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APME Update: Thursday, May 23, 2013
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APME Update

May 23, 2013


May 24, 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

Friday is deadline for 2013 APME Journalism Excellence Awards

APME extended its deadline to May 24 for 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.

Friday, May 24, is the deadline for entries.

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


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

NewsTrain Ambassador campaign seeks alumni and supporters

Ten years ago, APME introduced NewsTrain to provide top-level, on-site training at a low cost for journalists. So much has changed in our business over the last decade, but NewsTrain has maintained its mission and has become even stronger. Directed by industry-leading trainer Michael Roberts, who previously served as deputy managing editor for staff development at The Arizona Republic, the pro- gram attracts top trainers and each year reaches hundreds of print, online and broadcast journalists, as well as college students and educators.

Last year, the three NewsTrain sites - Phoenix, Miami and Toronto - exceeded 100 participants each. This year, workshops are planned for Springfield, Ill.; New York City; Colorado Springs; and Seattle. NewsTrain remains affordable at only $75 for up to two days of training, but it's driven by donations from the Associated Press, other media companies, foundations and individuals.

For NewsTrain's 10th year, the Associated Press Media Editors is reaching out to journalists in the United States and Canada who have attended a NewsTrain workshop, or who have sent staffers who have benefited.

This is the year to give back to NewsTrain, and we hope that you'll help in the 2013 NewsTrain Ambassador Campaign.

Make a donation of $100 or more and become a NewsTrain Ambassador. You'll be recognized online and in the APME News magazine, as well as the national conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. If you can't give that level, consider a gift of $10 or more in this 10th anniversary year. All donations are appre- ciated. APME is a non-profit, so gifts are tax-deductible.

Please make your check out to the Associated Press Media Editors and mark it for NewsTrain. Send it to APME/NewsTrain, c/o Sally Jacobsen, Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St. New York, NY 10001.

We need NewsTrain to continue making stops in the U.S. and Canada for years to come. Please help us do that.

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.

Don't miss: 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,

Learn more here.


The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn.
Meg Downey, managing editor

Tennessee ranks among the top five states for obesity. We wanted to do more than document the problem. We wanted to give the community a platform by which to detail solutions and connect with others of similar passion. To do that we launched a public service project intended to begin in cyberspace but connect people in real life — — an engagement tool that would serve far beyond this one important issue.

We began last year with a multimedia series, "Tennessee’s Obesity Epidemic,” which outlined the state’s best chance for change.

We partnered with community groups pushing for change on this front, giving them beta access to and training them to use the site to publish their own research and to connect with others. Groups included organizations like Nashville Public Television, which provided a video documen- tary about the childhood obesity epidemic; Metro Public Health, which used The Tennessean’s journalism to empower organizers of several obesity campaigns; and Franklin Tomorrow, which brought together these organizations and others to discuss real-life solutions using our BrainstormNashville platform.

Late last year we opened the site to a general beta audience, and began a campaign to educate the community as to its mission and purpose. We began adding "Coming Soon” topics.

The BrainstormNashville concept has been described as the "Editorial Page of the Future” because it not only documents problems and suggests solutions, but gives the community a voice and leadership role in doing likewise. In addition to being a source, we are now a connector.



WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: IRS ignored big, influential groups
AP: Military sex abuse victims seek VA help
AP: Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths
Colorado Springs Gazette: Other than honorable
New York Times: The Health toll of immigration
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: State more reliant on federal funds
Austin American-Statesman: Fire codes lacking in Texas
Los Angeles Times: Biowarfare consultant raises alarm and his income
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: A story of prescriptions for profit
Philadelphia Inquirer: Costly leaks on Philadelphia’s subway platforms
Maine Sunday Telegram: Oversight of restaurants drops as complaints rise
Palm Beach Post: Taxpayer money pays bank attorney fees in foreclosures

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: Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus

Masooma’s brother-in-law wanted to fight.

Islamabad-based special regional correspondent Kathy Gannon and photographer Anja Niedringhaus wanted to interview Masooma on camera about the murder of her husband during a massacre in a remote Afghanistan village. But her brother-in-law, Baraan, who like many Afghans goes by one name, was having none of it. That wasn’t done in Afghanistan. Things were getting testy.

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Follow the money.

That familiar journalism mantra is more important than ever in the parts of New York and New Jersey hard hit by last year’s Superstorm Sandy, and where billions in federal recovery funds are still flowing in.

New York City newsman David Caruso has spent months as part of an East Region investigative team poring over FEMA records for the places that have received the most reimbursement funds. New York’s Long Island, swamped by a 13-foot surge in the storm, was near the top of the list.

Caruso was initially struck by the multimillion-dollar size of the tree-cutting, debris-hauling and repair contracts – many of them awarded on a no-bid, emergency basis in the days after the storm. On a hunch, he decided to look at the campaign contributions made by those cleanup companies.

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Jon Alverson, publisher of the Greenville, Miss., Delta Democrat Times, announced the appointment of Tom Bassing, a seasoned newsman, as the newspaper’s managing editor. Bassing assumed his duties Monday, May 13. He most recently worked on the copy desk at the Birmingham News after a stint as a reporter with the Birmingham Business Journal. Bassing has reported from throughout Central America and served as assistant managing editor for an English-language daily paper in Mexico City. He also has worked at papers large and small, from California to Alabama and points in between.


• AP CEO calls records seizure 'unconstitutional'
• Subpoena of AP records revives media shield bill
• Syrian Group claims role in newspaper hacking
• NBC hires news division chief from Britain
• NC newspapers tout win over public notice bill
• Santa Barbara newsroom employees cut Teamster ties
• A year after IPO, Facebook aims to be ad colossus
• NewsRight dismantles, transfers brand to Moreover
• Harvard's Nieman Foundation announces Class of '14
• JPMorgan asks Bloomberg for privacy breach data
• In Bloomberg uproar, ethics flags for new media
• Rhett Long named publisher of St. George newspaper
• Newspaper CEO named chairman of Pulitzer Board
• Pa. newspaper to cut publication to 3 days a week

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Ohio newspaper editor David Miller dead at 66

Editor David C. Miller of The (Bowling Green) Sentinel-Tribune newspaper in Ohio died Saturday, May 18, at a hospital in York, Pa., the paper said in a statement. He was 66.

Miller was vacationing at Gettysburg, Pa., in late April when he became ill, according to city editor Harold Brown.

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Veteran Canadian newspaper editor Neil Reynolds dead at age 72

Veteran Canadian newspaper editor Neil Reynolds, who was at the editorial helm of newspapers from coast to coast during his career, has died. He was 72.

The Ottawa Citizen, where he served as editor between 1996 and 2000, reported on its website that Reynolds died in Ottawa on Sunday, May 19, of cancer.

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Son of ex-Jonesboro (Ark.) Sun publisher dies in La.

A former assistant publisher of The Jonesboro (ark.) Sun — whose father was publisher of the long-time family-owned newspaper — has died at his home in Louisiana.

Emerson Funeral Home says John Edward "Ed" Troutt died Monday,May 13, at his home in Slidell, La., of lung cancer.

Troutt was the son of John Troutt Jr. and Greta Troutt of Jonesboro.

He's survived by his wife Helen, three children, his parents and one brother.


Strengthening shield laws

The Frederick News-Post
Frederick, Md.

The Justice Department's misguided seizure of phone records from reporters and editors of the Associated Press might have one silver lining -- it could revive the push for a federal shield law for the media.

In the wake of the AP scandal, the Obama Administration is suddenly pushing the U.S. Senate to resurrect The Free Flow of Information Act just two years after allowing it to flame out in a subcommittee.

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