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|APME Update • 2017 APME award winners announced|
APME UPDATE • JUNE 1, 2017
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June 3, 2017: Last day to save and bring a second editor for $100 to the ASNE-APME conference in D.C.
APME honors the 2017 award winners for excellence and innovation in journalism
NEW YORK — Watchdog journalism that saved lives, exposed bias, held government officials accountable and shed light on hidden practices earned top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards.
The Chicago Tribune earned the grand prize in Public Service for “Dangerous Doses,” which exposed pharmacies that were dispensing drug combinations that could cause harm or death, APME announced Wednesday. “This high-impact project wins first place because of its journalistic sophistication, its novel approach and because it changed rules and laws governing pharmacists and their training,” judges said.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register also received top honors in Public Service. The Herald-Tribune documented significant racial inequities across Florida in sentencing; the State Journal-Register led a collaborative statewide effort to show the impact of the state budget stalemate.
The Charleston Post and Courier won the grand prize for work advancing the principles of the First Amendment. The newspaper found that police across the United States have stockpiled huge databases with personal information from millions of Americans who simply crossed paths with officers.
Other First Amendment winners were the Quad-City Times, which successfully pushed city leaders to stop doing the public’s business in small groups behind closed doors, and the Peoria Journal Star, which battled to obtain a police officer’s report about her colleagues’ and supervisors’ misuse of on-the-clock time.
The annual APME contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, and reflects the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed, and cultivating ideas that work. Teams of judges are comprised of APME national board members and top editors at the Associated Press.
Winners will be recognized at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference October 8-11 in Washington, D.C.
Deadline is Saturday! Register a second editor for just $100 to join your collegues for the News Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
Register now for the 2017 APME-ASNE News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
Those who register and book their hotel rooms by Saturday, June 3, will be eligible to bring a second editor for just $100.
Dubbed “Real News, Engaged Citizens,” the conference will focus on the intersection of journalism and citizenship. It will immediately follow the Online News Association conference, scheduled for Oct. 5-7 at the same Marriott. Come early and take advantage of doubly diverse sessions and networking opportunities, all offered in one location.
Attendees interested in building trust through community engagement can sign up to attend a free workshop prior to the APME-ASNE conference kickoff. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, and has limited seats.
Attendees will also be able to attend events hosted by the Associated Press Photo Managers, which will be hosting its annual conference in conjunction with APME and ASNE for the fourth year in a row.
Our conference hotel, the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, is at 2660 Woodley Road NW. Conference sessions will begin there Monday morning and conclude by noon Wednesday.
Those who register and book their hotel rooms for at least three nights by Saturday, June 3, will be able to bring a second editor for only $100. Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at email@example.com to receive a promo code for this deal.
Special conference registration rates are also available for retired members, spouses, students and APME's Regents. Lunch tickets for Monday, Oct. 9, and Tuesday, Oct. 10, can be purchased during registration.
To sign-up for the Oct. 8 preconference workshop: Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are registering through APME. Email Jiyoung Won at email@example.com if you’re registering through ASNE. The workshop has limited space and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are registered to attend the conference.
To book your hotel room: A terrific group rate is available at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park for $249/night Friday, Oct. 6, through Wednesday, Oct. 11. Reservations must be made by 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 15. Make a reservation online here.
Top-notch trainers are set to teach cutting-edge digital-journalism skills at three NewsTrain workshops this fall.
The daylong trainings will be held on these Saturdays in these cities:
• Oct. 14 in Beverly, Massachusetts, 26 miles north of Boston;
Early-bird registration of $75 is available for all these workshops, and super-early registrants will also get a chance at a free AP Stylebook.
Attendees typically rate NewsTrain sessions as 4.5, with 5 as highly effective and highly useful. “This is the best hands-on collection of practical sessions with knowledgeable ‘in-the-field’ instructors I’ve experienced,” said 2016 NewsTrain attendee Kelly Shiers.
Competitive diversity scholarships are available for all three workshops. Journalists, journalism students and journalism educators from diverse backgrounds are invited to apply.
Here are the accomplished trainers and what they’ll be teaching:
Don’t delay; register today. NewsTrains often sell out.
Smaller news organizations: Apply soon for APME’s sixth-annual Community Journalism Initiative
The sixth year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative continues to emphasize the important work of smaller news organizations and their impact on U.S. communities.
Because of generous grants from the Park and APME foundations, the initiative will award grants of $2,500 to two news organizations again this year to help them complete projects important to their communities. The winners will also receive an expense-paid trip to send a representative to present at the ASNE-APME-APPM News Leadership Conference Oct. 8-11 in Washington.
However, news organizations must apply to be considered.
“It’s a relatively easy process to enter, and the return on the investment of time is great if you are selected,” said Joe Hight, who is serving again as chairman of the grant project and judging panel this year.
“The list is growing of outstanding smaller news organizations that APME has supported to do great journalism and projects that have an impact on their communities, It’s also great to see how these organizations have gone on to win other major awards and even national companywide honors for the work they are doing.”
Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grants. Applicants must draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multi-platform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue. If the project is part of a partnership, the application must address the news organization’s role in it and its need of the grant to help complete it.
The deadline for applications is July 24. Applications can be submitted by going to https://www.tfaforms.com/4619008. The grant winners will be announced in late August.
Unmasked: The stigma of meth, Ball State University (winner of the 2017 APME Innovator of the Year for College Students)
Ball State University Professors Terry Heifetz, an instructor of Telecommunications and News Director for Indiana Public Radio and Juli Metzger, instructor of Journalism and Coordinator of Unified Media in the College of Communication, Information and Media, led a class of 27 students in a unique multi-platform, cross-disciplinary, semester-long immersion project in fall 2016.
"Unmasked: The stigma of meth" examines the epidemic-sized meth problem in Delaware County and why everyone — from lawmakers to homeowners — should care. There were 148 seized meth labs in Delaware County in 2014. That number climbed by almost 40 percent to 235 labs seized in 2015.
Two babies every week at Muncie's IU Ball Memorial Hospital are born drug addicted. There's a wait list for children who are in need of foster care because there is no one in their family not affected by drug use. But there is hope and the community is pushing for better solutions. Through law enforcement, legislative, medical, behavioral health and faith-based communities, there is progress to report.
Pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in cold medicine and used to make meth, is harder to get over the counter because of recent legislative action and pharmacists are on high alert. A unique drug diversion program in the local court system helps users overcome the addiction and get their life back. There's still more to be done.
The Ball Brothers Foundation, the underwriter for this report, wanted to raise awareness about the issue and shine a light on the work being done. Ball Brothers has funded another student-led project to rehab a meth house and awarded grants to buy protective gear for first responders.
In this project, besides this website, there is an accompanying printed edition, a radio series that will broadcast on Indiana Public Radio and a public television documentary, which will air on WIPB. Students from the Department of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunications with focuses on television production, documentary, news writing, news broadcast and graphics and web design contributed to this report.
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