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Oct. 8-11, 2017 -- ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.


2017 Associated Press Media Editors awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation are open for entries

The Associated Press Media Editors is now accepting entries to its annual awards competition, honoring excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.

The 2016 awards reflect APME’s continuing commitment to serve news organizations of every size and mission by offering early-bird and multiple-entry discounts to members.

The final deadline for all entries is March 1, 2017.

Eligible work must have been posted, published or launched between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016. News organizations can submit the same entry in up to two categories.

The fee for APME members is $60 per entry if submitted by Dec. 31. After that, the fee returns to the regular $75 for members, and $100 per entry for non-APME members. However, member organizations submitting three or more entries will continue to receive the discount of $60 per entry until March 1.

To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to (If you are not yet an APME member, you may join at this site:

Several awards recognize work done in different circulation categories. The Public Service Awards, First Amendment Awards, News Reporting and Storytelling Awards have three categories. The Investigative Reporting Awards, Community Engagement Awards, and International Perspective Awards have two categories. Please see the specific awards for details.


Great Ideas: The Big Story • Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa

We stole this idea for The Big Story from the Twin Falls (Idaho) Times-News, because it’s a good one. We have always had a strong enterprise story on our Sunday page 1, but decided to restructure our planning process and our presentation to make sure that story has focus, depth and is as visually compelling as possible.

Without adding pages to the paper, we eliminated our Metro cover, moving that content into the first A section. Then, we gave the first two open pages and a third inside page over to a section we call The Big Story in large letters at the top of the section cover.

As for planning, we schedule the stories months in advance. We have every reporter in the rotation to write one. We have an editor focused on the production of The Big Story and every Tuesday we have a meeting to order graphics, maps, edit photos, schedule sidebars and look for holes in the edited copy.

We tease The Big Story with an oversized photo, large headline and 6-8 inch piece of writing from A1. The presentation and depth of the stories is quite dramatic and the brand is something we hear readers repeating when they refer to our Big Story.”

— Autumn Phillips


Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas!

NewsTrain coming to Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington in 2017

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Washington state in 2017.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

Beverly, Massachusetts, about 26 miles from Boston;
Columbus, Ohio;
Norman, Oklahoma; and
Seattle, Washington.

Please sign up here to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the workshops.


Sarasota Herald Tribune: Florida’s broken sentencing system
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Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama’s “huge shift” in sentencing guidelines,
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Arizona Republic: What happened to the investigations into Tom Horne?
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Los Angeles Times: How free coupons help drugmakers hike prices 1,000%
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Denver Post: Only one conviction after thousands of complaints of abuse
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Miami Herald: Suspected of corruption at home, powerful foreigners to U.S.
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Chicago Tribune: Lottery didn’t award 40% of grand prizes
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Oregonian: National Guard inaction exposes communities to lead
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Austin American-Statesman: DNA gaffes could cost taxpayers up to $14 million
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Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley dies at 87

A fascination with spies and scandals, combined with deep patience and persistence, made Phillip Knightley a legend among investigative journalists. Knightley, who has died aged 87, helped gain compensation for the victims of thalidomide through a landmark investigation for London's Sunday Times, and shone light on the murky world of Cold War espionage. Former Sunday Times editor Harold Evans called him "the gold standard of public journalism." "Phil was spurred by injustice," Evans wrote in a tribute. Knightley died Wednesday, Dec. 7, in London, his literary agent Rachel Calder said Friday. Born into a working-class family in Sydney in 1929, Knightley worked for publications in Australia, Fiji and India before joining London's Sunday Times in the 1960s. Under Evans, the paper became renowned for its investigations.

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Longtime South Dakota editor Garnos dies

Gordon R. Garnos, former editor at the Watertown Public Opinion and a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 81. Garnos, who grew up in Presho, came to Watertown in 1964 and was employed almost 40 years at the Public Opinion, including the last 22 years as editor. He retired in 2002. "Gordy was a newsman's newsman," said former Public Opinion general manager and publisher Steve Lowrie. "He had a talent for finding the facts for important stories, and he always had his nose to the ground looking for a story. Garnos was a graduate of the University of South Dakota and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was elected to the Watertown City Council in 2002 and served three terms. He lost a 2004 bid to the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 2007 he was named a Lusk Fellow at South Dakota State University and was elected to the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted to the state Hall of Fame. Garnos is survived by his wife, Beth, of Watertown, his sons, William and Richard, and his daughter, Heather.


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