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APME Update: Thursday, May 2, 2013
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APME Update

May 2, 2013


May 10, 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

Deadline extended: Early Bird Discount for the APME Conference ends May 10!

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 10: $195 for members; $295 for non-members. After May 10, 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 NewsTrain Ambassador

NewsTrain kicked off its 10th anniversary year with a great first event in Springfield, Ill. In all, 90 journalists and students attended workshops held this week.

Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register

Musicians Bill Lloyd, left, and Don Henry, center, finish of the song "Wake Up Little Susie" along with Ken Paulson, president and CEO of the First Amendment Center, right, during a performance of Freedom Sings, a musical program by the First Amendment Center, as a part of the APME NewsTrain at the Old State Capitol, April 29, in Springfield, Ill. The event featured pieces of music that had been banned or censored along with a discussion of how music was used for social change.

Freedom Sings (at right) performed at a 10th anniversary event at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Among the guests were Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln. See photos from this event by clicking here.

Announced during that reception and performance was a NewsTrain Ambassador campaign for 2013.

The campaign hopes to reach NewsTrain alumni and supporters across the United States and Canada. NewsTrain is still going strong, and this is the year that we hope people can give back.

Can you support NewsTrain with a $100 or more donation? If so you'll become a NewsTrain ambassador and you'll be recognized online, in the APME News magazine and at the APME conference in Indianapolis in October.

If not $100, can you give a smaller donation to NewsTrain? All donations are tax deductible and will go toward keeping NewsTrain strong for many more years.

Find details in this NewsTrain Ambassador flier or at You can donate online here.

Help us help NewsTrain.

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

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

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.


Detroit Free Press
Nancy Andrews, managing editor for digital media

Detroit Self-Portrait project is a space for metro Detroiters to share their views of our city. Inspired by the Detroit Institute of Arts’ "Detroit Revealed” photography exhibit and wanting to provide a place for Detroiters and those connected to Detroit to publish their own portrait of the city, we are partnered with the DIA to share Detroit’s self-portrait. Many journalists and photographers travel to Detroit to photograph our ruins, but this display has resonated here with the community. More than 2,700 pictures have been published by more than 700 people. We’ve had selections shown at public events and in digital displays at the DIA and the Detroit Public Library. The project is ongoing — as long as it touches people, we’ll keep sharing it, too.


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

AP IMPACT: Congress slows military efforts to save
New York Times: Pension loans sink retirees even deeper into red ink
Arizona Daily Star: Tucson water contract goes to former agency officials
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hospital infections deadly but preventable
Austin American-Statesman: Cost estimates questioned in bond proposal
The Record: Odd math jacks up rates of hauling Sandy storm debris
Houston Chronicle: Chemical industry oversight toothless
The Los Angeles Times: Foster care contractor’s woes spread
Orange County Register: Loans put schools at risk
Press of Atlantic City: State authority keeps no record of denials
Tulsa World: State disciplined 68 dentists in past 13 years

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: Al-Emrun Garjon

"Save us, brother!” the man pleaded to the AP cameraman from beneath the huge concrete slabs that had pinned him when a garment factory collapsed outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. "I want to live, brother!”

Stringer-cameraman Al-Emrun Garjon could only record the anguished plea, a vivid scene that brought home the horror of what had happened and the chaotic and often painfully ineffective rescue efforts. At least 386 people were killed and about 1,000 were missing.

When the factory collapsed, Garjon was racing to the scenewithin minutes. He worked almost non-stop for the next week, capturing some of the most compelling images while rushing back and forth on bad roads to file them.

A day after the collapse, as the scale of the disaster was becoming clear, a group of rescuers told him they had found a man trapped. Garjon asked if they would take him, and crawled through the rubble until he got within a few feet of Mohammad Atlab, a garment worker who had been pinned in that spot for more than 24 hours.

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Dallas video journalist John Mone got a telephone call from a friend in the small town of West, Texas, whose house had just been shaking. He checked Twitter, saw reports that a fertilizer plant had exploded and called the Dallas desk. "Go,” editors told him. So he went.

Because he was so quick to get on the road, he was able to get to the heart of the disaster, gaining access to first responders, witnesses and triage tents before authorities were able to cordon off the area. Austin-based legislative relief staffer Michael Brick wasn’t far behind, and Lubbock correspondent Betsy Blaney worked the phones.

Mone hightailed it down Interstate 35 fully expecting to be detoured to clear the way for response units. As he approached West, encountering the acrid smell of ammonia in the air, he was directed away from the blast site and to a triage center where all the witnesses were gathered – and access to them had not yet been locked down.

He hit the record button on his video camera and didn’t stop rolling. He located people waiting for word on the injured, eyewitneses wandering around in a daze and someone who had captured iPhone video of the explosion. Later, when police began to block off the area, he sneaked down a side road on foot with his camera, walked a mile and was able to film damaged homes.

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• AP wins 3 prizes at Overseas Press Club Awards
• Veteran journalist new FOI Foundation director
• Pa. sheriff faces hearing on reporter threat claim
• O.C. Register weekly newspaper goes daily May 6
• Leaders at family-owned NY newspapers step aside
• Wyo. prosecutors drop subpoena against reporter
• New Hawaii shield law draft cuts out free media
• McClatchy has 1Q loss on debt payment, ad decline
• New York Times posts sharp 1Q profit decline
• Ex-Washington Post editor to lead Duke center
• UK newspapers reject press regulation plans
• Google agrees to change search display in Europe
• Maine newspaper ex-CEO accused of misusing funds
• News groups want gag order lifted in cheating case
• Cox Enterprises announces leadership changes

Read more at:


Longtime publisher of Kansas’ Iola Register dies at 88

Emerson Lynn Jr., who became one of Kansas' best-known editorial writers as the longtime publisher of The Iola Register, died April 24 after a career in journalism spanning more than 60 years. He was 88.

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Nice work if you can get it (even if it’s ranked the worst job in America)

By Jeff Mullin
Enid (Okla.) News and Eagle

I have a great job.

I get to routinely sweep the cobwebs from the dusty corners of my brain, compile my thoughts in some sort of cogent order and call them a newspaper column — and get paid for it, to boot.

I get to meet and interview a lot of interesting people and write stories about them. I edit copy, design pages, occasionally take photos, sometimes write obituaries, answer the phone and help customers at the front counter.

I’ve been doing virtually the same thing for more than 37 years, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

I have a great job, despite the fact it is the worst job in America.

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