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APME Update: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
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Jan. 10, 2013


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

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Roberts to receive 2013 President's Award

NewsTrain Program Director and veteran journalist Michael Roberts will be the recipient of the 2013 Associated Press Media Editors President’s Award.

Roberts has been involved with APME’s signature program, NewsTrain, from its inception in 2003. After starting as a featured speaker for the low-cost, national traveling journalism workshop, he became a crowd favorite and remained a staple of the program. Roberts became the program’s director in 2011.

"We are indebted to Michael for his service and dedication to NewsTrain,” said APME President Brad Dennison. "He’s passionate about the program and protective of its quality, and we’re fortunate to have him. It’s time to say ‘thank you’ in a public way.”

The APME President’s Awards are given out each year at the discretion of the organization’s president, and this recognition comes just as NewsTrain celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

Roberts will receive the award at the 80th APME conference, to be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis.

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Great Ideas

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Martin Kaiser, editor

In January 2011, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel launched an unprecedented effort to illuminate the problem of infant mortality, educate the public, galvanize civic leadership and focus the entire community to improve the outcomes for Milwaukee’s babies.

It also took an innovative approach to getting that information to the people who need it most—at-risk parents, and those who know them. These are people who are unlikely to be picking up a Sunday newspaper. Among other approaches:

• We shared our content, including resource guide and tips,with the Community Journal, a weekly newspaper that circulates in theAfrican- American community.The newspaper ran our list of groups and programs offering help.
• We partnered with a city radio station to hold a panel discussion that was broadcast live.
• We launched a series of videos on such topics as safe sleep, breastfeeding and quitting smoking. City health officials are showing these in clinics and on the city’s cable channel.
• We developed lesson plans so high school teachers can bring the issue to their students, who can take the message home with them.
• We developed a list of dentists who take Medicaid clients. Few do, creating a hole in the system of care.

Meanwhile, we also built a comprehensive list of groups working to reduce infant mortality, identified their needs and gave residents a pathway to contribute to the effort with either dollars or time. This was done in print and online.

In public health, and specifically infant mortality, progress is measured in years, often decades. Our efforts have played a significant role already in addressing it.


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

• Arizona Republic: Rigorous education at core of new standards
• Chicago Tribune: Small suburbs exploit tax loophole
• Portland Press Herald: Baby boomers with no place to call home
• Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Disabled find parking spots hard to find
• The Ledger: Lakeland (Fla.) Police investigative methods questioned
• The Portland Oregonian: Transit drivers’ fatigue causing crashes, prompting new rules

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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 Espo, Julie Pace, Alan Fram, Jim Kuhnhenn and Andrew Taylor

On New Year’s Eve, many of us were far from the office, with friends or family, preparing to usher in 2013. Not so a dedicated crew of Washington reporters, who’d been working around the clock since before Christmas to cover the "fiscal cliff” standoff in Washington -- the story that turned out to be the REAL political "cliffhanger” of 2012.

Special Correspondent David Espo was in the Senate press gallery that evening. Reporter Julie Pace was at the White House. Earlier in the day Pace and Ben Feller at the White House had gotten a memo outlining a tentative deal, though with unresolved sticking points.

Would this prove to be the real thing?

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BEST OF THE STATES: Michael Biesecker

It seemed straightforward enough: North Carolina’s secretary of commerce had set up a nonprofit corporation under his control to promote economic development for the state, and AP’s Michael Biesecker wanted to know who had made donations, who served on the board, what the corporation did with the money and other similarly basic information. So he filed a FOIA seeking just that, in September 2011.

The fund, Friends of North Carolina, initially said it was not subject to the open records act because it had nothing to do with the state. How could that be the case, Biesecker asked, when the fund had ties to, and was in fact controlled by, the state Department of Commerce?

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Julie Pace named AP White House correspondent

Julie Pace, who covered Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and has reported on his presidency ever since, has been appointed head of The Associated Press' staff at the White House.

The promotion to White House correspondent, effective immediately, was announced Friday by Sally Buzbee, AP's bureau chief in Washington. Pace succeeds Ben Feller, who is moving to New York after 10 years with AP, six of them at the White House and the last two as correspondent.

Pace, 30, joined AP's video operations in Washington in 2007 and a year later moved over to the campaign as a video and print reporter. She is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She worked at, a South African television station, and as a freelancer in South Africa and Zambia in 2003 and 2004.

From 2005 to 2007, she worked as a reporter at The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune.

AP names Roger Schneider as Michigan news editor

Roger Schneider, a veteran editor in Wisconsin who has led The Associated Press' news operations there for the past seven years, is moving across Lake Michigan to become the cooperative's news editor in Michigan.

The appointment was announced Friday by David Scott, the AP's regional editor for the central U.S.

