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APME Update: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
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APME Update

Jan. 4, 2013


Feb. 1 & 2, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Great Ideas

Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.
Dick Moss, director of local content/days

Rochester City School District has had a long run of problems typical of a big-city school district: low graduation rate, poor grades, etc. These recurring problems have been the focus of talk but little effective action during a period of many years.

We set out on this project to try to effect positive change in a moribund system. While we are only partway through the project, it already has resulted in some wholesale changes to the district’s tutoring program.


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.

APME's 2013 conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis

APME will hold its 80th annual conference in Indianapolis Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. For this special anniversary gathering, we will return to Indiana, home of the very first conference in 1933.

Watch APME Update for more information in the months to come.

APME to celebrate NewsTrain's 10th anniversary

The Associated Press Media Editors is launching a special fundraising campaign in support of NewsTrain’s 10th anniversary year in 2013.

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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• AP: Steroids loom in major-college football
• AP: Al-Qaida carves out own country in Mali
• AP: Big Pharma cashes in on HGH abuse
• Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Faulty figures mask human trafficking reality
• Austin (Texas) American-Statesman: The soaring cost of military drugs
• Sun Sentinel: Cops hitting the breaks after newspaper investigation
• Columbus Dispatch: Ohio’s youngest inmates are its most dangerous

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APME Sounding Board survey on Election Coverage

Many newsrooms devoted lots of resources to fact-checking during the 2012 election. Editors say those efforts seemed popular with voters, but remain uncertain about whether fact-checking really impacted the behavior of candidates.

Read more to find out the results of the latest Sounding Board

BEAT OF THE WEEK: David Caruso, Jeff Donn, Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Jack Gillum

The federal government said it had cracked down on illicit sales of Human Growth Hormone. The NCAA said it had deterred use of steroids by college football players. But AP journalists, making creative use of data bases and their own shoe leather, showed that these purported crackdowns had probably not stopped the use of performance enhancing drugs at all in either of these two rather different situations.

The work opened new windows on the continuing use of these drugs, despite all the warnings of their dangers, and wins this week’s Beat of the Week for David Caruso, New York City investigative reporter, Jeff Donn, national investigative team, and Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman and Jack Gillum of the Washington investigative team.

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Reporter David Caruso began with the broad idea to look into how Superstorm Sandy impacted nursing homes in the New York City area. He ended up with a story that might change the way the nation’s largest city handles the old and infirm in a crisis.

Read his initial story here:

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Kathryn Brown appointed East Oregonian publisher

Kathryn Brown has been appointed publisher of the East Oregonian and the Hermiston Herald.

Brown replaces Tom Brown, who is retiring but will remain on the board of directors of the East Oregonian Publishing Co. (now EO Media Group), one of a dwindling number of family-owned newspaper chains in the United States. Kathryn Brown and Tom Brown are not related.

The East Oregonian reports ( that Kathryn Brown is currently the associate publisher of the newspaper, which has been owned by her family for four generations. She had a previous career in nursing and served in the Peace Corps in Africa.

General manager Bob Carruth will add the title associate publisher.

Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune gets new editor

The executive editor of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., has been named executive editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The Florida newspaper announced on its website recently ( that 54-year-old Bill Church, who is a member of the APME board, will begin work at the Herald-Tribune on Jan. 24. He replaces Mike Connelly, who left in October to lead the newsroom at The Buffalo (N.Y.) News.

Church has more than 20 years of experience with Gannett Co. Inc. and has been the executive editor at the Statesman Journal since June 2006.

In 2010, the Statesman Journal was an Associated Press Media Editors Innovator of the Year finalist for its use of social networking in reporting.

The Herald-Tribune is owned by the Halifax Media Group.

Fresno (Calif.) Bee names new publisher, president

Tom Cullinan has been named president and publisher of The Fresno Bee.

The newspaper reports ( the McClatchy Company made the announcement Thursday. Cullinan had been serving as interim publisher of the paper since November, when former publisher William H. Fleet left.

Cullinan is a 28-year employee of the newspaper and has served as its vice president of circulation since 2000. He is a native of Detroit and a second-generation newspaper executive.

Sixty-one-year-old Cullinan got his start in the newspaper industry at the Detroit Free Press in 1969, working in the production department and later in circulation. He joined the Fresno newspaper in 1984 as circulation manager.

This year, he led the effort to introduce the Bee's digital subscription program. The newspaper also recently named a new executive editor, former editorial page editor Jim Boren.

McGrory named Boston Globe editor, replaces Baron

The Boston Globe has named its deputy managing editor for local news, Brian McGrory, as its new editor.

McGrory, 51, succeeds Martin Baron, who became editor of the Washington Post, the Globe said.

"Brian has distinguished himself throughout his career," the Globe's publisher, Christopher Mayer, said. "He will continue to emphasize the accountability reporting that has been the Globe's trademark, combined with narrative storytelling that gives readers a strong sense of our unique community."

McGrory oversaw an investigation of state government that led to resignations and indictments of officials including a former House speaker convicted of corruption charges last year. He said his goal is "to inject even more urgency" into the newspaper.

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• Six selected for Indiana Journalism hall of fame
• Harrisburg newspaper cuts back publication
• California newspaper defies trend to shrink costs
• Tribune exits bankruptcy with new TV-focused board
• Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph newspaper is for sale
• Planned News Corp spin-off lost $2 billion in fiscal 2012

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AND FINALLY … Missouri newspaper carrier finds 2 wandering toddlers

Two toddlers who were wandering in below-freezing temperatures near St. Louis are safe and warm after being helped by a newspaper delivery driver.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( one of its delivery drivers, Todd Barrow, found the 1-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy outside a home in west St. Louis County early one morning. The temperature was 13 degrees.

He called police and stayed with the children until officers arrived. Police say they found three men asleep inside the home, along with five other children.

It wasn't immediately clear if any of the men were the children's father. The mother was at work.

The children were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Police say they don't plan to file charges but will notify state child welfare officials.

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