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June 20, 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

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.

Register now for Colorado Springs NewsTrain Sept. 27-28

NewsTrain will be in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sept. 27-28 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Colorado Press Association and the Colorado Springs Gazette. Other members of the planning committee include the Greeley Tribune, the Grand Junction Sentinel, Fort Collins Coloradoan. Evergreen Newspapers, The Associated Press Denver Bureau, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Society of Professional Journalists, the Steamboat Pilot & Today (Steamboat Springs), and Adams State College.

Location: University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado, Springs, CO.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: Colorado Springs 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. Click here to find out more.

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, Samantha Johnston, Colorado Press Association,


Reporting with Data: A primer in how to start working with data and databases as a regular part of good beat work and as a source of strong watchdog / enterprise packages.

Diving Deeper with Data: How (and where) to assemble bodies of the latest data on a community, a topic, or an issue.

Five Stages of a Story: A five-step process for developing and delivering high quality stories.

How to Shoot Video: A how-to session on skills and techniques for capturing "usable" video footage, primarily with a focus on short news / feature video that is posted quickly.

Video Storytelling Skills: Video can be used to tell a variety of stories, short or long, on your web site. This session explains the choices and skills, including the concepts of "lo-fi” and "hi-fi” video and how both fill needs on newspaper websites on over smartphone apps.

Social Media Best Practices 2.0: This session offers tactics and tips to improve your comfort on social media, establish your brand, encourage audience engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working over time.

Social Media as Reporting Tool: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects.

Colorado FOI Update: An overview on the latest developments in Colorado FOI and sunshine laws, with advice on framing effective FOI letters and how to deal with events or confrontations that appear to violate Colorado FOI law.

Learn more here.

Sign up now for Seattle NewsTrain Oct. 3-4

NewsTrain will be in Seattle, WA, Oct. 3-4, 2013, for a two-day workshop at the Seattle Public Library. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by the Seattle Times,Spokane Spokesman-Review, Tacoma News Tribune, Puget Sound Business Journal, KUOW public radio, The Seattle Globalist, EO Media Group,, The Associated Press,University of Washington and Washington State University journalism programs.

Location: The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle, WA.

Registration: Cost is $75 for the workshop and food service. Register at this link: Seattle NewsTrain

Diversity Scholarships available: The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation will offer diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism. The scholarships will cover the registration cost of NewsTrain and may cover some of the recipient's accommodations and travel expenses. NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. The Seattle NewsTrain will be held October 3rd-4th., and Pacific Northwest candidates will have the best chance. In all, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded for the Seattle event. Interested journalism students and young journalists of color who need assistance attending NewsTrain in Seattle should send a resume and application letter by July 1st to Jessica Partnow at

Questions: Contact Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director, or Jim Simon, Seattle Times,


Finding the Best Stories in Data: Given a fairly structured data set, how do journalists find "actionable intelligence” or the best storylines.

Mining for Data: Data and documents help reporters covering government, business, public safety or most any beat shift the balance of power. How? This session explains how to grow a data-and-document mindset, using the example of one specific town in Washington state.

Digital Storytelling: How to approach the development and presentation of breaking news and enterprise packages with both print and online platforms in mind.

Data Visualization: Many new tools have created a surge in data visualization, the presentation of data in visual and interactive forms online.

Planning & Coaching Content Across Platforms: How to frame clear standards and workflows for new digital media in a rapidly changing media environment.

Continuous Coverage: Once your set of online tools is in place, how to plan and manage continuous news coverage across digital and print platforms, and create content specifically for the web and print.

Social Media Reporting Tools: Social media platforms contain powerful reporting tools that can be valuable when reporters are faced with big breaking news stories or enterprise projects.

Maximize Your Social Media: So you're a journalist on social media, but not so sure you're taking the right approach?

Smartphones for Journalists: A guide to the best apps, web sites, and other tools for reporters working in the field.

