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Deadline for APME's Great Ideas Book Extended to Tuesday

The deadline for submissions to APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book has been extended until Tuesday, Aug. 7.

If you haven’t already submitted one or more from your news organization, it’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes. Go to the "Great Ideas” Web page. The form allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompany the "Great Idea.”

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 United States and Canada and help fellow managers by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

You can submit one or several ideas to the book.

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

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" and yearly APME innovator contests will be considered for the book.

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Colorado shootings session added to packed conference agenda

Journalists scrambled to cover the carnage when a gunman opened fire last month in a theater in Aurora, Colo. killing 12 people. In the aftermath, however, reporters and editors found themselves dealing with the emotional fallout of the experience.

In a session just added to the Nashville conference agenda, representatives of the Associated Press, Denver Post and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma will discuss ways in which managers can support staff members grappling with aftereffects of violent news events.

It’s another reason why you should join the Associated Press Media Editors Sept. 19-21 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the campus of Vanderbilt University.

Come to APME in Music City and go home with takeaways for your newsroom.

What does it take to win a Pulitzer? Hear from five Pulitzer prize winners in the very first session.

You need social media help? You’ll be at the right place when we present Social Media Friday on the closing day.

Need to refocus on watchdog reporting? Several sessions, including one from NewsTrain Phoenix by Pulitzer winner Michael Berens of The Seattle Times, are on our agenda.

Stick in a rut? Find out about innovations going in newspapers big and small, broadcast outlets and colleges, and vote to choose the Innovator of the Year.

Concerned about increasing government secrecy and wondering about the presidential race? Don’t miss out panels that update you on what’s actually happening.

Ever see a performance by Freedom Sings? It’s special. You’ll see one in Nashville.

Enjoy country music? Well you need some fun and you’ll be in the right place on Sept. 20, as we celebrate country music at our night out at Margaritaville in downtown Nashville.

We can go on, and we will in Nashville. Visit and register now for an affordable conference with takeaways that will help your newsroom.

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See you in Nashville.


Deadline for APME's Great Ideas Book Extended to Tuesday

The deadline for submissions to APME’s 2012 "Great Ideas” book has been extended until Tuesday, Aug. 7.

If you haven’t already submitted one or more from your news organization, it’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes. Go to the "Great Ideas” Web page at The form allows you to submit entries and upload images that accompany the "Great Idea.”

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 United States and Canada and help fellow managers by providing ideas that might work in their markets.

You can submit one or several ideas to the book.

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

Work already submitted to the monthly "Great Ideas" and "Innovator" and yearly APME innovator contests will be considered for the book.


Want a sneak peek at the APME Foundation Auction?

Starting today, the pre-conference APME Online Auction kicks off. We are featuring 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 conference T-shirts, books, as well as an APME memberships and conference registrations.

We are still need more great auction packages and prizes for the conference.

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.

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 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.

To bid and see a preview, click here.


Toronto NewsTrain Planned for September

NewsTrain will be in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 13-14 for a two-day workshop. NewsTrain is sponsored by APME and this workshop is hosted by Metroland Media Group and Newspapers Canada, with representatives from Canadian Press, Ontario Community Newspapers Association, The Toronto Star, and Ryerson University serving on the planning committee.

Location & times: Toronto Star Press Centre, 1 Century Place, Woodbridge, ON, L4L 8R2. Sept. 13-14, 2012.

Registration: Registration is $50. Register on the APME web site at via this link. Deadline is Sept. 5.

Questions? Contact:

Michael Roberts, NewsTrain Project Director,

Tina Ongkeko, Newspapers Canada,; 1-877-305-2262 ext. 325.


Planning & Coaching Content for Multiple Platforms: How staff and managers can develop clear standards and SOPs to produce a consistent – and growing – body of quality content across platforms. The focus is on building a strong set of online tools for covering your community and how to enable everyone on staff – reporters, editors, online producers, visual journalists -- to use the tools effectively.

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. This program offers a model for developing a story online and then using print to offer more.

Smart Phones for Journalists: A program on many basic (and free) tools reporters and other mobile journalists with smart phones can use to capture and post news and images from the field. Includes gear, apps, free software, reference materials, and easy-to-use web platforms. Bring your smart phones for demos and practice.

