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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012


Feb. 1 & 2, 2013
Board of Directors meeting, NYC

Oct. 28-30, 2013
APME Conference, Indianapolis

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.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, the Portland Press Herald City Room was filled with activity on election night. Gordon Chibroski / Staff Photographer ©2012 MaineToday Media

More photos from Election Night are on Facebook.

APME's 2013 conference will be held Oct. 28-30 in Indianapolis

Organization celebrates its 80th anniversary

APME is pleased to announce that the 80th APME Conference will be in Indianapolis Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. For this special anniversary gathering, we will return to Indiana, home of the very first conference in 1933.

"We are ecstatic to be going home to Indiana for our 80th anniversary," said APME President Brad Dennison. "Indianapolis is both a great city and a great convention city. We'll make sure that attendees get a real taste of it while they're in town."

The conference will have two official hotels in one complex, the J.W. Marriott and the SpringHill Suites in the downtown area. The conference venue will be the Indiana State Museum, just a short walk across the street. After-hours activities will include receptions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Monday evening and the NCAA Hall of Champions on Tuesday evening.

Watch APME Update for more information in the months to come.

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 also offering other incentives to start or renew your membership.

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.

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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

• Albuquerque Journal: Billions more needed to refurbish nuclear bombs
• Austin American-Statesman:
Pharmacy scrutiny plummets in Texas
• Dallas Morning News:
Dallas detective force dwindling
• Denver Post:
Political compromise built prison no-one needs
• Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel:
For cops, take-home cars a free ride
• Indianapolis Star:
Few in Indianapolis are recycling compared to other cities
• Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Domestic violence oversight lacking
• Montgomery Advertiser:
Republican senator raises $2 million for races in 11 states
• Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Parking ticket abuse by police rampant

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: AP Staff for Superstorm Sandy coverage

It was 3:45 a.m. and the worst of Superstorm Sandy had just swept through the New York-New Jersey area. Frank Franklin got the call that a fire had ravaged the Breezy Point seaside community in Queens. Franklin, a New York City bureau photographer, headed to the scene. In the predawn darkness, with power out and no street lights, Franklin found bridges closed and roads barely navigable, and was finally stopped by retreating firetrucks and standing water. He walked the rest of the way, at times slogging through waist-high water, and produced some of the first photos of the charred ruins of more than 100 homes.

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With Superstorm Sandy taking aim at more than a dozen Eastern states, it quickly became clear that some of the AP’s best reporting wouldn’t make the cut in national stories simply because of the sheer volume of excellent material being produced by bureau staffers. So every storm-affected state in the East Region – most notably New Jersey, New York and Connecticut – ramped up all offerings moving on state lines to ensure comprehensive coverage for their members and customers.

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Gelineau named AP chief for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

Kristen Gelineau, an award-winning journalist for The Associated Press in Sydney, has been promoted to chief of bureau for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Gelineau joined the AP in 2002 in Seattle, later covering politics in Olympia, Washington, and general news in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2004, she transferred to the Richmond, Va., bureau. While there, she covered disasters including Hurricane Katrina, and helped lead AP's coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. In 2005, she received an honorable mention for the APME’s John L. Dougherty award, given to outstanding young reporters. In 2008, she became correspondent in Sydney, writing about everything from Aboriginal rights to mental health to Australian culture and crime. She was part of AP's award-winning team that covered the 2011 Japan tsunami and nuclear crisis. Her writing has received several honors, including the 2006 APME feature writing award for a story about a forensic scientist whose habit of saving old DNA samples freed several wrongly convicted men years after her death. "The Longest Journey,” a story she co-wrote this year with AP colleague Ravi Nessman in India was cited as one of the year's notable narratives by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Gelineau, 33, is a native of Nashua, New Hampshire, and holds a journalism degree from Boston University.


• RI judge hears Legion of Christ documents case
• Times Media CO. publisher named Publisher of the Year
• With offices out, NY Daily News keeps publishing
• Alan Murray named Pew Research Center president
• Former Opelika-Auburn News publisher to lead Tuscaloosa News
• Nebraska attorney general backs student newspaper
• Santa Rosa Press Democrat sold to local company
• New publisher for Daily News-Sun and other suburban Phoenix papers

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Former NY Post editor Roger Wood dies at 87

Roger Wood, who became editor of the New York Post shortly after it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch in 1977 and shaped the feisty tabloid it is today, has died. He was 87.

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AND FINALLY … Journalism, sans the hype

Wisconsin State Journal

The story, or lack thereof, involved politics, an election campaign, supposed acts of violence and threats of more, along with racism and sexuality.

In other words, all the elements of a high-octane tale. Problem is, none of it was true.

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Great Ideas

The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.
Chazy Dowaliby, Editor

The Patriot Ledger marked a milestone anniversary this year, celebrating 175 years of publishing a local newspaper on the southern outskirts of Boston. To honor the event, the staff at the Ledger produced an edition as it looked back in the 1800s. The design staff, IT folks and technicians painstakingly recreated the old look by scanning an original early-edition newspaper to copy the nameplate of The Quincy Patriot, the predecessor to The Patriot Ledger.


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