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APME UPDATE MARCH 9, 2017
SAVE THE DATE
March 10, 2017: National Press Foundation Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing
April 15, 2017: Deadline to apply to host a NewsTrain workshop
Monday is the APME award deadline!
The Associated Press Media Editors awards honoring journalism excellence and innovation deadline has been extended to Monday, March 13.
There are discounts for multiple entries in the annual contest honoring excellence and innovation in newspapers, radio, television and digital news sites in the United States and Canada.
The fee for APME members is $75, and $100 per entry for non-APME members. However, member organizations submitting three or more entries will receive a $15 discount and pay just $60 per entry until March 13.
To see if you or your organization is a member, please go to http://www.apme.com/search
Enter soon at http://bit.ly/2017apmecontests
April 15 is the deadline to bring APME’s NewsTrain to your newsroom in 2018
If you’re looking to bring affordable, digital training to your newsroom in 2018, consider hosting one of APME’s NewsTrain workshops.
To experience the learning, morale boost and fun of a NewsTrain workshop in your town, the first steps are to put together a tentative host committee of representatives from local journalism organizations, and apply by April 15 at bit.ly/HostNewsTrain.
Successful host committees work hand-in-glove with the NewsTrain staff over six months to plan and promote the workshops. The skills taught are customized to the needs of journalists in your region and designed to be used immediately.
The host committee’s financial obligation includes supplying food for either a one-day or two-day workshop attracting 100. It should seek local sponsors to cover that cost, which can run $1,500 to $3,000. The host committee also markets the workshop regionally, makes copies and secures a venue, usually a university site.
The payback is smarter, more engaged and enthusiastic journalists, journalism students and journalism educators in your region.
“Hosting a NewsTrain gives you the opportunity to tailor high-quality training that will be accessible and affordable for your staff,” said Angie Muhs, executive editor of The State Journal-Register, and chair of the host committee for NewsTrain in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2015. “It’s worth the investment of your time and effort.”
Life on the Bus • The Seattle Times
This year, The Seattle Times experimented with an intensive, multidisciplinary approach to storytelling that we dubbed a newsroom “hackathon.” The idea was to coalesce a group of writers, photographers, data journalists, developers, graphic artists, editors, videographers and others around a single topic over a short period of time and see what new ways of presenting stories they might devise.
At first, we didn’t even know what our topic would be. We just gathered newsroom volunteers in a couple of brainstorming sessions and agreed that the project would be ...
What took shape was a series of stories, videos, animations, quizzes and more that looked at Seattle — area bus riders — a population rapidly expanding as Seattle’s economy booms.
We visualized ridership data; crowd-sourced stories on bus etiquette; videotaped drivers on the job; compiled a transit-themed playlist in collaboration with a local DJ; even shot a music video on a bus of a local band performing one of its signature songs, titled, perfectly, “Bus.” We pushed our technical skills into new territory, utilizing gifs, audio recording and illustrated animations. And we chalked up hundreds of thousands of page views, hundreds of comments and hundreds of Facebook shares in the process.
— Lynn Jacobson
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OPEN RECORDS, FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
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National Sunshine Week begins March 12
Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89
Former Associated Press foreign correspondent Sam Summerlin, who was the first to report the Korean War had ended and covered everything from Latin American revolutions to U.S. race riots during a long and distinguished career, has died. He was 89. He died Feb. 28 at a care home in Carlsbad, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to his daughter, Claire Slattery of Encinitas, California. Summerlin had a second successful career as a New York Times executive and then a third as producer of scores of documentaries on historical figures and entertainers. But it was his days as an AP foreign correspondent that he treasured the most, he said in a 2004 oral history for the news service's archives. It was a job that gave him a window through which to view some of world's most historic events, as well as an opportunity to meet such disparate cultural icons as author Ernest Hemingway and Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.
Former Louisville Courier-Journal managing editor dies at 70
Irene Nolan, the former Louisville Courier-Journal managing editor who helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, has died. She was 70. The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2mQTV9C ) that Nolan died Friday, March 3, after spending recent days in a Norfolk, Virginia hospital several hours from her Frisco, North Carolina home on Hatteras Island. Her family said she had been ill with a severe lung disorder. Nolan was serving as editor and co-owner of The Island Free Press, an online publication in coastal Carolina. From 1987 to 1992, Nolan was managing editor of the Courier-Journal. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for covering the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that killed 27 people.
Veteran Israeli photojournalist David Rubinger dies at 92
Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger, whose photo of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall holy site became an iconic image of the 1967 Mideast war, has died at age 92, his children said Thursday, March 2. Rubinger worked as a photojournalist for TIME-LIFE magazine for nearly half a century. His portraits span the history of Israel, from the front lines of Israel's major wars to intimate photos of Israeli prime ministers and Jewish immigrants. His most famous photo was of the paratroopers after Israeli forces captured the Western Wall and east Jerusalem in 1967. "Frequently these days, when looking back over the years, I find myself asking how I could have been so lucky," Rubinger wrote in his biography, "Israel Through My Lens: Sixty Years as a Photojournalist."
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