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APME Update


Feb. 22, 2013


March 15, 2013
Deadline for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

April 29-30, 2013
NewsTrain, Springfield, Ill.

May 1, 2013
Early bird conference registration ends

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

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

Register today for the early bird discount

Save up to $155 on conference registration

Join us for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The event offers two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169, and the SpringHill Suites, $139. The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State History Museum. In addition, the first night's reception and APME Foundation auction will be held at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, and the second night will feature a reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions.

APME is offering an early bird registration discounted price through May 1: $195 for members; $295 for non-members. After May 1, the registration cost will revert to $250 for members; $350 for non-members.

Non-member price: $350
Early bird non-member price: $295 (save $55)

Become a member here for discounts on the conference and the upcoming APME contests.

Member price*: $250 (save $100)
Early bird member price*: $195 (save $155)

NewsTrain Marks 10th Anniversary With First Stop in Springfield

NewsTrain, the signature on-site journalism training program of the Associated Press Media Editors, will make its first stop in its 10th anniversary year in Springfield, Ill.

Workshops are being planned for April 29 and 30 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Downtown Springfield. The APME-funded program makes four stops per year in the United States and Canada.

Trainer Michael Roberts oversees NewsTrain and plans the workshops based on a needs assessment from a committee of journalists in the region of the host city. Programs are aimed at all levels of newsroom editors and managers, reporters, copy editors, visual journalists and online producers. College journalism educators and student journalist are also welcome.

Other workshops are being planned later this year in Seattle and Colorado.

The cost is $75 for the two days of training. Details are being worked out for hotel stays in downtown Springfield. We'll post registration details when we have them.

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.

Donate to APME through our popular online auctions

The Associated Press Media Editors online auctions run at least twice a year and offer up a bevy of prizes and surprises with each iteration.

Each auction Loaded with photos, books, tickets, regional goodies and more, and advances the cause of journalism, helping enable newsroom and photography leaders within the AP membership to do more, better and smarter. Add to that the work APME does yearlong for FOI, Innovation, Great Ideas and our industry-leading conference that taps in to the relevant issues of our times.

Dig through your storeroom, look at your community and sporting events, what gift certificates or wares make your region shine?

The auction runs through March. We already have a New Jersey beach condo and a framed stunning print of Michael Jordan, in all his glory. We're sure you have other wonderful items and challenge each newsroom to offer something to make this auction shine.

If you need to know more about APME, visit

When you are ready to donate, fill out this form, or send a description of the item, value, photo and any other details to

Thanks, and happy bidding!

APME Sounding Board on Health Care

Dear editors and health care journalists,

President Obama’s national health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, is the biggest addition to the nation’s social safety net since the advent of Medicare nearly 50 years ago.

It will affect every American in some way, whether in care, cost or interacting with government. The AP is making it a major emphasis of its coverage this year, and would like your input on the kinds of coverage you most would value.

Please take a few minutes to complete the brief APME Sounding Board survey on coverage requirements, localization issues and possible partnerships.

We're looking for responses by Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The link:
Password: health

If you encounter any access problems, email for assistance.

Thanks in advance for participating.

Gary Graham, Editor
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Co-chairman APME Sounding Board

Jim Simon, Assistant Managing Editor
The Seattle Times
Co-Chairman APME Sounding Board

Kristin Gazlay, Vice President and Managing Editor
The Associated Press

APME seeking applications for Community Journalism Public Service Initiative

As it continues to show support for the work of small news organizations, the Associated Press Media Editors announces the second year of its Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.

Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grant. The recipient will receive $1,000 to jump-start the initiative and a trip to the annual APME conference to present the project.

It's easy to enter: Just draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.

Last year's winner was The Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, WI. The newspaper won the grant with its series on "Mental Health on Hold," a multimedia project on mental illness in the community. Staff members Megan Sheridan and Trista Pruett then presented their work on the project at the APME conference in Nashville.

This year's winner will have the opportunity to present at the conference in October in Indianapolis.

To apply, go to and fill out the online form.

The deadline for applications is March 15. The grant will be awarded in April.


Great Ideas

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stan Wischnowski, executive editor

Launching in late 2011, our regional health portal — — had a success- ful beginning and has only grown and improved since. So far it is averaging almost 800,000 page views a month and is on track to surpass 1 million monthly page views this year.

The site is a conglomeration of videos, photos, surveys and stories from The Inquirer's full-time and freelance staff. It contains data you can't get together anywhere else. Each local hospital, for example, has a microsite where you can learn about its key services and see what percentage of patients recommend the facility, based on federal surveys.

Six knowledgeable bloggers write on issues ranging from nursing and health reform to public health and pharmaceuticals. One of the star bloggers has been Rachel Kovach, a 12-year-old from New Jersey who blogged about her cancer care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

We joined with a University of Pennsylvania group that asked the public to help locate all the defibrillators in Philadelphia. A print story announced this crowd-sourcing effort and the $10,000 prize that the Penn team put up for the person (or team) who found the most defibrillators. The defibrillator map will become a permanent part of our site. If it saves one heart attack patient, it will be worth it.

