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APME UPDATE • July 5, 2018 

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News leadership groups call for a moment of silence in newsrooms today for the Capital Gazette

The tragedy last Thursday at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, tears at our hearts, tugs at our compassion and calls forth our fears for the safety of all those on the front lines of truth, accountability and journalistic pursuit.

To honor those who lost their lives and to show support to those who lost family, friends, co-workers and peers, we ask newsrooms around the globe to join The Baltimore Sun Media Group in a moment of silence spent in contemplation, prayer, reflection or meditation at 2:33 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 5, 2018.

As we unite in solidarity behind the grit of the Capital Gazette team and its media family, let us remember the very real needs of those in Annapolis. Funds have been set up for the families of those lost and to assist the newsroom with its recovery. Please consider giving help where help is sorely needed.

ASNE and APME also encourage all newsrooms to review and share this two-page tip sheet we put together with some of the best wisdom of journalism organizations committed to journalist safety and the pursuit of a free and dedicated press corps.

With our arms and hearts wide open,

American Society of News Editors                                 Associated Press Media Editors

                                                  

Alfredo Carbajal, president                                             Jim Simon, president

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ASNE and APME share best practices and tips to help keep journalists safe under fire

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors offer this two-page tip sheet with some of the best wisdom of journalism organizations committed to journalist safety and the pursuit of a free and dedicated press corps.

We are committed to helping our colleagues at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, but offer this as a guide to preparing for the worst.

Your helpful advice and comments are welcome at apme@ap.org.

Click here to download a PDF.

Updated 7-4-18.


APME members stand in support of the journalists and staffers at the Capital Gazette

The Associated Press Media Editors share in the shock and sadness surrounding the horrific events at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

While much is still to be learned, the devastating loss of life, life-altering injury to some and the trauma the co-workers and community members must feel are in our hearts and on our minds.

We pledge our support in their recovery and support them in the means it takes to mend the hurt and loss. We will support these journalists to enable them to keep covering their community and standing for the values we all treasure – freedom of the press, an obligation to the truth, being on the frontline as a watchdog and a way for many to have a voice. We respect that journalists who follow this creed are human, have families, are a vital part of this great society and and are all too mortal.

In the coming days, we hope to help in a concrete way to support the recovery, along with our partners in journalism leadership, including ASNE. Join us and, through your support, lift up our extended family at the Capital Gazette.

Please donate to the fund set up by Tronc through The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County.

If you have wishes or ways to help, please email apme@ap.org.


Journalists, newsrooms and groups around the nation stand for Capital Gazette and the First Amendment

Is your newsroom or group honoring the Capital Gazette on your flag, in your intros or in other ways? We'd like to showcase these tributes and reminders in this weekly email, on  apme.com  and on social media. Send a link or jpg to lsellers.newstrain@gmail.com.

Some examples:

First Amendment Watch: First Amendment Watch gives profound thanks to all those who, like the journalists in Annapolis, have sacrificed so much to advance the open discussion of ideas central to the functioning of a free society.

 

 

 

 


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This month, APME and ASNE announced the two journalism leadership groups intended to pursue plans to merge. We’d appreciate 15 minutes of your time to answer some questions as we seek to serve you better as we explore the future. One respondent, drawn at random, will receive a waiver for one entry to the 2019 APME Journalism Excellence contests (Up to $100 value)

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Great programming planned at ASNE-APME conference

The 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference is approaching quickly. For two full days at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, we'll address the latest innovations in content and technology, leadership strategies, new business models and more. Check out the schedule  and sign up now  to join us Sept. 11-12!
 
Five things you don't want to miss: 

1. Keeping Your Newsroom Safe

What are the tools you need to ensure the well-being of your reporters and editors? How do you defuse potentially troublesome situations and keep them from growing into something bigger? We will review industry best practices and examine the difficult decisions we make every day. 
 
2. Innovation Track: From Table Stakes to Results
 
How four newsrooms used their training to drive meaningful results on the web and in business. Panelists will give speed talks on four specific successful efforts, followed by a discussion.
 