Social Media: Creating Brands: How to use social media to engage readers, bring them to your web site, and along the way create strong news-oriented brands for individuals and your newsroom as a whole.

Social Media: Tap Into the Crowd: How reporters and editors can use social media as a reporting tool when faced with breaking news or enterprise projects. Includes how to use social media to locate sources, for "crowdsourcing,” how to use advanced search features on major social media sites , and how to curate social media content to augment your own content.

The Seven Habits of Effective FOI Filers: How to develop regular, systematic filings of FOI requests to hold governments and officials to account -- and to produce exclusive, investigative stories. Includes advice on framing effective FOI requests.

Impact Stories: In the constant stream of instant news, readers still want stories that explain the impact of the news on them. Increasingly, impact stories are the primary role of the daily newspaper. This program for reporters and editors examines the difference between a breaking news story and an impact story, how to frame an impact story, then report, write, and edit so "impact” is the primary focus, even across different types of stories.

Video 1: Effective Shooting: Shooting effectively and efficiently makes it much easier to quickly edit and post high-quality video. This session offers a model for anticipating and capturing the visuals and sound needed for good video. Includes simple standards for framing, lighting, and sound, whether using a video camera or point-and-shoot / Flip-style camera, and the use of a "shot list” for planning and coaching.

Video 2: Video Story Forms: Many newsrooms start out shooting video that resembles the basic TV news segment. But there are more video story forms that can be used to deliver different kinds of video, including video that will have a much longer shelf life on your web site. Examples of video story forms, standards for each, and how each newsroom can and should develop its own set of forms to improve planning, communication, and execution of video.


Mandy Jenkins is Digital Projects Editor for Digital First Media. Her new duties involve work with papers on special projects, digital strategy and breaking news strategies. Previously she was the Washington D.C. Social News Editor for the Huffington Post; Social Media Editor for the startup; Digital Content Editor / Social Media & Projects at the Cincinnati Enquirer; Social Media Editor and Online Special Projects Editor, Cincinnati Enquirer; and an online news producer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also writes the Zombie Journalism blog on digital media.

Kathy Kieliszewski, Deputy Director of Photo and Video for the Detroit Free Press, is a four-time National Emmy Award winning video producer. Most recently, she and her staff were also awarded a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a National Headliners Awards in Online Videography for the 40-minute documentary "Living with Murder.” At the Detroit Free Press, Kathy oversees daily video production and larger video projects for the newspaper’s website Previously she served as the newspaper's picture editor, and as editor for the paper's 13 weekly community sections. In 2004, she was named Michigan Picture Editor of the Year. Prior to that, Kieliszewski worked as a staff photographer at the Lansing State Journal and The Grand Rapids Press. She is a journalism graduate of Michigan State University.

Dean Beeby has been a frequent user of freedom-of-information laws since the early 1980s. He has a master’s degree in modern history from the University of Toronto, and joined The Canadian Press news agency in 1983, where he has worked in Toronto, Halifax and currently Ottawa as deputy bureau chief. He has been an FOI speaker, panelist and workshop leader at many venues, including the Canadian High Commission in London, the CBC, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Newspapers Canada and the Canadian Access and Privacy Association. He was also a member of the external advisory committee for the federal Access to Information Review Task Force in 2001-2002. He has published four non-fiction books, all of which have drawn heavily on freedom-of-information requests.

Michael Roberts is a newsroom trainer and consultant and Project Director for NewsTrain. Previously, Michael was Deputy Managing Editor Staff Development at The Arizona Republic (2003-2010), responsible for all newsroom training, served as writing coach, and edited major projects. Outside his own newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught the American Press Institute’s first online seminar for copy editors, and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum, and various National Writers Workshops. Before the Republic, Roberts was Features Editor, AME/Features-Business, and then for 10 years the Training Editor/Writing Coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (MI) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press, and as a senior editor at two magazines. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a masters degree in training and human resource development from Xavier University, Cincinnati.



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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Matthew Brown, Garance Burke

Sometimes, the biggest stories are the ones hidden in plain sight. This one goes back at least 44 years, spanning dozens upon dozens of gas pipeline accidents. A pipeline explodes. Federal investigators call for safety improvements. The government leaves it largely to industry to make safety decisions. The result is that safety measures are adopted sporadically, sometimes decades later -- if at all. The pattern was relentless and predictable, but somehow no one had said it.

