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APME Update for Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Webinar: The Twitter Beat
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Nominations open for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership – Deadline June 1!

The Associated Press Media Editors, in partnership with the American Society of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 11th annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.

Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to 75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.

The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, graduate of Kent State University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.

Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in newspaper content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color.

Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Sept. 19-21 in Nashville, Tenn. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. daily newspapers are eligible. A nominee's newspaper must participate in the American Society of News Editors' annual employment census.

The awards recognize achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over a number of years.

What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Awards honor an individual, a newsroom or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

Recruitment: by providing opportunities for journalists of color to learn about news careers and to enter the newspaper industry in internships and full-time jobs.

Development: by offering opportunities for journalists of color to grow in their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.

Retention: by ensuring that journalists of color want to remain in the news industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities to contribute and advance.

Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.

Nominations can be made by individuals, newspapers, professional organizations, schools of journalism and others.

Rules for entries: Send a letter (no more than three pages) outlining specific information about the achievements and how they benefited the community, the industry and journalists of color. The letter should include the name of the person making the nomination and his/her signature and telephone number.

You may supplement an entry with electronic clips, but please send no more than four. Send copies no larger than 11 by 17 inches.

Send material by email to:

Sally Jacobsen,
The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Friday, June 1.


Wanted: Sports & entertainment tickets, vacation getaways, booze

The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation needs your help to make our auctions successful.

The silent and live auctions will be held at the opening night reception at the annual conference in Nashville. We'll party at the Frist Center for Visual Arts on Wednesday, Sept. 19. As always, auction proceeds will go to support the APME Foundation and valuable programs, such as NewsTrain.

In August, we will feature some of the great items on the slate in September and allow folks to place an opening bid. We'll also have some online-only items, such as tickets to activities in Nashville, as well as an APME memberships conference registrations. This is a great way to give tickets to events or travel either before or after the conference

Right now we need donors – editors and friends of APME who can contribute items for the online, silent and live auctions. We're looking for anything newspaper or Web-related such as award-winning photos, umbrellas, signed comics and autographed books. Jewelry, art, wine and other libations are always popular sellers. Sports tickets and trips are big-ticket items that bring in the cash. A round of golf at a great course or a weekend stay at a resort hotel would be wonderful donations.

You can indicate the auction to which you wish to donate – maybe you will choose both – on the pledge form. We’ll need donations for the online auction by July 15, and for the silent and live auctions at the conference by Aug. 31.

Follow this link to the pledge form, which should be sent to Kim Meader of the Arizona Republic, NM19, 200 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 or e-mail

Once you've made a pledge, we will coordinate with you about where to mail the donation.

Your donation is tax-deductible and much appreciated by APME and its foundation.

Please be creative and generous.

Thank you, Hollis Towns, APME Foundation president.


We want your Great Ideas!

We are now accepting submissions for APME's 2012 "Great Ideas" book.

What's a great idea? It can be a new concept for print or online, or a major improvement to something we do every day. This is a chance for your newspaper to show off great work and to help fellow editors by providing ideas that might work in their markets. APME is again focusing on watchdog stories – big and small – because of the difference they can make in the community.

Our "Great Ideas" website at allows you to quickly submit entries and upload images that accompanies the Great Idea.

If you have questions, contact David Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at


The Twitter Beat: Tweet Credibility of Government Agencies

Wednesday, June 7, at 2 pm Eastern Time

Sign up today for the final webinar in the seriers on social media credibility topics presented jointly by APME and Poynter’s NewsU.

This one-hour webinar will help your news organization learn how to verify information from government sources that increasingly share information with journalists – and directly with the public – via Twitter feeds.

How do journalists get to the real sources to make sure information is conformed, accurate and clear? How does a newsroom decide what to report?

This webinar will help you navigate the landscape of social media credibility within government agencies. Learn:

  • The social media strategy of government agencies
  • Your readers’/followers’ expectations
  • How to develop source relationships with agency tweeters
  • How to engage your newsroom in discussions on whom to trust on Twitter, and how to enhance the credibility of your own Twitter streams
  • Questions and issues to address in your newsroom's social-media guidelines

Managing Editor of the Seattle Times, Suki Dardarian, discusses the results of the APME Social Media Credibility Project about the credibility of government Twitter feeds.