In Wisconsin, Schneider has directed the AP's coverage of news as varied as Gov. Scott Walker's push to curb the union rights of state workers to this past summer's deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee.

Schneider is a 1979 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and political science. He worked as an editor at Beloit Daily News and the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin, and the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, before joining the AP as Wisconsin News Editor in 2005.

Schneider, 55, will be based in Detroit and begin work as Michigan News Editor on Feb. 1.

Nebraska editor in Columbus now publisher, too

The editor in Columbus, Neb., has added publisher to his title.

James Dean has become editor and publisher of The Columbus Telegram ( His promotion was announced Thursday by Julie Bechtel, who is regional publisher for Lee Enterprises. Lee is based in Davenport, Iowa.

Dean also will be responsible for two nearby Lee properties, the David City Banner-Press and Schuyler Sun.

Dean took over as interim publisher in Columbus after Publisher Bill Vobejda left last summer to become a vice president for Fremont Area Medical Center.

Bechtel says the accomplishments of Dean's team in the past four months "have earned this opportunity for him."

Dean's a native of Wood River and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate. He joined the newspaper in April 2005.

The Telegram's daily circulation is around 8,000.

David B. Simon named editor of The Daily Record

David B. Simon, a journalist who has worked for several Maryland newspapers, is the new editor of The Daily Record in Baltimore.

Publisher Suzanne E. Fischer-Huettner announced the appointment last week. Simon succeeds Tom Linthicum, who retired last month as vice president and executive editor.

The 36-year-old Simon begins his duties Jan. 14.

He was a senior writer in medicine and biological sciences for the fund-raising arm of the University of Chicago. He was formerly managing editor for news and opinion at The Gazette in Gaithersburg. Simon also was assistant city editor at The Frederick News-Post, and worked as assistant city editor for the Carroll County Times in Westminster.

The Daily Record (, which covers business and legal affairs in Maryland, is owned by The Dolan Co., based in Minneapolis.

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• Daily Herald of Everett lays off 6 workers
• Yankee buys McLean Publishing
• Pioneer Newspapers now called Pioneer News Group
• NY county: Releasing gun names endangers public
• Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel owner buys weeklies
• Georgia publishing firm seeks Chapter 11 reorganization
• AP: Judge rules US can keep secrets on targeted killings

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Nakkula Contest Offers $2,000 Prize to Cops and Crime Reporters

Enter the Al Nakkula Police Reporting Contest for work published in 2012 by reporters at U.S. newspapers, wire services and online news sources. Entry deadline is Feb. 1, 2013. Entry fee is $75. Contest sponsored by University of Colorado Journalism & Mass Communication and the Denver Press Club.

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Roger Coleman, publisher in NY, dies at 61 in Kentucky.

Roger F. Coleman, a newspaper publisher in New York's Hudson Valley, has died. He was 61.

The Hudson Register-Star reports ( ) Coleman died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Kentucky. Coleman was named publisher of the Hudson-Catskill Newspapers in 2004. The group includes the Register-Star, the Daily Mail in Catskill, and weeklies The Mountain Eagle, Windham Journal, Chatham Courier, Ravena News-Herald and Greene County News.

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Martinsville publisher Robert Haskell dies

Longtime Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin Publisher Robert H. Haskell has died. He was 73.

The newspaper ( ) says Haskell died last week at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.

He had served as publisher since 1989. During his tenure, the newspaper underwent a number of changes, including moving from hot metal production to offset printing and the computer and digital age and. On Aug. 1, 2000, the Bulletin switched from an afternoon newspaper to a morning newspaper.

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Reno, Nev., editor Martinez dies from stroke at 59

Michael Martinez, an editor and writer at the Reno Gazette-Journal for 12 years who specialized in community issues and was a jazz expert, died from a stroke. He was 59.

Martinez was born Dec. 16, 1953 in Chicago. He attended Columbia University and graduated from the University of Southern California. He worked at the Hollywood Reporter, Cash Box and the Los Angeles Times before becoming city editor at the Reno newspaper.

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AND FINALLY … Reporter making lasting memories for family

For Susan Spencer-Wendel, who made a career covering courts and criminals for The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, creating lasting memories has been her quest since summer 2011, when she learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — Lou Gehrig's disease.

Stories of her amazing trips — one to see the Northern Lights with her best friend, Nancy, and one to Budapest to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary with her husband, John — got the attention of book publishers. HarperCollins paid approximately $2 million for Susan's life story, and Universal paid $2 million more for movie rights.

Susan typed her memoir, "Until I Say Goodbye," in three months on an iPhone with the one finger that has not forsaken her: Her right thumb. The book will be published in March and translated into 25 languages.

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