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APME Update for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
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Jan. 17, 2013


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

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

AP offers webcast archive

It’s difficult to find time and resources for staff training, so the AP is offering the Definitive Source webcast series. The training webcasts are free and open to anyone at an AP-member news organization.

There is a two-part series on social media. The AP’s in-house experts showed how to build credibility on social media networks, and how using social media could lead to more efficient and accurate reporting. An earlier webcast was on covering elections. Also included is a webcast on using Freedom of Information laws, and we’re planning a webcast that will teach photo skills to reporters, or to anyone in your newsrooms who isn’t already a professional photographer.

You can watch the archived webcasts by clicking on the links below:

Social Media: Break News Faster
Social Media: Connect, Engage, Produce
Elections Webcast

For more information, contact Director of State News Chad Roedemeier at, or call 212-621-1961.

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

Newsday, Melville, N.Y.
Rita Ciolli, editor/editorial pages

Can electoral maps be drawn in a fair, nonpartisan manner? Yes. UMAPNY proved just that. For the next decade NewYork will have compact, more competitive Congressional districts and an interactive project developed by Newsday’s Editorial Board is getting credit.

UMAPNY is a part of that offers all NewYorkers powerful tools to draw their own districts for federal, state and local offices with all the demographic information needed to make the process come alive.

Professional mapping software was given a consumer-friendly interface to make it easier for the public to use. For comparison, we posted maps with existing federal, state and local district boundaries. Then, using the latest 2010 U.S. Census data, we posted sample best practices maps, along with detailed explanations for why population shifts and existing laws required new boundaries. Later, proposed maps drawn by a legislative commission were posted alongside the others.

After politicians couldn’t agree on new Congressional lines, a federal appeals court appointed a special master to take on the task. One of his first requests was for files and data found on UMAPNY. The final lines approved by a federal appeals court for the state’s 27 new congressional districts were very similar to those on our site, lines that showed no favoritism to incumbents and resulted in more competitive districts for both parties.

This project doesn’t simply reflect the determination of an editorial board to influence public policy—and when it comes to redistricting, editorial boards historically never made much of a dent—but the incorporation of compelling interactive software allowing the people to define their own communities of interest.

UMAPNY has gotten tens of thousands of hits for its editorials, op-ed commentary, maps, image galleries and interactive mapping software. It has established a model that other news organizations can follow.


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: NRA believes Congress will block new weapons ban
• AP: 1,500 fugitives sought in New Mexico
• AP: US judges seem wary of release of bin Laden photos
• Arizona Republic: Women screened for HPV with ‘a test you can’t trust’
• Austin (Texas) American-Statesman: Police reporting more use of force
• Bergen Record: Marketers keep 80 percent of funds raised for state police league
• San Jose Mercury News: Are citizens safer when ‘good guys’ have guns?
• The Buffalo (N.Y.) News: Investigation shows why school official dismissed
• The Cincinnati Enquirer: Right-to-work law success hard to measure
• Tulsa World: 61st and Pretoria neighborhood sees rising crime

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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


Somalia is far from a glamorous posting for an international correspondent. It's a lawless land clawing its way back from decades of war and anarchy, where 18 journalists were killed last year and communications like the Internet and phones are as likely as not to be down. It was in this chaotic environment that Abdi Guled applied the fundamentals of beat reporting -- source development and ingenuity -- to score a global scoop.

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It often takes a lot of slow, steady beat reporting to build the kind of relationship that will yield a big scoop. And that’s just what Brett Zongker has done as part of his arts/culture/nonprofits best for the Mid-Atlantic region in Washington, DC, in consistently producing stories about the National Cathedral – the church where presidents pray, the nation’s leaders are eulogized and milestones are marked.

So when the nation’s most prominent church decided to host same-sex marriages, Zongker’s groundwork ensured the AP led the way with the news. Cathedral officials gave him a 16-hour head start on the controversial announcement, which he used not only to report and write, but also to tighten up photo, video and radio coverage.

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AP names Adam Schreck as new Baghdad bureau chief

Adam Schreck, who has covered the economic and political forces reshaping the Middle East since 2008, has been named as Iraq bureau chief for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced by acting Middle East Editor Dan Perry.

Schreck, 36, replaces Lara Jakes, who transferred to AP’s Washington, D.C.,bureau.

From his base in Baghdad, Schreck will lead a team of more than 30 reporters, photographers, video journalists and support staff covering Iraq as the nation seeks to maintain stability and overcome ethnic and sectarian divisions a year after the withdrawal of most U.S. military forces.

"Adam is a thoughtful and aggressive journalist whose regional experience and business news background make him perfect for leading multifaceted coverage of an oil-rich nation which finds itself on the vanguard of the Arab world’s transition,” said Perry.

Schreck has filed stories from more than a dozen countries, as well as U.S. Navy ships on patrol in the Persian Gulf.

Hanna named executive editor for Aiken newspapers

Melissa Hanna has been named executive editor for the Aiken Standard and The Star newspapers in South Carolina.

The Aiken Standard reports ( Hanna replaces Tim O'Briant, who has been promoted to general manager of TootSuite, Aiken Communications' new dedicated digital division.