APME members may register for $9.95 by using a code. Watch for an email from Sally Jacobsen at AP, then go to this URL to sign up:



AP: Smart meter debate heats up in Vermont
Press of Atlantic City: Poor health pervades southern New Jersey
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Real CEO income frequently eludes public filings
Denver Post: Bankers fund school district campaigns to sell bonds
Dallas Morning News: Texas teachers’ retirement fund loses millions in risky bet
Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Sheriff ignores databases and fugitives go free
Arizona Republic: Arizona governor rarely grants prisoners clemency

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Washington’s Goldman, Apuzzo

It started with some curious information that caught the attention of Adam Goldman, Matt Apuzzo, Eileen Sullivan and Kimberly Dozier of the Washington investigative team.

When their questions were met with silence, they became even more intrigued.

Eventually, the reason became clear: The CIA had foiled an "undetectable" new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot against U.S.-bound aircraft, timed around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

When the AP contacted the White House and the CIA about the story, they asked that it not be published because the sensitive intelligence operation was still under way – an unusual but certainly not unprecedented request that was sufficient for Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee to delay publication.

The AP held the story until it was assured by the government that national security concerns had passed. But the government wanted further delay, one more day, so it could publicly announce details of the operation. The AP said no to that one, telling the White House its obligation was satisfied by waiting until security concerns were no longer an issue.

The story by Goldman and Apuzzo, with contributions from Sullivan and Dozier, moved immediately and rocketed to the top of news sites worldwide:

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.


BEST OF THE STATES: Phoenix’ Matt Reed

Matt Reed was working the overnight shift on the West desk in Phoenix when he spotted an AP handout photo citing the accomplishment of a Hawaii resident man who surfed what is now known to be the world’s largest wave – a 78-foot monster. Reed notified the Hawaii bureau and new News Editor Oskar Garcia chased down the surfer, who’d ridden the wave in in Portugal in November and managed to stay out of the limelight for several months until the Guinness World Records certified the wave as the biggest ever. Garcia was the first to reach him.

The biggest competitive advantage in this case? Reed and Garcia recognized an untapped story, one no other news organization had picked up on. "It was one of those things that was right under our noses,” Garcia said.

It was the video of Garrett McNamara riding the wave that really made the story, and Garcia worked with West Desk editor Carson Walker and the Broadcast News Center to get permission to use it. It took hours to track down the video’s owner and secure permission, but it was worth the wait. The full package of story, photos and video went out during morning drive, dominating the news agenda in Hawaii but also winning big play in Europe. Garcia’s lead helped: "Dude, that was the gnarliest wave ever. Guinness World Records says so.”



Andrew Julien was named last week as the new editor of The Hartford Courant, where he has worked most recently as integrated media editor for CT1 Media.

Julien, a 23-year veteran of the Courant newsroom, succeeds Naedine Hazell, who is stepping down as editor for personal reasons. The Courant ( reported Hazell will assume a different role in the newsroom that remains to be determined.

As integrated media editor since 2010, Julien has coordinated television, digital and print operations for CT1 Media, which also includes FoxCT television, the Advocate weekly newspapers, and other websites and businesses.

"Andrew is a proven leader in the newsroom with a unique blend of qualifications that will only lead us to success in the future," said Richard Graziano, publisher of the Courant and CEO of CT1 Media.

Julien, 52, was part of a Courant reporting team that won a 1999 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of shootings at Connecticut Lottery headquarters. He also served as metro editor from 2006 to 2009 and worked as a reporter covering health, labor and other areas.

Hazell, 53, has been with the Courant for two decades and served as editor since 2009.



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IN Memoriam

Horst Faas, AP combat photographer, dies at 79

Associated Press

As chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas didn't just cover the fighting — he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers.

The result was "Horst's army" of young photographers, who fanned out with Faas-supplied cameras and film and stern orders to "come back with good pictures."

He and his editors chose the best and put together a steady flow of telling photos — South Vietnam's soldiers fighting and its civilians struggling to survive amid the maelstrom.

Faas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with the AP, died last week in Munich, said his daughter, Clare Faas. He was 79.

A native of Germany who joined the U.S.-based news cooperative there in 1956, Faas photographed wars, revolutions, the Olympic Games and events in between.

But he was best known for covering Vietnam, where he was severely wounded in 1967 and won four major photo awards including the first of his two Pulitzers.

"Horst was one of the great talents of our age, a brave photographer and a courageous editor who brought forth some of the most searing images of this century," said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll. "He was a stupendous colleague and a warm and generous friend."

Among his top proteges was Huynh Thanh My, an actor turned photographer who in 1965 became one of four AP staffers and one of two South Vietnamese among more than 70 journalists killed in the 15-year war.