Until two AP reporters -- working together from their posts in Montana and California -- pieced together the numbers, and the pattern, from records and reports, some of them never examined before. Billings correspondent Matthew Brown and San Francisco newswoman Garance Burke documented that since 1968 at least 67 people have been killed and more than 350 hurt in pipeline accidents where safety valves could have helped but weren't installed.

"I think this is the first time that anyone put them all together like this, over such a long period of time," Brown said. "Even the government records were piecemeal, 13 accidents this one year, seven some other year."

The story begins in 1968 after a pipeline accident that killed nine people, including seven children, outside a Georgia day care center. The National Transportation Safety Board responded by recommending that the natural gas industry consider the use of safety valves that could eliminate or mitigate such catastrophes.

But since then, Brown and Burke found, there have been at least 270 similar accidents across the country. The NTSB formally recommended the valves, which cut off leaking gas, 16 times through the decades, but only in 2009 was a rule approved mandating the safety valves on new single family homes. Since that first recommendation, almost 46 million new service lines have been installed, about 39 million without excess flow valves.

The industry argues that the valves are unreliable and much too costly to install.

Brown and Burke cover gas pipeline safety issues as members of the West regional investigative team. After the San Bruno, Calif., gas transmission pipeline explosion that killed eight in 2010, the two produced a takeout describing the nation's aging pipeline infrastructure.

In the course of that work and in writing about a pipeline rupture beneath the Yellowstone River, they learned that the Department of Transportation was beginning to gather accident reports on individual service lines _ those that connect buildings. The reporters made formal information requests to federal agencies over a period of months. In late 2011, they received a major trove of documents from the government _ and in those documents, they found a similar pattern of warnings from federal safety officials, followed by delay and inaction.

Among their findings: The most complete government documents on the accidents date only to 2004. In those records alone, there are 148 events that could have been averted or diminished by the safety valves. Using the agency's criteria for identifying such accidents, they found 39 more _ plus 84 earlier accidents that were identified by NTSB investigators or mentioned in Transportation Department studies.

"There were lives lost that did not need to be lost," said NTSB deputy director Robert Hall.

The AP IMPACT package included a compelling video by Minneapolis' Amy Forliti, who honed in on a 1998 explosion in St. Cloud, Minn., that killed four people and leveled six buildings.

"I had to work hard to get the victims' wives to open up and agree to go on camera. I ate lunch with them and after an hour of small talk, they felt comfortable enough to talk to me on camera," Forliti said. Forliti also shot still photos on scene.

West Interactive editor Dan Kempton and Interactives’ Michelle Minkoff in Washington worked with Burke and Brown to organize and format decades worth of data on a map programmed to cycle through key points of interest such as fatalities, and property damage estimates.



The 2009 collapse of a Dallas Cowboys practice facility that left one scout paralyzed and a coach with a broken vertebrae has been followed by years of litigation and investigation. And Dallas reporter Danny Robbins has followed every development, building a network of sources that has kept the AP competitive.

Robbins’ sourcing also helped set the groundwork for an AP Exclusive last week that put the collapse in new context: Unreleased documents revealed the company that built the facility knew it could fall and covered up the problem. Robbins’ story was a thorough piece of investigative journalism that raised questions about the safety of many similar facilities that Summit Structures LLC has built nationwide. He pieced the story together by negotiating the release of stacks of documents, emails and handwritten notes that shed light on the events that led to the facility collapse.

The scoop played well in news and sports circles and forced the local media in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to run AP's story in full. Besides several on-air credits, the story was the centerpiece of the Dallas Morning News website and used above the fold of the Star-Telegram's print edition the next morning.

Robbins’ work was just beginning when a source agreed to give him an initial set of documents. Some of the papers carried handwritten notes with startling acknowledgments that had to be verified through other means. He had to return to his source and negotiate access to further confidential depositions to substantiate the notes before they could be included in the story. The papers also included complicated architectural language and diagrams that Robbins sought expert help to understand. Then he had to find several reluctant sources implicated in the cover-up to round out the story. In all, Robbins sifted through about 1,000 pages, discovering that 11 of the company's other buildings fell before the Cowboys disaster -- a much larger number than previously reported.



