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Chicken dinner news. School lunch menus. Calendars. Routine police blotter items

Print and online readers love such hyper-local content. Our staffs, not so much — as we push them to produce more hard-hitting enterprise journalism.

Against that backdrop, the push to outsource hyper-local content makes sense to a lot of news organizations -- and is sure to be a hot topic at the APME Annual Conference in Nashville.

Alan Miller, managing editor of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, will moderate a discussion of the issue with Brian Timpone, CEO of Journatic, and David Arkin, vice president of content and interactive at Gatehouse Media.

Another highlight of September's conference will come Thursday night, when journalists and guests gather at Margaritaville, in the heart of Nashville's honky-tonk district. There, we'll enjoy music performed by a band whose members have written songs for Ray Charles, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, and Hootie and the Blowfish. They’ve performed with Ringo Starr, Cheap Trick and Poco. This line-up of talented singer-songwriters, including Bill Lloyd, Jonell Mosser and Don Henry, will play their own songs along with rock and country classics.

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.

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

Register now!

See you in Nashville.


Two Receive 2012 Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Tom Arviso, publisher and chief executive officer of the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz., and James Mallory, recently retired senior managing editor and vice president of news of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, are the recipients of the 11th annual Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership, awarded by the Associated Press Media Editors.

Tom Arviso
James Mallory
The McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is given annually to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former

executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and a graduate of Kent State University. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002. A past president of APME and former member of American Society of News Editors’ Board of Directors, McGruder was a relentless diversity champion.

This year, the 11th annual awards were sponsored by the Detroit Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum. The winners will be recognized Thursday, Sept. 20, at the annual APME conference in Nashville, Tenn. The honorees will each receive $2,500 and a leadership plaque.

Arviso and Mallory were honored for their longstanding commitment to diversity in newspaper content and in newsroom recruiting and staff development.

"We’re thrilled to recognize Tom Arviso and James Mallory, both champions of diversity in newsrooms in the spirit of Bob McGruder,” said Bob Heisse, president of APME and executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill. "Their work, particularly in these challenging times in our industry, is impressive. APME is proud to present the McGruder award each year to outstanding recipients like Arviso and Mallory.”

In the nominating letter for Arviso, Teri Hayt, managing editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, who has worked closely with Arviso, described him as a journalist "with a deep commitment to nurturing minority journalists and delivering top notch news reports to a minority population.”

The Navajo Times began in 1958 as a newspaper funded by the Navajo Nation. Arviso was hired as managing editor in 1988 and became editor and publisher in 1993. Under his leadership, the paper separated from the tribal government in 2004 to become an independent business and newspaper. The Navajo Times now is the largest Native American-owned newspaper in the United States with a circulation of 21,400 and more than 120,000 readers weekly.

"The Times staff flourishes under Arviso’s guidance and determination to make the Navajo tribal government accountable to its people,” Hayt said. "Because of him, more young Native Americans are going into journalism as a career.”

Arviso has spearheaded press freedoms for Native American newspapers for almost three decades, Hayt said. In 1997, he was awarded the Native American Journalists Association’s Wassaja Award for extraordinary service to Native journalism.

Arviso spends countless hours talking to youth in his community and students at the universities in the four corners of Navajo nation – Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, his nomination said.

"We need our own people to come in and tell our own stories and really serve as educators to the rest of the non-Native people,” Arviso says. "They can serve as the real storytellers of today.”

James Mallory, who retired in April as the senior managing editor and vice president of news at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was nominated because he "has been a strong advocate for the AJC and the journalism industry in all of the areas that the McGruder award highlights: recruiting, development, retention and content,” read his nomination, led by Managing Editor Monica Richardson with contributions from more than a half-dozen colleagues.

"The recruitment of talented journalists of color was important to James. He was vocal about making sure that in hiring at the AJC, every newsroom job opening included a diverse pool. We could always count on him to ask the question or nudge the hiring managers to make sure the talent pool was diverse,” Richardson wrote.

