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APME Update for Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Media Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail or call Sally at (212) 621-7007.

To receive APME Update by e-mail notify APME is an AP-member group of newspaper, broadcast and college education leaders founded in 1933 to provide input on the services of The Associated Press and to help newsroom managers become better leaders. A business league under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, APME is funded through registrations and sponsorships at the annual conference, APME Supporting Memberships and in-kind support. The Associated Press Media Editors Association Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, supports educational programming. Membership in APME is open to senior print and online editors at AP-member newspapers and news directors, news managers or other senior positions at AP broadcast outlets in the United States and Canadian Press publications in Canada. It is also open to administrators, professors, instructors, leaders or advisers of journalism studies programs at recognized colleges and universities and to editors or leaders at newspapers, radio stations, websites or other news outlets at recognized universities and colleges.

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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.

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The annual APME Journalism Excellence Awards are expanding to focus even more on innovative work taking place across the U.S. and Canada.

We already offer the Innovator of the Year, now in its sixth year, for newspapers. We'll now offer Innovator of the Year for college journalism programs, radio and television stations.

Details and the entry platform will come in February on these three new awards. The deadline for entering is Tuesday, May 1.



If you're with a small-media company, then you should apply for the Community Journalism Public Service Initiative from the Associated Press Media Editors.

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the first-ever grant. The recipient will receive $1,000 to jump-start the initiative and a trip to the annual APME conference to present the project.

"APME is proud to roll out this new opportunity for smaller media outlets," said Bob Heisse, APME president and executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA. "We look forward to hearing about and sharing what the winner accomplishes."

It's easy to enter: Just draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.

To apply, go to and fill out the online form. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26. The grant will be awarded in March.

Here are more details:

The Grant: A $1,000 grant will be given to a small-media company for a public service project that addresses a long-standing community issue. If results are shown, a representative also would receive an expenses-paid trip (up to $1,000) to the APME conference in September in Nashville,Tenn.

Eligibility: The media company must have a website and serve a metropolitan area (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people. Preference will be given to Associated Press members.

Expectations: The project should use print and digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy. It should be considered entrepreneurial and should have the potential to be used elsewhere, including by a larger media company. Even though the project can be an ongoing series and continue after the APME conference, there will an expectation that a part of the project will be published before Aug. 1. The Innovator/Great Ideas Committee will contact the grant recipient in early August to determine progress on the initiative.

To apply: Go to to submit your proposal of 500 words or less, including examples of how you would tackle the project. The form will also prompt you to give your company’s newsroom staffing, website page views per month and your newspaper’s circulation or audience size.

Deadline: Feb. 26. The winner will be notified in March.

For more information, contact Joe Hight at



APME has selected four locations for NewsTrain workshops in 2012.
Workshops are now being planned for Phoenix, Miami, Toronto, and Chapel Hill, NC.

NewsTrain is a national touring workshop sponsored by APME and that serves journalists in their own cities. Programs are designed to provide training in the skills newsroom leaders need in a rapidly changing media setting. NewsTrain programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists, and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalists are also welcome and find NewsTrain programs valuable.

Below are dates and locations for the four workshops scheduled for 2012. Plans are now taking shape and details will be added to the APME web site listing ( of NewsTrain workshops, including agendas, speakers, and registration.

Phoenix NewsTrain, March 22-23, 2012: Local host committee includes The Arizona Republic, Arizona Newspaper Association, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University, Arizona Daily Star, Arizona Daily Sun, Nevada Press Association, Utah Press Association, and the Associated Press. The workshop will be held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University.

Miami NewsTrain, May 18-19, 2012: Local host committee includes The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, the Associated Press Florida and Caribbean, The Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, University of Miami School of Communication, CBS 4 News, WLRN-91.3 FM (South Florida NPR). The workshop will be held at the University of Miami School of Communication.

Toronto NewsTrain, Sept. 13-14, 2012: Local host committee includes Metroland, Newspapers Canada, Canadian Press, Ontario Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star, and Ryerson University. The workshop will be held at the Toronto Star Press Centre.

Chapel Hill NewsTrain, Fall 2012: Local host committee includes the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, North Carolina Press Association, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The workshop will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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



Mary E. Junck, the CEO of newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Inc., has been named chairman of The Associated Press board of directors.

