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APME Update, Jan. 22, 2015
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APME UPDATE – Jan. 22, 2015




Feb. 27 – Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Awards

Oct. 16-18 – ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University.


Newspaper projects from Canada and Ohio have been selected for the Associated Press Media Editors' quarterly contest recognizing creative and innovative ideas.

Judges selected the Winnipeg Free Press in Manitoba, Canada, as the Great Idea of the Quarter winner and The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, as an honorable mention.

The unconventional Free Press idea turns news into song. Each week, reporter Bartley Kives rewrites the words to a popular song to tell a big news story of the week and multimedia editor Tyler Walsh shoots a video to complement the words. "Known as Key of Bart, these elements have a presence in paper and online," wrote Julie Carl, associate editor engagement. "They are extremely popular with readers."

Their biggest hit – The Grounds for Violence, to the tune of The Sounds of Silence – went viral, netting a total of 499,921 views.

Watch Bart sing here:

The Blade published a project about blight, the Ugly Truth about Toledo, and created an online landing page with story, gallery, video and a Storify section for reader comment and photos. The content was labeled for regions of the city to allow readers to hone in to areas where they live. The project achieved the goal of prompting interaction and discussion.

"We do this not because we want to put Toledo in a bad light, but because deterioration and destruction of our city is undeniable, and the community needs to begin a discussion about what it will take to fix the problems confronting us all," the newspaper said on the Ugly Truth page.

Judges agreed. "This is what we are supposed to do — hold up a mirror to our communities and let us see the truth," one judge wrote.

Check it out here:

APME is now seeking entries for its next quarterly honors. Submit your news organization's idea or innovation at It takes only a few minutes to enter, and your submission will automatically be considered for the next “Great Ideas Book.”


The 2014 Associated Press Media Editors Journalism Excellence Awards are for the best journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada. A special award honors innovation by colleges and universities.

The contest deadline for is Friday, Feb. 27.

A new category recognizes news organizations that build strong ties to their communities.

The Community Engagement award will be given to news organizations that best demonstrate the ability to provide effective dialogue with their communities and/or seek partnerships that sustain the dialogue and encourages more community dialogue.

Other changes:

-The Tom Curley Sweepstakes for the First Amendment Award will be given to a news organization that is selected from all the entrants and is not a winner of an individual division category. Thus, a best of the best from all from the entrants will be chosen by judges.

-The International Perspective Award will have two circulation categories: up to of 59,999 average daily circulation, and 60,000 or more.

-News organizations can submit the same entry in only two categories.

Four of the awards categories offer monetary prizes: the Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Best of Show in the Public Service Awards and the Tom Curley Sweepstakes in the First Amendment Awards.

The entry fees are $75 per entry for APME members and $100 per entry for non-members.

All awards will be presented for journalism published or launched between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.

The awards will be presented at the joint ASNE-APME Conference in October at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will make presentations at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

Nominations are received online only.

The website is:

For more details, please go to the APME website:

For more information, contact Sally Jacobsen ( at The Associated Press at 212-621-1838 or Sue Price Johnson (sue.price.johnson@ at 919-810-1169.


APME’s NewsTrain workshops will be held in DeKalb, Illinois; Monroe, Louisiana; Orlando, Florida; and Philadelphia in 2015.

NewsTrain’s first workshop of 2016 is scheduled for Jan. 21 in Lexington, Kentucky. Other 2016 sites will be selected at the end of this year.

If you would like to be notified when dates and agendas are set for the workshops, please submit your email here.

NewsTrain’s low tuition – $75 – is made possible by donors, big and small. To help keep NewsTrain training coming to your community, please donate at the big red buttons on

For updates on NewsTrain’s next workshops, watch, follow us on Twitter @NewsTrain or like us at

Questions? Email NewsTrain Project Director Linda Austin.



ASNE, APME and the Associated Press Photo Managers will hold their 2015 joint conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

The conference, in the Silicon Valley, will emphasize our digital future.


The conference hotel is the Sheraton Palo Alto, at 625 El Camino Real, a short walk from the Stanford University campus buildings where we’ll hold the conference. The conference rate is $169/night.

We’ll have more details soon.




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