic photo images, Pendleton blanket, sports tickets, books and much more!

Bid today and help APME pave the way. New this month, photos from the Associated Press Photo Mangers join the items up for bid.

Here’s how it works: Bid now and bid often. You will receive a reply to your email bid letting you know it was received. But you need to check to the auction site to see if other bidders try to claim your prize. The top bid wins at 5 p.m. EST, Friday, March 30. If you are a winner, we’ll notify you to arrange for payment and get your prize shipped in the U.S. (or make arrangements for other shipping).

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Sign up today for the first of three webinars on social media credibility topics presented jointly by APME and Poynter’s NewsU.

"Journalists and Social Media:
Rights and Responsibilities”
Thursday, March 15, at 2:00 pm EST

This Webinar will help you build a credible social media platform that will strengthen the relationship with your audience. Equip your staff to employ high standards when posting breaking news in social media streams and better understand public’s expectations from journalists and social media.

Bill Church, editor of the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal, discusses the results of the APME Social Media Credibility Project about rights and responsibilities of journalists using social media.

• Examine perceptions from the public and newsmakers on how journalists use social media
• Improve your civic engagement and community expertise through social media
• Discuss ways to restructure your news operation to include social media

APME members may register for each of the three social media credibility seminars for $9.95 by using a code. Watch for an email from Sally Jacobsen, then go to this URL to sign up:



Join APME now at our $150 rate and bring on another editor, educator or broadcast news leader free.

Our 2-for-1 offer will last until May 1.

This is a great time to join, for reasons outlined below. But membership has more value than ever after the APME board reduced the price of entering our prestigious Journalism Excellence Awards from $75 to $50 per entry for members. Non-members will still pay $100 per entry.

Contest details will come out soon, but consider the savings you and the person you bring along will have. Reach out to a broadcast leader or journalism educator in your market, perhaps, or bring in another newsroom editor.

We'll also soon roll out three social media credibility webinars that will be offered to APME members at a reduced rate.

With more than 1,600 participants and 200 supporting members, the Associated Press Media Editors remains the practical voice for news leaders.

For the $150 cost of membership, you'll receive substantial discounts for the annual conference, APME journalism contests and APME webinars.

But there’s more:

• APME brings together news leaders from all sizes of publications and broadcast stations.

• The APME board of directors has dedicated seats for small newspapers, online and broadcast.

• Myriad programs, such as Sounding Board, help keep the lines of communication open with AP.

• News leaders can tap into AP resources on national projects, such as Broken Budgets and Aging America.

• Your newsroom can benefit from training that comes to you through NewsTrain and state APME organizations.

• APME is leading the First Amendment charge through its active committee work and with the help and resources of the AP.

• APME and APPM are at the forefront of the sports credentialing questions.

• Your organization can gain from Credibility Roundtables that offer research and insight into online issues nationwide.

• You can get great advice from the trenches.

• Great Ideas program and the Innovator of the Month contest help to keep the ideas rolling all year long.

• For educators: Access to the newsroom and broadcast leaders who do the hiring.

• Weekly APME Update with news from around the industry and the AP.

• APME News, the magazine that offers industry insight and guidance.

• The annual conference is held with Associated Press Photo Editors.

• Trade ideas and ask for advice from your peers at

Join today!



NewsTrain will be in Phoenix on March 22-23 for a two-day workshop on watchdog journalism, developing enterprise off a beat, multimedia storytelling, how to cultivate community content, mobile tools and tactics, managing change, and more.

NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by The Arizona Republic, Arizona Newspaper Association, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Daily Sun, Colorado Press Association, Nevada Press Association, Utah Press Association, and the Associated Press.

Cost: $50.

Location: ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Registration: Deadline is March 16, at

Workshop sessions

Unleash Your Watchdog – This is a program for reporters and editors on how to identify and pursue powerful watchdog stories from everyday records. Includes investigative techniques and strategies that lift high-impact enterprise from daily beats, and enable reporters and editors to create authoritative work on multiple platforms. The goal is not to wait for news, but to make it happen, whether you’re a reporter in the trenches or editor at the helm.

