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APME Update for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
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APME Update

Dec. 13, 2012


12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14
APPM Holiday Online Auction ends

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 you in APME Update and on our Facebook page.

Livestreaming at The News-Herald in Northeast Ohio during the early evening Nov. 6, while our chat also was ongoing. Submitted by Laura Kessel, managing editor

Become a Lifetime Member of APME

For the first time and in recognition of its 80th anniversary in 2013, APME is offering lifetime memberships for a limited time. You can join this elite group of news industry leaders for just $800 — already, four members have made this commitment to APME. Renew your membership for a year or a lifetime by clicking here.

Welcome NewsTrain to your area: Apply for a 2013 host site

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

Holiday gifts still remain at APME/APPM's online auction

You can still bid on APPM photos, and some APME items on the Holiday Online Auction.

Check out the powerful Associated Press Photo Managers offerings and some APME items that are looking for bids.

Bidding ends at noon EST Friday, Dec. 14.


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

APME will hold its 80th annual conference 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.

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

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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WATCHDOG REPORTING: Summary of recent impact journalism

• Portland Press Herald: Fatal shootings of mentally ill
• Star Ledger: "Civil war” tearing Edison, N.J. police department apart
• Press Democrat: Heroin use on rise among younger set in Sonoma County
• Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Red light cameras generate millions in fines
• Orlando Sentinel: Executives charged meals, limos to blood bank
• Denver Post: Counties cling to control over flawed child-welfare system
• Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: County jail freed fugitives despite warrants on file

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BEAT OF THE WEEK: Isolda Morillo

For two years, enraged that dissident Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, China had worked to silence his wife, the poet Liu Xia. Put under house arrest, she was allowed only visits with family, and no messages from her seeped to the outside world. Until APTN videojournalist Isolda Morillo slipped past security and gained a worldwide exclusive.

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California lawmakers once were provided taxpayer-funded vehicles, but that perk ended last year. So what happened to the vehicles? Sacramento reporter Don Thompson worked for months to find out. The answer: About one-third of all lawmakers had billed taxpayers for car repairs or upgrades as the program was ending and then bought the vehicles they were driving for personal use. A dozen lawmakers had costly work performed just weeks or days before they bought the cars, sticking taxpayers with the bill for new tires, water pumps and, in one case, inside-and-out detailing.

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The executive editor of the Fresno (Calif.) Bee, Betsy Lumbye, is retiring and will be replaced by Jim Boren, the newspaper's editorial page editor. The Bee reported ( that the changes were announced last week. Lumbye, 57, joined the newspaper in 1997 as the assistant managing editor and became managing editor the following year. She took over the reins as executive editor in 2006, seeing the newspaper through turbulent times that included staffing cuts during the economic downturn. Boren, 63, said he will maintain the Bee's coverage of local news across the San Joaquin Valley and will continue to transform the newspaper into a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week online source of breaking news. Boren has previously served as the newspaper's political reporter.


• Mass. newspaper says reporter made up sources
• Jacobs family sells daily, weekly

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James Whelan, first editor of The Washington Times, dies

James R. Whelan, who served as the first editor of The Washington Times and left in a public dispute with its Unification Church owners, has died. Whelan, 79, died Dec. 8 at his home in Miami, his nephew Bill Halldin said..

Whelan was recruited in 1982 to join the newly created paper, which was billed as a conservative counterweight to The Washington Post.

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AND FINALLY … Fox's correspondent on front lines with Obama

By David Bauder
AP Television Writer

Ed Henry's assignment covering the White House would be a challenge for any journalist, no matter his employer.

Yet Henry works at Fox News Channel, home base for viewers who longed for President Barack Obama's defeat. More than anyone, he understands how the natural adversarial role of reporting on the highest level of government has become complicated in recent years by the rise in partisan media and online critics who parse every word reporters and anchors say.

"It definitely puts pressure on all of us," Henry said, "and if you step out and ask tough questions, you're somehow seen as a partisan now — even if it's a substantive question and even if it's a fair question."

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Great Ideas

Arizona Republic
Nicole Carroll, editor

Traditions is a first-ever comprehensive multimedia collection of demographic, historic and traditional information about Arizona’s large and diverse community of American Indians, combined with award-winning reporting and photography.

Because of the team’s creativity and sensitivity, they were able to gain access to historic traditions that few people have been able to witness, including coming-of-age ceremonies and other sacred events that have roots extending into the past for centuries.


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