New editor named for Gannett's Daily Record in NJ

Joe Ungaro has been named editor of the Daily Record in Parsippany, one of two top-level appointments announced at Gannett Co. newspapers in New Jersey.

Ungaro, who will also serve as general manager, replaces James Flachsenhaar.

Flachsenhaar was named managing director of content and audience development for four Gannett newspapers in New Jersey, the Asbury Park Press, the Daily Record, the Courier News and the Home News Tribune. He will be based at the Asbury Park Press, in Neptune.

Ungaro joined the Daily Record in 1999 as metro editor and was promoted to assistant managing editor for local content in 2002. He had previously been the night supervisor in the New York City bureau of The Associated Press, where he also worked as a reporter.

In his new role, the company said Flachsenhaar will oversee the development of content for shared and unique key newspaper audiences. He was previously executive editor of the Courier News and The News Tribune of Woodbridge.

New editor named at Meridian newspaper

Veteran newspaperman Michael Stewart has been named as the executive editor of the Meridian (Miss.) Star.

Publisher Crystal Dupre says Stewart came to Meridian after working the last three years as both the north county editor of the Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and as the editor of a sister paper to that publication, the Crestview News Bulletin.

Stewart previously worked at the Star from 1999-2000 as a general assignment reporter.

Stewart replaces former executive editor Fredie Carmichael, who began work in May with the Mississippi Development Authority.

Stewart graduated with an associate of arts degree in mass communications from Pensacola Junior College and earned a double major in journalism and government/international affairs from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Zak Lantz named new editor of Punxsutawney Spirit

The Punxsutawney Spirit has a new editor, Zak Lantz, who began working as a sports writer at the west-central Pennsylvania newspaper last year.

Lantz is a Punxsutawney native who graduated from the Punxsutawney Area High School in 2000 before earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Clarion University and later obtaining a master's degree in religious studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Despite his relatively brief career in journalism, Spirit publisher Tracy Smith says she's confident in his ability to run the 126-year-old newspaper, based about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Smith says Lantz "is an excellent writer" and "already has a wonderful rapport with the community from his sports writing."

Lantz is replacing Tom Chapin who is leaving The Spirit for an unspecified job with the Greenville Record Argus.

John Pitts to Oversee Ledger Graphics, Design

Lakeland (Fla.) multimedia editor John Pitts has been promoted to visual and systems editor for the newsroom, Editor Lenore Devore announced.

Pitts' new role includes keeping The Ledger's content management system operating as well as overseeing graphics and the design of the newspaper. He also will work with other editors to plan projects and packages for the daily newspaper.

Pitts, 60, started working at The Ledger in 1998, first as a page designer working at night on the local and sports sections. He later took over the lead design of the features section front pages. Most recently he's been responsible for overseeing the visual presentation of the newspaper and maintaining its design standards.

Pitts attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he majored in astronomy, with a minor in art. He moved past astronomy after taking his first job at the Tampa Tribune as a newsroom artist.

He's won multiple national, international, state and local awards, most recently from the Florida Society of News Editors for his multimedia work at The Ledger.

He lives in Tampa and has two sons and a granddaughter.



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Local newspaper founder remembered as ‘special man’

Dave Anderson, a founder of Gainesville, Fla.’s only Spanish-language newspaper, has died. He was 75.

Anderson, who along with his wife, Haydee, started the bilingual community newspaper Mexico Lindo in 1990.

Friends who paid their respects at a visitation remembered Anderson as a man who seemed to be everywhere and always looked out for the disadvantaged.

Anderson was born in South Dakota and grew up in Florida. His family moved to Helen in the 1950s.

Many remembered Anderson for his involvement with the local Hispanic community.

One man who spoke little English said that Anderson had even been a father figure for his daughter-in-law.

Jesus Bustamante, a local taxi driver who said he’d known Anderson for 21 years, buys Mexico Lindo every week.

Anderson, who was known to Bustamante and others who read the newspaper as "El Gringote,” came to Bustamante’s home several times to photograph his children for birthday features in the paper.

Throughout his life, Billie Fulmer said Anderson was "always looking after somebody.”

"Particularly in standing up for the underdog,” her husband, Chuck Fulmer, added. "You could always count on Dave to take their side.”