Digging for Data – Once a potential watchdog story is identified, how to use timesaving techniques to drill through mountains of information – from paper files to computer databases – and extract critical information that turns routine stories into must-read enterprise. Includes simple methods and innovative reporting tools to systematically mold raw data into hard-hitting leads and nut graphs.

Multimedia Storytelling: The latest in tools, formats, techniques and strategies for telling stories in multimedia. These techniques may be used for daily news coverage, short-term enterprise, and larger packages.

Community Content: News organizations are searching for ways to include more local content on their web sites. This session explores what kind of content is out there, how to reach out and develop relationships with those who are or can produce content, and the many ways that content can be brought into your web site. Includes examples, tools, and copyright or contractual issues that may occur.

Accountability Coverage: How to generate a consistent flow of watchdog coverage off a beat. Between the news scoop and a major project there are a variety of ways to build short and mid-range watchdog stories. This session offers seven different measures of accountability reporters and editors can use on a beat to produce a strong body of watchdog work around a public agency or issue.

Tools for Mobile Journalists: A program on many basic (and free) tools reporters and other mobile journalists can use to capture and post news and images from the field. Includes smart phones, simple cameras, apps, free software, reference materials, and easy-to-use web platforms. Bring your smart phones for demos and practice.

How to Shoot Great Short Video: Demand for short, timely video is high on all news web sites. This program covers how to shoot three of the most common types of short video with a smart phone or simple point-and-shoot camera. The focus here is on 30-60 second video that requires no or very minimal editing and can be posted quickly. Skills include framing, light conditions, sequences of shots, and more.

Impact Stories: In the constant stream of instant news, readers still want stories that explain the impact of the news on them. Increasingly, impact stories are the primary role of the daily newspaper. This program for reporters and editors examines the difference between a breaking news story and an impact story, how to frame an impact story, then report, write, and edit so "impact” is the primary focus, even across different types of stories.

Managing & Surviving Change: The news business and daily life in any newsroom is engulfed in constant change. This program offers a simple eight-step approach to managing change, for supervisors and staff, a model that can be used by small groups or entire newsrooms to navigate change effectively and keep the focus on strong results.

NewsTrain Idea Swap: The workshop will conclude with a lively session in which everyone is invited to share one good idea, best practice, tip, time-saving trick, or other nugget that can help others do a better job. In this session, people will have two minutes to quickly share their idea. Ideas will be collected in advance to produce a full collection that will be posted online.


Michael J. Berens is a reporter on the investigative team at The Seattle Times. He previously worked on the investigative team at the Chicago Tribune and began his career at the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio). Previous projects include the unchecked sexual misconduct among hundreds of health-care practitioners; a comprehensive analysis of hospital infections and the MRSA epidemic; FDA failures to thwart fraudulent medical devices; a military blunder with a vaccine that led to unnecessary deaths. Berens’ work has been recognized through many dozens of national and regional awards. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (beat and investigative reporting categories). First place honors in 2011, for his "Seniors for Sale" project on abuses in adult family homes, include Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE); the White House Correspondents Association; the National Press Club; Gerald Loeb Award; Association of Health Care Journalists; Society of American Business Editors and Writers; and Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting at Harvard University. His latest project in December revealed how the state of Washington promotes the use of methadone as a low-cost pain killer through state-subsidized health care among the poor, a group with higher than average death rates from methadone use.

Mandy Jenkins has just accepted a new position with Digital First Media. She was most recently the Washington D.C. Social News Editor for the Huffington Post. Prior to that, Mandy was Social Media Editor for the startup; Digital Content Editor / Social Media & Projects at the Cincinnati Enquirer; Social Media Editor and Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; and an online news producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also writes the Zombie Journalism blog on digital media.

