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APME Update for Thursday, Oct. 11, 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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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 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.


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.



• Columbus Dispatch: Rogue debt collectors threaten consumers
• Austin American-Statesman: Trauma fees can stun some ER patients
Houston Chronicle: School district pays millions for unused time off
• Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Homeowners crippled by insurance policies
• Mobile (Ala.) Charlotte Observer
: Wells Fargo boosts lobbyists in state capitals

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Eduardo Castillo and Elliot Spagat

Even in the violent landscape of Mexico, shooting a diplomatic car is rare. And when Mexico City reporter E. Eduardo Castillo heard of such an attack, he knew the lack of public records and the hyper-secrecy that surrounds the country's drug violence would make the story even harder to get. But Castillo, working with sources developed over nine years in Mexico, teamed up with San Diego correspondent Elliot Spagat to report that what was first explained as a case of mistaken identity was actually believed to have been an attempt to assassinate American agents.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Mike Householder and Carlos Osorio

Travis Mills, a soldier who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan, had finally returned to his hometown of Vassar, Mich., and all the news media was set to cover an evening high school homecoming parade at which he would serve as grand marshal. All the media, that is, except Detroit AP newsman Mike Householder and photographer Carlos Osorio. Householder relied on the relationships he'd built with Mills and his family and got them to agree to let him come to the house with Osorio hours before the parade.

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Ken Roberts is the new city editor of The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Roberts has worked as the paper’s night city editor since 2008. He will oversee local news, business and features coverage. He replaces Katherine Lee, who took a position as an editor at the Portland Press Herald in Maine in late September. Roberts, 49, has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 20 years.

Carmen Sisson has been promoted to news editor of the Commercial Dispatch of Columbus, Miss., Slim Smith, managing editor announced. Sisson, 39, moves into her new role after serving as The Dispatch's education reporter since joining the staff in April 2011. The Mobile, Ala. native was a double-major at the University of Alabama, studying English and journalism. Prior to joining the Dispatch, Sisson has worked at the Mobile County News (reporter/photographer) and Northport Gazette (editor). She has also worked extensively as a freelance correspondent and photographer for a number of news media outlets, including Christian Science Monitor, Time Magazine and The Associated Press.

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• Court says school project contract is public data
• Lack of foreclosure notices prompts Oregon newspaper cuts
• The Tampa Tribune sold to private equity firm
• Metro Appoints Editor-in-Chief and Commercial Director in Puerto Rico
• Newspaper continues fight for jail report
• Syracuse newspaper to lay off 115 employees
• Kentucky town to appeal open records ruling in newspaper's favor

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John "Jack" Gallivan, a longtime publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune who paved the way for the Utah Jazz and the 2002 Winter Olympics in his hometown, died Oct. 2 of natural causes. He was 97.

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Former St. Paul Pioneer Press editor John R. "Jack" Finnegan, a champion of open government, died Oct. 2. He was 87.

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AND, FINALLY … Bright future lies ahead for newspapers

Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, says there's an excessive amount of gloom and doom being spread around these days when the talk turns to the future of newspapers. In fact, the mere mention of the future of newspapers suggests that there might not be one.

There is no question that the newspaper business has been disrupted. And yet, what the doomsayers fail to see is that newspapers are well on their way to ensuring that a bright future lies ahead.

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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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