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APME Update


Feb. 14, 2013


March 15, 2013
Deadline for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

April 29-30, 2013
NewsTrain, Springfield, Ill.

May 1, 2013
Early bird conference registration ends

July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, New York City

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Register today for the early bird discount

Save up to $155 on conference registration

Join us for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The event offers two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169, and the SpringHill Suites, $139. The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State History Museum. In addition, the first night's reception and APME Foundation auction will be held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, and the second night will feature a reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions.

APME is offering an early bird registration discounted price through May 1: $195 for members; $295 for non-members. After May 1, the registration cost will revert to $250 for members; $350 for non-members.

Non-member price: $350
Early bird non-member price: $295 (save $55)

Become a member here for discounts on the conference and the upcoming APME contests.

Member price*: $250 (save $100)
Early bird member price*: $195 (save $155)

NewsTrain Marks 10th Anniversary With First Stop in Springfield

NewsTrain, the signature on-site journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors, will make its first stop in its 10th anniversary year in Springfield, Ill.

Workshops are being planned for April 29 and 30 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Downtown Springfield. The APME-funded program makes four stops per year in the United States and Canada.

Trainer Michael Roberts oversees NewsTrain and plans the workshops based on a needs assessment from a committee of journalists in the region of the host city. Programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalist are also welcome.

Other workshops are being planned later this year in Seattle and Colorado.

The cost is $75 for the two days of training. Details are being worked out for hotel stays in downtown Springfield. We'll post registration details when we have them.

Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 — already, four members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

Donate to APME through our popular online auctions

The Associated Press Media Editors online auctions run at least twice a year and offer up a bevy of prizes and surprises with each iteration.

Each auction Loaded with photos, books, tickets, regional goodies and more, and advances the cause of journalism, helping enable newsroom and photography leaders within the AP membership to do more, better and smarter. Add to that the work APME does yearlong for FOI, Innovation, Great Ideas and our industry-leading conference that taps in to the relevant issues of our times.

Dig through your storeroom, look at your community and sporting events, what gift certificates or wares make your region shine?

The auction runs through March. We already have a New Jersey beach condo and a framed stunning print of Michael Jordan, in all his glory. We're sure you have other wonderful items and challenge each newsroom to offer something to make this auction shine.

If you need to know more about APME, visit

When you are ready to donate, fill out this form, or send a description of the item, value, photo and any other details to

Thanks, and happy bidding!

APME seeking applications for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

As it continues to show support for the work of small news organizations, the Associated Press Media Editors announces the second year of its Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

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

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.

Last year's winner was The Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, WI. The newspaper won the grant with its series on "Mental Health on Hold," a multimedia project on mental illness in the community. Staff members Megan Sheridan and Trista Pruett then presented their work on the project at the APME conference in Nashville.

This year's winner will have the opportunity to present at the conference in October in Indianapolis.

To apply, go to and fill out the online form.

The deadline for applications is March 15. The grant will be awarded in April.


Great Ideas

The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune

Oakland Voices is a community storytelling project founded by The Oakland Tribune and run in partnership with the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and funded in part by a grant from The California Endowment.

This program recruits and trains residents from Oakland neighborhoods struggling with health, wealth and geographic inequities to be storytellers through a comprehensive curriculum designed by the Tribune and Maynard Institute.

The stories they tell are featured on the Oakland Voices website, in the Oakland Tribune and on Bay Area News Group websites. The program, which is serving its second class of 10 correspondents, was started to empower residents to help reshape the narrative of their neighborhoods and to strengthen and build relationships between the paper and the community.

Graduates of the inaugural OV class said the experience provided them with a new perspective on the role of journalismin society and left them with skills to continue to contribute to the journalistic conversation through tweeting, blogging, producing video, editing audio or even starting their own similar programs.


AP Health Care Initiative

President Obama’s re-election has put national health care reform on a fast track _ at least in some states. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest addition to the nation’s social safety net since the advent of Medicare nearly 50 years ago and will affect every American in some way. Yet it also is far different from the health insurance program for seniors or Social Security, which are administered the same no matter where a person lives.

To help its members understand the health care law and its local impact, The Associated Press is planning a sustained initiative focusing on how health care reform will play out in each state.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Expense claims by Arkansas legislators drop $1 million
Houston Chronicle: More oil and gas workers killed on job than other professions
Tampa Bay Times: Cashing in on kids who need tutoring in Florida
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota is a hotbed of cancer-causing radon gas
Orlando Sentinel: Arrests of school kids alarms advocates
Press of Atlantic City: N.J. fails to track whether student aid recipients graduate

If your AP-member publication or newscast has a recent example of watchdog journalism, send the information to

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Rukmini Callimachi and Baba Ahmed

There was death, and love, in the most storied city in Mali as the AP covered the end of the French military offensive to clear Islamic extremists from the country.

First, though, we had to get there. That was no easy task for West Africa Chief of Bureau Rukmini Callimachi and Mali stringer Baba Ahmed. There’s a reason, after all, that Timbuktu has long been a code for the ends of the earth.

After three days of trying different land routes that didn’t work and a more than 10-hour car ride to Bamako where they were promised a seat on a French military flight, Callimachi and Ahmed finally found a Timbuktu truck driver. He agreed to take them through a little-known desert route -- a 13-hour drive, crossing a terrain that had only days earlier been controlled by al-Qaida-linked fighters.

They reached the deserted, unlit city at night, and when their car passed the military checkpoint, soldiers fired a shot to warn others that a vehicle was entering. Their hotel was dark, and there would be no showers for days.

Under these conditions, Callimachi and Ahmed managed to conceive, report and write exclusive stories that captured life under Islamic rule in Timbuktu.

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On its face, it was a pretty simple question: How much hazardous waste has the booming solar panel manufacturing industry in California produced in the past 4 1/2 years? When San Francisco environmental writer Jason Dearen asked that question of state and industry officials, however, he was met with a resounding chorus of "we don’t know.”

That didn’t deter Dearen, but instead spurred him to figure out the answer for himself. Using waste manifests that he obtained from the state of California and interviews with industry officials, Dearen put together a list of all the solar panel facilities in the state and accurately calculated the amount of waste the industry was generating and how much of that waste was being shipped out of state. To verify his figures, he vetted his findings with a dozen experts in industry and academia, all of whom were shocked by the amount of the waste.

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• Myanmar denies hacking journalist email accounts
• Kentucky Newspaper wins fight for jail report
• Wabash, Ind., Plain Dealer gets new publisher
• Police probe attacks involving newspaper editor
• Suspect charged with stealing sheriff's newspaper
• New deal at Philly newspapers includes wage cut
• Newspaper, FBI report agreement in Withers FOI case
• Arkansas committee advances bill on gun list

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Courier Managing Editor Nancy Flake passes away

Nancy Flake, managing editor of the (Conroe, Texas) Courier, passed away Feb. 12 of cancer. She was 56.

Flake started working for The Courier in 1997 as an advertorial writer for the Shop Conroe page and as a restaurant critic. Her framed reviews of various eateries still can be seen on the walls of establishments throughout the area.

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AND FINALLY … The Morning File: Dear NBC: You want newspaper reality TV? We got it.

By Gary Rotstein
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NBC Peacock Productions wants to make a reality television show that focuses on a newspaper office.

That sounds like a place we know. We can only imagine the riveting scenes to be shared with TV viewers across America if the documentary crew comes to Pittsburgh …

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