My's younger brother, Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut, followed his brother at AP and under Faas's tutelage won one of the news agency's six Vietnam War Pulitzer Prizes, for his iconic 1972 picture of a badly burned Vietnamese girl fleeing an aerial napalm attack.

Faas was a brilliant planner, able to score journalistic scoops by anticipating "not just what happens next but what happens after that," as one colleague put it.

His reputation as a demanding taskmaster and perfectionist belied a humanistic streak he was loath to admit, while helping less fortunate ex-colleagues and other causes. He was widely read on Asian history and culture, and assembled an impressive collection of Chinese Ming porcelain, bronzes and other treasures.

"Horst Faas was a giant in the world of photojournalism whose extraordinary commitment to telling difficult stories was unique and remarkable," said Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography.

"He was an exceptional talent both behind the camera and editing the work of others and even in the grimmest circumstances he always made sure to live life to the fullest," Lyon said. "He will be sorely missed by scores of colleagues, especially that reduced group with whom he covered conflict, particularly the Vietnam generation."

In later years Faas turned his training skills into a series of international photojournalism symposiums.

Faas also helped to organize reunions of the wartime Saigon press corps, and was attending a combination of those events when he became ill in Hanoi on May 4, 2005.

He was hospitalized first in Bangkok and then in Germany, where doctors traced his permanent paralysis from the waist down to a spinal hemorrhage caused by blood-thinning heart medication.

Although requiring a wheelchair, he continued to travel to photo exhibits and other professional events, mainly in Europe, and collaborated in the publishing of two books in French — about his own career and that of Henri Huet, a former AP colleague in Vietnam. Faas also made two arduous trips to the United States, in 2006 and 2008.

His health deteriorated in late 2008. Hospitalized in February for treatment of skin problems, he also underwent gastric surgery.

Faas' Vietnam coverage earned him the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Award and his first Pulitzer in 1965. Receiving the honors in New York, he said his mission was to "record the suffering, the emotions and the sacrifices of both Americans and Vietnamese in ... this little bloodstained country so far away."

Burly but agile, Faas spent much time in the field and on Dec. 6, 1967, was wounded in the legs by a rocket-propelled grenade at Bu Dop, in South Vietnam's Central Highlands. He might have bled to death had not a young U.S. Army medic managed to stem the flow. Meeting Faas two decades later, the medic recalled the encounter, saying, "You were so gray I thought you were a goner."

On crutches and confined to the bureau, Faas was unable to cover the February 1968 Tet Offensive, but directed AP photo operations like a general deploying troops against the enemy. AP photographer Eddie Adams came back with the war's most famous picture, of Vietnam's national police chief executing a captured Viet Cong suspect on a Saigon street.

"Generally we had to go pretty far into the field but this was a situation in which the war came to us. It was right next door," Faas recalled.

He often teamed with Pulitzer Prize-winning AP reporter Peter Arnett to produce powerful and exclusive reports such as the 1969 story of Co. A, an Army unit that balked at orders to move against the enemy. Faas witnessed the "combat refusal" incident during an effort to reach the site of a helicopter crash that had killed seven U.S. soldiers and AP staff photographer Oliver E. Noonan.

Born in Berlin on April 28, 1933, Faas grew up during World War II and like all young German males was required to join the Hitler Youth organization. Years later, he wrote that Allied air raids and "the fascinating spectacle of anti-aircraft action in the sky" were part of daily life, as was being required "to stand at attention in school and listen to an announcement that the father or older brother of a classmate had died for fuehrer and Fatherland."

As the war ended in 1945, the family fled north to avoid the Russian advance on Berlin and two years later escaped to Munich in West Germany.

During the postwar Allied occupation, Horst became the 15-year-old drummer for a black GI jazz band in Munich. Asked recently where he learned the drums, he said, "I didn't know how. I just played them."

In 1960, at age 27 and an AP photographer for four years, Faas began his front-line reporting career in the Congo, then Algeria. In 1962 he was reassigned to the growing war in Vietnam where he landed on the same day as Arnett.

Faas for a time shared a Saigon villa with the late New York Times correspondent David Halberstam, who said of Faas, "I don't think anyone stayed longer, took more risks or showed greater devotion to his work and his colleagues. I think of him as nothing less than a genius."

Faas left Saigon in 1970 to become AP's roving photographer for Asia, based in Singapore, ranging widely on assignments. He teamed with New Zealander Arnett on a cross-country reporting tour of the United States as seen by foreigners, and covered the 1972 Munich Olympics where he photographed a ski-masked Palestinian terrorist on the balcony of the building where Israeli athletes were being held hostage, hours before they were murdered at the airport.