Enterprise off a Beat: A program aimed at reporters and editors on how to spot and develop enterprise stories off a busy beat.

Learn more here.

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 Robert G. 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.

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


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.


GREAT IDEAS from 2012

The Seattle Times
David Boardman, executive editor

In January, a historic snow and ice storm crippled the region and spawned a newsroom effort that allowed us to directly reach out to readers in a new way. The tools we used — Cover It Live, Twitter, Facebook, Google maps, our Weather Blog and our website — weren’t new. But the way we used them was unprecedented.

At the peak of the storm, we started a conversation with our readers that produced minute-by-minute updates for 11 straight hours the first day and more than 12 hours the second. The Seattle Times became the place to turn to for instant, accurate information.

The chat was fed by a rolling team of producers. They mined staff reporting, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, our community news partners, the wires and broadcasts for information. They linked to helpful sites. They invited key utility and transportation officials to talk to readers. They reported power outages to utility companies for people with no phone service.

They posted staff and users’ photos and video. And, most importantly, they encouraged readers to share information with us and with each other via live chat, Twitter and Facebook.

Nearly 24,000 people read the marathon chats, and more than a thousand submitted questions and comments despite the fact that more a quarter-million households in the region had lost power in the storm. readers and staff responded via email, Twitter and Youtube with pictures and videos of the weather system moving through our region. Submissions were plotted on the map and could be viewed by clicking on the pinpoints.

Toward the end of our coverage, we made a point to thank all of our Twitter followers and Facebook fans for contributing content during the snowstorm.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

AP: Federal data-mining tentacles tap firms, Web cables
AP: Bites derided as unreliable in court
Press Herald: Whose interests is Maine’s DEP commissioner serving?
Washington Post: Four-pronged U.S. surveillance approach relies on Internet, phone data
Akron Beacon Journal: Telemarketers say ‘matching grants’ mislead donors
Albuquerque Journal: Belated inspections turn up problems
Arizona Republic: Taxation vexation when taxes fail to follow property values down
Lexington Herald-Leader: Fifty Years of Night: Coal jobs gone, perhaps for good
Los Angeles Times: Most military suicides involve those who haven’t been in combat
Montgomery Advertiser: City awash in bullets
Orlando Sentinel: Investors flip homes fast amid fears of bubble
Palm Beach Post: The downfall of Digital Domain

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: David Rising, Randy Herschaft and Monika Scislowska

The key to beat reporting is an effective network of sources, some of whom may not deliver anything useful for years. Last March, one of those sources delivered. A retired London pharmacologist who tracks former Nazis as a hobby told chief Germany correspondent David Rising that a man linked to war crimes may be alive and living in Minnesota.

Rising, who has reported on ex-Nazis for 10 years in Germany, wasn't sure of the information. Over the years the source had provided a lot of information that never panned out. Nonetheless, Rising decided it was worth looking into.

Indeed it was. After more than three months of research and reporting in four countries, the tip blossomed into an AP IMPACT that prompted authorities in the U.S. and Europe to begin looking into the 94-year-old retired carpenter, Michael Karkoc.

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Cincinnati’s Amanda Myers became fascinated by the reliability of bite mark evidence in criminal cases after covering the story of a former Ohio police captain who spent nearly 15 years in prison, largely because of a bite mark found on his ex-wife’s blood-soaked body. The former captain was released in January after DNA test results proved his innocence.

So, while juggling other assignments, Myers spent four months reviewing decades of court records, archives, news reports and filings by the Innocence Project to document the growing controversy over the reliability of bite mark evidence, compiling the most comprehensive count to date of those exonerated of murder or rape – a staggering 24 men since 2000.

