Thursday, March 21, 2013

Steven Tyler Act stalls


Mickey Osterreicher reports after our follow up letter to the Hawaii House Speaker...

See: Steven Tyler Act stalls in HI "To say there is absolutely zero support would be an understatement."
Thank you all again for your support on this.

Very truly yours,

Mickey H. Osterreicher
General Counsel
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

We appreciate all the hard work NPPA put into organizing opposition to this bill.
Teri Hayt
Executive Editor
GateHouse Ohio Newspapers
The Repository | The Times-Reporter
The Independent | The Suburbanite
(330) 580-8310

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Freedom Sings highlights the first evening of NewsTrain

Attend the Springfield, Ill., NewsTrain April 29-30 and enjoy a free reception and performance of Freedom Sings, a musical program from the First Amendment Center, on the evening of April 29. The event will be held at the Old State Capitol and is sponsored by the Associated Press Media Editors Foundation, the Illinois Press Association & Foundation, and the Old State Capitol Foundation. Find out more here.

Grant application deadline extended to April 1

Community news organizations companies have until April 1 to submit applications for the second year of the Associated Press Media Editors’ Community Journalism Public Service Initiative.
Media companies in metropolitan areas (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people are encouraged to apply for the grant. The recipient will receive $1,000 to jump-start the initiative and a trip to the annual APME conference to present the project.
It's easy to enter: Just draft a proposal of 500 words or less and include examples of how you would approach the project. It should be multiplatform, include social media and address a long-standing community issue.
Last year's winner was The Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, WI. The newspaper won the grant with its series on "Mental Health on Hold," a multimedia project on mental illness in the community. Staff members Megan Sheridan and Trista Pruett then presented their work on the project at the APME conference in Nashville.
This year's winner will have the opportunity to present at the conference in October in Indianapolis.
To apply, go to and fill out the online form.
Here are more details:
The Grant: A $1,000 grant will be given to a small-media company for a public service project that addresses a long-standing community issue. If results are shown, a representative also would receive an expenses-paid trip (up to $1,000) to the APME conference in October in Indianapolis.
Eligibility: The media company must have a website and serve a metropolitan area (MSA) of 100,000 or fewer people. Preference will be given to Associated Press members.
Expectations: The project can use print and/or digital platforms and include social media and/or a mobile strategy. It should be considered entrepreneurial and should have the potential to be used elsewhere, including by a larger media company. Even though the project can be an ongoing series and continue after the APME conference, there will an expectation that a part of the project will be published before Sept. 1. The  Innovator/Great Ideas/Awards Committee will contact the grant recipient in late August to determine progress on the initiative.
To apply: Go to to submit your proposal of 500 words or less, including examples of how you would tackle the project. The form will also prompt you to give your company’s newsroom staffing, website page views per month and your newspaper’s circulation or audience size.
For more information, contact Joe Hight at or David Arkin at

Monday, March 11, 2013

Photo managers offer two Kalish scholarships

We’re happy to announce that the Associated Press Photo Managers will be offering two scholarships to the Kalish visual editing workshop taking place June 16 – 21 at Ball State University.
The scholarship covers the $695 registration for the workshop.
“The Kalish brings together visual editors, producers, photographers and designers who communicate across all platforms: Web, tablet, mobile and print. A digital first, print second workshop – The Kalish focuses on excellence in visual storytelling while embracing its historical values of picture editing, leadership, ethics, diversity and managing through example.”
If you’d like to apply for one of the two scholarships, please send an email telling us about yourself and how you would benefit from a week at the Kalish workshop.
Please send scholarship requests to Lisa Miller,, no later than April 1st.
Jeff Knox
APPM President

Friday, March 8, 2013

The APME online auction is open! Bid now on great items!

The Associated Press Media Editors online auction is open for the Spring iteration. We have some unique items up for bid, and can still accept more!

Each auction is Loaded with photos, books, regional goodies and more, and advances the cause of journalism, helping enable newsroom and photography leaders within the AP membership to do more, better and smarter. 

Add to that the work APME does yearlong for FOI, Innovation, Great Ideas and our industry-leading conference that taps in to the relevant issues of our times.

There should be something here that speaks to you, so take a look, offer a bid and maybe you will get the deal of a lifetime!

The auction ends March 31, so visit the page at, soon.

If you have items to donate now, or later this year while we transition to eBay auctions, fill out this form, or send a description of the item, value, photo and any other details to

Thanks, and happy bidding!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Diversity scholarships for NewsTrain from the APME Foundation

The Associated Press Media Editors Foundation will offer diversity scholarships to APME NewsTrain events in 2013 for print and broadcast journalists and students who are pursuing careers in journalism.

The scholarships will cover the cost of NewsTrain along with the recipient's accommodations and travel expenses.

NewsTrain host committees will review applications and choose the recipients. The first NewsTrain will be held April 29-30 in Springfield, Ill., and Midwest candidates will have the best chance. In all, up to four scholarships will be awarded for the Springfield event.

Interested journalists and students of color who need assistance attending NewsTrain in Springfield should send a resume and application letter by March 25 to host committee chairman Bob Heisse at

Read more about the Springfield NewsTrain.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Media organizations meet with NCAA

Hi everyone,

Here's a recap of the meeting with the NCAA Monday. Please feel free to share with as many editors as you can. It was great to get this meeting before tournament time. Please let us know if you continue to see or hear about restrictions, particularly with anything that was agreed to yesterday.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 4) -- Representatives from six major national media groups met Monday with NCAA communications officials for about two hours to discuss the concerns of our organizations.

The following items were agreed to as follow-up steps on the issues of media seating at the NCAA Tournament, uniform injury reporting standards in football and social media guidelines:

>> The NCAA agreed to set up a call with our organizations after the upcoming basketball tournament to discuss the establishment of a permanent working group to address outstanding media issues.

>> The NCAA will include media groups in future discussions with the Division I men's basketball committee regarding the seating of working journalists at the tournament.

>> Editors will be invited to upcoming meetings with the NCAA and conference officials and have the opportunity to introduce discussion on injury reporting standards.

>> NCAA officials said there would be no numerical restrictions on social media posting during its tournament events.

>> NCAA officials will contact the Pac-12 Conference to inform the league that there is no longer a policy limiting by number live tweets during college basketball or football games.

>> The NCAA said there would be no change to existing policies on photo positions at the basketball tournament.

Representing the media organizations were: Tim Franklin, co-chair of ASNE's FOI Committee; Gerry Ahern, president of APSE; John Cherwa, chair of APSE's Legal Affairs Committee; David Bralow, counsel for NAA; Kevin Goldberg, counsel for ASNE; Sonny Albarado, president of SPJ; Jim Brady, president of ONA; and Mike Borland, president of NPPA.

Representing the NCAA were: Bob Williams, vice president of ommunications; Erik Christianson, managing director of external affairs; and Scott Bearby, general counsel.