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November 2011

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SAVE THE DATE: TAPB, TAPME schedule 2012 meetings, awards

AP-APME Aging America project releases new installment

APME NewsTrain webinar focuses on mobile reporting

Introducing AP NewsPlan
Member Innovation: The Courier in Findlay, OH
AP 2012 Elections Coverage
Member Innovation: The Garden Island in Lihue, Hawaii


 SAVE THE DATE: TAPB, TAPME schedule 2012 meetings, awards

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The Tennessee AP Broadcasters and the Tennessee AP Managing Editors have scheduled their annual meetings and awards for 2012. The events will be held Saturday, June 16, in Nashville.

Call for entries will be made in early December for both contests, which will use the same online entry system as this year's contests.

Details will be moving on the wire next month, and will be posted on this website, so check back often!

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 AP-APME Aging America project releases new installment

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The latest installment of the Aging America project will focus on how the growing shortage of geriatricians will be exacerbated as the baby boom generation ages. The story moved this afternoon in advance for use Sunday and beyond.  

Aging America is a joint AP-APME project that is examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami will have on life in America. Members can find Aging America stories in AP Exchange by doing a search for slug="aging america"

The AP is asking members for more story ideas and partnerships to report and write stories about this important topics. You can contact me and I can get you in touch with the editors in charge of the project.

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APME NewsTrain webinar focuses on mobile reporting

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Mandy Jenkins, social news editor of The Huffington Post, will lead an APME NewsTrain webinar Nov. 10 on mobile reporting and free desktop publishing tools.

The webinar is part of the NewsTrain webinar series, APME’s successful training program, which has offered training to more than 5,000 journalists over its 10-year history.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. Central Time/2 p.m. Eastern Time.

The webinar costs $9.99 for APME members and $19.99 for non-APME members.

Register for the webinar by clicking the 'Read More' link below. Call-in information and a link to the webinar will be sent a few days before the event.

Jenkins' session will delve into how journalists can use their phones to report news and what free web tools are out there for stories you're writing from your desktop.

Jenkins has a wealth of experience in mobile reporting. Prior to her role with The Huffington Post, she was the social media editor for Washington, D.C., local news startup TBD and the Cincinnati Enquirer. She has also worked in online news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and as a newsroom producer for WKSU, an NPR affiliate in Northeast Ohio.

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 Introducing AP NewsPlan

Description: Introducing AP NewsPlan

AP NewsPlan is a new, interactive website designed to enhance the communication flow between our newsroom and yours. Editors from the AP newsroom in New York will post real-time updates on the day’s most important stories to the site and will showcase relevant text, photo, video and interactive content for top stories and enterprise around the globe.

The topics for posts will include updates on major changes to stories, insight on how the AP report is coming together, and when a story will be expected to move. Questions, comments and engagement with editors are encouraged.

A beta version of APNewsPlan is now running through mid-October with a group of members representing a wide variety of size and geography. The site is designed to augment not replace - the News Digest. If there is a story, photo or other element that you would like to publish, it should be accessed by traditional means.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact me.

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Description: Member Innovation: The Courier in Findlay, OH

Members continue to find ways to use content from AP Member Choice Complete to attract advertisers from special pages in their newspapers and on their websites. The Courier in Findlay, OH is a prime example. The paper was able to increase the breadth of its twice-yearly bridal section with a 24-page wedding supplement. The section combines coverage with a local bridal show and an online micro site. To create the section, Family Editor Margaret Dwiggins finds stories and photos from AP Exchange, which helps her avoid the need for third-party content. As a result, The Courier is able to save hundreds of dollars in production, and gain a substantial amount of sponsorship revenue from the nearly 100 area businesses who participate in the bridal showcase. For more ideas on how to use AP content to generate revenue for your newspaper, please contact me.

 

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Description: AP 2012 Elections Coverage

The GOP field is taking shape and the early presidential primaries are only months away. AP’s special election services will continue to be your go-to resource for all of your campaign and election coverage. AP has both online and print solutions covering the 2012 campaign, including presidential, Congressional and state races.

Elections coverage will be available in various multimedia formats, including video, photo, interactive and text services to help you cover these campaigns no matter how you publish your news. For questions or more information regarding this service, please contact me.

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Description: November Member Innovation

Members continue to find ways to use content from AP WebFeeds to significantly expand online breaking news coverage and increase digital revenue. The Garden Island in Lihue, HI is a prime example. The paper wanted to augment staff-generated content with feeds drawn from the global report provided by AP Member Choice Complete. Online Manager Richard Stein was able to accomplish this by using AP Exchange to create feeds of state, national and international news, as well as business and sports. The AP WebFeeds Manager allowed Stein to pull the html feeds into the paper’s online production system. This allowed the paper to increase their depth and scope of online coverage even with a limited staff. The Garden Island was able to increase their digital revenue by 31 percent, without having to hire more online staff.

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