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Mark Baker, photographer and acting bureau chief for The Associated Press in Kuala Lumpur, has been promoted to chief of bureau for Malaysia and Singapore. The appointment was announced by Brian Carovillano, the AP's Asia-Pacific news director. Baker joined the AP in 2003 in Sydney as chief photographer responsible for photo coverage for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. He moved to Kuala Lumpur in early 2009 and has expanded his work to include editing and managing major sports events within Asia and further afield. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for coverage in photos, text and television. He also will continue to shoot photos and organize coverage of sports events. Baker, 52, started his career at his family's community newspaper in New Zealand, followed by stints with various daily newspapers before moving to Australia in 1987. Before joining the AP, he worked for Reuters news agency in Australia for 14 years, rising to the position of chief photographer in Sydney. In 1996, Baker won Australia's premier photo award, the Walkley News Photo of the Year award for his coverage of the anti-nuclear riots in Tahiti. He has also twice been named the New Zealand sports photographer of the year. A native of Matamata, New Zealand, Baker has covered major news stories in Indonesia, Japan, East Timor, New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific as well as five Summer Olympics and four Winter Olympics, plus a host of major international sporting events around the world.


• New leak indicates Britain and U.S. tracked diplomats
• Gannett to buy TV station owner Belo for $1.5B
• Orange County Register parent sells former headquarters
• Ohio could ban reporters from seeing gun records
• Washington (D.C.) Examiner ends local coverage
• Prize-winning writer working on surveillance book
• Fox reporter's lawyers seek to keep sources secret

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Helen Brush Jenkins

Helen Brush Jenkins, a pioneering photojournalist who made Life magazine when she snapped a photo of her child moments after giving birth, has died. She was 94.

Her daughter, Genji Leclair, tells the Los Angeles Times ( ) that Jenkins died at her home in Chicago, days after suffering a stroke.

Jenkins became a photographer for the now-defunct Daily News in Los Angeles in the 1940s at a time when few women held such jobs.

Over more than a dozen years, she snapped first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman and stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and John Wayne.

In 1953, Life magazine printed a photo Jenkins took of her newborn son, Gilmer, just after giving birth.

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John Watson, former editor and publisher of Pittston (Pa.) Sunday Dispatch

John Watson, the former editor and publisher of Pittston's Sunday Dispatch, has died, his brother, Bill Watson, said.

Watson, 57, who was living in Seattle for the past several years, retired in 1999 from the weekly paper founded by his grandfather. He orchestrated the sale of the paper to the parent company of the Times Leader in 1990 and remained with the company for nine years after that.

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Journalist Kathleen McClain dies at 60

Kathleen McClain was an award-winning reporter at the Memphis Press-Scimitar and The Commercial Appeal, but the most memorable story she left behind was the example of a life lived to the fullest despite daunting odds.

Elegant and good-humored yet tough, Ms. McClain battled cancer much of her adult life, apparently beating the disease time and again and, before her retirement in 2001, rarely letting it interfere with a career that included work on a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of Jerry Falwell, or with travels that took her to Italy, her favorite country, 16 times. Ms. McClain, 60, died Thursday of congestive heart failure in hospice.

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Montana journalist writes in-depth portrait of Ted Turner

By Ed Kemmick
The Billings Gazette

Todd Wilkinson’s first interview with Ted Turner was in 1992.

The flamboyant billionaire from Atlanta, then still known as the Mouth of the South, had recently replaced the cattle on his Flying D Ranch near Bozeman, Mont., with bison.

Wilkinson, not quite 30 at the time, had been living in Bozeman for a few years, working as a freelance journalist. A New York publication wanted a profile of Turner.

"In those days he was swaggering and imperious and had been known to take on journalists,” Wilkinson said. "I was intimidated.”

But the Minnesota native had learned his trade at the legendary City News Bureau in Chicago, writing about death and disaster on a daily basis. Maybe Turner liked his no-nonsense style.

Whatever it was, the interview went well, and the story Wilkinson wrote marked the first time in print that Turner laid out his vision for the Flying D.

Over the course of the next decade, Wilkinson would interview Turner another half-dozen times for various publications.

Now he’s finished a book. "Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet” was published in April by Lyons Press, and Wilkinson and Turner are both taking to the road to promote it.

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