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APME Update • Dec. 21, 2016: The fight against fake news
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Oct. 8-11, 2017 -- ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.

The fight against fake news

AP stories dispelling patently false trending news articles already appear on the AP wire, on and on the AP News app. These stories, which will now say "AP Fact Check” in the headline, include details on AP’s efforts to verify the facts in fake news stories.

Now, when AP or another participating fact-check organization flags a piece of content as fake, Facebook users will see that it has been disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. That flag will follow the content if a Facebook user chooses to share it.

"AP has long done some of the most thorough fact-checking in the news business,” said Sally Buzbee, AP’s incoming executive editor. "This initiative is a natural extension of that tradition, and of the AP’s long-standing role setting the standards for accuracy and ethics in journalism.”

AP has consistently provided nonpartisan fact checks to its member news organizations and customers, which objectively examine the claims of politicians and government and other officials.

In recent weeks, AP has been identifying fake news stories, such as a false report that President-elect Donald Trump had allowed a homeless woman to live in Trump Tower. It also debunked a trending story that claimed Hillary Clinton won only 57 counties in the U.S. presidential election.

AP has long set the industry standard for accuracy and ethics in journalism, through its rigorous code of News Values and Principles and through The Associated Press Stylebook, which is used by news organizations around the world.

In an earlier memo to staff signed by AP news leaders, Vice President for U.S. News Brian Carovillano explained:

It is our job – more than ever before – to guide people to legitimate news and help them sort out "fake news” from the real thing.
The AP has a critical role to play in fighting the scourge of fake news. We are not going to transform ourselves into the fake news police of the internet, but we are going to be more aggressive about knocking down fraudulent stories when we can.


The 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.


GREAT IDEAS: Friday Extra/Weekend Break• The Daily Astorian in Oregon


2015, we launched a four-page C section in our Friday publication and a section online called Friday Extra.

It offers full-page or nearly full-page display for reporters, photographers and some community members. It has an often quirky, fun attitude, paired with "sense of place” columns and stories and occasionally even entices paid advertising.


Full disclosure: The section is now named Weekend Break and contains some standing features, such as COLOR comics, KidsScoop and possible other feature pages.

— Laura Sellers

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.



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EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Causey, Ingwerson and McFarland




Longtime Tennessee newspaper figure dies at 101

Martha Arnold Susong (Arne) Jones, who spent six decades in roles at The Greeneville (Tennessee) Sun ranging from co-owner to columnist, has died. She was 101. The Greeneville Sun reports ( ) Jones died peacefully early Friday, Dec. 16, with her five children by her side at Laughlin Memorial Hospital. Jones co-owned the newspaper with a few family members from the 1940s until earlier this year. For three decades, she sat on the board of directors for the newspaper and its parent company, Jones Media, Inc. Jones wrote the well-known "cheerful chatter" column weekly or monthly for 33 years, from 1974 until 2007.

Jones' husband, former longtime Sun publisher John M. Jones, died in July. The family will receive friends Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church. The funeral will follow at the church Monday.

Betty Flood, veteran Albany statehouse reporter, dies at 83

Elizabeth Flood Morrow, owner of an independent news service who was one of the first female correspondents to cover New York's statehouse, has died at 83. Flood Morrow died Dec. 14 at an Albany hospital, where she underwent surgery after being injured in a fall at her home in Loudonville. Known to New York governors, lawmakers and fellow reporters as Betty Flood, the Albany native worked out of a small office amid larger media outlets on the Capitol's third floor. She owned and ran the Cuyler News Service, which provides statehouse stories for financial and trade publications. She bought the business in 1961, a few years after she began covering state government during Gov. Averell Harriman's administration. Flood Morrow co-founded the Women's Press Club of New York in 1966.


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