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APME Update: Nominations for Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership
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APME Update

June 13, 2013


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

Aug. 5, 2013
Deadline for McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership

Sept. 27-28
NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

Oct. 3-4
NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

APME is accepting nominations for 12th 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, news organizations or related journalistic organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, 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 news content and in recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce. Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. news organizations or related journalism organizations are eligible.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 news organization or related journalism organization or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity through:

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

• Development: by offering opportunities for diverse journalists 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 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.

• Leadership: by inspiring a commitment to diversity and providing tools, knowledge and information that further the efforts in recruitment, development, retention and content.

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

Rules for entries: Send a nomination outlining specific information about the achievements and how the nominee benefited the community, the industry and diverse journalists. The recommendation should include the name of the person making the nomination and contact information. You may supplement an entry with electronic clips.

Deadline: Material must be received by close of business Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Send material to:

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

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 Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Addy Hatch, city editor

Our story focused on teachers who are de-emphasizing the instruction of cursive writing. We included information on what local school districts do, as well as one small, private school that still has kids write in cursive using pens and inkwells. In scoping the story, the reporter and the city editor decided to ask readers for examples of their cursive writing; we have many older readers, as do most papers, who tend to be very penmanship-proud. We published two briefs soliciting such examples, asking readers to write out "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” and mail it to us. We were floored by the response, getting 400 examples within a matter of days. Because of that response, we worked with the page designer to feature some of the examples in the A1 display, then copied and posted the rest as PDFs. The package got great response after we published it and was shared on Facebook nearly 1,200 times.



WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: NSA revelations spark privacy debate
AP: Texas non-profit donates shotguns to fight crime
Miami Herald: Homestead mayor’s ties to downtown redeveloper probed
Dallas Morning News: Seventy Texas sites store potentially explosive chemical
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: DA spent forfeited funds on galas, meals
Lexington Herald-Leader: Lawmaker linked to mines with safety issues
Los Angeles Times: Tire rentals capitalize on poor
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Ticketing for texting up in New York
Press of Atlantic City: Aging water pipes will drive up N.J. water bills Sunday News

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: Jason Dearen

For months, the plans for Facebook billionaire Sean Parker's wedding were shrouded in secrecy. The tabloid press had reported that it would cost $10 million and that the designer from the "Lord of the Rings" movies was involved.

But that was it. Even with ultra-competitive coverage of technology superstars like Parker, there were no details. Only days after the wedding did the extent of the arrangements come out, thanks to solid AP beat reporting.

It was AP reporter Jason Dearen in San Francisco, following up a tip to fellow state environmental writer Alicia Chang in Los Angeles, who exposed the lavish setting -- and the _ and the $2.5 million settlement Parker reached with the California Coastal Commission for building the wedding set in a protected grove of redwoods in the Big Sur without proper permits.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Maryclaire Dale

When vague, unsourced reports started filtering out that an excavator operator likely would face charges in connection with a building collapse in Philadelphia that killed six people, newswoman Maryclaire Dale realized that she would have to think creatively to land the story and get it on the record.

When it became apparent that neither the Philadelphia police nor the district attorney's office would say if charges were in the offing -- or even what eventual charges might be — Dale thought about who else might know and called one of the city's deputy mayors, who oversees safety.

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Louis Graham has been promoted to editor of The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn.

Graham's appointment is effective immediately. It was announced Monday, June 10, by the E.W. Scripps Company and reported on the newspaper's website (

Graham replaces Chris Peck, who retired from the Memphis daily newspaper in March.

Graham is 59 and has held the managing editor post prior to his promotion.

He began his journalism career as a reporter at The Commercial Appeal in 1979. He covered local government, courts and business, then spent more than a decade as a senior writer for projects and investigations.

Graham has coordinated or edited nearly every major reporting effort at The Commercial Appeal in the last decade.


• Media: No mistaking how NSA story reporter feels
• Ellsberg: No leaks more significant than Snowden's
• Journalist in US surveillance case: More to come
• Refuge in Hong Kong may not last
• NSA leaker could be latest to seek help in Iceland
• US officials long denied massive data trawling
• Guardian makes splash in US with security scoops
• Manning trial resumes as new leak scandal unfolds
• Nearly $200K paid in 'Billy the Kid' records case
• Charlotte newspaper reporter released after arrest
• Ga. student sues Board of Regents for budget docs
• BH Media exec takes over as Tulsa World publisher
• Study: Nonprofit news sites need business help
• Appeals court says USTR can withhold document
• Publisher of The State Journal-Register retires
• Mass. residents sue NY Post over marathon coverage
• US gives political asylum to Mexican journalist
• Fired Sun-Times photographers picket outside paper
• Holder seeks better balance after press subpoenas
• Rebekah Brooks denies phone hacking charges

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Gloucester, Mass., journalist Richard Gaines found dead

Longtime New England journalist Richard Gaines, who for the last several years of his career provided impassioned coverage of the region's struggling commercial fishing industry, has died. He was 69.

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Iowa newspaper publisher James B. Wilson dies

James B. Wilson, business leader and publisher of The Carroll Daily Times Herald in western Iowa for 36 years, has died. He was 69.

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Office flap just the latest attack on free flow of information

By Mark Pitsch
Wisconsin State Journal

The state’s Republican-led budget committee may have done no greater favor for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism than voting to evict it from two tiny offices in UW-Madison’s Vilas Hall.

Since the early morning, back-room decision surfaced last week, the center has received the kind of national attention – from media and political sources of all ideological stripes – only winning a Pulitzer Prize might have generated.

But that’s the good news. The bad news is that the decision, labeled petty and vindictive by conservative talker Charlie Sykes and yet to be fully explained to the public, is just the latest in a series of high-profile attempts by public officials to stifle a free and open media:

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