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APME Update: Thursday, April 18, 2013
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APME Update

April 18, 2013


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

April 30, 2013
APME Online Auction ends

May 1, 2013
Early bird conference registration ends

May 15, 2013
Deadline for APME Journalism Excellence Contest

June 1
Deadline for nominations for Board of Directors

June 6-7, 2013
NewsTrain workshop, NYC

July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

APME accepting nominations for Board of Directors

You can help lead the news industry during one of the most exciting and challenging times in its history.

The Associated Press Media Editors is assembling a slate of directors to serve on its national board. The slate will fill four openings on the 21-member board and be voted on during the APME's national conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. There will be one position each for a small-newspaper, online, broadcast and at-large director.

To nominate yourself or a colleague for the board, please email APME elections committee chairman Chris Cobler at The deadline for nominations is June 1.

The elections committee will review and respond to all nominations.

APME is an association of editors at news organizations in the United States and Canada. It works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who will run multimedia newsrooms in the 21st Century.

To learn more, go to

5 reasons why your Midwest newsroom should send a staffer or two to APME's NewsTrain in Springfield, Ill., April 29-30

5. You can't beat the price for top level training: $75 for two days.
4. Take home great social media and crowd sourcing tips from Mandy Jenkins, one of the best.
3. Learn how to make your government coverage relevant and sexy, with a focus on securing public records and digging for data.
2. Find out ways to cover the full diversity of your community, at a time when hiring for diversity may be limited.
1. Attend an acoustic performance by Freedom Sings in Representative Hall of the Old State Capitol of Illinois.

Registration available at this link.

Bid in APME's Spring Online Auction

You can find a New Jersey getaway, framed Michael Jordan print, framed AP photo of Superstorm Sandy, a signed cartoon poster, books, AP Stylebook Online and much more - all in APME’s online auction.

The spring auction is helps APME in its mission to train and support newsroom leaders through training, the annual conference, awards, webinars and myriad other practical tools.

Go to to start bidding. Auction ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 30.

Contact Laura Sellers at for more information.

2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards – Deadline May 15

APME is accepting entries for its 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards, which honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, television and online news sites across the United States and Canada. The awards seek to promote excellence by recognizing work that is well-written and incisively reported.

There are four changes this year: The Digital Storytelling category is taking a more feature approach to multimedia storytelling. The Public Service Award now carries a $1,500 prize for the Overall Winner of the three divisions, as awarded by the APME Foundation. There are also more clear definitions in the Innovator of the Year categories. And the First Amendment Awards offers a $1,000 prize for the overall winner in the Sweepstakes Award, now named the Tom Curley Sweepstakes Award in honor of the retired president of The Associated Press who championed these rights. The award is sponsored by the APME Foundation.

Four of the categories offer monetary awards: the Seventh Annual Innovator of the Year Award for newspapers, the Public Service Awards, the Fourth Annual Gannett Foundation Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism and the First Amendment Awards.

All awards are presented for journalism published or launched between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013.

The deadline for entries is May 15, 2013

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

The awards will be presented at the APME annual conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis, and are linked on the APME website. The finalists of the newspaper Innovator of the Year will present at the conference, and the winner will be selected by conference attendees.

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Register Today for the Early Bird Discount for the APME Conference

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.


Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal
Carol Hanner, managing editor

Our food editor and gardening columnist do a tomato-tasting event at a Friday night gallery hop in the arts district in which readers and tomato growers bring their varieties of tomatoes to be cut up and available to visitors to sample and vote on. They also taste tomato recipes prepared by half a dozen restaurants. The event is very popular and produces a food page centerpiece on the winners, as well as good marketing promotion of the newspaper.


SAVE THE DATE: New York City NewsTrain, June 6-7

NewsTrain will be in New York City on June 6-7 for a two-day workshop on covering disasters and tragedies, including how to help staff cope with the emotional toll of such stories.

NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by The Associated Press in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic; New York Daily News; Asbury Park Press, Neptune, N.J; The Press of Atlantic City; New Jersey Press Association; The Record of Woodland Park, N.J.; New Jersey APME; Digital First Media/Journal Register Co. in Conn.; The Philadelphia Inquirer; the Philadelphia Daily News; the Albany (NY) Times Union; the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle; 1010 WINS, CBS Radio New York; The Observer-Dispatch, Utica., NY; the New York State Associated Press Association; CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; The News Journal of Wilmington (Del.); the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma; the Asian American Journalists Association.

