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June 6, 2013


July 11-12, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Sept. 27-28
NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

Oct. 3-4
NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

SIGN UP NOW: APME Conference – Content is King – Oct. 28-30, Indianapolis

It’s time to sign up for the Associated Press Media Editors 80th annual conference in Indianapolis, Oct. 28-30, 2013.

The theme is Content is King. Learn more here.

A sampling of the sessions:

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Did the Boston bombings change how audiences connect with fast-evolving news stories? Or was it simply another wake-up call from a restless audience sounding the alarm on slumbering newsrooms? A special lunch presentation with Kelly McBride of The Poynter Institute on "The New Ethics of Journalism.” Kelly, senior faculty for Poynter, will be the lunchtime speaker on the challenges and realities facing journalism. Kelly’s energy and expertise on journalism ethics make her a sought-after speaker and prominent author on a subject dear to many conference attendees.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, Audience and content

Metered content is fast becoming the media standard. But do editors truly understand the evolving habits and expectations of readers? Dare we mention native advertising and what it could mean locally? Greg Swanson, partner and CEO of ITZ Publishing, will lead a panel discussion on metered content that’s guaranteed to provoke and perhaps create cranial discomfort. Greg, an Oregon-based consultant, has an extensive background on research and product development. He has an unapologetic view that many media organizations haven’t gone far enough to tap into varied digital content.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, Change management

We’re saving one of the best for (almost) last. Butch Ward, senior faculty at The Poynter Institute and a longtime friend of APME, brings his wit and wisdom to Indy with a session on change management for conference participants. Butch will examine the impact of change on media organizations and how editors can adapt and benefit from this brave, evolving world. Butch also will be available for one-on-one coaching sessions for participants who sign up for this unique opportunity.

Hotels: The event will have two host hotels at two price points in the same complex, including the J.W. Marriott, $169 per night, and the SpringHill Suites, $139 per night. Special hotel rates are available until Sept. 26.

The conference will be held just across the street at the Indiana State 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.

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, six members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

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 appreciated. APME is a nonprofit, 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.

You can also donate online at

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

GREAT IDEAS from 2012

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill.
Rich Saal, photo editor

Rich Saal spent two years reviewing 1,340 glass plate negatives from the first photographers of the paper. He restored many and put together about three dozen in an outstanding exhibit that went on display in the summer of 2012 at the Lincoln Library. He raised grant money to create museum quality display panels for the library. He also created a special website with all of the restored photos and giving readers the ability to comment on them and order them for purchase.




WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

Herald-Tribune: Congressional travel rose in 2012, despite calls for trims
Boston Globe: IRS raids taxi HQ after Globe report on exploitation
Washington Post: Surging insurance costs smack coastal-state homeowners
Kansas City Star: More employees stand up for their health at work
Los Angeles Times: Private university to cash in on taxpayer-owned Coliseum
Columbus Dispatch: Many newly built state-funded schools too small
Columbus Dispatch: Mental health system underfunded and overwhelmed
Tennessean: Scientists take swat at bee loss
Wichita Eagle: High users could pay 500% more for water
Wilmington News Journal: Official resigns after criminal record surfaces

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: Raphael Satter, Javier Cordoba

In an earlier time, a blog about the detention of a hacker in Spain might have drawn little notice. But to London newsman Raphael Satter it had huge implications. Satter is a new kind of crime reporter for a new age. A Cybercrime reporter.

And this was one of the biggest stories yet on this new beat. An electronic currency that police said underpins a large chunk of the cybercrime economy had been knocked out by law enforcement action on two continents.

Satter has made a specialty of cybersecurity, and he follows about 20 cybersecurity blogs. He immediately flagged as big news the report that Arthur Budovsky, the American-born founder of Liberty Reserve, had been arrested. The Costa Rica-based e-currency company has long been the money of choice for hackers, and its demise would be a big blow to the underground economy.

The report was available for others to see, but Satter was the first – by far – to grasp its importance.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Andrew Welsh-Huggins

When Andrew Welsh-Huggins got a tip that Ohio State President Gordon Gee had made an uncouth comment about another official in a December speech to OSU’s Athletic Council, he filed a public records request for the audio and the minutes of the remarks. Upon receiving the materials, he discovered the tipster was wrong: Gee had not said what the tipster claimed.

But what Gee DID say made for an exclusive story that dominated headlines and lit up social media in Ohio and beyond.

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Trish Wilson, deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for The Associated Press, has been named to the new position of international investigations editor for the news cooperative.

Wilson will work with reporters abroad and in Washington to develop in-depth and investigative projects to both break news and explain the world we live in. She will coordinate with AP's photo, multimedia, video and audio staffs to provide cross-format coverage of stories.

Her appointment was announced Friday, May 31, by John Daniszewski, the AP's senior managing editor for international news based in New York, and Sally Buzbee, the Washington bureau chief.

"Wilson brings deep experience as an investigative editor, broad knowledge of international affairs, and a track record of bringing out the best in reporters," said Daniszewski.