Jane Stevens is the editor of ACES Too High, where she is working to develop a national network of local health sites. She also writes the blog ReJourno, on remaking journalism on the web. In 2011, as director of media strategies at The World Company in Lawrence, Kansas, her community heath site, WellCommons, won an EPPY award from Editor & Publisher for "Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website” under 250,000 unique monthly visitors. Prior to that, she was editorial director of Oceans Now, associate faculty at UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, taught multimedia reporting at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and consulted with news organizations making the transition to digital media. In 1996, she was part of the first group of videojournalists at New York Times Television, and did multimedia reporting for the New York Times, Discovery Channel, and She’s worked for the Boston Globe and San Francisco Examiner as copy editor, assistant foreign/national editor, Sunday magazine writer, and science/technology reporter and columnist.

Michael Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant and Project Director for NewsTrain. Previously, Michael was Deputy Managing Editor Staff Development at The Arizona Republic (2003-2010), responsible for all newsroom training, served as writing coach, and edited major projects. Outside his own newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops. Before the Republic, Roberts was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines.

Retha Hill is Executive Director of the Digital Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. Previously she was vice president for content for Black Entertainment Television Interactive, an executive producer for special projects at, and an editor for local news, arts and entertainment at the Washington Post. She was also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, the Online News Association, the American Press Institute, the Freedom Forum, and the National Press Club.

Rob Schumacher is a photographer / videographer with the Arizona Republic / He designed and led the photo training for Republic mobile journalists and the entire reporting staff.

For more information, contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,



Elbert Tucker, news director of WBNS-10TV in Columbus, Ohio, has joined the Associated Press Media Editors' board of directors.

He'll fill the broadcast seat vacated by Jim Farley, vice president/news and programming for WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.

Tucker has 27 years in television broadcasting and previously worked in Cincinnati, Birmingham, Ala., and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Tucker will head the APME Broadcast Committee and help judge the new innovation awards for radio and TV.

Tucker will run for re-election at the APME conference in September. Two broadcast directors will be elected at the conference, one to serve a three-year term and one to fill the unexpired two-year term. After the election in 2013, the board will always have three broadcast directors, as APME expands to include AP broadcast news leaders, college journalism educators and student editors.





Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll cited AP's global test of transparency laws in describing to a Berlin forum on freedom of expression the challenges of getting public information for the public.

"It doesn't matter what kind of system governs a nation, that system values and keeps a lot of secrets," Carroll said at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy's International Freedom of Expression Forum.

In 2011, Associated Press journalists around the world conducted the first ever test of those transparency laws. "We asked the same questions of the European Union and the 105 nations with open records laws," Carroll said. "And about half of the nations that mandate public disclosure had this answer: 'It's none of your business.' "

Read the full text of Carroll's prepared remarks:



AP: Scams against elderly a multi-billion dollar industry
AP: Cop-cadet sex case has precedents
Sunday Oregonian: Rewriting the prison sentence in Oregon
Maine Sunday Telegram: Analysis shows Congress shifting toward extremes
Orlando Sentinel: GPS court monitoring monopoly raises questions
Arizona Republic: Unequal school funding in Arizona persists
Austin American-Statesman: Millions in court fines and fees in Texas go to other uses
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Deaths in day care rose sharply over past five years
Denver Post: Contractors and bond companies big donors to public-bond campaigns
Arizona Daily Star: Outsized water bills hit users in Tucson
Commercial Appeal: Investigation finds mayor double dipping on expenses

Read about these and more by clicking here


BEAT OF THE WEEK: Kunzelman, Burdeau, Weber

They were the journalistic dream team of The Gulf oil spill – Michael Kunzelman, Cain Burdeau and Harry Weber.

Almost two years after the massive disaster, they were back with one more huge beat, on arguably the biggest news since the oil rig explosion first set off the disaster: the multibillion-dollar settlement of a wide range of claims.

Kunzelman, Burdeau and Weber were able to break it because of deep sourcing developed by mining into the company, lawyers representing thousands of individuals and businesses claiming damages, and Department of Justice authorities.

