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APME Update

June 27, 2013


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

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

Aug. 15, 2013
Submit best work to ‘Great Ideas’ book

Sept. 27-28
NewsTrain workshop, Colorado Springs

Oct. 3-4
NewsTrain workshop, Seattle

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

THE NEXT INDUSTRY SENSATION? APME's 2013 'Great Ideas' book seeks your best work

Let the world see your new organization’s best stuff by submitting it for the Associated Press Media Editor’s 2013 "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 media organization to show off your work in the U.S. and Canada and help fellow journalists by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

It’s easy to submit and takes only a few minutes to do.

The "Great Ideas” website, located here, allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompanies your idea.

Last year, more than 100 ideas were featured in the book and presented throughout the APME conference in Nashville.

"Let’s top that this year,” said David Arkin, co-chairman of the APME Awards/Innovator Committee. "But we need your help.”

While all of the ideas submitted are published in the book, several are highlighted at the annual conference, which will be this year in Indianapolis.

Joe Hight, co-chair of the committee, said it takes only a few minutes to input the ideas into the form. Hight, editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs, added it’s important that news organizations help each other with ideas which could generate more readers and audience.

"News organizations are becoming increasingly innovative during these times. It’s great to see such resiliency,” he said. "You never know when your idea will become an industry sensation.”

Anyone wanting to submit an idea can do so by Aug. 15. There is no cost to submit ideas.

If you have questions, contact Arkin, GateHouse Media vice president of content & audience, at

Nominations open for APME's quarterly 'Great Idea' contest

Earn national recognition by nominating your Great Idea for the Associated Press Media Editors’ quarterly contest.

Whether it’s an idea that’s succeeding at your media company or a recently unveiled innovation, you should enter it as a quarterly nominee for the national contest. It also will be automatically submitted for the 2013 "Great Ideas” book.

Submit your nominations from 2013, preferably April through June, now to be considered for the contest. It’s easy to do, and you might even receive national recognition from APME for your achievement.

Your deadline is July 15. There is no cost to enter the quarterly contest.

Let APME know about what your news organization, small or large, is doing. You can submit your "Great Idea of the Quarter” nomination at

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:

Monday, Oct. 28, First Amendment

New organizations were jolted earlier this year when word broke that the Justice Department had snooped around Associated Press telephone records. More recently, leaked information about the National Security Agency's phone-surveillance program has raised questions about whether newsgathering itself might one day be criminalized. Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, will moderate a discussion of these and other First Amendment hot buttons.

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


Respond to AP Sports Content Survey

The AP wants to ensure it continues to provide sports content of value to its customers and their customers. We’re hoping you can complete the survey below to help inform decisions about coverage from AP Sports

We would like your replies -- both multiple-choice and comments -- no later than Monday, July 8 ... but the earlier the better. At the end of the survey, you have the option of giving your name, email and other particulars. Or, you may wish to reply anonymously. Either way, we value your response.

You can access the survey at this link:

The password: Sports content

If you encounter any technical problems, email for assistance.

Thank you for participating.
Terry Taylor
AP Sports Editor
New York

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

News 12, New York tri-state area

News 12 Networks is the exclusive 24-hour local news network dedicated to covering hyper-local news within the New York tri-state area. The network consists of seven news channels serving the areas of Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester, the Hudson Valley (Rockland and Orange counties), Connecticut, Brooklyn and the Bronx. During Hurricane Irene, which affected all seven News 12 regions, the network provided continual live coverage, including emergency information, storm tracking and updates on the storm impact for their viewers. Power outages were prevalent throughout the area, and seconds count in a storm as dangerous as Hurricane Irene. Providing the viewers with the information they needed to stay safe was News 12’s primary mission. The innovation that set News 12 apart from its competitors was the News 12 To Go live audio stream that was available to viewers via phone. So even when they were without electricity, News 12 viewers had the opportunity to receive continual local information. The News 12 To Go audio stream is the exact audio heard on the live broadcast but available by phone, cell or landline. The user simply dials the phone number and can choose among audio streams for any of the seven coverage regions, while the service will default to their home region. This enabled viewers to receive continuous emergency information from their area or the nearby areas of loved ones.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

State Journal-Register: A look at Illinois’ "$100,000 Club”
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Landfill to accept more potent radioactive materials
San Antonio Express-News: Investigation prompts review at child agency
San Jose Mercury News: The "pension pickup” is a costly perk to taxpayers
Buffalo News: Zombie homes coming to a neighborhood near you
Charlotte Observer: State medical examiner failures seen, not fixed
Newark Star-Ledger: Who got those illegal campaign contributions revealed
Chicago Sun-Times: They may break rules but they remain cops

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: Lolita Baldor

Members of Congress were upset. Even before their scheduled briefing by military officials on the plans to move women into combat roles, AP Pentagon reporter Lolita Baldor was on the wire with them. Furious congressional aides complained that their bosses had to learn about the plans from the AP, not the Pentagon. So one Pentagon liaison staffer had a suggestion:

Just send Baldor's story to Capitol Hill, he joked, with a note that said: "Any questions?"

Actually, Baldor was ahead there, too, already rounding up reaction and updating the exclusive story.

Read more at:

BEST OF THE STATES: Mike Kunzelman

Mike Kunzelman, who has been covering the BP oil spill from the very beginning, got a tip from a credible source that a high-ranking member of the office handling claims from a settlement tied to the 2010 spill was taking kickbacks on claims payments. And, the tipster added, the court-appointed administrator overseeing the claims had presented the allegations to a federal judge in a closed meeting.

And then it all got tricky: The source, cultivated by Kunzelman over years of oil spill coverage, insisted on anonymity, and the claims administrator and others did not immediately respond to phone calls and emails.

