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APME Update for Thursday, May 31, 2012

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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 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


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Deadline extended until June 15 for nominations for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

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 15.


Canadian newspaper wins 'Innovator of the Month'; Springfield photo project garners monthly 'Great Idea'

The Winnipeg Free Press is the first newspaper from Canada to win the Associated Press Media Editors’ Innovator of the Month.

APME also awarded its Great Idea of the Month to the photo editor of the State-Journal Register in Springfield, Ill.

The Free Press created a monthly special section called "Our City, Our World” to highlight its different ethic communities in Manitoba, which is in central Canada. Judges were impressed with the quality and depth of the innovative project.

"The Winnipeg project is impressively ambitious,” said judge Gary Graham, editor of The Spokesman-Review. "The variety of topics gave readers a comprehensive view of how their community has changed and why it has changed.”

As for the Great Idea of the Month, Rich Saal won it for a two-year project in which he digitized glass plate negatives taken between 1929 and 1935 and then created an exhibit for his community library. The State-Journal Register also created a website for the photographs.

Judge Bill Church, executive editor of Statesman Journal Media in Salem, Ore., said he thought the project was compelling.

"The State Journal-Register found an innovative and unique way to build on its asset — historical knowledge — while reaching out to the community across platforms,” Church said. "Rich Saal’s dedication and passion for the project led to a public exhibit.”

Judges also gave strong consideration to the Columbia Missourian for its development of a Community Outreach Team.

"This was a very, very tough choice,” said judge Kathy Best, managing editor of the Seattle Times. "All of the submissions were innovative, and all were great ideas. I wish they weren’t competing against each other!”

The monthly "Innovator of the Month” and "Great Idea of the Month” are a project of the Innovator/Great Ideas Committee. Joe Hight, director of information and development for The Oklahoman/, and David Arkin, vice president of content & audience for GateHouse Media Inc., are co-chairs of the committee.

Special question-and-answers with the winners will be posted soon on the APME website.

News organizations are encouraged to continue submitting their innovations and ideas for APME’s popular Great Ideas book. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes to submit one by going to


4 Good Reasons to Attend APME's Annual Conference in Nashville
  • A panel of four of this year’s Pulitzer winners, including Sara Ganim, who broke the Jerry-Sandusky-Penn-State sex scandal.
  • A performance by Freedom Sings, which teaches about free expression through a rock ’n’ roll prism.
  • A panel of political experts on the presidential campaign.
  • Social Media Friday, a daylong exploration of social media as they pertain to newspapers. Keynoter will be Liz Heron of the Wall Street Journal.

Those are among the highlights of the APME annual conference Sept. 19-21 in Nashville.

APME program chair Mark Baldwin, editor of The Republic in Columbus, Ind., says the program will be interactive, informative and fun.

For more information on the agenda and to register and book a room at the APME rate, go to the APME conference page.


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 Impact: Almost half of new vets seek disability
The Arizona Republic: Phoenix-area homeowners getting relief through federal plan
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fans pay the price for new stadiums
Austin American-Statesman: Defendants fill, linger in state's mental health facilities
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Number of firefighters calling off sick mid-shift plummets
Denver Post: Suncor spill clean-up at Sand Creek near Denver is months, years away
Miami Herald: Child-neglect deaths fall — as Florida redefines child neglect

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Marilyn Marchione

AP chief medical writer Marilynn Marchione was shocked when she saw the notice in the Federal Register last January about a new transplant waiting list for veterans: 200 needed face transplants, and many more needed hands.

That there was a backlog of disability claims from Iraq and Afghanistan vets had been well documented, but no one had zeroed in on precisely what kinds of claims were being filed, or the full scale of the challenge.

Marchione set out to do just that and soon found herself onto a bigger story – more than an inventory of veterans’ injuries, an overall accounting of disability claims and how they compared with previous wars.

Her findings were stunning: 45 percent of Iraq and Afghan veterans are seeking disability benefits, up from 21 percent in the first Gulf war, and they are claiming two to three times as many ailments.

So far, benefits have been approved for 31 percent of new veterans, compared with 16 percent in Vietnam and the first Gulf war, 11 percent for World War II and 6 percent for Korea.

The story gave readers the big picture – what it means for the nation to have a new generation of vets with record numbers of injuries seeking taxpayer help, against the backdrop of a weak economy.

Just getting the information was a challenge. It wasn't compiled in any one place, but instead was fragmented among the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense Department and different branches of the military. Many calls and emails weren't answered. Those who did answer wanted detailed questions that took days to get partial responses.

In March, at an investigative reporting seminar on veterans issues, Marchione learned about the VA databases on disability claims, but that still didn't answer the key questions: How many claims? What kind of injuries?

Marchione began reviewing VA reports, presentations by military doctors, congressional testimony, and reports by private groups and the inspector general. She sent a detailed request for data and interviews with VA leadership. Every question had to go back and forth in writing.