The same year, he won a second Pulitzer Prize, along with Michel Laurent, for gripping pictures of torture and executions in Bangladesh. Laurent later became the last journalist killed in the Vietnam War, two days before the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, while working for the French Gamma photo agency.

In 1976, Faas relocated to London as AP's senior photo editor for Europe, until he retired from the news agency in 2004.

He was co-editor of "Requiem," a 1997 book about photographers killed on both sides of the Vietnam War, and was co-author of "Lost Over Laos," a 2003 book about four photographers shot down in Laos in 1971 and the search for the crash site 27 years later.

Survivors include his wife, Ursula, and his daughter.


Richard Pyle covered the Vietnam War for five years and was AP Saigon bureau chief 1970-73.

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And Finally … Media silent when administration targets sources

Knight professor of journalism ethics
Washington and Lee University
for The Miami Herald

When President Barack Obama addressed the American Society of News Editors convention last month, the real news was what didn't happen.

The watchdogs didn't bark. No discouraging word from the gathering of 1,000 of the country's top news people, facing a president whose administration has led a vigorous attack on journalism's most indispensable asset -- its sources.
Obama took office pledging tolerance and even support for whistleblowers, but instead is prosecuting them with a zeal that's historically unprecedented. His Justice Department has conducted six prosecutions over leaks of classified information to reporters. Five involve the Espionage Act, a powerful law that had previously been used only four times since it was enacted in 1917 to prosecute spies. Some spies.

We're no longer in the era of Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen or Kim Philby, infamous Cold War turncoats. Instead, there's Thomas Drake, a career official of the National Security Agency, who faced 35 years in prison for telling a Baltimore Sun reporter about what The New York Times called "a potential billion-dollar computer boondoggle."

At stake was bureaucratic embarrassment, not national security. (The case against Drake collapsed last summer.) Then there's Shamai Leibowitz, a translator for the FBI, who believed he had intercepted evidence of illegal influence-peddling by the Israeli embassy. When his boss wouldn't act, he leaked transcripts to a blogger. He got 20 months.

Ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou was indicted in January for allegedly identifying a Guantanamo interrogator (who was not working undercover); Stephen Kim, a State Department analyst, allegedly told a reporter for Fox News -- wait for it -- that the United States was worried North Korea might respond to new U.N. sanctions by testing another A-bomb; and Jeffrey Sterling, who allegedly disclosed a botched CIA operation in Iran that was described in a 2006 book by a Times reporter.

And there's the biggest case, the court martial of Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of engineering the mammoth dumps of U.S. military and diplomatic data that WikiLeaks, the online whistleblower network, turned over to leading newspapers in 2010 and 2011.

The administration seems undeterred by the scanty evidence that any of these defendants was out to hurt the country, a mainstay ingredient of espionage, and the Manning judge has even warned prosecutors they must show he believed he was "aiding the enemy" or she would toss the most serious charge against him.

The public is generally unaware of how essential nominally classified information is to coverage of diplomatic and strategic news. As Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' government secrecy project, put it: "The administration's aggressive pursuit of leaks represents a challenge to the practice of national security reporting, which depends on the availability of unauthorized sources if it is to produce something more than 'authorized' news." What's behind the administration's fervor isn't clear, but the news media have largely rolled over and yawned. A big reason is that prosecutors aren't hassling reporters as they once did.

Thanks to the post-9/11 explosion in government intercepts, electronic surveillance and data capture of all imaginable kinds -- the NSA is estimated to have intercepted 15 trillion to 20 trillion communications in the past decade -- the secrecy police have vast new ways to identify leakers. So they no longer have to force journalists to expose confidential sources. As a national security representative told Lucy Dalglish, director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, "We're not going to subpoena reporters in the future. We don't need to. We know who you're talking to."
It doesn't appear that the current prosecutions required the help of journalists, which helps explain the ASNE's equanimity when Obama met the press last month. But that silence constitutes an abdication of the media's role as a voice in shaping public policy.

After all, the ultimate purpose of reporter shield laws and the defiant tradition of protecting confidential sources isn't to make writing stories easier for reporters, it's to ensure that publicly significant information comes to light.

If the news media publish sensitive information, fully believing it ought to be made public, how can they stand by without protest when the government punishes the people who furnished it? They can't.

The government may have found a way to suppress the flow of news without ruffling the feathers of reporters, but that doesn't absolve the media of their duty to speak out for that flow. The challenge now is for the media to rediscover their voice.

Edward Wasserman is Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University. He wrote this column for The Miami Herald (McClatchy-Tribune).


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