The nomination continued, "He considered, when others may have overlooked it, the impact that staff changes and restructuring would have on diversity in the newsroom. He made sure we had conversations about the way minority reporters and editors were being evaluated.”
Mallory also was a mentor to many young journalists.

"I can attest personally that he pushed and challenged me to find my purpose, create my brand and to hone my leadership skills,” Richardson said. "He taught me the value of developing my career, and with his guidance, along with other great mentors like him, I have moved into positions of greater authority, responsibility and expertise. Under his mentorship at the AJC I have gone from a bureau editor to AJC managing editor.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor Kevin Riley described Mallory as a trusted adviser who faced demanding changes with determination and fearlessness. "He made us better journalists and the AJC a better newspaper,” Riley said. "He brings honor to our industry.”

Riley also said, "James’ steady hand guided the newspaper through some great times – and some difficult times, too. When research told us that readers were unhappy, James rallied the newsroom around those findings. He led efforts to increase reader satisfaction, and his tireless work has helped ensure that the AJC newsroom lives by that research day in and day out.”

Mallory served 24 years at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, serving in a number of roles including assistant business editor, news personnel manager, night assistant managing editor, AME/Business and Deputy Managing Editor/Metro & Business. He was named managing editor in 2002, the first African American to hold the position at the AJC. He became Senior Managing Editor/Vice President in 2007.

A Detroit native, Mallory also worked as a reporter and assistant business editor at the Detroit News and as a business reporter at the Grand Rapids Press and the Lansing State Journal in Michigan.

Amy Glennon, publisher of the Journal-Constitution, said Mallory was a calm and thoughtful voice as the organization wrestled with questions of survival. "A principled man, he understood what had to be done to right our ship and he believed it must be done without compromising integrity or core beliefs,” she said. "Fairness and honesty were his hallmarks in an era marked by restructuring and downsizing. His influence will be felt for a long time here at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution through the example he set, through the young talents he mentored and through the department heads whose perspectives he enriched.”

Angela Tuck, the AJC’s education editor who previously served as the paper’s public editor, newsroom recruiter and metro editor, said much like Bob McGruder, with whom she worked at the Detroit Free Press, Mallory’s imprint can be felt nationally. "The interns and journalists these men hired are now working in top reporting and editing jobs in their newsrooms,” Tuck said.
AJC reporter Ernie Suggs said each year during the evaluation process he would write on his self assessment: "To be like James Mallory.”

Suggs said he met Mallory as a young reporter and worked hard to win his support. Suggs, then a reporter in Durham, N.C., would send every big story he wrote to James and would let him know of every award. Eventually, Suggs was hired in Atlanta. "Often, when I achieved something, I would stop by James’ office to let him know. Not that he probably didn’t know already and although I probably never said the exact words – but I wanted him to know that whatever I achieved was a direct result of the influence he had on me. Even outside of the newsroom, from becoming the national vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists to a Harvard University Nieman Fellow in 2009.”

Arviso and Mallory will be recognized for their contributions to diversity in the news industry at the annual Associated Press, APME and McGruder awards luncheon at noon on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Wyatt Center Rotunda of Vanderbilt University.

The 2012 judges included representatives of the Freedom Forum, Detroit Free Press, The Plain Dealer, Kent State University and the American Society of News Editors. Jurors assessed the nominees based on their significant contribution during a given year or over a number of years to furthering the cause of diversity in content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of color.


Voting is now open for the APME Board of Directors

Voting ends 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 20

Twenty candidates are vying for a seat on the APME Board of Directors. Seven will be elected at-large, one will win the small-newspaper post, one will become an online director and two will be elected to represent broadcast.