We presented 21 profiles of runners planning to participate in the Broad Street Run, considered the country's most popular 10-mile race. The race registration is filled up in several hours. So we asked those who were shut out to describe why they should be allowed to run. And then we created an online contest, asking viewers to pick the worthiest candidates, who were then given entries to the race.


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.

Read more at:

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

Orange County Register: Some California school bonds bring crushing debt
Arizona Republic: Severely troubled youths in Arizona overlooked and at risk
Dallas Morning News: Parkland Memorial Hospital built wealth as conditions worsened
Houston Chronicle: Public funds go to Texas Gov. Perry’s nonprofit
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Appeals put guns into questionable hands
Charlotte Observer: Police 78, citizens review board 0

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

Read about these projects at:

BEAT OF THE WEEK: Rukmini Callimachi

Rukmini Callimachi walked carefully in the dark hallway of a building occupied by Islamic extremists for almost a year and ransacked by the liberating French and Malians. Trash was everywhere. Bloody bandages, mildewed clothes, boxes of used malaria medicine, pill wrappers and empty ammunition boxes were strewn on the floor, and Callimachi, West Africa Bureau Chief, was mindful of reports -- later dismissed by the French -- that mines had been left by the fleeing Islamists.

Still, Callimachi carefully pushed aside a pile of papers and debris. Underneath was a leather ledger that would turn out to be an unprecedented window into the terrorist operation. In the back of the ledger were nine loose pages densely written with Arabic script.

Callimachi took the papers back to her hotel and showed them to a friend who reads Arabic. Over the next seven hours, the two translated the pages.

It was a confidential letter, in the point-by-point style of a CEO, spelling out the network's strategy for conquering northern Mali and establishing a safe haven.

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When Tami Abdollah joined the AP a month ago as a law enforcement reporter in Los Angeles, she impressed her managers with her descriptions of her methodical techniques for source building, both with police contacts and in an earlier incarnation as an education reporter.

Enter Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer who was the subject of a major manhunt after going on a killing rampage and whose online manifesto promised to eliminate those who got him fired from the LAPD.

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Matt Sedensky, an award-winning correspondent for the Associated Press whose national beat includes issues of aging, has been named the first recipient of The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work.

The 12-month residential AP-NORC Fellowship will enable Sedensky to spend the next year in Chicago working with world-class research scientists, economists and others to develop the economic and analytical skills needed to produce research-based enterprise journalism focused on a rapidly aging American workforce.

Sedensky, who has been an AP reporter for the past 10 years, was awarded the fellowship after a national competition open to mid-career journalists currently employed by the AP or by any Associated Press Media Editors (APME) news organization.

More information about the AP-NORC center and the fellowship can be found at

Delania Trigg has been named managing editor of the Gainesville (Texas) Daily Register. Jim Perry, publisher of the newspaper, said the change was effective Feb. 16. Trigg has been the assistant editor at the Register since 2010 and has also served as the Living section editor writing feature and news stories for the newspaper. "I am pleased to have Delania heading up the coverage of our local news and events. She is very talented editor, focused and motivated to provide our readers with the very best local news product possible. She has many contacts throughout Cooke County and is familiar with what our readers want. This is definitely a win-win for our newspaper and the community," Perry said

Michael Davis, an editor from Indiana, has been named to lead the newsroom at the Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal.

Publisher Steve Silberman said Davis would be executive editor of Statesman Journal Media, succeeding Bill Church, who has moved to Florida as executive editor of the Herald Tribune in Sarasota.

The paper reported ( that Davis was executive editor of the Lafayette Journal & Courier for the past two years.

Before that he was an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Baltimore Sun and TV Guide. He also wrote the 2009 book "Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street."


• Mother Jones reporter wins Polk for Romney story
• Records spotlight double life of Legion of Christ founder
• Provo newspaper lays off executive editor
• Arizona House panel OKs bills on newspaper public notices
• LSU rebuffs public records request from newspaper
• At Ohio Newspaper Association convention, Kasich explains decision to tax newspapers

Read more at:


Retired Green Bay publisher Gage dies at 75

Michael Gage, the former publisher of the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette and president of the Packers Hall of Fame board, has died, his wife said Monday. He was 75. Gage's wife, Patty Gage, said he died Sunday of heart problems after collapsing last week.

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Jim Moss, ex-San Antonio Express-News editor, dies

Jim Moss, former San Antonio Express-News executive editor, has died at the age of 77.

Adele Moss told the newspaper ( that her husband died last Friday.

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Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram's longtime managing editor dies

The Chronicle-Telegram in northeast Ohio says longtime managing editor Arnold Miller has died. He was 81. The newspaper reported Miller died last Thursday.

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AND FINALLY … What if every day was Saturday? I'm about to find out.

By Mary Leonard
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I retired yesterday, joining the wave of Baby Boomers who are turning 65 at a clip of 10,000 a day. In the Post-Gazette newsroom, we ate cake, drank a Champagne toast, exchanged handshakes and hugs.

Congratulations! After 42 years as a reporter and editor, I'm suddenly untethered from the tempo of daily journalism and unplugged from the adrenaline pump of breaking news.

Do you think Hillary Clinton felt adrift when she left the State Department? Are my peers who pioneered in professions and put "firsts" in front of their titles feeling pangs of withdrawal? After blazing so many trails, women of my generation are heading into uncharted retirement territory.

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