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APME UPDATE • Sept. 27, 2018 


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ASNE, others urge news organizations to fill out 2018 diversity survey by Oct. 12

News organizations that have not participated in the 2018 ASNE diversity survey have until Oct. 12 to submit their data. This deadline extension, announced during the ASNE-APME conference, is to drive greater participation in the survey so we can provide an accurate analysis of the current state of diversity in U.S. newsrooms. With only 234 out of nearly 1,700 newspapers and digital media outlets that filled out this year's survey, we can't share the results until we collect more data that we can say is representative of the contemporary media landscape.

"We realize how busy editors are, juggling a growing list of priorities with dwindling resources, but we must rally to get a better handle on where we stand so we may identify trends and solutions," said ASNE Diversity Committee Co-Chair Karen Magnuson, editor and vice president of news at the Rochester (New York) Democrat & Chronicle. "If you're struggling with diversity in your newsroom, ASNE is here to help. We're in this together. Diversity in staffing and news reports is a business imperative. If we as an industry do not reflect and connect with communities of color, we won't be able to grow and uphold our First Amendment responsibilities. Please participate!"

In response, Farai Chideya, program officer for Creativity and Free Expression at Ford Foundation; Molly De Aguiar, managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism; Jim Friedlich, executive director and CEO at The Lenfest Institute for Journalism; Tom Glaisyer, managing director of Public Square Program at Democracy Fund; Jonathan Logan, president and CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation; Jennifer Preston, vice president of journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and Andres Torres, program officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, released a joint statement:

"As foundations committed to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion in journalism, we stand together today to call on newsroom leaders to take seriously the work of building newsrooms that truly represent the diversity of our nation."

If your newsroom needs a link to the survey, then please contact immediately lead researcher Dr. Meredith Clark, assistant professor of the University of Virginia's Department of Media Studies, at, or ASNE Executive Director Teri Hayt at The new expected release date of survey results and analysis, along with data visualizations from the Google News Lab, is early November.

What did you think of the 2018 ASNE-APME conference?

Please participate in our brief post-conference survey and provide feedback. Your responses will help us organize and plan for the 2019 conference Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans. Thanks in advance for your participation.

ASNE, APME protest potential FOIA exemption for SNAP

The American Society of News Editors ("ASNE") and Associated Press Media Editors ("APME") sent a joint letter to Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow and members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry requesting removal of a FOIA exemption from two bills being considered in conference committee this week after differing versions passed the House and Senate. The specific bills in question are HR 2 (commonly referred to as the "Farm Bill") and HR 6147 (the appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture). The proposed FOIA exemptions would bar disclosure of data relating to retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program ("SNAP").

Our letter, co-signed by ASNE President Nancy Barnes, Editor & Executive Vice President of News at the Houston Chronicle, and Angie Muhs, Executive Editor at the Springfield (Ill.) State Journal-Register, raises procedural and substantive concerns with the proposed FOIA exemptions. Procedurally, these exemptions appear as two lines in bills that are hundreds of pages long. They have been the subject of no public hearings or discussion, despite the fact that they are intended to override a recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and do not appear to have the full support of the affected agency, the United States Department of Agriculture ("USDA"). 

The genesis for these provisions comes from a FOIA request filed in 2010 by reporters from the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader seeking information about retailers participating in the SNAP program. Those reporters wanted to track participation of stores accepting SNAP payments, especially in areas sometimes referred to as "food deserts." Government distributions of SNAP funds increased from $25 billion in 2004 (before the recession) to $80 billion in 2013 (as the recession was waning). The types of stores eligible to accept SNAP funds increased as well, moving beyond just grocery stores to other retailers, including even gas stations. The USDA denied the FOIA request and a subsequent appeal. The Argus Leader went to federal court, where a United States District Court ordered the USDA to release this data. At this point, the USDA actually dropped out of the case, deciding not to appeal the matter to a federal appeals court. But the Food Marketing Institute stepped up and appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on behalf of interested retailers (who, by the way, seem to be in the clear minority of all retailers nationwide). The Court of Appeals also ruled in favor of the Argus Leader, though release of the data was recently stayed via a decision issued by Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch, pending a decision by the entire Supreme Court as to whether it will hear this case.

There is a lot at stake here, as this retailer-related SNAP data is both a massive government benefits program, still distributing more than $70 billion in taxpayer funds each year, and a useful indicator of whether that program is truly serving recipients of the funds. As our letter notes, access to this data can help answer questions including: "What happens if there are no such stores nearby? Where do SNAP recipients go? Are they forced to do their entire food shopping at, for instance, gas stations? Can we recognize patterns in how stores market and promote certain products around the times that SNAP benefits are paid?"

We hope that ASNE and APME members will join us in publicizing this issue and, if you are comfortable doing so, contacting your member of Congress if he or she sits on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry or the House Committee on Agriculture.

Please do not hesitate to contact ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg at or 703-812-0462 if you need more information.

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Haupt hired as East Oregonian news editor

Wyatt Haupt, a veteran editor with experience in newsrooms in several western states, joined the East Oregonian team on Monday.

He will assume the role of news editor, working with reporters and photographers toward the daily production of the EO, both in print and online.

Haupt was most recently the news editor of The Daily Courier in Prescott, Arizona and had previously held editorial positions at the News-Times in Newport, Daily Courier in Grants Pass and News-Review in Roseburg. He has also worked at newspapers in Colorado and California.

“Wyatt knows newspapers inside and out,” said managing editor Daniel Wattenburger. “He’s worked at papers large and small and has led teams to great local coverage. I couldn’t be happier to have him on board.”

Haupt is an avid outdoorsman, with interests ranging from surfing to ping-pong, snowboarding to pinball, and is excited to be in Pendleton.

“I dig the downtown,” Haupt said. “There’s plenty of outdoor activities ... it’s the perfect spot for me.”

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Legendary Twin Cities journalist Barbara Flanagan dies at 94

Barbara Flanagan, a former influential and indefatigable reporter, editor and columnist for the Star Tribune, died peacefully in her Wayzata home on Monday. She was 94.

“She inspired, prodded, scolded and relentlessly made us believe we could take a perfectly good Midwestern city and will it to become the Star of the North,” said R.T. Rybak, former Minneapolis mayor and a former newspaper colleague of Flanagan’s. “Barbara is one of the major reasons I wanted to grow up to be mayor, and the bonus was getting to work with her at the Star Tribune, where I learned my childhood hero was also a truly lovely person.”

Although remembered as a tireless advocate for downtown vitality and historic preservation — at a time when neither was a mainstream topic — Flanagan’s one-of-a-kind journalism career, which spanned 44 years, started in 1944 in the promotions department at the Minneapolis Times.

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