Candidates are:

At-Large Candidates
Newspapers, Broadcast stations and associated media with 35,000 or more circulation

Michael A. Anastasi, Vice President and Executive Editor, Los Angeles News Group
Dennis Anderson, Executive Editor, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star
David Arkin, Vice President of Content & Audience, GateHouse Media
Mark Baldwin, In transition to new post. Formerly editor of The Republic of Columbus, Ind.
Richard L. Berke, Assistant Managing Editor for News, The New York Times
Kimberly Christ, Senior Features Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark.
Chris Clonts, Managing Editor, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press
Alan English, Vice President of Audience, The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
Gary Graham, Editor, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.
Monica R. Richardson, Managing Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
George Rodrigue, Vice President and Managing Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Laura Sellers, Digital Development Director, East Oregonian Publishing Co.
Jim Simon, Assistant Managing Editor, Seattle Times

Small-Newspaper Candidates
Newspapers and associated media with 35,000 or less circulation

Chris Cobler, Editor, Victoria (Texas) Advocate
D. Reed Eckhardt, Executive Editor, (Cheyenne) Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Online Candidates

John Boogert, Deputy Editor/Interactive, The Wichita Eagle/
Angie Muhs, Executive Editor/Interactive, Portland (Maine) Press Herald

Broadcast Candidates

Mark Casey, VP/News Director KPNX-TV, Phoenix
Eric Ludgood, News Director at WGCL/CBS, Atlanta News
Elbert Tucker, Director of News, WBNS-10TV, Columbus, Ohio

APME members can vote at

If you have questions, contact Carol Hanner, elections chair.


Want a sneak peek at the APME Foundation Auction?

Donations needed through Aug. 31!

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.

Nashville conference T-shirts are on sale now! go to the auction page to reserve yours today!
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.



Anchorage Daily News: Texting loophole may skirt public disclosure
Arizona Daily Star: Top 1,000 city salaries trump area’s average pay
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Efforts to speed poultry slaughter lines controversial
Austin American Statesman: Waco claims office for veterans has nation’s longest wait
Bergen Record: Superfund cuts mean N.J. groundwater could remain contaminated
Chicago Tribune: Tiny suburb spawns powerful political machine in Chicago suburb
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Cheap county bail raises eyebrows in Forth Worth
Lexington Herald-Leader: Ex-official’s travel, other expenses for two years: $55,010
The Los Angeles Times: Boy Scouts’ abuse "barrier” often porous
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Electroshock therapy rebounds at Minneapolis medical center
The Virginian-Pilot: Five-year backlog of police review cases unveiled
Orange County Register: Schools in disrepair as state promises unfulfilled
Columbus Dispatch: Many misbehaving Ohio students with disabilities isolated
Tennessean: Opposing Islam in Tennessee seems a battle with no end

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Photo Team of Phillip, Gash, Donnelly

To capture moments of drama in Olympic competitions, ingenious use of technology can tip the scales and yield astonishing photos.

At the London Summer Games, Associated Press photographers adapted a novel robotic camera system for the first time that allowed them to exploit unusual vantage purely by remote control.

This system took months of extraordinary work by three AP photo staffers -- Houston photographer David Phillip, Milwaukee photographer Morry Gash and New York photo operations manager Tim Donnelly -- who win Beat of the Week for their efforts, which culminated in some of the best photos from the Olympics.

Beginning in December 2011, the three dedicated themselves to creating AP's first robotic camera system. They built 15 fully and partially robotic and remote camera units for installation at five Olympics venues, covering seven different sports.

The result was thousands of stunning images from underwater and overhead positions during two weeks of competition, among more than 1 million photos taken conventionally by AP photographers. Snapped from unusual angles, these robotic images got strong usage in print and online worldwide.

Two examples: An underwater photo of U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, taken early in the games, which was used full page on the cover of The Observer in London; and an overhead photo of British boxer Nicola Adams after she knocked out her opponent, reproduced as a souvenir poster by The Times of London.

AP's system allowed photographers not only to shoot remotely, but also to swivel, rotate and zoom. Thus, they were able to compose an image before triggering the shutter. Moreover, the robotic cameras could be reset if necessary in their remote positions.

Assisting in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting were Bruce Hanselman, technical manager, Atlanta; Nikos Seimenakis, technician, Athens; and Jorge Nunez, technician New York. They helped to keep everything running smoothly.