"We are excited by this opportunity to leverage AP's global footprint to dig out more important stories," Buzbee said.

For the past two years, Wilson has been based at AP's Latin American regional headquarters in Mexico City, running enterprise and investigative reporting and managing news coverage in English for the news cooperative's U.S. and international audience.

During her tenure, AP correspondent Alberto Arce won multiple journalism awards for his coverage of Honduras, including investigations of gang violence and suspected official killings.

Wilson, 52, is a former assistant managing editor for investigations, science and medicine at the Philadelphia Inquirer. There, she edited projects exposing corruption and dysfunction in the city, and serious problems at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the administration of President George W. Bush. The first project led to a referendum to abolish Philadelphia's tax agency, and the latter was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Prior to the Inquirer, Wilson worked for nearly 13 years at the News & Observer in North Carolina, as an editor of medicine, science, education, the environment and religion. As a family issues reporter, she anchored a series about day-care safety that resulted in new state laws and revamped regulations.

Wilson earlier was a reporter at the Palm Beach Post and Fort Pierce Tribune in Florida.

A Nicaraguan-American, Wilson holds a bachelor of science degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master of arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Jan Larson McLaughlin, a reporter at the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green, Ky.,for 29 years, has been named the newspaper's editor.

Sentinel-Tribune Publisher Karmen Concannon announced her hiring last week.

McLaughlin's appointment follows the death of editor David C. Miller on May 18. Miller began his career at the Sentinel-Tribune in 1971.

The 51-year-old McLaughlin has a degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and began her career as a photojournalist and reporter.

She has primarily covered Wood County government and county-related issues.

The Sentinel-Tribune has a daily circulation of 10,000.

Deputy editorial page editor Vincent Carroll was named editor Friday, May 31, of The Denver Post editorial page, where he will oversee print and online content for the daily opinion pages and the Sunday Perspective section.

He will replace Curtis Hubbard, who announced last week that he is leaving The Post to become a partner with OnSight Public Affairs.

Carroll joined The Post in 2009 after working for 19 years as the editorial page editor at the Rocky Mountain News.

Steve Prosinski, the editor of Montana's largest newspaper, The Billings Gazette, is leaving in mid-June after 13 years with the newspaper.

"I've had 13 exhilarating years helping the best team of journalists in the region do terrific and meaningful work," Prosinski said Thursday, May 30. "And now, I'm looking forward to some free time to travel, to spend time with family and friends and to explore more of our great Big Sky country."

During Prosinski's time at the newspaper, the Montana Newspaper Association named the Gazette ( ) the state's best large daily newspaper six times, including the last four years in a row. The Gazette has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Montana, according to the association.

Prosinski also served on the association's board of directors and the University of Montana School of Journalism Advisory Council, and was a juror for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize competition.

"I am very sad Steve is leaving Billings Gazette Communications," Gazette publisher Mike Gulledge said. "His excellent leadership skills coupled with a relentless focus to deliver strong local news will be missed. Steve is a top editor in our company and the industry, and I really enjoyed working with him."

Gulledge said the process of finding a new editor is underway.

The Hobbs (N.M.) News-Sun has appointed managing editor Todd Bailey as the southeastern New Mexico newspaper's new editor.

The Lake Charles, La.-based Shearman Corp. owns the Hobbs News-Sun, the Lake Charles American Press and the Trinidad Chronicle News in Colorado.

News-Sun Publisher Daniel Russell announced last week that the Hobbs-born Bailey would succeed him as editor after Russell recently was promoted to publisher.

Bailey began his career at the News-Sun in 1997 as a sportswriter and was promoted to sports editor in 2000. He later worked for the Santa Fe New Mexican as a sportswriter and editor. Bailey also served as a neighbors news editor for the Houston Chronicle before returning to the News-Sun in 2012.

Bailey said he was excited about becoming editor for a newspaper he grew up reading.


• U.S. Supreme Court rules against Post-Gazette access to polling places
• Leak probe latest big case for US prosecutors
• Oklahoma court: Video from police dash-cam is public record
• Register owner sells Marysville paper
• News execs, Holder discuss subpoena issue
• Holder conducts 2nd day of media meetings
• Missing journalist's parents to travel to Beirut
• Roberts says AG Holder should resign
• Chicago Sun-Times lays off photography staff
• Huffington Post, Civil Beat partner in Hawaii site
• Cuban blogger returns home to unknown future
• Iran seeks tighter control of foreign journalists
• Singapore to require news websites to be licensed
• News Corp shows logo of struggling publishing unit

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Holder can redeem himself with shield law

By Dana Milbank
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Eric Holder is in a mess of his own making.

Two weeks ago, the attorney general testified to the House Judiciary Committee in categorical terms: "With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy."

Then The Washington Post published the text of an affidavit Holder had previously authorized in an espionage case saying there was "probable cause" to believe journalist James Rosen was a "co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor" because of a leak he received. The affidavit cited "the reporter's own potential criminal liability in this matter."

Now House Republicans are talking about perjury, and it would seem that they have, well, probable cause.

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