Confirmed speakers:  Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president, Houston Chronicle;  Neil Chase (moderator), executive editor, Bay Area News Group;  Don Shelton, executive editor, The Seattle Times;  George Stanley, chief executive of news, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and  Stan Wischnowski, executive editor and senior vice president, Philadelphia Media Network

This session is sponsored by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism and Philadelphia Media Network.

3. Diversity Report
 
Join us for the release of the annual ASNE diversity survey. We'll examine the representation of diverse backgrounds/experiences in newsrooms and news coverage and provide tips on recruitment and retention. Join top officials from the Maynard Institute for a truncated version of its highly sought-after Fault Lines training program and learn how its diversity framework can help your staff produce better journalism.
 
Confirmed speakers:  Meredith Clark, assistant professor, University of Virginia Department of Media Studies;  Teri Hayt, executive director, ASNE;  Evelyn Hsu, co-executive director, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education;  Karen Magnuson  (moderator), editor and vice president of news, Rochester (New York) Democrat and Chronicle; and  Martin Reynolds, co-executive director, Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
 
4. What Do I need to Know
 
It is impossible to keep up with all the latest developments in an industry that is constantly evolving so we will do it for you. You will learn the latest in everything from visual storytelling breakthroughs to new business models. What does it do? How much does it cost? How do I use it to tell stories in a newsroom my size? You will leave with recommendations on where you should invest your resources. We will update you on the state of video and podcasts and report back on the new startup moves in journalism, fueled by Spirited Media and The Athletic.
 
Confirmed speaker:  Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives, The Washington Post
 
5. Book your hotel room, book your hotel room
 
We strongly encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible to get the $219 nightly rate in the ASNE-APME room block at the onsite hotel at the conference center.  

Currently, our block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12, though there are still rooms available at the hotel outside of our block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Registration and hotel

The registration fee is $275 for members of ASNE and APME and $375 for nonmembers. Lunch tickets are $40 a piece and can be purchased when you register or separately through the online store.
 
A terrific group rate is available at the on-site hotel at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center for $219/night Sunday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday, Sept. 11. Make a reservation online.
 
Our room block is sold out for the night of Sept. 12. However, there are currently still rooms available at the hotel for the night of Sept. 12 outside of the ASNE-APME block. If your reservation includes the night of Sept. 12, then the online registration system won't let you reserve a room. Instead, please call 512-404-1900 and reference the program name "ASNE-APME" to book any stays that include the night of Sept. 12.

Reservations must be made by Thursday, Aug. 9 (no extension after this date).

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Sign-up now to receive the early-bird rate and a free AP Stylebook

APME’s NewsTrain is bringing affordable training in digital-journalism skills to Greenville, S.C, on Sept. 7-8 at the Younts Conference Center at Furman University.

The early-bird rate of just $75 is good until Aug. 7; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 8. The first 20 to sign up receive a free AP Stylebook (a $22.95 value).

There are five diversity scholarships funded by the APME Foundation for the workshop. Apply to be a Greenville diversity scholar at http://bit.ly/2MjKPPH by July 27.

Columbus, Ohio, NewsTrain alum and diversity scholar Khristopher J. Brooks posted a video of some of what he experienced in October 2017 and wrote about his experience here.

Training Sessions Include:

• Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices
• Data-driven enterprise off your beat
• Getting your story read: maximizing and measuring social media for branding and audience engagement
• Becoming a verification ninja
• Mobile newsgathering: better reporting with your smartphone
• Using social media as powerful reporting tools
• Can you unplug? Making time to have a life

You Will Learn How To:

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
• Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
• Identify accurate content and debunk hoaxes.
• Use social media for sourcing, spotting news trends and verifying user-generated content.
• Turn your smartphone into a versatile, multimedia reporting tool in the field.
• Better manage your time and that of your newsroom teams.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

Derrick Ho guides the strategy and development roadmap for native apps and web, balancing user needs, business requirements and internal resources for McClatchy's newspapers. @derrickhozw

Cal Lundmark is the social media editor at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. @calundmark

Ron Nixon is in the Washington, D.C., bureau for The New York Times and is a former training director for IRE. Nixon consistently gets top marks for his data-enterprise training sessions at NewsTrain. His first career job was in South Carolina. @nixonron

Taylor Shaw is the social media and analytics editor at The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Previously, she worked in digital media for broadcast TV. @taylorcshaw

Mark Stencel teaches journalism and oversees media studies projects at Duke University while applying lessons from senior roles at NPR, Congressional Quarterly and the Washington Post for media clients and other academic research centers. He is the author of "Fact-Check This" for the American Press Institute. @markstencel

To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/GreenvilleNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

Sign up now to save on this full day of digital journalism training in Denton

Denton NewsTrain will offer a full day of digital training on Sept. 22, 2018, at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in the University Union, room 333, 1155 Union Circle. It is 41 miles north of Dallas and 38 miles north of Fort Worth.