AP wasn't alone using remote camera technology at the Olympics -- Getty and AFP had similar systems. But AP's worked from the beginning through the end without interruption, and AP's system was created at substantially lower costs.

The story of how Phillips, Gash and Donnelly built this successful system of robotic cameras is one of ingenuity and perseverance -- with some rocket-science expertise thrown in.

Phillip located a company of former NASA engineers which offered a system he felt was adaptable to AP's needs. Gash joined in a combined assembly of the mechanics of the robotic device, the control mechanisms and the underwater housing. Gash's garage in Milwaukee and Phillips' in Houston were turned into small laboratories for the project.

From the start, Donnelly at photo headquarters in New York helped to track down and procure the cables, motors and electronics needed.

Encountering hurdles at several points, the three refined and modified "out of the box" technology to create customized solutions.

Phillips, Gash and Donnelly tested their system at the NCAA men's basketball Final Four in New Orleans in early April. But when a lightning strike powered off their overhead camera -- which was inaccessible at the time -- they knew they needed a way of resetting the system at a distance. This led to modifications for London.

They first tested the underwater housing for the robotic camera at the U.S. swimming trials at Omaha, Nebraska, in June. It worked perfectly.

The next challenge was to assemble the technology and the gear in London and install the first overhead version – something that hadn't yet been done before by the AP.

The three arrived in London on June 27, a month before the opening ceremony, in full sprint mode. They had to get the first overhead robotic unit installed in the ExCel Centre on the same day they arrived. And they had to test it so it could be approved by London Games organizers.

What they achieved in the ensuing seven weeks was herculean. They worked 16- to 18-hour days building, installing and testing units at the ExCel Centre, the Aquatics Centre, and the Olympic Stadium. Once the Games started, Gash and Phillip took up their usual roles shooting and editing photos for the Olympic coverage

"They put us on the map," said Jim Collins of New York photo headquarters, manager of the Olympic photo desk, summing up their work.



Milwaukee newsman Dinesh Ramde and his colleagues already had been through an intense week covering the aftermath of a mass shooting by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple. And now came the Friday service for the six Sikhs killed in the rampage.

Just covering the service was compelling enough for other news outlets, but not for Ramde. So he worked with a temple leader to get inside after the building opened at 5:30 a.m. that day to get an exclusive tour and take photos. There, the leader showed him something remarkable – a bullet hole in a door jamb that the leader said would stay there as a memorial, a compelling detail no one else had that became the lead to the AP story.

One of the keys to Ramde’s success was his sensitivity to temple customs – and the fact that he even learned them in the first place. When two temple leaders with whom he had been consulting introduced him to elders, he properly addressed them as "uncle” and "auntie” and made the namaste sign – palms pressed together in front of his chest – which helped temple members warm to him. One of them thanked Ramde for the way he’d handled earlier stories since the Sunday shooting and for his sensitivity to the families and Sikh community. Ramde was granted access to the entire building, including the small pantry where 16 people hid during the attack, which enabled colleague Robert Ray to shoot video.

Ramde’s story played huge in the state, including a half-dozen front-page displays Saturday, even as the news broke that Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan had been named Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate.

On top of the Friday exclusive, Ramde was the first AP staffer at the temple immediately after the shooting and made a point to get cell numbers of people he interviewed at the scene and at two candlelight vigils earlier in the week. He continued to get details no one else had right up to a story on the temple holding its first Sunday service since the shooting, when leaders told him they considered having a seventh casket that would be empty to memorialize the white supremacist who shot and killed their loved ones.



Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks, N.D., Online Sensation, Wins Journalism Award

She became an Internet darling earlier this year when her review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., went viral, prompting national coverage and interviews.

Now Marilyn Hagerty, the 86-year-old Grand Forks Herald columnist, has been named the 2012 winner of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.

Neuharth, who founded USA Today and Freedom Forum, credits Hagerty with giving him his start in journalism when the two were students at the University of South Dakota.

