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APME Update for Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
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APME Update

Thursday, Nov. 1, 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.

Some of The Daily Astorian news, ads and digital crew in the newsroom at Astoria, Ore. (Photo by Alex Pajunas)

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

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.

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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.

WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Foreclosures, vacancies hurt Atlanta’s recovery
• Austin American Statesman: Police busting budget for payouts to workers
• Boston Globe: Massachusetts schools report nearly 3,000 concussions
• Denver Post: Electricity ”smart grid” for Boulder turns sour and runs up costs
• Houston Chronicle: "Motor voters” missing on Texas rolls
• Miami Herald: Village police probed over fortune seized from drug gangs
• Montgomery Advertiser: Arizona think tank drafts two Alabama amendments
• Idaho Statesman: The shadow costs of doctor buyouts

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Calvin Woodward, Why It Matters Team

Amid the noise of the political campaign, the AP faced a challenge: How could we make issues coverage interesting and accessible rather than producing a series of long, dry, wonky stories that would read like term papers and get little play. How could this coverage be less dutiful and more distinctive?So reporters around the company, 26 in all, answered the call from reporter/writer Calvin Woodward to write a series of stories that could become a model for future issues reporting: Explain why each issue matters to the average reader in a concise, reader-friendly, conversational way. Each story would answer the basic question, "Why does this matter to me?” And thus the series’ name, Why It Matters, was born.

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BEST OF THE STATES: Hannah Dreier, Juliet Williams

Lawmakers changing or adding votes after a bill’s fate has been decided has become so commonplace in the California Legislature that lawmakers and the reporters covering them take it for granted. But not the AP’s Sacramento bureau. Lawmakers employ the practice of changing their votes, as long as it doesn’t change the outcome of the bill, to take political cover and obscure their actions when votes actually matter. The Sacramento bureau decided to expose the practice in a year-long accountability project. Reporters Hannah Dreier and Juliet Williams recorded every vote change in the nine-month legislative session and created a spreadsheet to keep track of the mind-boggling 5,000 times legislators altered their votes after the fact.

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The Elizabethton (Tenn.) Star has named Brian Reese as its new editor in chief. Publisher Mark A. Stevens announced ( that Reese will oversee the newsroom and the composing and graphic-design department. Reese comes to the paper from The Erwin Record, where he was art director. Reese also worked at three Virginia newspapers — the Richlands News-Press, the News Messenger in Christiansburg and the Bristol Herald-Courier — and two in Indiana, the Rushville Republican and the Herald Tribune in Batesville. Bryan Stevens is the new managing editor, handling day-to-day news operations and directing local reporting.

Bart Pfankuch, a 22-year veteran of the newspaper industry, has been named the new editor of the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal. Pfankuch, 45, is a Wisconsin native who has worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Madison and Eau Claire, Wis., and in Jacksonville and Tallahassee in Florida. He most recently served as city editor of the Herald-Tribune in Sarasota, Fla. A winner of more than three dozen reporting, writing and editing awards during his career, Pfankuch joins the Journal at a time when the newspaper continues to grow its audience in both print and online. Pfankuch said he hopes to continue the Journal’s legacy as the top source of news and information for Rapid City and the entire Western South Dakota region.


• European newspapers take on Google, look to Brazil with hope
• Wall Street Journal remains No. 1 US newspaper in circulation
• Circulation numbers for the 25 largest newspapers
• Judge orders newspaper to reveal name of commenter
• Squabble over school newspaper ad content
• Newspaper endorsements flood in, but do voters care?
• What earnings reports have revealed about ads
• Milwaukee newspaper stops making endorsements
• Monitor publisher named in McAllen, Tex.
• Will Fleet quits Fresno Bee to buy Tracy Press
• Open records case decided in Kentucky newspaper's favor

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Simmons, ex-AP bureau chief and reporter in Arkansas, dies

Bill Simmons, a former Associated Press bureau chief who covered Arkansas politics for nearly a half-century, including the Whitewater and Paula Jones scandals that dogged Bill Clinton's presidency, has died. He was 71.

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AND FINALLY … Put noise of politics in its place

Commercial Appeal

[Columnist Otis Sanford, a former APME president, holds the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism at the University of Memphis.]

Amid all the drama and rancor of this year's hotly contested presidential campaign, it's sometimes easy to forget how dangerous it is in certain parts of the world...But for about 90 minutes this afternoon on the campus of the University of Memphis, harmony, tolerance and understanding will be on display during a program dedicated to the life and legacy of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

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Great Ideas


The Evening Sun, Hanover, Pa.
Marc Charisse, Editor-in-chief

We live-tweeted the annual Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment with the help of our sister papers, the Public Opinion in Chambersburg and the York Daily Record in York. Four of us assumed the roles of a Northern reporter, a Southern reporter, a historical commentator and a commentator on the battle.We also have live-tweeted tours of the Gettysburg and Hanover battlefields. Given the great response, we look forward to other similar projects with so many Civil War anniversary events coming up.

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