Sessions and trainers: For more details, go to this link:

Location: The Associated Press headquarters, 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: NYC NEWSTRAIN

Diversity Scholarships Available: The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation is offering diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism. For details, contact Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press,

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

Portland Press: Documents show hearing officer felt pressured by governor
Columbus Dispatch: Backroom politics key in Internet-cafe bill fight
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia tax liens cause international flap
Colorado Gazette: Sex offender system isn't working, say lawmakers and lawyers
Columbus Dispatch: School officials changed grades from failing to pass
Denver Post: Schools to pay millions to reverse controversial 2008 bond deal
Press of Atlantic City: No statistics kept on police shootings

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: Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar was studying the fine print (something he does) for the Department of Health and Human Services budget proposal when one number jumped out: a projected $50 billion in new Medicare revenue over the coming decade. That was up from last year's projection of $28 billion. When Alonso-Zaldivar asked why, neither the White House for its Office of Management and Budget had an answer.

He wrote a spot story pointedly noting the murkiness of the administration's plans, while at the same time agitating with HHS for an explanation.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Kantele Franko, Scott Galvin, Dan Huff

It was going to be the last time the tight-knit community would be together, before five Amish adults -- four women and one man -- would report to prison for the hate crime of forcibly cutting the hair and beards of fellow Amish.

Cutting hair is shameful and offensive to the Amish, who believe the Bible instructs women to let their hair grow long and men to grow beards and stop shaving once they marry. Members of the insular group eschew any modern conveniences, rarely speak publicly and even more rarely allow themselves to be filmed or photographed.

But the team of Columbus reporter Kantele Franko, photo freelancer Scott Galvin and Washington video cameraman Dan Huff got an exclusive invitation to cover an end-of-school celebration, where children at old-fashioned schoolhouse desks sang in German, men played baseball in buttoned shirts and pants with suspenders -- and members of the group heading to prison talked on camera about the sentences.

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• AP Board election
• The Pulitzers: Online nonprofit winner reflects media change
• Details and reaction on the winners of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes
• AP’s Ed Kennedy Passed Over for Special Pulitzer
• AP sees slight revenue decline in 2012
• AP: Court decision is victory for media
• News Corp. entertainment company is 21st Century Fox
• Details on how News Corp. split will work
• Attorneys: Mississippi DMR Wrong to Withhold Financial Records From Public
• Chief Justice Roberts’ visit to college sparks press controversy
• With sale, NH newspaper publisher to step down
• Kansas paid $13 million in overtime last year
• Department heads got big raises in Augusta merger
• Ruling in N.J. asserts blogger’s rights as journalist
• Scripps heir convicted in $3.6M swindle of mother, uncle; spent on playboy lifestyle

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Ex-AP writer McArthur, who covered Vietnam, dies

Former Associated Press writer George McArthur, who was the quintessential foreign correspondent as he reported from the boulevards of Paris to the sands of the Middle East and jungles of Vietnam, has died. He was 88.

His wife, Eva Kim McArthur said he died Friday night, April 12, in a hospice in Fairfax County, Virginia, of complications from a stroke 17 days earlier.

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Ex-AP sports writer O’Hara, covered Boston sports greats, dies

Dave O'Hara, who covered Boston sports greats from Ted Williams to Larry Bird during a 50-year career with The Associated Press, has died. He was 86.

He died of cancer at his home in Winter Haven Fla., his daughter, Debbie O'Hara-Rusckowski, said.

Popular with his colleagues and admired for the speed and accuracy of his reporting, O'Hara began his career in May 1942 as a 15-year-old copy boy in the Boston bureau.

"Dave was a no-nonsense sports writer who brought gusto and grit to his work for half a century. He was every bit the epitome of Boston sports as Williams, Orr, Russell, Auerbach and Bird," AP Sports Editor Terry Taylor said. "He gave readers a front-row view of their heroes and heartbreaks, equally at home in the press box or the clubhouse."

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Ark. open records advocate, journalist McCord dies

Robert "Bob" McCord, a journalist who helped craft Arkansas' open records law and spent decades defending it, has died. He was 84. Griffin Leggett-Rest Hills funeral home said McCord died on Saturday, April 13.

McCord retired as an editor at the Arkansas Gazette prior to its acquisition by the Arkansas Democrat in 1992 and, for years, owned the North Little Rock Times. McCord wrote a column for the weekly Arkansas Times from 1992 until 2006.

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Former Colorado Springs Gazette editor dies after battle with cancer

Jim Bishop, former deputy managing editor and city editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, died Thursday, April 11, in Victoria, Texas, where he had been managing editor and executive editor of the Victoria Advocate for 15 years. Bishop died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

His 46-year newspaper career included leading the Gazette Telegraph news team at a time when the paper won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1990 for a story about a brother and sister burned in a propane gas explosion.

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Former publisher of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Citizens' Voice dies at age 75

Robert Manganiello, a co-founder and former publisher of The Citizens' Voice newspaper of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died Wednesday, April 11. He was 75. No cause was given.

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AP’s the answer, but what’s the clue?

The AP was the answer in The New York Times crossword puzzle. Clue for 39-across on Saturday, April 13, was "Large wire." Answer: "Associated Press."

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