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APME Update, May 2, 2014
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APME UPDATE – May 2, 2014


May 9, Deadline for Responding to Website Survey
May 31, Deadline for Applying for Community Journalism Grant
June 30, Special 2-for-1 Membership Offer Expires
Sept. 15-17, ASNE-APME Conference, Chicago


The outstanding work of smaller news organizations continues to be a priority of the Associated Press Media Editors as it announces the third year of the 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: 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 Sedalia Democrat in Missouri for its “Meth at the Crossroads” series. City Reporter Emily Jarrett presented the newspaper’s work at the APME national conference in Indianapolis in October. The first winner was the Beaver Dam News of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, for its series on mental illness in its community.

The 2014 winner will present its work at the joint ASNE/APME Conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.

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

The deadline for applications is May 31. The grant will be awarded in June.


The grant: A $1,000 grant will be given to a small-media company for a public service project that addresses a long-standing community issue. If results are shown, a representative also will receive an expenses-paid trip (up to $1,000) to the ASNE-APME conference in September in Chicago.
Eligibility: The media company must have a website and serve a metropolitan area (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people. Entrants must be Associated Press members.
Expectations: The project can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy. It should be considered entrepreneurial and should have the potential to be used elsewhere, including by a larger media company. Even though the project can be an ongoing series and continue after the APME conference, there will an expectation that a part of the project will be published before Sept. 1. The Innovator/Great Ideas/Awards Committee will contact the grant recipient in August to determine progress on the initiative.
To apply: Go to to submit your proposal of
500 words or less, including examples of how you would tackle the project.
The form will also prompt you to give your company’s newsroom staffing, website page views per month and your newspaper’s circulation or audience size.
Deadline: May 31. The winner will be notified in June.

For more information, contact Joe Hight at or David Arkin at


Special offer: Join APME at our $150 rate in May and June and add another editor or broadcast news leader free. The 2-for-1 offer is a limited-time special good until June 30.
This is a great time to join APME.
The Associated Press Media Editors remains the practical voice for news leaders. For the $150 cost of membership, you'll receive a substantial discount for the first joint conference with the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers Sept. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.
Sign up now at:

APME wants to know how you handle website comments from the public.

Are names required with public comments at your website? How are comments monitored by your outlet? What value do you place on such feedback? Are online comments likely to remain a fixture at your website?

We’re asking you to complete the survey by Friday, May 9.

The link:

Password: Comments (uppercase C)

Problems? Email for assistance.


APME and ASNE are joining forces for a live and silent auction to benefit both organizations during their joint conference Sept. 15-17 in Chicago.
An annual conference auction is a staple for APME and benefits the APME Foundation, which helps fund NewsTrain and other programs. ASNE will share the stage for perhaps the biggest auction to fund journalism initiatives in recent years.
The live auction – featuring vacation getaways and more – will be held during the opening night reception at the Tribune Tower. A small silent auction also will take place that night.
A larger silent auction – featuring donated books, regional gifts, jewelry, sports and event tickets and more – will be held during the conference at the Hyatt Regency, the conference headquarters.
How can you help now? We're looking for donations that will stand out.
To donate, download the pledge form.
Bob Heisse of the APME Foundation and George Stanley of ASNE are coordinating the auction. You can contact either of them at or
You also can contact Sally Jacobsen of APME at and Arnie Robbins of ASNE at


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