"Marilyn, my classmate back in the '40s and editor of the student paper, took a chance on me as rookie reporter, hired me for my first newspaper job and taught me vital lessons about the roles and responsibilities of professional journalists," Neuharth said, according to a press release. "Those same high principles that Marilyn preached as a young college editor 65 years ago define and distinguish her extraordinary and enduring career."

Hagerty will be honored at an award ceremony Oct. 4 at USD in Vermillion, S.D.

Previous Al Neuharth award winners include Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw (another USD alum) and Garrison Keillor.



Student newspaper sues University of Florida over rack removals

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Former Philly Inquirer editor Naughton dies at 73

James M. Naughton, a former reporter for The New York Times and executive editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, has died after a battle with cancer, his wife said. He was 73.

Diana Naughton said from St. Petersburg, Florida, that her husband died peacefully surrounded by family members Aug. 11. James Naughton began working for a local newspaper while in high school in Ohio. From 1962 to 1969, he worked for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a police reporter for WGAR radio during a four-month newspaper strike, according to a biography from The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where Naughton was president until he retired in 2003.

From 1969 to 1977, Naughton was a Washington correspondent for The New York Times, covering the Nixon administration and the Watergate hearings.

Naughton then worked almost two decades at The Philadelphia Inquirer, stepping down as executive editor in 1996. He spent seven years as president of The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday called him "irrepressibly mischievous," recounting such pranks as donning a chicken costume for a presidential news conference and "springing all manner of livestock on unsuspecting colleagues."

"I love being in the company of people who care about the written word, the oral word," Naughton said upon his retirement from Poynter, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "I love the dark humor and a mix of skepticism and a self-effacing understanding of the role."

Naughton is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren.

Nick B. Williams, former Los Angeles Times editor and reporter, dies at 75,

Nick B. Williams Jr., a Los Angeles Times newspaper editor and reporter for more than 30 years, died Aug. 8, 2012, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at a Gainesville nursing home. He was 75.

Williams traveled throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia reporting for the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s and 1990s.

While based in Nicosia, Cyprus, he covered the Gulf War, reporting from the burning oilfields of Kuwait and inside Iraq. In the 1980s, he was based in Bangkok, Thailand, during which time he covered the "People’s Power” revolution in the Philippines.

He worked as an editor on the Times' national and foreign desks during the 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1990s, he headed the newspaper’s "World Report” section and later was Deputy Editor of the editorial pages.

In 1937, Williams was born in Santa Monica, Calif., to a newspaper family; his father, Nick B. Williams Sr., a University of Texas Austin graduate, was the editor of the Los Angeles Times from 1958 to 1971. Nick Jr.’s grandmother also edited for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nick Jr. grew up in Pasadena, Calif. In 1959, he graduated from Claremont Men’s (McKenna) College in Claremont, Calif., and in 1960, he married his college sweetheart, Geraldine Bauhaus, an artist and a graduate of Scripps College. He started his career at the San Diego Union and then moved to the Chicago Sun-Times before joining the Los Angeles Times and settling in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Later, he lived in Altadena and Pasadena, Calif.

Williams is survived by his wife, Gerri, of Lake Kiowa; daughters, Maggie Sykes of Lake Kiowa and Nan Williams of Flat Top, Tenn.; grandsons, Justin and Scott Sykes of Lake Kiowa; and sisters, Sue Williams of Trinidad, Calif., and Ricky Davis of Arcata, Calif.


AND FINALLY … Election Season

By Jack Lessenberry

(Editors: Lessenberry is a former national editor of the Toledo (Ohio) Blade and a member of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit)

We are moving into high election season -- and emotions are running high as well. Traditionally, newspapers are ethically supposed to be neutral and fair in their coverage of the news.

Any newspaper can ethically take whatever positions it wishes and endorse any candidate it chooses on the editorial page, as long as that has no effect on how that newspaper covers what is going on.

So how is The Blade doing?

If you are a staunch supporter of one party or one candidate or another, you probably aren't completely happy. That's because you probably see the world through mental glasses giving either President Obama or Mitt Romney a rosy glow. "Why don't you just print exactly what they say?" one lady suggested.