Finally, she had what she needed for the story, but detailed fact-checking on specific numbers continued until the last minute. Even though the agency had repeatedly said Marchione's information was accurate, it had new corrections and clarifications on the eve of Memorial Day weekend.

The package included photos, a revealing graphic with a breakdown of disability benefits granted for every war since WWII, and a chunky-text glance with the most eye-catching factoids.



In between Breaking News Staffer duties for both North and South Dakota, Kristi Eaton has carved out an ambitious beat covering American Indian tribes in South Dakota. And her exhaustive work building trust and sources among the state’s tribes paid off last week with a series of unmatched reports.

While spending a few days on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Eaton passed out countless business cards, attended a tribal meeting and made other inroads with a group known for its distrust of outsiders, especially reporters from national media organizations who swoop in to do the occasional poverty or alcohol story and then leave. Eaton wanted to file a story while she was visiting to underscore that she understood what mattered to tribe members so, on her first day, she wrote a piece about the temporary closure of the reservation’s sole grocery store. On the third day of her visit, she filed an update -- scooping tribal media -- with word that the closure would be extended, and she followed up again when the store reopened.

Eaton also produced a story on a Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Reservation who contended a surgeon at a South Dakota hospital had carved the letters KKK into his abdomen. A rally in support of the man included Indians from several reservations, including Pine Ridge. Other media had done he-said/she-said story about the controversy, but Eaton developed it into a broader story about the perception of continued mistreatment of American Indians. She shot photos, too.

To cap her week, she was the first to report that the Oglala Sioux were demanding the federal government reopen its investigation into the suspicious deaths of 39 tribal members dating to the 1970s – following up with another NewsBreak when the U.S. attorney agreed to review the case. She scored that scoop because her source-building conducted earlier in the week yielded an introduction to a lawyer working on the issue. She secured a promise that she’d get a heads-up when the legal paperwork was filed; she awoke one morning to an email alerting her to the news and had a NewsNow and writethru written before her 10 a.m. BNS shift started.



Harlan Daily Enterprise editor promoted

The editor of the Harlan Daily Enterprise has been promoted to regional editor of the Enterprise, the Middlesboro Daily News and the Claiborne Progress.

The newspaper reports that Debbie Caldwell began her career at the Enterprise in 1995 as a part-time sports photographer but soon became a full-time news reporter.

Caldwell served as news editor from 2005 until January 2011 when she was named editor.

Her accomplishments include two national awards for photography and numerous awards from the Kentucky Press Association, including for a series on prescription drug abuse that drew national attention.

Caldwell will continue as editor for the Enterprise while working with editors at the other two Heartland Publications papers to improve print and Internet editions while pooling resources.

Columbus newspaper names new executive editor

Newspaper veteran Dimon Kendrick-Holmes has been named vice president and executive editor of The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the west Georgia newspaper announced.

President and Publisher Rodney Mahone made the announcement to a group of the newspaper's employees last week, the newspaper reported

Kendrick-Holmes succeeds Joe Kieta, who was named editor of The Modesto Bee in California. Both newspapers are part of the McClatchy Co.

Kendrick-Holmes, 44, has strengthened its breaking news coverage and played a key role in adding new content in print and online, Mahone said.

Kendrick-Holmes has been with The Ledger-Enquirer more than a decade. He's a former U.S. Army intelligence officer who joined the newspaper in 2001. He's held the positions of features editor; metro editor; senior editor in charge of projects and planning; and managing editor.

His family has deep roots in the community. One of his great-grandfathers, Joseph Homer Dimon, was mayor of Columbus from 1922 to 1931 and for a year in 1935.

Philadelphia Daily News editor stepping down

The editor of the Philadelphia Daily News is stepping down next month and will be replaced by a former editor.

Philadelphia Media Network Inc. announced last week that editor Larry Platt "opted not to renew his contract" and will leave June 8.

He will be replaced by Philadelphia Inquirer managing editor Michael Days, who was editor of the Philadelphia Daily News from 2005 until early last year.

Company CEO and publisher Robert Hall said Days brings "a fresh and very new perspective" that will help the paper continue developing "an edgy and exciting daily read."

Daily News columnist Will Bunch said Platt told staffers he needed to focus on a book on veteran pitcher Jamie Moyer that is due in a few months and that he is "woefully behind on."



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Barbara Graves, wife of prominent publisher, dies

Barbara Kydd Graves, the wife of the publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine who aided in the growth of the publication and media company, died last week.

Black Enterprise said in a statement that she died at Howard University Hospital in Washington. She was 74.

Graves, the wife of Black Enterprise founder and publisher Earl G. Graves Sr., was involved in the magazine from its start in 1970. She held a number of positions with the company including chief financial officer and circulation director.

In 2010, in a magazine column commemorating the publication's 40th anniversary, Earl Graves wrote that in the early days his wife "did just about everything there is to do" to put out a magazine. She wrote and edited, designed layouts, served as the sales director and office manager and "was vice president in charge of shutting down the publisher's bad ideas," Graves said.

The monthly magazine now has a circulation of 500,000 in the United States and a readership of 4 million according to Black Enterprise.

