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2013 APME Conference
Oct. 28-30 - Indianapolis

The Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis is in the books.

Many thanks to the venues – the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Roof Ballroom, and the NCAA Hall of Champions.

Materials from the conference are posted with the sessions below. In addition, on the right rail, you can download the 2013 Great Ideas book and the conference tabloid produced by students from Ball State University, Indiana University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Indiana University Southeast. In addition, the students and editors tweeted and posted Instagram photos at #apme13 and at Stories and photos are at

A big round of applause for our 2013 sponsors:

Double Platinum and Platinum:
Athlon Media Group
Gannett Foundation
Star Media
GateHouse Media
National Press Foundation
Scripps Howard Foundation

Northeast Ohio Media Group
Log Cabin Democrat
Miami Herald
Portland Press Herald
Quad-City Times
S-R Media
The Repository
Rockford Register Star
The Seattle Times
Indiana State Museum
The Tennessean
USA Weekend
Victoria Advocate

Diederich College of Communications
The New York Times News Service & Syndicate
The Washington Post News Service & Syndicate

Shurz Communications
The Associated Press
Publishing Group of America
Neatly Chiseled Features
Brandstand Products
DigitalFirst Media

Save the date for the first-ever APME-ASNE joint conference in Chicago, Sept. 15-17!

Conference Presentations and Stories

Monday, Oct. 28: Scenes from Day 1

Welcome by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; Brad Dennison, APME president; Debra Adams Simmons, incoming president; and Jeff Knox, APPM president

Editors Talk Shield Protection, Growing Newsrooms at APME Conference

Governor Mike Pence on the Free Flow of Information Act [VIDEO]

President Brad Dennison on APME theme "Content is King" [VIDEO]

Top 10 Tips to Strengthen Your Newsroom

VIDEO: Happy Birthday, APME

Staying in the game: Sports coverage and access in the digital era

How has the landscape changed in the digital, multi-platform age? How have relationships between leagues and media altered in this era? What is the real story on rights and restrictions? What role does social media play? Gerry Ahern of the USA Today Sports Media Group, John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times, Barry Arthur of the Arkansas Democrat and the NCAA’s David Worlock try to provide some answers.

LA Times editor: Independent sports voice critical

Is journalism a crime?

NSA, FBI, DOJ, AP, FOX, NYT, Washington Post and The Guardian: One extraordinary summer for journalists, from unprecedented leaks and stories involving national security matters to charges of "criminalizing journalism to clandestine searches and seizures of reporters’ records to an uncertain future for a federal shield law. Where’s it all mean, and where are we headed? Gene Policinski chief operating officer of the Newseum, leads a discussion among Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the AP; Gary Ross, a special agent with the Department of Homeland security; and Dom Caristi, associate director of the Digital Policy Institute at Ball State University.

Associated Press still feels effects following DOJ probe

Gary Ross Q&A

Tuesday, Oct. 29

Keeping print alive: Is print dead?

Not according to Bill Day of Frank N. Magid Associates, a premier media research firm. He will suggest tools editors can use to extend the life of their print publications, based on research conducted by the company.

Newspapers can win if they ask what readers want

Not dead yet: Print can win by listening to readers

POWERPOINT: Content Rules — How to Win

How managing change creates better journalism

Managing change, like most everything in the news business, seems to get more complicated all the time. Today's successful leaders have discovered that managing change is really about managing relationships -- inside and outside the newsroom. Join Poynter's Butch Ward for a session on how building better relationships with your staff, business-side colleagues and, most of all, your audience and help you create a more collaborative newsroom and better journalism.

Butch Ward: Elements on what makes a great leader in the newsroom [VIDEO]

Five steps to managing newsrooms in times of great change

POWERPOINT: Need a new relationship?

Trust in the 21st Century: Why and How Journalism Ethics Will Change

The fundamental relationship between the individual and the information that person trusts is changing. Poynter’s Kelly McBride, one of the leading voices on journalism’s future, will show you how trust is being torn down and rebuilt every day, with everyday acts of creation, consumption and distribution. By looking at these new patterns of trusts, journalists can learn how to make their own work more trustworthy.

POWERPOINT: Journalism ethics will change.

Innovator of the Year Finalists

Three news organizations, the Arizona Republic, Columbus Dispatch and WLRN Miami Herald News, showcase innovations that have garnered national recognition as finalists for the prestigious APME award. Audience members will hear their presentations, be able to ask questions and then vote on the 2013 Innovator of the Year.

Editors vote for Innovator of the Year

WINNER – VIDEO: Arizona Republic
Password: AZMag

VIDEO: Columbus Dispatch

VIDEO: WLRN Miami Herald News

Metered content: The evolving habits and expectations of readers

Metered digital content has become the norm for many news organizations. But is the content unique enough to attract digital natives and grow audience? Greg Harmon, who has guided digital initiatives as a news executive and consultant, will test your thinking about digital content and examine industry trends that will affect your market sooner than later.

POWERPOINT: Paid content and the emerging new world

How to reset your coverage and priorities

How do you cover every town council meeting, volleyball game and festival in today's environment? You can't and you shouldn't try. This session will focus on how to re-prioritize your coverage and franchise topics and look at key readership research that can help determine a path forward newsrooms everywhere. David Arkin, vice president of content and audience for GateHouse Media, will lead a roundtable discussion of ways editors can set priorities for coverage in the 21st century. Participants are Teri Hayt, executive editor of The Repository of Canton, Ohio; Tom Koetting, deputy managing editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Nicole Carroll, executive editor of the Arizona Republic.

POWERPOINT: How to Reset Your Priorities

STORIFY: Pushing the reset button in the newsroom

Wednesday, Oct. 30

The Buffett Bump

Perhaps no company has generated more chatter in the news industry this year than Berkshire Hathaway, whose legendary chairman, Warren Buffett, has declared that he will keep buying newspapers as long as their economics make sense. In the past two years, Buffett’s company has purchased more than two dozen papers, making Berkshire Hathaway the nation’s ninth-largest newspaper group. In a keynote address to APME, Buffett’s "newspaper guy,” Terry Kroeger, CEO of BH Media Group and publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, will explain the company’s strategy.

Berkshire Hathaway newspaper chief sees long future for newspapers

Buffet expert: Newspapers still valuable community assets

Associated Press spotlight

Kathleen Carroll, vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, and a panel of top AP editors will share the story behind the story of some of the news service’s most inspiring coverage of the past year, and bring APME members up to date on the new AP initiatives.

PDF: Denied: Request for White House Photo Access

DOC: Associated Press VP & Director of Photography, Santiago Lyon 

AP/APME Awards Luncheon
President’s Award
Distinguished Service Award
Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership
Community Journalism Public Service Initiative grant winner

PDF: APME Awards Luncheon

In other news …

APME elects new leadership

Q&A with APME President-Elect Debra Adams Simmons

Dennison reflects on year as president

S. Indiana photographer shares personal glimpse of life

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