Junck is replacing William Dean Singleton of MediaNews Group, who had been AP chairman since 2007. She said one of her top priorities will be the search for a new chief executive to replace Tom Curley, who announced last week that he plans to retire this year after almost nine years leading AP.

As chairman, Junck will help steer the AP's efforts to boost revenue, in part by further expanding the cooperative's video, Internet and mobile services. She will take over as chairman in April, after the AP's annual meeting.

"Making good, smart bets on the digital future is the direction we'll keep going," she said in an interview. "Tom has built a terrific foundation. The other thing he has done is work collaboratively in our industry. I see that going forward as well."

The AP, founded in 1846, is the largest independent source of news and information in the world. The not-for-profit organization, owned by newspapers in the U.S., said it expects revenue for 2011 to be down slightly from a year earlier, when it was $631 million.

Revenue has declined in recent years largely because of lower fees from newspapers and broadcasters, a large number of which have struggled because of the slow economy and a shift by advertisers to less-expensive alternatives online.

Junck, 64, has been an AP director since 2004 and became vice chairman in 2008. She will be the first woman to head the board.

Junck began her newspaper career 40 years ago, when she joined the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer as a marketing research manager. Since then, she has worked for and managed some of the country's biggest daily newspapers.

She was publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota from 1990 to 1992. She later served as an executive vice president with Times Mirror Co. and oversaw Newsday, the Baltimore Sun and the Hartford (Conn.) Courant. She also served as publisher of the Sun.

Junck joined Lee in 1999 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. She became CEO in 2001. The company owns the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and nearly 50 other newspapers. In her current job, she helped orchestrate Lee's $1.46 billion purchase of Pulitzer Inc. in 2005, which included the Post-Dispatch.

She is now leading Lee through a prepackaged bankruptcy as it restructures about $1 billion in debt. Earlier this week, a U.S. bankruptcy judge approved Lee's debt refinancing plan, which will allow it to exit the process next Monday.

Singleton is chairman of MediaNews Group, which was among the newspaper publishers hardest hit by the industry slump. MediaNews' parent company, Affiliated Media Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2010 and relinquished control to a group of lenders as part of the reorganization. Singleton stepped down as CEO of MediaNews last year.

Singleton said in a statement that the industry "has long been the beneficiary of Mary's deep understanding of the challenges facing all media companies in the digital age."

"She is a strong advocate for AP, for the value of original newsgathering and for everything AP stands for. She'll be an outstanding chairman."

Curley plans to stay on as AP's chief executive until his successor is in place.



• Arizona Daily Star: Youth offenders fare badly in adult system
• Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Elected to office? Need a free dinner? Call a lobbyist
• Austin American-Statesman: Police use of doctored DNA report prompts legal questions
• Houston Chronicle: Sheriff’s office disciplined scores of workers at troubled jail
• Cincinnati Enquirer: City leave policy general and costly
• Columbus Dispatch: City trusts seller when it says it’s the best
• Commercial Appeal: Pal of Southaven mayor profits off city

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Washington Photographer Haraz Ghanbari

It's the photographer's first rule of covering the president: Never take your lens off the man when he is in public.

Washington's Haraz Ghanbari, sensing news in what seemed a routine moment, stuck to the rule as others wandered off and got the only picture of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, jabbing her finger at President Barack Obama, a Democrat, as he arrived in Phoenix. It wasn’t only a photo scoop. The photo became the story and drove all coverage of the presidential visit

It was a rare case of an unscripted and tense moment between the president and a public official in view, if not earshot, of reporters.

Ghanbari had deplaned Air Force One and stood in the customary spot under the wing to wait for Obama to come down the steps for the official greeting. Standard stuff at every presidential arrival. Other photographers and television cameramen soon moved ahead to be in position when the president walked along the rope line on the other side of the tarmac.

Ghanbari, though, had noticed something a little different. Through his lens, he could see that Brewer was holding an envelope marked "Mr. President."

"I had my radar up," Ghanbari said. "I knew her stance on immigration and his stance on immigration, so I thought this could be interesting. I just stayed there with my camera."

What he caught was an "animated conversation." No disrespect intended, Brewer later said, just talking with her hands.