Early-bird registration is $75 through Aug. 22; the rate increases to $85 on Aug. 23. Sign up soon for the best rate and a chance to receive an AP Stylebook (a $22.95 value).

Training Sessions Include:

• Data-driven enterprise off your beat
• Shooting smarter video with your smartphone
• Getting your story read: maximizing social media for branding and audience engagement
• Use data visualization to tell better stories
• Storytelling on mobile: making smart choices

You Will Learn How To:

• Identify the best way to tell a particular story on a small screen.
• Identify a data set from your beat that will likely produce a story, and sort and filter in Excel to locate a potential story.
• Improve your writing on social media, establish your brand, encourage community engagement, and measure how well your social media efforts are working.
• Sequence your best five shots to produce video news clips of under one minute with minimal editing.
• Design informational graphics with impact, such as maps and charts, using free and easy-to-use tools.

Among our accomplished trainers are:

• Dallas Morning News Interactive Editor Dana Amihere will lead the data-visualization session. @write_this_way

Tawnell D. Hobbs is the national K-12 education reporter for the Wall Street Journal. @tawnell

Hannah Wise, audience engagement editor at The Dallas Morning News, will lead the way in the social media branding session.@hwise29

To learn more, visit bit.ly/DentonNewsTrain or email Laura Sellers, NewsTrain program assistant.

To get updates for any of the upcoming NewsTrains, visit this page and signup.


Who do you know who lives diversity in the newsroom, in life?

Nominations needed for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

“Diversity is a core value as important as upholding our First Amendment responsibilities as a free press,”  Karen Magnuson, the executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, recently wrote.

 

“How could we inspire inclusive problem-solving in our community if we are not inclusive ourselves?”

 

We are seeking nominations for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

 

McGruder died of cancer in 2002 but spent his career championing diversity throughout our industry.

 

Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years to improving diversity both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces and also through news content.

 

The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is co-sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.

 

This year’s winner will be announced during the annual APME-ASNE conference Sept. 11-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

 

Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor by midnight, Aug. 3, 2018.

Read more: https://www.apme.com/news/404418/Nominations-Needed-for-The-Robert-G.-McGruder-Award-for-Diversity-Leadership.htm


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Montgormery Advertiser: Housing voucher wait lists close in Montgomery as thousands await assistance

Montgomery Advertiser: Duty vs. dollars: What motivates underpaid officers?

San Francisco Chronicle: Legacy of ‘93 SF rampage

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?

Miami Herald: 'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Atlanta’s legal bills related to corruption probe top $7.5M, AJC finds

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Fewer women applying for judge positions in Hawaii

Des Moines Register: EXCLUSIVE: Iowa's new private Medicaid manager has paid millions of dollars in penalties in a dozen states

Advance Local: From banning them to embracing them, a group of Americans got together to talk about guns

Kansas City Star: Kansas City's gun theft 'victims' are arming criminals — and getting away with it

The Oregonian: Portland homeless accounted for majority of police arrests in 2017, analysis finds

The Inquirer: A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help

Austin American-Statesman: Police Chief Manley calls for stronger ‘guardian’ culture at academy

Dallas Morning News: Sexual assault survivors say Texas A&M chose its brand over justice

Palm Beach Post: How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic

The Journal News: Cashless tolls: Executives reap big salaries, perks while New Yorkers, nation endure

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OPEN RECORDS / FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

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City offers to settle lawsuit over open-meeting law

APNewsBreak: Disgraced ex-Madigan aide to collect $130K

Alleged recording of lawyer in Mill case given to newspaper

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INDUSTRY NEWS

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Newspaper says it received threats following shooting

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to Stop Publishing 2 Days a Week

Huge Rise in Willingness of Americans to Pay for Online News

Trump orders US flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Suspect wrote he aimed to kill everyone at Maryland newsroom

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IN MEMORIAM

Eugene Kim, Veteran AP Writer of Today in History, Dies

WASHINGTON - Eugene Kim, a broadcast writer and editor for The Associated Press who for 34 years wrote the AP's Today In History feature used by newspapers and broadcasters around the country, has died. He was 61.