Big beats on the oil spill were nothing new to the AP reporters, of course. After the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in April 2010, they were first to report that oil had reached the U.S. mainland, for example. A number of other news organizations have long since pulled up stakes along the Gulf as the crisis faded. But as the secret settlement talks progressed Kunzelman, Burdeau and Weber dug back in. They were first to report that a deal was close and that the trial had been postponed to allow more time for negotiation.

They kept close to all parties in those negotiations, sifting through daily rumors and sharing information to keep as clear a picture as possible of what was happening behind closed doors. On one occasion, their sourcing saved them the embarrassment of competitors who reported that the talks had collapsed.

The foundation of their reporting could not have been more solid: 18 months ago, Kunzelman sweet-talked a worker in the U.S. District Court clerk's office to add the AP reporters to an email notification list usually reserved for attorneys in the case. Since then, the team had received nearly 6,000 of these emails, none more important than the one posted the night of March 2, when Judge Carl Barbier indicated a settlement had been reached.

AP had the news out more than an hour before BP was able to get out its own press release. AP, meanwhile, advanced the story, reporting the effect on BP's finances and, for the first time, that health claims would be considered.



Mark Maynard, managing editor of the Ashland, Ky., Independent, has been named editor by Publisher Edidie Blakely. Blakeley says Maynard is uniquely qualified for the role due to his vast experience in different editorial roles, the newspaper reported ( Maynard began working part-time at the Ashland newspaper in high school and continued while attending college. He began as a full-time sports writer after graduating from Morehead State University and worked his way up to sports manager in 1990 and to managing editor in 2006. Maynard says he looks forward to serving in the role and feels he is well-prepared for the challenges. Former editor Mike Reliford served in the position from 1998 until his death two weeks ago.

The San Francisco Examiner has named Stephen Buel as its new editor in chief. Buel was previously the newspaper’s city editor ( ). He brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to his new role. Before he joined the Examiner in January 2011, Buel worked for more than nine years as the top editor for the East Bay Express.

Tom Blount, editor of The High Point (N.C.) Enterprise for 22 years and a six-decade veteran of the news business, will retire from the paper at the end of March.

The newspaper reported ( ) Blount made the announcement in the newsroom. A Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Blount began his journalism career as a teenage sports correspondent for the Beaver (Pa.) County Times in 1952. The 76-year-old Blount says he's proud of the work the newspaper has done in his time as editor.



• AP launches redesigned news app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
• Shadid remembered as funny, modest; cousin urges more protection for reporters
• Britain's ex-top cop: Too much police-press gossip
• Pew: Newspapers can boost online sales with focus
• Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller challenging reporter privilege in court
• Judge refuses to release tape in Aiken, S.C., cop's death

Read about these items and more by clicking here


AND FINALLY … New Haven Register presses run for last time

Community Engagement Editor
New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The guys in the pressroom fired up the Goss Metroliner presses Saturday night to print Sunday’s edition of the New Haven Register.

And with that, the gang who have been responsible for bringing the news to Greater New Haven’s homes and stores — some for 40 years or more — broke up. Not all of them have jobs, though some do, but all will walk out of 40 Sargent Drive with their pride.

"I don’t take it personal. It’s all about the bottom line. It’s the money end of it,” said Frank Malicki, 57, the pressroom manager who’s worked at the Register since 1970, before he graduated from Wilbur Cross High School. "Going back a few years, I’ve seen the writing on the wall.”

It’s the end of the print era in New Haven for newspapers, one that began in 1755, when the Journal-Courier was founded. It means the loss of 105 jobs, about a third of them full-time, but it’s been a good run for the printers. After all, who works at one place for four decades anymore?

"Truthfully, it’s been part of your life,” said Bob Suraci, a pressroom supervisor. "It paid the bills, put two kids through college.”

"I wish it would have lasted a little longer,” said Toni Suci, 56, a lead man and 38-year veteran. "It’s not the best feeling, but you’ve got to move on.”

Those who have worked in the production end of the paper have known this day was coming — the Journal Register Co., which publishes the Register, let them know months ago. But more and more papers have been contracting out their printing — at one point, 38 publications, many of them Journal Register Co. papers but also the Norwalk Hour — were printed at 40 Sargent Drive.

