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APME Update for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Media Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail or call Sally at (212) 621-7007.

To receive APME Update by e-mail notify APME is an AP-member group of newspaper, broadcast and college education leaders founded in 1933 to provide input on the services of The Associated Press and to help newsroom managers become better leaders. A business league under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code, APME is funded through registrations and sponsorships at the annual conference, APME Supporting Memberships and in-kind support. The Associated Press Media Editors Association Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, supports educational programming. Membership in APME is open to senior print and online editors at AP-member newspapers and news directors, news managers or other senior positions at AP broadcast outlets in the United States and Canadian Press publications in Canada. It is also open to administrators, professors, instructors, leaders or advisers of journalism studies programs at recognized colleges and universities and to editors or leaders at newspapers, radio stations, websites or other news outlets at recognized universities and colleges.

Mailing address: Associated Press Media Editors Association, c/o Sally Jacobsen, The Associated Press, 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (212) 621-7007.



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APME offers $800 lifetime membership

In recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, the Associated Press Media Editors is offering an $800 lifetime membership.

"APME is 100 percent focused right now on enhancing and adding to the benefits of being a member," said APME President Brad Dennison said. "It stands to reason that the process of becoming a member should be improved and simplified. Just moving away from calendar year-based membership automatically adds value."

Besides the $800 lifetime membership, APME is also offering other incentives to start or renew your membership, including:

• $25 off for each subsequent year paid in advance. For example, two-year membership paid in advance would be $275 instead of $300; three-year membership paid in advance would be $400 instead of $450.

• Two-for-one membership for broadcasters and educators for the next two years.

• $75 for associate members and retirees.

• True one-year membership from payment date instead of by calendar year.

• Sign up now and get an APME pin, a 2012 Nashville conference T-shirt and a Nashville poster.

CLICK HERE for more information.

"We are excited to offer lifetime memberships for the first time," Dennison said. "Eliminating having to keep up with yearly renewals and getting a return on a modest investment in a matter of a few years is a good deal."

APME membership offers:

• A discount to the 2013 conference in Indianapolis, including several notable speakers on subjects important to our membership.

• A reduced fee to be part of APME's prestigious journalism excellence contests, including awards for Public Service, First Amendment, Innovation, Watchdog, International Perspective and Convergence.

• Access to a creative and innovative network of online journalists.

• NewsTrain, our national traveling program to help frontline editors polish their editing and management skills has, since 2004, trained nearly 4,000 journalists from all 50 states.

• APME Sounding Board to AP on its coverage and operations.

• APME Communications, including an electronic newsletter and quarterly magazine.

• Small Newspaper Workshops: Since the majority of our members come from smaller dailies and broadcast outlets, we've improved our programs with them in mind. Numerous conference workshops are tailored especially for smaller newsrooms with limited staffs and budgets.

• Regional Networks: State AP member associations are organized into regions that work with the national organization on planning workshops and setting agendas.


NewsTrain seeks 2013 host sites

APME's popular NewsTrain program is seeking host sites for 2013.

Our national traveling workshop will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary next year and needs enthusiastic hosts with venues that can hold 100+ attendees. More information and an application can be found at


APME to celebrate NewsTrain's 10th anniversary

The Associated Press Media Editors is launching a special fundraising campaign in support of NewsTrain’s 10th anniversary year in 2013.

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New journalism fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work offered

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, in partnership with APME, is offering a new one-year journalism fellowship that will focus on the economics of aging and work. This fellowship is a 12-month residential fellowship located at the headquarters of the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. Mid-career journalists working for AP or an APME news organization are eligible to apply.

More information about the fellowship including the online application process is available at Applications are due Nov. 30.



• AP Analysis: Debts plans of presidential candidates don’t add up
• Arizona Republic:
400+ sex crime cases reopened in Maricopa County
• Atlanta Journal:
High-stake school tests, low-level security
• Austin American-Statesman:
Many veterans die from drugs, suicide and car crashes
• Detroit Free Press:
Lax controls leave ex-cons free to kill
• Sunday Patriot News:
Therapy for disabled children to cost families more

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Colleagues, As AP journalists, we tend to thrive on speed. Get it right first, of course, but then, get it FAST. But what if the story is neither sudden nor fast-breaking — our bread and butter — but rather a slow one, taking many weeks to reach an outcome

Omaha-based photographer Nati Harnik produced a video project using time-lapse photography to illustrate this summer’s historic drought in Nebraska.

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In politics, investigative stories often stem from Freedom of Information requests.  But, just as often, it’s from good old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting.

Denver’s Ivan Moreno started pursuing the issue of voter fraud in Colorado after nearly 4,000 voters received letters from the secretary of state challenging their citizenship and, therefore, their right to cast ballots. He filed an open records request for the 4,000 names but was stymied by the government saying they were part of an ongoing investigation and should not be made public. But he didn’t stop there.

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• Judge to delay ruling on Pa. paper's poll access
• Officers elected to Southern newspapers board
• Holder named publisher of Meridian Star
• In the digital age, a rare fight for print readers
• Capital Gazette Communications publisher to retire
• Katie Couric recalls father's legacy in Georgia
• Webster named president, publisher of Sun News
• Colby College in Maine honors Bob Woodward

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Ex-NY Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger dies

Former New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who led the newspaper to new levels of influence and profit while standing up for press freedom and editorial independence during some of the most significant moments in 20th-century journalism, died Sept. 29. He was 86.

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AND, FINALLY … Sulzberger set milestones for NY Times, journalism

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger's three-decade tenure at The New York Times spanned multiple milestones in 20th-century journalism, as the newspaper navigated sensitive reporting of the Vietnam War, won key legal victories for freedom of the press and struggled to turn a profit as a print-centric industry grew into a digital one. The reach of Sulzberger, who died at 86, extended from the publication of the Pentagon Papers to giving the newspaper its first color photos and 31 Pulitzer Prizes.

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ABOUT US: APME Update is published regularly by the Associated Press Media Editors Association. APME Update is edited by Sally Jacobsen. Send submissions by e-mail or call Sally at (212) 621-7007.
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