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APME Update

May 9, 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

Register today for 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 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)

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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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

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.

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.


Las Vegas Sun
Brian Greenspun, publisher and editor

The editorial and opinion pages have been the butt of industry jokes and derision for years. We’re shaking that up at the Sun, because there is a better way to engage the community, even in the old print medium.

Matt Hufman took over our op-ed pages in September with a charge to engage the com- munity more effectively than ever. The goal: to extend to our readers a sense of community by inviting them to weigh in more easily than ever, turning our op-ed pages into a town hall.

We invite readers to share thoughts on a particular subject before we write an editorial on it. We outline the issues and provide background — the type of material our editorial board uses in coming to an opinion. We allow the readers’ input to inform us as we frame our position, and we also typically dedicate a full page to reader letters and comments culled from our website.

We ask the community for help in defining the issues we write about. We also have actively sought out people, not only in the comments section but by following up via email, to ask for more information, to expand their thoughts or help us more fully understand an issue.

Before we sit down at editorial boards with key officials, we ask our readers for their questions, and we print the answers. Consider it the readers’ press conference. (Officials have told us that they’re paying attention to our memos and the readers’ comments.)

As we follow comments and letters more closely and interact with the readers, the topics we cover have expanded to include subjects people are more likely to discuss in their neighborhoods than in the newspaper. On a story about a crime spree, we noted a thread of conversation about how children end up in a life of crime. So we asked our readers whether, and how, good parents can end up with bad kids, and we got an outpouring of response.

The interaction and energy have continued to create new discussions. We ask a question or join a discussion, and that generates responses. We then publish a selection of responses both online and print, and that generates a new round of conversation. It’s a fuller conversation as more threads and topics are explored. And we have seen more people joining the discussion.

Register for 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: It’s in soap and toothpaste, but is it safe?
Toledo Blade: Gangs exact bloody toll on Toledo
San Diego Union-Tribune: If nuclear plant closes, consumers face $3B tab
Arizona Daily Star: Streetcar delay to increase costs for Tucson
Arizona Republic: Pensions costs for first responders up 500% over decade ago
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Is it effective? State spends millions to attract jobs
The Record: Rising death toll in northern N.J. proves heroin’s reach
Tennessean: Jobless benefits in Tennessee among nation’s lowest
Wichita Eagle: No accounting for 74% of what Kansas lobbyists spend

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: Adam Pemble, Ian Phillips

Was it a bomb? It certainly looked like a war zone, moments after an explosion ripped through the capital of the Czech Republic: bystanders dazed, blood-soaked and bandaged; injured victims being carried off in people’s arms; a demolished jeep; a heavily damaged building.

The early-morning blast in Prague turned out to be a gas explosion, but within minutes, before the cause was even known, the images -- exclusively AP’s -- were being streamed around the world, thanks to quick work by video journalist Adam Pemble. But there was more. The Prague bureau was chosen two years ago to lead AP’s first ever cross-format sub-region -- an area extending from Poland to the southern Balkans. Ian Phillips was put in charge and on this day we saw why.

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Montpelier newsman Dave Gram helped the Vermont staff win an APME award in 2012 for coverage of Hurricane Irene and its devastating aftermath. As rebuilding wears on, he has kept plugging away on the beat, recognizing that repairing the damage from the storm remains one of his state’s most important stories. Members consistently seek accountability stories about the storm recovery and reward them with big play.

Because Gram has so distinguished himself on the coverage, a state government source contacted him to tell him an eye-popping detail of Irene’s immediate aftermath: Even as people were missing and unaccounted for and residents were stranded in flooded homes, state crews were dispatched to the home of Deb Markowitz, Vermont’s Secretary of Natural Resources, to rescue her houseplants.

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The Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News has welcomed Patrick Johnston as its new managing editor. Johnston previously worked as managing editor of the Eufaula Tribune and began in his new role this week. Opelika-Auburn News Publisher Rex Maynor says ( ) Johnston's years of experience with community newspapers will be an asset to the paper.

Johnston graduated from the University of Alabama in 1999 and worked as a reporter for the Eufaula Tribune. Johnston became the paper's sports editor, was later named its news editor, and was named managing editor in 2005. Johnston says he wants the Opelika-Auburn News to be a true community paper, and would like to see the publication continue developing its online presence through use of video, social media and photo galleries.


• Whistler gets Canadian Journalists’ Code of Silence Award
• Vicksburg newspaper bought by company with Natchez ties
• Publisher resigns from Helena, Butte newspapers
• Britain holding off on media regulation plans
• Washington Post Co. 1Q profit down 85%
• US calls on Guyana to revoke radio frequencies
• NH family: Missing US journalist in Syrian prison
• Journal Communications earnings rise 30 percent
• St. Louis Post-Dispatch names publisher
• Tennessean announces new president and publisher
• Masterson leaving Times Media Co. to join Berkshire Hathaway
• Hawaii news coalition: Senate killed shield law
• Baton Rouge paper's new owner to beef up New Orleans edition
• Texas House OKs mitigating defamation lawsuits
• Yuma Sun sold to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers
• US regulators looking at dealing with social media
• Digital fees pay off for 2 top-selling newspapers
• Newsstand tab to make Orleans paper daily again
• Vt. Senate keeps newspaper carriers independent

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Former AP correspondent John Fenton Wheeler dies at 88

John Fenton Wheeler, an Associated Press foreign correspondent who was the last U.S. reporter expelled from Cold War-era Cuba, has died. He was 88.

Wheeler died on April 21, according to an obituary from Parker Funeral Service in Columbia, Missouri. Wheeler's 21-year AP career began in 1964 in Columbus, Ohio. He then transferred to the foreign desk in New York before being sent to Havana in 1967. Wheeler was kicked out of the country in 1969 for coverage deemed unfavorable to Fidel Castro's government. It would be three decades before the AP returned to Cuba with a full-time resident correspondent.

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World Press Freedom Day: Authors say protests help

By Peter James Spielman
Associated Press

Exiled Chinese author Yu Jie joined other writers including Salman Rushdie on the 20th observance of World Press Freedom Day in appealing to China to live up to its own constitution and laws guaranteeing freedom of expression, and calling on the public to put pressure on governments that crack down on writers.

Yu and other writers and activists were on a PEN International panel Friday, May 3, highlighting a report on trends of the last five years in China's crackdown on free expression. It also marked the 20th anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly's designation of May 3 as World Press Freedom Day.

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