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APME Update: Thursday, April 25, 2013
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APME Update

April 25, 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

Early Bird Discount for the APME Conference ends May 1!

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)

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

APME's Spring Online Auction ends soon!

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.

Enter here

Register for NewsTrain today or Friday and you may win an APME Nashville T-shirt

The Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain is fast approaching. The two-day workshop on watchdog journalism, government coverage, social media skills, working with data, covering diverse communities, and more is April 28-29.

Register today or Friday and you are entered to win a APME Nashville Conference T-shirt!

These stylish tees are just about gone, but you can get an opportunity to share or wear one just by signing up for the first NewsTrain in its 10th year.

Download the agenda here.

More information here.

Register here.

See you there!

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.


Rockford (Ill.) Register Star

The Register Star promotes its brand and markets its staff through the online use of a photo montage. The photo, coupled with a brief bio paragraph, serves as an enhanced byline for a highlighted story on the home page. The presentation gives readers an opportunity to meet and connect with the reporter. Building that connection will strengthen the print and digital brand within the community and increase the visibil- ity of the reporter. In turn, it builds greater reader trust and confidence in the reporter and the content, which will lead to deeper and stronger coverage of the community.


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

Austin American-Statesman: Many DAs, judges keep jobs after DWIs
The Record: In New Jersey cameras follow you everywhere
Detroit Free Press: Blast marks second time gas workers find leak and leave
Houston Chronicle: Feds unaware of explosive chemicals at Texas plant
Indianapolis Star: "Retired” civil servants double dip for salaries and pensions
Lexington Herald-Leader: Despite autism law, insurers slow to pay
Miami Herald: Guns used in rising percentage of murders
Philadelphia Inquirer: Philadelphia getting fugitives into coourt
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Is old radioactive Kodak dump safe?
Buffalo News: Nearly 800 hazardous waste sites in western New York
Sunday Oregonian: Taxpayers keep streetcar firm rolling on promise of jobs
Sacramento Bee: Retired state execs fill part-time, high-pay jobs

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: Charles Krupa

Even in the midst of the biggest stories, it is often the individual acts of journalistic determination that make all the difference. Charles Krupa, AP’s Boston Photographer, was in the pressroom finishing his coverage of the Boston Marathon when two deep booms resonated through the Copley Plaza hotel.

A security official announced that the hotel was in lockdown because of an explosion at the finish line, and that no one was allowed to leave.

But Krupa, knew he had to go.

He would run toward danger to fulfill his role as photojournalist, bringing back the gripping photo of a man, legs shattered by the explosion, being rushed from the scene in a wheelchair. It was one of the signature images of thebombings that transfixed the nation and brought Boston to a standstill for four days.For his professionalism and determination that awful afternoon Krupa wins this week’s Beat of The Week.

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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.

Read more at:


• Media frenzy on marathon investigation
• How a phony tweet and computer trades sank stocks
• Tennessee must release information in 50 child deaths
• Reuters editor charged with hacking: I was fired
• New publisher at Telegraph in Nashua, NH
• Hawaii House counters Senate limits to shield law
• Another Huse becomes publisher of Nebraska paper
• Israel school opens Daniel Pearl journalism center

Read more at:


USA Today founder Neuharth dies in Florida at 89

Al Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers when he founded USA Today, filling the newspaper with breezy, easy-to-comprehend articles, attention-grabbing graphics and stories that often didn't require readers to jump to a different page.

Critics dubbed USA Today "McPaper" when it debuted in 1982, and they accused Neuharth of dumbing down American journalism with its easy-to-read articles and bright graphics. USA Today became the nation's most-circulated newspaper in the late 1990s.

The hard-charging founder of USA Today died Friday in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He was 89. The news was announced by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded.

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Former publisher of Tyler Morning (Tex.) Telegraph dies at 92

Calvin Nelson Clyde Jr., a former publisher of the Tyler (Tex.) Morning Telegraph,
died Sunday, April 21, in Tyler. He was 92.

In addition to the Morning Telegraph, Clyde was publisher of the former Tyler Courier-Times and the Sunday Tyler Courier-Times — Telegraph. His family's ownership of the publications dates back to at least 1910.

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Staff Writer
Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Press

I’m not a Cd’A Press spokesperson, but I feel the need to speak on their behalf.

Lately someone chastised the Press for the placement of an article about Margaret Thatcher’s death. It was relegated to the bottom of the main page, while news about a local teen’s fight with swallowing a grill cleaner bristle made top headlines.

I politely suggest that the Cd’A Press is not meant to be, nor should they be expected to be, the main discharger of news on the national and world level. This is a local newspaper. As a reader, I expect local news to have priority.

Local news is what makes the Press a unique news source for those of us who live here. The writing is far from perfect (not much excuse for using "weather” for "whether”), and it’s fairly easy to find spelling and grammatical errors each day. There are mistakes in reporting. The letters to the editor make me shake my head. But most of the paper’s news is still uniquely Coeur d’Alene.

I can understand why there would be disappointment if the Press is read as a sole source of news. But this is the age of internet, radio, and TV news, with instant and ongoing coverage of the latest news stories everywhere. To expect a local newspaper, published once per day, to compete with those outlets is unreasonable.

Newspapers around the world are struggling for readership and many well known outlets are already out of business. I believe small town newspapers actually have a better chance of survival due to their appeal to the small community, something lost in the big cities.

We keep hearing about cultivating global citizenship. I contend we must start by being good local community citizens, by knowing the news of our local community, and then participating as we can. It’s where we have the most control. Luckily we still have a news source that can provide us with the information we should know. Imagine having to attend every school board meeting, city council meeting, etc. just to be informed.

Who won’t admit to enjoying columns like Kerri Thoreson’s "Main Street.” It harkens back to society pages of 100 years ago. It nurtures community. We get to read about our own "Patty Duke” or find out when John Travolta has been in town to visit his sister Ellen. And sometime the news might even include us!

Embrace the importance of a local paper for the purpose it has and appreciate its goal of keeping our community enlightened. Admittedly this paper is far from perfect and in need of improvement. But for today let’s give those who work there a break and actually thank them for what is probably a pretty thankless job. And be thankful there is still a newspaper in town that will print all of our opinions, whether we like them or not.

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