Kim, a graduate of Syracuse University, began his AP career in New York in 1981 after working as a news reporter at radio stations in Connecticut. He moved to Washington in 1983 when the AP relocated its broadcast wire operation there.

In 1984, he became the writer of Today in History, the daily feature that includes a capsule summary of significant events that took place on that date.

Kim was known among colleagues for his diligence in researching items for Today in History, and his determination to make sure that every item was complete and accurate. In the days before the internet, he would spend hours at a time at the Library of Congress to pin down names, places and dates. Colleagues were often able to rely on his encyclopedic knowledge to fill in gaps on stories they were writing. They also remembered Kim as unflappable, with a wry sense of humor.

Greg Peppers, executive producer for AP Radio, said Kim would "go the extra mile" to confirm details in Today in History. He said Kim "took each line of it and made it his own." Peppers described Kim as a "quiet, steadfast presence on the broadcast wire desk."

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/28/us/politics/ap-us-obit-eugene-kim.html

Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiaasen: A joyful stylist, a generous mentor

Rob Hiaasen once wrote a description of his ideal job: “I would like to be paid for the occasional amusing remark or for simply showing up promptly to work and bringing in cookies from time to time,” he wrote a colleague. “Alas, there's no market for those outstanding qualities.”

But he was wrong. His wryly observant writing style and his generous mentoring of young journalists assured him of roles in several newsrooms, from The Baltimore Sun to, most recently, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, where he was one of five staff members shot to death Thursday.

Hiaasen, 59, celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary last week with Maria Hiaasen, a former journalist who teaches English at Dulaney High School. Thursday was her 58th birthday.

The couple married after a whirlwind courtship five months after their first date. The Timonium man became known as “Big Rob” during the high school years of their children, Ben, 29, an attorney in Towson; Samantha, 27, an assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble at the Inner Harbor; and Hannah, 26, an artist who works at a furnishings store in New York, Maria Hiaasen said.

“He was a tall man, 6-foot-5, but he was a giant not just in stature but in character,” she said. “He was just the best husband.”

“He loves words, he loves humor,” she said. “He loved journalism, he loved helping those young writers at the Gazette.”

Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-rob-hiaasen-20180628-story.html

Capital Gazette shooting victim Gerald Fischman: Clever and quirky voice of a community newspaper

The first time Gerald Fischman applied for a job at The Capital, the editor passed him over.

Fischman’s personality was so quiet and withdrawn that it hid the brilliant mind, wry wit and “wicked pen” that his colleagues would treasure.

For more than 25 years, Fischman was the conscience and voice of the Annapolis news organization, writing scathing, insightful and always exacting editorials about the community.

He was the guardian against libel, the arbiter of taste and a peculiar and endearing figure in a newsroom full of characters.

“He had ability that, I thought, deserved a higher calling than The Capital,” longtime editor and publisher Tom Marquardt said.

“He was a great writer. He was a really smart guy, so smart that he tried out for Jeopardy twice,” Marquardt said. “But he couldn’t get accepted because they didn’t like his personality. That was Gerald’s spin, anyway.”

Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-gerald-fischman-20180628-story.html

Capital Gazette shooting victim John McNamara: Sports reporting was his dream job

John McNamara was toiling as a news copy editor at the Capital Gazette when he left to pursue his dream: sports reporting.

He honed his skills at the Prince George’s Journal, a competitor to the Annapolis news organization. Within a few years, the Capital Gazette hired him back. He would work there for nearly 24 years.

McNamara, 56, was one of five staff members who was shot to death at the Capital Gazette on Thursday.

McNamara, who went by “Mac,” was remembered by his colleagues for his flexibility, concise writing and extensive knowledge of regional sports. He had a razor wit that came in bursts like a social media post, one fellow reporter said.