If any editor did that, the candidates' words would quickly fill up the newspaper without shedding much light on anything. Reporters are supposed to be condensers, fact-checkers, and adders of counterpoint and perspective.

David Haase wasn't pleased, for example, with The Blade's coverage of a speech the Republican nominee-to-be made in Bowling Green last month. The story, by Tom Troy, included remarks from the candidate accusing Mr. Obama of "trying to tear America apart." The Republican candidate also was quoted as saying that if he gets two terms in the White House, "we are going to have the world surprised at how dramatic America's comeback was."

Asked for a comment, an Obama spokesman was quoted as saying that Mr. Romney opposes the President's jobs plan "and refuses to offer one of his own."

However, according to Mr. Haase, Mr. Romney did "make five specific points about what is needed to get the economy growing again. Why, he wanted to know, didn't Mr. Troy report that?

Unfortunately, the slogan of any newspaper really should be "all the news that fits, we print."

Mr. Romney did have some general talking points about the economy, such as "take advantage of energy resources" and "open new markets" and "ensure workers have the skills needed by business." They weren't new, however.

Nor were they what amounted to a specific jobs proposal. I agree that it would have been good had the reporter included a sentence or two noting an economic policy Mr. Romney was touting.

But journalism is the "first rough draft of history," as scholars have often said. The newspaper does have an obligation, in my judgment, to give us as detailed as possible a report on the policies of both candidates, as far as they let that be known.

On the other hand, an anonymous caller who supported Mr. Obama thought it was "just horrible" that the same story allowed one Romney supporter to describe the President as a "monster."

Horrible or not, the citizen did say that in a public forum, and the candidate responded (saying, "that's not a term I would use") and in the reporter's judgment, that was worth including.

Newspapers have to trust their reporters to give their readers as representative as possible a selection of what happened, every day, in such an event. Mr. Troy has been doing this work for years.

My opinion is that he works hard to be fair.


Bill Gaetz had a different kind of complaint about politics coverage in The Blade. In a front-page story on Aug. 5, "the statement is made that "the Republican-controlled House and Democrat-led Senate … " He asked, "Shouldn't that be the Democratic-led Senate?

"This is a touchy subject because this abbreviation was originally used by Rush Limbaugh as a derogatory term and seems to have turned into a common practice."

Mr. Gaetz is right about using "Democrat" for "Democratic" being derogatory, but Rush didn't start it. It stems back at least to Wendell Willkie's 1940 presidential campaign.

Republicans have used "Democrat Party" off and on ever since, especially when they want to attack the oppositions.

That doesn't mean The Blade story was meant to be pejorative. But political parties should be given their proper names, and your ombudsman thinks The Blade should stick to Democratic.


Mary Grace Elwell, a polite reader from Perrysburg, takes exception to reporters not accurately describing Toledo neighborhoods. She is especially irked at the overuse of "inner city."

"There must be some way to designate areas correctly and to stop using 'inner city' when the event being reported is nowhere near the "inner city," she wrote to me.

Dave Murray, The Blade's managing editor, agrees. "The issue Ms. Elwell raises shows that [some of] our reporters need to know the city of Toledo better" and learn its many neighborhoods. The idea of locating where something happens is to give readers a reference point. Locating a site as being in the 'inner city' doesn't do that."

On another topic, Mr. Murray responded to several readers, including Alanson and Judy Willcox, who wondered why The Blade referred to Jerry Sandusky's "adopted son."

Did the newspaper mean to imply "that an adopted child was somehow not as good as a birth child?" Ms. Willcox wanted to know.

Mr. Murray thinks The Blade goofed here as well, though virtually every other media outlet in the nation did the same thing.

"Children are children, no matter how they end up in a family, and we shouldn't identify them as adopted or biological unless there is a good reason to do so, such as a story about in vitro fertilization."


Jack Lessenberry can be reached c/o The Blade, 541 N. Superior St., Toledo, 43660, or at his Detroit office: 563 Manoogian Hall, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202. He can be reached by phone at 1-888-746-8610, or by email at


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