Thursday, September 29, 2011

Illinois Broken Budgets project in home stretch

Our AP-APME Broken Budgets national reporting initiative is continuing, even as we've formed an Aging America initiative.
You'll hear much more about Aging America in coming weeks. You've heard a lot about Broken Budgets, and to date the biggest statewide project has been completed in Pennsylvania examining legislative staffing.
About three dozen papers worked with the Pennsylvania AP on that project, published in April, and of course it led to awards for AP staffers and an APME Innovator of the Year finalist spot for the newspapers.
Moving into October, however, a project being finalized in Illinois -- by papers and the Illinois AP -- looks to rival Pennsylvana's project.
Stay tuned for details of a series that will come to Illinois media by mid-October. It will be a shining light for Broken Budgets and offer important information for residents of the state.
Broken Budgets is examining the fiscal crisis in state and local governments across the country. That crisis continues, and there's no slowing of the AP-APME reporting initiative.
To offer an idea for a story or project in this initiative, contact your state AP bureau chief. 

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