Nevertheless, it was the signature moment of Obama's visit, and Ghanbari had it all alone.



Former Los Angeles Times editor Russ Stanton who led the newspaper to three Pulitzer Prizes has been hired by Southern California Public Radio. Radio station KPCC announced the hire, saying Stanton will be tasked with improving the quality and reach of the station's report as vice president of content. Stanton was editor and executive editor at the Times for four years until December, when he announced a sudden departure amid financial tumult at parent company Tribune Co. Stanton oversaw the award-winning staff at a time when the paper faced declining circulation and the newsroom staff was slashed from 900 to 550 journalists.



• City can't ban filming of council meetings
• Atlanta Jewish newspaper publisher resigns
• Interim publisher named permanent chief at Nevada Appeal
• Ferguson named Vincennes (Ind.) Sun-Commercial publisher

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AND FINALLY … Survey in Iowa shows support for open government board

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two in three Iowans polled favor the creation of a board in state government to handle citizen complaints about violations of open meetings and access to government documents.

The findings come as Gov. Terry Branstad has joined open government advocates in pushing the Legislature to create such a board, staffed by a full-time attorney, to handle complaints.

The September poll, commissioned by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, found Iowans want greater accountability and openness in government than is currently practiced, even though few Iowans know the specifics of the state's open meetings and records laws.

"In every question about the tension between openness and privacy, Iowans endorse more openness," notes pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., in a summary of results.

The poll — one of the first of its kind in the country — provides a baseline of Iowans' beliefs that can be used by the Legislature, as well as by the Freedom of Information Council, Kathleen Richardson, the nonprofit organization's executive secretary, said.

Legislation to create a board or new state agency to resolve access issues in government has stalled at the Statehouse since 2007, in part because some lawmakers view the proposal as an expensive solution to a minor problem.

But the poll shows a majority of Iowans — again, about two in three — believe the government should put more effort into holding public meetings and making documents available. Just one in three said what happens now is OK.

A bill that passed the Senate last year would create a seven-member board to resolve conflicts related to open records and open meetings at an estimated cost of about $150,000 a year. For example, such a board would be empowered to resolve cases such as one in which three residents of Riverdale, in Scott County, took a fight over legal fees related to an open records battle with city government to the Iowa Supreme Court. The court ruled that the city had to reimburse the residents for more than $64,000 in attorney fees.

That bill establishing the board currently sits in the House appropriations committee for action there.

A bill creating the board has been passed in the Senate the last four years, always to get stalled in the House. "We've listened to a lot of different sides at this point," said Chris Mudge, executive director of the Iowa Newspaper Association. "Now, it's a good bill."

The poll also found wide support for making public numerous government records, including the expenses, salaries and discipline of public officials; the names of candidates for major state or local government jobs; campaign contributions; government contracts awarded to private companies; police logs; and real-estate records.

A majority of respondents, particularly seniors, largely opposed the release of autopsy reports and names of crime victims.

But just 42 percent of the poll's respondents said they know something about Iowa's open government statutes, nicknamed "sunshine laws." Twenty-seven percent said they knew nothing at all.

The poll found that those who said they had requested open records before have been mostly higher income, middle-aged, female, Democrat and college-educated.

"Overall, we were pleasantly surprised or heartened by results," said Richardson, whose organization tries to educate the public, government officials and journalists about open meeting and records laws. "We had been fearful the public perceived (sunshine) laws as the bailiwick of journalists. That wasn't the case."

By an almost 2-to-1 ratio, Iowans said the people who request public documents should pay for copies, and just one in three said they believed charging for copies made it less likely citizens or media would make requests.

The poll of 803 adult Iowans was conducted in September by Selzer & Co., the same company that conducts The Des Moines Register's Iowa Polls. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll cost the Freedom of Information Council more than $20,000, but may be used to help launch community conversations about open meetings and open records around the state. In addition, the council may provide information to high school teachers, based on the poll's findings, said Richardson, an associate professor in Drake University's Journalism and Mass Communication department.

If journalists ever doubted the public is interested in what government is doing, she said, the poll shows otherwise.

"It should give journalists ammunition that they are acting on behalf of citizens when they do ask for information from the government," Richardson said.


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