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Feb. 2, 2013


July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, New York City

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

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Letter sent about booking photos of federal defendants

A letter went out in Jan. 31st's mail. The FOI director of The Reporters Committe for Freedom of the Press provided the below link to an RCFP press release which contains a link to the letter.

More details:

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

The Associated Press, Chicago
Trevor Tompson, director, AP-NORC Center

In a joint venture to generate objective, indepth social science research on the key issues of our time, The Associated Press and NORC at the University of Chicago have established the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The initiative combines the expertise of NORC, one of the world’s premier social science research organizations, with AP’s journalist experts. It also aims to build connections between journalists and leading researchers at the University of Chicago and other institutions. So far, the center has released research projects on civil liberties and security and on the public’s views on energy issues. Several more projects are in the works for the months ahead. The center will commission original survey research and produce insightful analysis on various topics.


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 IMPACT: Thanks to Great Recession, millions of jobs lost worldwide
• AP: Rural Democrats could try to block gun control measures
• Akron Beacon Journal: Ohio EPA opens door for wastes of fracking
• Austin American-Statesman: Patient-on-patient violence up at state hospital
• Indianapolis Star: Feds deny road construction funds over drunk driving laws
• Portland Press Herald: Portland has more firefighters than other towns its size
• Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: State overtime in New York soared in 2012
• San Antonio Express-News: Jail absenteeism mishandled, driving up overtime costsl

If your AP-member publication or newscast has a recent example of watchdog journalism, send the information to

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Paul Wiseman and Bernard Condon

It used to be the stuff of science fiction: a scary future where people would be replaced by machines. But as business writers Paul Wiseman in Washington and Bernard Condon in New York discovered, that time may be closer than we thought.

Five years after the start of the Great Recession in December 2007, almost none of the millions of middle-class jobs lost in developed countries in North America, Europe and Asia have returned. And they aren’t going to China and India. They’re being wiped out by technology.

In the first of what will be a yearlong series on the most important and lasting changes wrought by five years of the worst economic turmoil since the Great Depression, Condon and Wiseman set out to explore the effect on jobs.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Rachel D'Oro and Sharon Cohen

Israel Keyes had committed chilling, horrible crimes that had been covered piecemeal by both the AP and local media. But editors on the West regional desk editors wanted to do more with the story. They wanted to paint a portrait of a terrifying individual who had affected dozens of lives across the United States -- and ended more than a few -- so they paired Rachel D’Oro, a newswoman in Anchorage who had covered the Keyes case, with Newsfeatures' Sharon Cohen, and gave them a boost from other reporters in Alaska, Washington state and Vermont.

The result, "The Serial Killer’s Secrets,” was a narrative that broke new ground, harnessing the AP’s reach in Alaska, Washington state and Vermont to turn a two-dimensional crime story into a three-dimensional exploration of a killer’s personality and chilling methods.

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• Columbus newspaper switches to smaller format
• US judge delays unsealing of Legion of Christ docs
• Wis. lawmaker wants to charge for redactions
• Dayton promises list of services to be taxed
• Teacher fired due to letter sent to newspaper

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Karnow, Vietnam reporter-historian, dies at age 87

Stanley Karnow, the award-winning author and journalist who wrote a definitive book about the Vietnam War, worked on an accompanying documentary and later won a Pulitzer for a history of the Philippines, has died. He was 87.

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Ex-Phoenix newspaper CEO Russell dies

Frank E. Russell, the former president and chairman of Central Newspapers Inc., which published the Arizona Republic and the Indianapolis Star before being sold to Gannett Co. Inc., in 2000, has died. He was 92.

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