In her new role, Hanna leads the content and staffing efforts for both newspapers. The Star is a weekly newspaper based in North Augusta. The two newspapers are owned by Aiken Communications.

Hanna began her career at the Aiken Standard in 1999, where she was a reporter, copy editor and copy desk chief. She left Aiken in 2004 to work at the Athens Banner-Herald in Georgia as the assistant news editor, multimedia director and executive editor. She returned to the Standard in 2011 to serve as multimedia director.

Brothers to share reins with father at Daily News

Brothers Scott and Steve Gaines will share leadership of the Daily News with their father, Pipes Gaines.

The Bowling Green, Ky., newspaper announced the changes ( ).

Scott Gaines, formerly general manager, was named co-publisher of News Publishing, and Steve Gaines was named editor.

A fifth generation in the newspaper family, the brothers will share the reins of the operation with Pipes Gaines, who will remain co-publisher.

Steve Gaines will continue to maintain the family's voice on the editorial page.

Kent O'Toole, former advertising manager, was named general manager.

Photographer Joe Imel was named assistant managing editor for the online edition. Former city editor Daniel Pike stepped into the role of assistant managing editor for the print edition, and former reporter Deborah Highland was named city editor.

Advertising executive named publisher in Fremont, Neb.

The advertising director at the Fremont Tribune has been named publisher, too.

The newspaper says ( Vincent Laboy will continue to lead the Fremont advertising team and also operations at the weekly Plattsmouth Journal.

Laboy's appointment was announced by Lincoln Journal Star Publisher Julie Bechtel, who oversees all Lee Enterprises newspapers in Nebraska.

Lee is based in Davenport, Iowa. It owns 47 newspapers and has a joint interest in four others.

Laboy has been interim publisher since August, when Bill Vobejda resigned to take a job at Fremont Area Medical Center.

Laboy graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1990 with a degree in marketing.

Reporter named managing editor of The Citizens' Voice

A longtime investigative reporter at The Citizens' Voice in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., has been named the newspaper's managing editor.

The appointment of Dave Janoski was announced by Executive Editor Larry Holeva.

Janoski is an award-winning journalist with nearly 30 years of experience in Wilkes-Barre. He succeeds Holeva, who became executive editor of The Citizens' Voice, Standard-Speaker in Hazleton and Times-Tribune in Scranton last month.

Janoski has served as projects editor at The Citizens' Voice for the past six years and led the newspaper's coverage of the kids-for-cash case that sent two county judges to federal prison in 2011. He worked from 1984 to 1996 at the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre as a reporter and editor.


Faulkner estate settles lawsuit over newspaper ad
• UK detective found guilty in phone hacking scandal
• Community newspaper company buys Seattle Weekly
• WikiLeaks case likened to US Civil War espionage
• Tupelo newspaper revs up new press
• Central Ohio weekly newspaper to end publication

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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.

Details at


Eugene Patterson, 89, voice on civil rights, dies

Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist whose impassioned words helped draw national attention to the civil rights movement as it unfolded across the South, has died at 89. Patterson, who helped fellow whites to understand the problems of racial discrimination, died in Florida after complications from prostate cancer, according to B.J. Phillips, a family spokeswoman. Patterson was editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for editorial writing.

In 1968, Patterson joined The Washington Post and served for three years as its managing editor, playing a central role in the publication of the Pentagon Papers.

He became editor of The St. Petersburg Times and its Washington publication, Congressional Quarterly, in 1972 and was later chief executive officer of The St. Petersburg Times Co. Under Patterson's leadership, the Times won two Pulitzer Prizes and became known as one of the top newspapers in the country.

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Journalist Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62; wrote about politics, baseball

Richard Ben Cramer, a fearless and dedicated author and reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for his journalism and wrote the classic presidential campaign book "What It Takes," has died. He was 62.

Cramer died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore from complications of lung cancer, his agent, Philippa Brophy, said. Cramer lived with his wife, Joan, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Cramer won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from the Middle East while with the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for seven years.

Former AP fashion editor Anderson dies at 91

Former Associated Press fashion editor and foreign correspondent Nadeane Walker Anderson, who interviewed legendary designers including Coco Chanel and Christian Dior while working in Paris, has died in Texas. She was 91.

Anderson, who used her maiden name Nadeane Walker as her byline, died of natural causes in Austin, Texas, her daughter Jane Fredrick said.

AND FINALLY … Saturday Evening Post delivers new look

Indianapolis Star writer

The Saturday Evening Post for many years was a major player in U.S. media, publishing original stories by William Faulkner, Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and on and on.

The magazine’s famously folksy covers were iconic: The Post made Norman Rockwell.

The old buzz — 6 million subscribers — died away decades ago, and in a tough economy, the magazine’s readership, steeply reduced, is flat. Revenue is down. Today, just breaking even would be terrific.

Now comes an attempted turnaround — a redesign aimed at doubling readership and restoring vibrancy to the Post, which has been published in Indianapolis since 1970, but soon will move its editorial staff to Philadelphia.

Its new look, which targets baby boomers, debuted in the January/ February issue. On the cover: Shirley MacLaine, 78, who appears as a character on the PBS hit series "Downton Abbey.”

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