After today, the Register will be printed by the Hartford Courant. That will leave the Register plant, built by the Gant shirt-making company in the 1960s, housing only the newsroom, advertising, circulation and business offices. Soon it will be put up for sale and the company plans to move downtown.

"The opportunity is that it frees us up from a large space that is not connected to the community and allows us to explore going back to downtown New Haven, which is where we started,” said Register Publisher Tom Wiley.

Downtown, at Orange and Audubon streets, is where many of the pressmen started out. The need for new presses was a big reason the Register moved to Long Wharf in 1981. That was an exciting time — the pressmen even got to choose the three new presses’ blue color. (One of the three has since been sold.)

"The old presses were so old that when you walked out of there your skin was black because of the ink,” said Suraci, who turns 61 this month. "The walls were covered with ink.”

Malicki had wanted to work at the Register since he was a kid delivering papers in his neighborhood. "I had my sisters help me and I used to drag my sled through the snow,” he said. Later, he rode with the Register delivery truck, throwing bundles to the curb. He had to wait until he was 18 to work in the pressroom, so he worked in the in-house print shop.

Then, in the early morning of Nov. 22, 1972, as they were getting the presses ready to print the Journal-Courier, the pressmen walked off the job in a contract dispute with the Jackson family, who had owned the paper since early in the 20th century.

The strike wasn’t pretty. One striker was arrested for spreading nails in the parking lot. Tires were slashed. Seven company managers’ homes in Hamden, East Haven and Trumbull "were damaged by paint, stones and an unignited bottle of gasoline,” the Register reported.

Folders and other automated parts of the presses were sabotaged, forcing suspension of the Journal-Courier for a day. "The Register will, however, publish a complete edition for its 110,000 subscribers throughout southern Connecticut,” the paper said.

Because of the sabotage, the Jacksons wouldn’t take the strikers back, and Malicki got his chance to work on the press.

Now, he has a job lined up with Brook & Little, a packaging company in North Branford that prints national brand labels. Suci has been offered a position at the Courant. Suraci will stay on to decommission the press. "I kind of volunteered to do that, not knowing what my next step is going to be.” After that, he needs to find a job to pay for health care.

The laid-off workers will get a severance package, but one thing that rankles is that the company won’t be paying for their health insurance long-term. "What is it to say, ‘Take care of these guys’?” said Suci, after they faithfully worked through blizzards and blackouts.

"I think we’re very proud of what we’ve done,” said Suraci.

Wiley wouldn’t comment on the severance package, but said the layoffs were "not pleasant … not easy.” He praised the printers’ work, especially after all the Journal Register publications were brought in-house a few years ago.

"It’s never a positive thing personally when people are leaving the organization, and we recognize that this team has done really good work for the last few years producing the Journal Register Co. products here in Connecticut,” he said.

However, the company has committed to an online future. Journal Register Co. is now part of Digital First Media, named for CEO John Paton’s mantra and what the company sees as the path to success.

It’s necessary to get out of the businesses that don’t serve that philosophy, Wiley said. "We want to invest in front-line news and front-line sales.”

Wiley also noted that the company was up-front with the workers they were letting go. "I think the Journal Register Co. has handled these changes in an open communication way with the staff and with advance notice of what we were doing, and most companies don’t do that,” he said.

There is inevitable uncertainty for many of the workers, but the pressmen say they’ll finish the job with dignity.

After so long in one job, "I think it would be nice to kind of do something different now,” said Suci. Until then, "We’re going down with the ship.”

With the announcement that the New Haven Register will now be printed in Hartford, readers have asked a couple of important questions:

Will I still get my paper every day?

Yes! The New Haven Register and its sister publications — the Middletown Press and the Register Citizen of Torrington — will be delivered to local homes, stores and honor boxes as always.

Is the Register staying in New Haven?

Yes! Our news, advertising, circulation and business offices remain at 40 Sargent Drive. We’re planning to move to downtown New Haven when details are worked out.


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