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Jan. 25, 2013


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

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

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Federal booking mugs FOIA concern

On Dec. 12, 2012, the U.S. Marshals Service in Ohio changed its policy of releasing booking photos of federal defendants.

The Marshals Service had previously only released mug shots to federal FOIA requests from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee) but not the rest of the U.S. That’s because of a lawsuit and a Sixth Circuit appeals court decision from 1996.

So in December the 6th Circuit Marshals decided they no longer had to release federal mug shots either because of two recent federal appellate court decisions in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits that held that a federal mug shot could be withheld from public disclosure under FOIA’s privacy protections.

The release of booking mugs from the Justice Department has always been a problem, their position has been that they will proactively release photos of people charged with crimes only if it benefits some law-enforcement purpose. Everyone has this problem, it’s not just an Ohio issue and no doubt you have developed work arounds to get these images.

APME is working with Mark R. Caramanica, FOI Director for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, who is drafting a protest letter to the Justice Department but we need your help to give this letter some teeth.

We need specific examples of FOIA requests where you could no longer get a federal booking mug shot in light of the December 12 memo. If you have other examples, not necessarily tied to the December memo, please let us know.

Take a moment to talk to your reporters and get examples ASAP to Caramanica or APME First Amendment Chair Teri Hayt.

Thank you.

Teri Hayt
Executive Editor
GateHouse Ohio Newspapers
The Repository | The Times-Reporter
The Independent | The Suburbanite
(330) 580-8310
Mark R. Caramanica
FOI Director
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
(703) 807-2100


Great Ideas

Democrat and Chronicle
Dick Moss, director of local content/days

Reporter Gary Craig has been tracking the disappearance of Ronnie Gibbons, who was loosely associated with a Brinks armored car robbery in the early 1990s. Remains that washed ashore in the Oswego area 10 years ago were positively identified as Gibbons this past fall, and we were granted exclusive access to the exhumation of the remains prior to DNA testing.Craig had such a wealth of information from covering the case for more than 15 years that he started a serial blog about the background of the Gibbons and Brinks cases.He has written nearly 50 installments since the story broke in early December.



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 or the conference page 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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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

• AP: The Great Reset - Disappearing Jobs
• Austin (Texas) American-Statesman: Suicides spike again at Fort Hood
• Denver Post:
Views on gun laws change since last fall
• Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Ex-con suspected of Ponzi scheme
• Orange County (Calif.) Register:
A war on prostitution
• The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch:
School district workers changed students’ grades
• The Salt Lake Tribune:
TSA haphazard about keeping data
• The Star-Ledger:
Livestrong’s vast reserve perhaps foreshadowed Armstrong backpedal

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Robert Burns

One good beat deserves to be followed by another. Even better is when a determined reporter takes a good beat and builds on it to an even bigger one, truly owning the subject. When Washington national security writer Robert Burns won Beat of the Week last spring for a story on the rising number of military suicides, he immediately began laying the groundwork for a follow-up when the full-year statistics were available.

Burns now wins another Beat of the Week for his exclusive report on one of the most troubling effects of America's longest war, that the suicide rate for all of 2012 was one a day, the highest in that more than a decade of war.

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BEST OF THE STATES: John Flesher and Cain Burdeau

For months, John Flesher and Cain Burdeau examined the condition of the nation’s levees, setting a goal of conducting the first analysis into the state of the system that keeps thousands of communities safe and dry.

Flesher, the Traverse City, Mich., correspondent, and Burdeau, a New Orleans newsman, filed a FOIA seeking raw levee inspection data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, but their request was rejected on national security grounds. Their next avenue was an online inventory the Corps was planning to post to the public, which included the inspection reports. But that database had not yet been fully populated.

Undeterred, the two reporters interviewed local levee operators across the country and obtained inspection documents and reports that shed light on problems with the system. Then, when that reporting was nearly complete, the Corps’ website put up enough data to round out the duo’s weeks upon weeks of reporting.

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Reporter Jake Pearson joins AP team in NYC

Jake Pearson, a journalist with newspaper and television experience, has been hired by The Associated Press as general news reporter in New York City.

Pearson has for the last year and a half worked on the NBC primetime news magazine "Rock Center" with Brian Williams.

Prior to NBC News, he spent more than two years at the New York Daily News.

New chief named for Scripps Washington bureau

The E.W. Scripps Company has named journalist Ellen Weiss to head its Washington bureau, effective February 11, 2013.

As vice president and bureau chief, Weiss will oversee a growing team of investigative reporters whose stories appear in all Scripps television, newspaper and digital markets, plus guide the company's daily national coverage and manage the Scripps Howard News Service.

Weiss joins Scripps from The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, where she was the executive editor in charge of strategic planning and investigative journalism.

William R. Hearst III Elected Board Chairman of Hearst Corp.

The Hearst Corp. has announced that William R. Hearst III — a director of the Corporation and trustee of the Hearst Family Trust — has been elected chairman of the corporation.

The announcements were made by Frank A. Bennack Jr., the executive vice chairman and CEO of Hearst Corporation.

William R. Hearst III succeeds the late George R. Hearst Jr. as chairman. He is George's cousin and a grandson of the company's founder, William Randolph Hearst.

Former TV exec Liguori named Tribune CEO

Former television executive Peter Liguori was named chief executive of Tribune Co., the media conglomerate that recently emerged from a four-year bankruptcy with its creditors in charge.

Liguori, most recently the chief operating officer of Discovery Communications Inc., replaces Eddy Hartenstein, who will continue to serve as publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times.

Bruce Karsh, the president of Oaktree Capital Management, was named chairman of the board.

Tribune owns or operates 23 TV stations and 12 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. A leveraged buyout in 2007 left with the company with $13 billion in debt and forced it to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2008. It emerged from Chapter 11 on Dec. 31.

Liguori told the Tribune he hopes to keep the newspapers but has a duty to hear offers from interested buyers.


• South Carolina local governments oppose bill on public records
• UK tabloid journalist charged over police bribes
• Free-speech ruling aides online firms, not users
• NY gun control law limits access to permit info
• Union agrees to bargain to help save Philly papers

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'Dear Abby' advice columnist dies at age 94

Associated Press

Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She was 94.

Phillips died Wednesday in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, said Gene Willis, a publicist for the Universal Uclick syndicate.

"My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change," her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now writes the column, said in a statement.

Private funeral services were held Thursday, Willis said.

The long-running "Dear Abby" column first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1956. Mother and daughter started sharing the byline in 2000, and Jeanne Phillips took over in 2002, when the family announced Pauline Phillips had Alzheimer's disease.

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