“At a small paper like that, you have to be versatile,” said former Capital Gazette sports editor Gerry Jackson, who hired him back all those years ago. “He could write. He could edit. He could design pages. He was just a jack of all trades and a fantastic person.”

Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-john-mcnamara-20180628-story.html

Capital Gazette shooting victim Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community

Wendi Winters spent a dozen years writing her way into the Capital Gazette newsroom.

After a career in fashion and public relations in New York City, the 65-year-old mother of four moved to Maryland 20 years ago and began stringing for the Annapolis news organization. She soon built a reputation as a prolific freelance reporter and well-known community resource.

The Edgewater woman was one of five Capital Gazette staff members killed in the shootings Thursday.

Her daughter Winters Geimer said the family was gathering late Thursday.

“My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter,” Geimer said. “Her life was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her. We are grieving and trying to make sure all of us can be together to celebrate the life of our mother.”

Leslie Hunt, a former Capital Gazette community news editor, said Winters had a talent for connecting with the community and documenting people’s achievements and important local events.

She was “dedicated and loved the work,” Hunt said. “She loves the news business.”

Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-wendi-winters-20180628-story.html

Capital Gazette shooting victim Rebecca Smith: Recent hire loved spending time with family

Rebecca Smith was a recent hire at the Capital Gazette but had already proved herself a valuable asset.

Smith, 34, a sales assistant, worked in the news organization’s office in Annapolis. She was one of the five people who were shot and killed Thursday afternoon.

Her boss, Capital Gazette advertising director Marty Padden, said she made sure the sales office ran smoothly.

“She was a very thoughtful person,” Padden said. “She was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business.”

Smith described herself on her Facebook page as an “Endo Warrior” — a survivor of endometriosis — and a “Dog Mom. Softball Fiance. Bonus Mom to the best kid ever.”

Alleged Annapolis Capital shooter Jarrod Ramos had long-running feud with paper

Padden said Smith joined the Capital Gazette after working in marketing for a health care organization. She grew up in the Baltimore area and once told Padden she was a “first-class” field hockey player in high school.

Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-ar-rebecca-smith-20180628-story.html

The Alexander City (Ala.) Outlook editor Sneed dies at 57

Outlook Editor Mitch Sneed passed away Sunday night as a result of injuries sustained in a Saturday morning automobile accident.

A Ford F150 driven by Sneed, 57, was struck from behind by a Honda Accord at the intersection of Highway 280 and Highway 63.

“Mr. Sneed was stopped at the time of the collision,” Alexander City Deputy Police Chief James Easterwood said. “His vehicle was pushed into the intersection.”

The rear bumper of Sneed’s truck was pushed under the crushed bed of the truck.

Sneed was airlifted to UAB Hospital for treatment Saturday morning before succumbing to his injuries Sunday evening about 8:30 p.m.

The Honda Accord sustained major damage to the front of the car and the driver sustained minor injuries.

Easterwood would not speculate as to the cause of the accident.

Read more: https://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2018/07/01/sneed-injured-in-two-vehicle-accident-saturday-morning/

Alan Diaz, AP photographer behind Elian image, dies at 71

MIAMI (AP) - Retired Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose photo of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, has died. He was 71.

Diaz's daughter, Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, confirmed that he died Tuesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

"He was the king of the family," Rodriguez-Diaz said. "He cared about all of his friends and colleagues. His life was photography and my mother."

Diaz's wife, Martha, died nearly two years ago.

Diaz's iconic image shows an armed U.S. immigration agent confronting the boy in the Little Havana home where he lived with relatives after being found floating off the Florida coast.

"Alan Diaz captured, in his iconic photographs, some of the most important moments of our generation - the bitter, violent struggle over the fate of a small Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez, the magnified eye of a Florida election official trying to make sense of hanging chads and disputed ballots in the 2000 presidential election," AP executive editor Sally Buzbee said.

"He was gravelly-voiced and kindhearted, generous with his expertise. And like all great photographers, he was patient. He was able to wait for the moment."

Read more: https://www.apnews.com/9931d6db36284794bce44974447e1607/Alan-Diaz,-AP-photographer-behind-Elian-image,-dies-at-71



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