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Paul Haven, who has covered Cuba since 2009 as The Associated Press bureau chief in Havana, has been named deputy Latin America and Caribbean editor for the news cooperative.

Latin America and Caribbean Editor Marjorie Miller announced the appointment.

A 19-year AP veteran, Haven will help manage English-language enterprise, investigative and daily news coverage in the region that stretches from the U.S. border in the north to Tierra del Fuego in South America, plus the Caribbean.

"Haven brings a richness of experience, having led major bureaus in Pakistan, Spain and Cuba, and worked as correspondent earlier in Colombia and Venezuela. His knowledge of the region and of fast-breaking news and his ability to provide context to events make him an excellent choice to build on our already award-winning Americas coverage,” said John Daniszewski, AP’s senior managing editor for international news, speaking from New York.

"Haven is a smart editor. We are extremely pleased to bring his talents to coverage of the entire region," Miller said. "He will help ensure cutting-edge news coverage of Latin America that is fast, accurate and authoritative."

Haven, 42, will be based at AP Latin American headquarters in Mexico City, where he will report to Miller. He will work closely with Deputy Latin American Editor Alejandro Manrique, who manages AP's news in Spanish, and with the regional leaders for photos and television, Enric Marti and Cristiana Mesquita respectively.

Haven succeeds Trish Wilson, recently named International Investigations Editor based in Washington, D.C.

Haven took over in Havana in September 2009 and spear-headed coverage of the island’s nascent free-market reforms. He also helped lead print coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez earlier this year, and served as a special writer at the 2012 London Olympics.

In Spain from 2006 to 2009, Haven covered al-Qaida’s reach into Europe, and as Pakistan bureau chief he won the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award Silver Prize for investigative reporting on al-Qaida.

As a correspondent in Bogota, Colombia, earlier, Haven was part of a team that won the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for coverage of a commando raid that ended a four-month hostage crisis in Peru. He also covered the collapse of Venezuela’s banking system and economic state of emergency in 1994.

Haven is the author of two children’s books, "The Seven Keys of Balabad” and "Two Hot Dogs with Everything.” He is a native New Yorker and graduate of Cornell University, with a bachelor’s degree in American and Latin American history.

Desmond Butler, an AP foreign affairs reporter based in Washington, has been named chief correspondent in Istanbul, Turkey, for The Associated Press.

The appointment was announced by Niko Price, the AP’s Europe Editor.

"As the recent wave of protests has shown, Turkey is grappling with fundamental issues in ways that will make it a fascinating story for years to come,” Price said. "In Washington, Desmond has done great work developing sources, and we’re excited about the energy he will bring to breaking news in Turkey.”

Butler, 40, will be based in Istanbul. He joined the AP in 2004 as a reporter in the news cooperative’s New York City bureau. In 2006, he transferred to Washington, where he has covered international affairs with a focus on Europe. He has written extensively on nuclear proliferation and arms control.

Prior to joining the AP, Butler was a Berlin-based reporter for The New York Times, investigating European cells of al-Qaida following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Butler graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree from Oxford University.

Kelly Ann Scott, a senior editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal and a 14-year veteran of Gannett Co. Inc., has been named the newspaper's new executive editor, president and publisher John Maher announced.

Scott, who also becomes editor of RGJ Media, has worked at the newspaper since 2005, most recently overseeing watchdog and enterprise reporting.

She succeeds Beryl Love, who left in May to become executive editor of the Gannett Global News Desk at the Virginia-based media company, which owns the Gazette-Journal. She started as a reporter with Gannett in 1999 in St. Cloud, Minn.

Scott previously served as breaking news and projects editor and was assistant city editor when she started her career in Reno.

Maher announced the appointment as part of a reorganization of the RGJMedia information center's management structure that also includes new positions for Lauren Gustus, the current senior editor for sports and features, and James Ku, current senior editor of digital.

Gustus was named the new senior content editor responsible for development and management of all content in news, sports, features, projects, breaking news, business and communities.

Ku becomes digital operations editor, responsible for digital initiatives, systems integration and delivery of content across all platforms and strategically positioning RGJ Media as the digital authority in northern Nevada, Maher said.


• AP chief: US broke rules in phone records seizure
• Publisher of Sault Ste. Marie newspaper to retire
• NBC's Gregory: Why shouldn't Greenwald be charged?
• Police search for teen who hit news photographer
• Foster named publisher at NW Florida Daily New
• Report: UK hacking scandal went well beyond media
• Idaho news groups ask judge to keep lawsuit public
• 2 UK journalists face charges in corruption probe
• Oregonian newspaper reduces home-delivery schedule
• Jindal signs bill criminalizing identifying gun permit holders
• Va. newspaper removes 'Democrat' from name
• Grand Forks Herald publisher to retire next year
• Maine governor says he won't talk to 3 newspapers
• Stuntwoman sues News Corp. over alleged phone hack

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Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies

Award-winning journalist and war correspondent Michael Hastings, whose unflinching reporting ended the career of a top U.S. Army general, died early Tuesday, June 18, in a car accident in Los Angeles, his employer and family said.

Hastings, who was 33, was described by many of his colleagues as an unfailingly bright and hard-charging reporter who wrote stories that mattered. Most recently, he wrote about politics for the news website BuzzFeed, where the top editor said colleagues were devastated by the loss.

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Journalist, editor, publisher John Dotson dies

John L. Dotson Jr., a longtime journalist, editor and newspaper publisher who championed diversity in the newsroom, has died at age 76.

Dotson's family confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that he died Friday, June 21, in Boulder, Colo. During his long career, Dotson served as an editor at Newsweek and the publisher of two newspapers, including The Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal when it won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994.

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