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APME Update


Feb. 28, 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

Celebrate NewsTrain's first decade with 2013's first workshop in Springfield

Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain, April 29-30

The agenda is packed for the first NewsTrain in this 10th anniversary year, to be held April 29-30 in Springfield, Ill.

But added to the workshop agenda will be a special event free to NewsTrain attendees. After the first day's sessions, all will be invited to a performance by Freedom Sings of Nashville, Tenn.

It will be held at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site of Illinois, just two blocks from the NewsTrain venue and hotel. What better place for a Freedom Sings show and a NewsTrain 10th anniversary reception?

Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center in Nashville will be joined by these Freedom Sings musicians: Lari White (from Broadway and the Tom Hanks movie "Cast Away”), Don Henry (Grammy Award-winning songwriter, songs recorded by Miranda Lambert and Ray Charles, among others), and Bill Lloyd of the hit-making country duo Foster and Lloyd.

NewsTrain offers the best training around and it only costs $75 for the two-day workshop and food service. Register for NewsTrain Springfield and enjoy Freedom Sings free. Register at

The workshop will offer sessions on watchdog journalism, government coverage, social media skills, working with data, covering diverse communities, and more. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the State Journal-Register of Springfield; Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star; Quad City Times (Iowa); Illinois Press Association; The Associated Press and the AP editors board in Illinois. Other members of the planning committee include the AP editors boards in Indiana and Wisconsin; Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat, St. Louis Post Dispatch; Indianapolis Star; Chicago Tribune; and the Mid-American Press Institute.

Discount hotel rates are available for workshop participants at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. The rate is $89 per night. For reservations, call 217 544-8800 or 1-866-788-1860 and ask for the NewsTrain or APME rate.

Come early and enjoy the presidential museum, the Lincoln home, and the capital city in the Land of Lincoln.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Bob Heisse, State-Journal Register,, 217-788-1505.

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)

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 in 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 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

Arizona Republic, Phoenix
Nicole Carroll, editor

The Pulse is a map-based survey tool that al- lows people to see geographical trends in how people responded to questions ranging from who they think will win the GOP presidential nomination to whether they support SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration bill.

Online users participate by responding to a question and typing in their address so that a color-coded marker reflecting their response and their location appears on a fully interac- tive map. This new polling tool allows people to visualize how different communities throughout Arizona have voted on a particular issue.

Collectively, The Pulse has attracted more than 30,000 votes since December, giving people a visual, bird's-eye view of voting trends.


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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Taxpayers lose millions on lien sales
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: Cost to create job: $471,398
Houston Chronicle: Forgotten parks languish for a decade
Indianapolis Sunday Star: Highway officer orders bridge rebuilt to help family
Miami Herald: Few local crimes but lots of police overtime
Orlando Sentinel: Florida realtors lobby for massive budget-busting tax break

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: Adriana Gomez Licon

Adriana Gomez Licon was returning to Mexico City from her honeymoon when she read the news on her BlackBerry: A Sinaloa beauty queen had been killed in a shootout between narcos and Mexican soldiers, when she stepped out of a truck with an AK-47 assault rifle and walked into a spray of gunfire from the soldiers. She died like a mobsters moll, which in a sense she was, the girlfriend of a celebrated narco hit man.

A native of Sonora state, on the Arizona border just north of Sinaloa, Gomez wondered how the beauty queen, Susy Flores, wound up with the hit man whose exploits were the subject of many a "narco-corrido” – songs that glorify the cartel culture. "To me, it was important to explain, was this girl poor?” Gomez said. "Was she looking to get rich and that’s why she was with this rich but dangerous man? Or was she just so used to this reality, of living with narcos and growing up with them, that it was ordinary?”

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Because of his dogged and groundbreaking work last year on Boy Scout sex abuse cases, Portland, Ore., newsman Nigel Duara was able to uncover something monstrous: a Scoutmaster, Brandon Gray, who not only molested Scouts but went on to abuse his own son and daughter and at least one other child after being fired from the organization.

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• Dubai officials block Bahrain-based AP journalist
• FBI to release records on Withers' informer work
• Tulsa World sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire
• New York Times renames International Herald Tribune
• Washington Post Co. absorbs $45M loss in 4Q
• Publisher leaves Elko Daily Free Press, Times-News
• Covering Obama: Is this trip worth it?

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Former Va. AP newsman Johnson dies at 92

Wheatley Marshall Johnson, who spent 34 years as a reporter and editor for The Associated Press in Virginia and much of his retirement using microfilm and newspaper stories to research the history of high school basketball and football in the state, has died. He was 92.

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Former Daily News editor Lou Parajos dies at 64

Lou Parajos, a former editor at the New York Daily News who spent more than three decades at the paper, has died. He was 64.

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Barry Hortsman, veteran Ohio journalist, dies in newsroom

Barry Horstman, a veteran Ohio journalist, has died after collapsing Feb. 25 in his newsroom. He was 60.

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AND FINALLY … State Secrecy Is Frightening

The Post Star
Glen Falls, New York

Post-Star reporter Jon Alexander wrote a story on Wednesday’s (Feb. 20) front page that all readers should find frightening.

A state employee for the Department of Transportation resigned following a state investigation of alleged misconduct, insubordination and incompetence. His crime? He talked to a newspaper reporter for a story.

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