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APME Update for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
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APME Update

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012

Feb. 1 & 2
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

What's in your newsroom?

Each week, we will feature a photo from among our newsrooms, broadcast outlets and journalism educators. Send a shot of your crew, your favorite newsroom art, etc., to APME Update. Tell us a little about the shot and we'll feature one a week in APME Update and on our Facebook page.

The Oklahoman's newsroom. (By Photo Director Doug Hoke)

APME offers $800 lifetime membership

Multi-year memberships also available at a discount

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.

To join or renew, go to

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

Donate sports and entertainment tickets, photos and other goodies for APME's Holiday Auction

We’re seeking donors – editors and friends of APME who can donate items for the holiday online auction. We're looking for anything newspaper- or Web-related such as award-winning photos, umbrellas, signed comics and autographed books. 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.

The online auction will begin Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 10 in order to ship the winning items in time for the holiday.

As always, auction proceeds will go to support APME and its important activities.

Please send a description and photo of your auction item to or download the pledge form.

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.

Read more at:

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.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• AP: Partners at pharmacy linked to contaminated steroid under scrutiny
AP: Abortion is legal in America but state laws make it difficult to obtain one
Arizona Republic: Hedge funds and other investors buying up homes in region
Atlanta Journal Constitution: Backer of governor gets a financial boost
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Companies got cash but bosses back stimulus critics
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Risky investments put funeral trust under water
Commercial Appeal: Memphis officers beat DUI charges

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Petty, Duara

The news conference was still going on when Portland, Ore., newsman Nigel Duara texted news editor Terrence Petty: "We can push the button at 11:01." In an instant, a two-year legal battle came to an end with release of the Boy Scouts' "perversion files" — documents compiled from 1959 to 1985 detailing suspected sex abusers in their ranks.

Petty had received the files from a source weeks in advance and had a complete package of text, photos and video ready to go, giving the AP the edge in a critical competitive story.

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The fungal meningitis story has had particular resonance in Florida, a state with rising numbers of meningitis victims. Tampa Correspondent Tamara Lush knew that most cases were in Florida’s Marion County. Scouring local reports, she saw a few people had already filed lawsuits. So she tracked down the lawyers and made the time-honored AP pitch: She could tell the story to the world. One lawyer agreed, turning down requests from other news organizations, and allowed Lush to interview his client in the hospital.

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The Associated Press has named Brady McCombs, a border and political reporter for the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, as its new correspondent in Salt Lake City. McCombs will serve as supervisory correspondent for the AP, reporting on breaking news and enterprise and directing the overall report for the cooperative in Utah. He has worked at the Arizona Daily Star since 2006, covering border and immigration issues and most recently politics ahead of the 2012 election. McCombs, 33, has led several investigations in his time at the newspaper, including an in-depth project on deaths along the busiest stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border for immigrant and drug smuggling. He was named Journalist of the Year on three occasions by the Arizona Newspaper Association, in 2007, 2008 and 2011. He also was the recipient of the prestigious Virg Hill Arizona Journalist of the Year award by the Arizona Press Club in 2007.

The Pulitzer Prize board has elected three new members to its ranks. Columbia University, which administers the prizes, announced that Steve Coll, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Aminda Marques Gonzalez were joining the board. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Coll is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. Playwright Hudes captured the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Marques Gonzalez is executive editor of The Miami Herald, which has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist during her tenure. She’s on the board of APME.


• Digital newspaper archive hits 5M pages online
• Columbus, Ind., newspaper building gets landmark status
• Big Ohio newspapers split on president
• Newsweek to quit publishing the print edition of magazine
• Newsweek had unique troubles as industry recovers
• Going out of print, Newsweek ends an era
• Publisher of newspaper in Easton, Pa., resigns
• Pittsburgh Post-Gazette names new president
• Seattle Times reporters protest campaign ads
• Puppy retrieved from newspaper sales box in Neb.
• Prosecutors win key legal issue in CIA leak case
• New CEO starts at Washington Times

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Mary Campbell, AP music writer

Mary Campbell, whose childhood affection for the big bands and opera she heard on her radio set the stage for four decades as a music writer for The Associated Press, died at 78.

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AND FINALLY … San Diego media barons promote conservative causes

Associated Press

The new media barons of America's eighth-largest city are upfront about wanting to use their newspaper to promote their agenda of downtown development and politically conservative causes — and they are making their points in a brash, bare-knuckle style.

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Great Ideas

The Blade, Toledo, Ohio
Kurt Franck, executive editor

The Blade invited fans of the Toledo Walleye, Toledo's AA hockey team, to select their favorite Walleye player for the 2011-2012 season. The two-week-long "My Favorite Walleye" poll was cast online at Nearly 10,000 votes were cast from across the United States and Canada. Using SurveyGizmo as the poll tool, readers selected their choice from a list of nine players. They also could add a write-in candidate, and we asked them to leave comments about their favorite player for a story we published about the contest. Winner Riley Emmerson was presented with a framed commemorative page by The Blade's executive editor and sports editor prior to the start of the final home game.

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