Lessons from Cancer columnist Joyce Rothman dies at 64

Living with lung cancer gracefully was a feat in itself, but chronicling every step of the disease and inspiring others was a courageous act.

Joyce (Lippa) Rothman, who wrote Lessons from Cancer — a column that was published by The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and distributed through GateHouse Media — died July 25.

Rothman, 64, wrote articles that appeared on about 400 Gatehouse Media websites and in newspapers around the country.

Rothman, who worked in the nursing field for four decades, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. Soon after, cancer was also discovered in her pancreas. She began writing a blog about her experience in October 2010.

The blog was poignant, reflective, heartbreaking, cheerful, hopeful and informative. It took readers on a journey through Rothman’s life interrupted by cancer, through her good days and bad days, to doctor’s appointments, radiation treatments and family gatherings.

Herald News Associate Publisher and Editor Lisa Strattan said she was a reader of Rothman’s column and found her to be "remarkably candid” and "courageous.”

Lessons from Cancer gave Rothman hope while stirring the emotions of many readers.

In Rothman’s own words: "By writing about the raw experience of coping with lung and pancreas cancer, I find the answers and guidance I need to help me find courage, lose fear and keep hope. It has made my days so much easier, and my sincerest wish is that, in sharing what I learn, I might also help someone else going through a difficult life challenge.”

Reader Angela Foley said she would miss Rothman’s column.

Another fan of Lessons from Cancer, Ellie Leite, said she and her prayer group, Prayer Net Team from Calvary Temple in Fall River, had been praying for Rothman for about a year.

Rothman — a mother, grandmother, sister and friend — was probably closest to her daughter Karen Robinson.

In Rothman’s June 8, blog, "Cherish friends and family,” Rothman seemed to be writing a thank you and farewell letter to her only child.

Robinson said her mother fought with "dignity and grace” and felt love from her readers who sent her comments from all over the country.


AND FINALLY: Hawaiian-language newspaper typing effort ends

Associated Press

A volunteer effort to type thousands of pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers has ended, but organizers hope the project can move forward in preserving the language and culture.

Ike Kuokoa is an initiative to make Hawaiian-language newspapers searchable online using thousands of volunteer typists to transcribe 60,000 digitally scanned pages in eight months.

The project aimed to have 3,000 volunteers to complete transcribing by deadline, which coincides with Hawaiian Restoration Day, commemorating the end of the Hawaiian Kingdom's brief occupation by Great Britain. November's launch event took place during Hawaiian Independence Day, which marks the day Great Britain and France recognized Hawaii's independence.

By the deadline, there were 15,000 pages complete, falling short of the goal, but exceeding expectations for the amount of volunteers with more than 6,500, organizers said.

Using human hands was necessary after funding for a Bishop Museum project ran out and because no computer software is precise enough to handle the Hawaiian language, with its eight consonants and five vowels, where one letter or glottal stop can make the difference between two very different words.

But organizers also wanted the effort to have a personal touch — giving people a tangible connection to a language that's considered endangered despite efforts at revitalization. They also wanted to give people a hand in helping preserve the language and create online resources for future generations, said Puakea Nogelmeier, director of Awaiaulu, the Hawaiian language educational organization overseeing the project.

"It's not just about the language," he said. "It's about the knowledge."

The remaining pages, he said, will have to be transcribed by computers and checked by humans for accuracy.

Nogelmeier said it was clear that 60,000 was a lofty goal for a short time span, but organizers were surprised by the volunteers who participated from not only across the Hawaiian islands, but from across the globe, including Japan, Germany and France. Typists included a Mississippi sister of a Hawaii resident and women incarcerated in a Kailua prison.

For Patrick Makuakane, a hula teacher in San Francisco, it was a way to give back to a culture his students draw from while dancing. The 240-member halau, or hula group, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Weiku, typed about 1,200 pages. "The implications for our history and culture, how could we not take a part in this?" he asked. "We take from the culture all the time."

One of his students, Jason Laskey, said it allowed him another link to his island roots — from a computer while sitting thousands of miles away.

Another student, Jay Paul Ogao, said it was daunting to transcribe six columns of tiny print of a language he has only a rudimentary knowledge of. "I felt it was a window to the past," he said, "even though I didn't understand what I was writing or typing."


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