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APME Update, Nov. 1, 2016
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APME UPDATE      NOV. 1, 2016





Oct. 8-11, 2017 -- ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C.




GREAT IDEAS:  Quad City Times Creates ‘Digital Touch Points’



We’ve learned that our digital readers respond well to two things:


1. Content that’s predictable, allowing them to form a habit around it. 2. Content that’s associated with a person or personality. Realizing this, we developed a series of digital touch points throughout the day — Rick’s Six, Jack’s Notes @ Noon, Ryan’s Wrap-Up. Readers start the day with a 6 a.m. push alert on their phone for Rick’s Six. It’s a conversational write-up with images and occasional video by morning online editor Rick Rector looking at six things readers need to know on their way to work — traffic conditions and road closures, weather, a quick look at the stories people at work might want to talk about. At noon, they get another push alert with a story from our Sense of Place reporter Jack Cullen. Jack searches the streets of the Quad-Cities for the off-beat, the obscure, the curious and the culturally embedded. He writes these slice of life stories each morning and has them online for our audience each day at noon. Feedback has been tremendous and these stories are often our most popular offering of the day. Jack’s Notes also publish as a column the following day in print. At 5 p.m., readers get a push alert from digital editor Ryan Jaster called “Ryan’s Wrap-Up.” It’s a conversational look at what readers enjoyed and how they responded to the news of the day on our website. It’s a great way for the evening crowd to catch up on news they missed while they were at work. These features ride the wave of a long-time feature at the QuadCity Times called “10 at 10,” a daily 10 things to know about the Iowa Hawkeyes published online at 10 a.m. each day during the regular season.”


Link to the eBook and see all the 2016 Great ideas!




NFOIC Knight FOI Litigation Fund 


Having your FOI request denied may leave no other option than pursuing legal action against the rejecting public agency or official. The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) offers financial support to litigate open government lawsuits through the Knight FOI Litigation Fund. Backed by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, the fund helps to defray upfront costs such as filing fees, depositions, court costs and other expenses associated with legal actions. Applications may be submitted through your state FOI coalition or directly to NFOIC.






AP: Trump University staff included drug trafficker, child molester 

Los Angeles Times: Top politicians. Unlikely donors. 

New York Times: Justice Department discouraged move on Clinton e-mail case 

San Diego Union-Tribune: In failing homeless, San Diego stands apart

Sun Sentinel: Plan for traffic: “Male them suffer”

Maine Sunday Telegram: Maine a source for ‘crime guns”

Baltimore Sun: Independent voters on rise in Maryland

Boston Globe: Law firm “bonuses” tied to political donations

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Bumblebee nominated for endangered species list

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Drug convictions rely on faulty police tests

The Democrat and Chronicle: Property tax exemptions: Unfair share

Columbus Dispatch: Questions about scientist may cast doubt on convictions

The Tennessean: Sexual harassment in state government

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Medical staff shortage plagues Milwaukee jails 

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EDITORS IN THE NEWS: Crosby, Gauger, Henderson, Fraser





Kentucky governor releases emails following lawsuit 

Board votes to pursue records complaints in Iowa shooting 

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US Sen. Burr bans newspaper from notice of campaign events 

La Presse says Montreal police tracked journalist's iPhone 

City, media argue in court over Orlando club 911 calls 

Rolling Stone publisher disagreed with rape story retraction

Newspaper fighting order blocking reporting of document 

Goodwill Omaha CEO resigns following newspaper investigation

University blames newspaper for fewer sex assault reports 

Trump says NBC broke law by releasing audio 

USA Today publisher Gannett posts loss as print ads sink 

Fox boss: We want to keep Megyn Kelly 

Citizen journalists covering Islamic State win courage prize

Group: Somalia least likely to punish media murders 

The Trump-Clinton Twitter war: Bludgeon vs. stiletto 

Rising star: YouTube playing key role in Google's success 

2 studies point to lack of campaign substance on newscasts 

Sept. 12 newspaper page signed by 5 presidents nets $11,000 

Fox's Megyn Kelly to guest-host 'Live' day after election 

Despite ratings drop, Olympics boosts Comcast in 3Q 

Trump: No interest in Trump TV 

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