Barbara Graves, an elementary school teacher and graduate of Brooklyn College, met her husband on a blind date while he was in the Army.

Barbara Graves is survived by her husband and their three children. The eldest son, Earl Graves Jr., is now the president and CEO of Black Enterprise. The other two sons, Johnny Graves and Michael Graves, have also worked as executives at Black Enterprise.

Former Middlesboro Daily News publisher passes away

A former publisher of the Middlesboro Daily News passed away last week. Earl Burchfield died at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. He was born on January 4, 1930, in Monroe, Michigan.

Burchfield was a long time publisher with the Daily News. Many individuals described him as having a strong work ethic. According to J.T. Hurst, a former Daily News publisher and longtime friend and co-worker, Burchfield started out in advertising with the Daily News and work his way all the way up to publisher.

Burchfield and Hurst worked together from around 1958 until Burchfield retired. Hurst added that Burchfield moved on to work for the New York Times once he (Hurst) became publisher at the Daily News.

Burchfield retired from the newspaper business in 1992 after nearly forty years in the industry.

Additionally, he was named a director of Home Federal Savings and Loan (Home Federal Bank) and served as a chairman of many committees during his banking career. Devoted to the community, he served as treasurer to the Middlesboro Downtown Merchants Association, and was a member and former president of the Middlesboro Chamber of Commerce.

He also served as president of the local Rotary Club,was elected as a magistrate with the Bell County Fiscal Court, and had served as a precinct election official since the 1950 s. Burchfield

Burchfield also served on the advisory board for Middlesboro ARH, as well as a corporate trustee of Appalachian Regional Hospitals.


And Finally … Harry Truman debt from 1947 finally paid

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The former president — actually, longtime Truman impersonator Niel Johnson — handed $56.63 to Truman's former paperboy, who said he never was paid for about six months worth of newspapers delivered to Truman's Independence home in 1947.

"Honesty was one of my policies," Johnson told George Lund.

The account was settled, with interest, before a large crowd at the Tallgrass Creek retirement community in Overland Park, where Lund, 80, now lives.

Before the ceremony, Lund said he wasn't sure he wanted the debt to be paid. It had always made for such a great story.

"And I thought that if I ever got paid, I wouldn't be able to tell the story again," said Lund, a retired architect.

The story surfaced a year ago. After attending a Truman continuing education program at his retirement community, Lund mentioned that Truman still owed him from his newspaper route. In 1947 Lund, then 15, delivered The Independence Examiner to Truman's door for about six months.

Lund then handed off the route to a successor, saying if Truman ever made good on the approximately $7.50 owed, he wanted it.

But he never got it.

The story suggested a slightly different Harry Truman than the one who worked for more than 10 years to pay off debts related to his downtown Kansas City haberdashery, which failed in 1922.

Truman Library archivists consulted the vast archive of Truman family financial documents released last year but found no unpaid Examiner invoice from the late 1940s amid the canceled checks and household receipts.

But representatives of the Truman Library Institute, the library's nonprofit support organization that paid off the bill, never demanded one.

"More than anything, it's a fun story," said Judy Turner, the institute's development officer.

"And being that this is May, Mr. Truman's birthday month, it seemed a good time to honor, recognize and remember him. We also thought this would be a good way to reiterate how the buck stopped here."

But what had happened in 1947?

As Lund explained Wednesday, there were circumstances.

Bess Truman, the president's wife, was particular about The Examiner being left right outside the front door, on the porch. But later a security fence was installed around the Truman home and federal security officers, Lund said, sometimes would take Lund's newspaper and place it on the porch.

Did they sometimes not do it to Bess Truman's satisfaction?

Other times, the same officers allowed Lund to — as he did with every customer on his route — knock on the front door and ask for payment.

"But nobody ever answered," Lund said.

One possible complicating factor: The subscriber was president of the United States. Sometimes he was in Washington.

"It's possible this was done on a cash basis, without receipts," said Randy Sowell, Truman Library archivist who failed to find supporting evidence in the Truman family financial documents.

Less of a challenge was finding evidence of Truman being angry at newspapers.

In a 1949 letter written to William Southern, The Examiner's longtime editor, Truman wondered why he, the sitting president, seemed so rarely mentioned by the newspaper.

"Is it circulation, advertising, or what?" Truman wrote.

He wrote a similar letter the following year to The Kansas City Star. But Truman refusing payment to a newsboy just because of a pique with a publisher didn't seem right to Clifton Truman Daniel, the former president's eldest grandson.

"It doesn't sound much like my grandfather," said Daniel, who lives in Chicago. "I don't think Grandpa would have stiffed the young man just because he was mad at the newspaper. Maybe the newspaper carrier left an envelope and it blew off the porch.

"But I think it's great this is happening."

After Lund received the money Wednesday, he announced that he would donate it to Quilts of Valor, a group that makes quilts for veterans.

And he said he had forgiven Mr. Truman.

"I know he had bigger things to do," he said.


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