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Goodbye from St. Louis. See you in St. Petersburg

By Andrew DeWitt

Good bye from the Hyatt Hotel under the arch in St. Louis. The final lunch has been served and the awards are announced. Congratulations to everyone who won awards and thanks to all for inspiring young journalists like ourselves.

On behalf of the entire Gazette Staff who brought you this Web site and coverage, thank you for reading and following our work. It’s been a great three days in St. Louis learning from some of the best in the business.


Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 2010 APME Conference.

Oct. 20-22

The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla.


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Cool look at the the Arch

AP’s Tim Donnelly captured this video of the St. Louis arch from the Hyatt Regency, site of this year’s APME/APPM conference.

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New Photos Up on Flickr

New photos are uploaded from last night’s reception at the City Museum and the start of this morning’s talks.


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9 a.m. Building Online Credibility

by Eric Berger

Grappling with the vast, timeless, open and unflinching nature of  publishing online can certainly be difficult. 

Thursdays morning’s session provided evidence of this as editors discussed issues involving reader postings, the separation of news from opinion and “unpublishing”. 

Six different newsrooms participated in APME projects aimed at examining online credibility.

Elaine Kramer moderated the discussion with Ken Fleming, director of the Center for Advanced Social Research at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, Kathy English, public editor for The Toronto Star, and Chris Cobler editor of the Victoria (Texas) Advocate, participating in the panel. 

English’s project examined the issue of unpublishing. People often want news to disappear, she said, and while the print product will be yesterday’s recycling, the online content can live forever. While a complete solution to this has not been found, one of the key answers English mentioned is transparency. A person may come to the newspaper horribly upset at what has been published and the damage to their reputation it has left, and a clear policy must be conveyed as to why or why not something will be unpublished. 

Source remorse should not serve as a reason for unpublishing and decisions about whether content should be taken down should be done by a consensus, not just one person. 

With regards to crimes and misdemeanors committed by minors and the lasting stigma, English said a tool to remove news from the website after six months could be a solution. 

English wrote a column on the issue and said she was surprised by reader’s understanding of why a newspaper wouldn’t take a story down.

Search engines serve as another source for unwanted stories to be found through. Even if a newspaper takes something down, that doesn’t necessarily take it off a Google News search. English responded by saying this issue needs more discussion between newspapers and news aggregate sites such as Google.

She also said lawyers have told her they believe legal precedence on unpublishing will come.

Cobbler discussed how their redesigned site effected their credibility. With Fleming’s help they conducted surveys of Advocate readers and found that their audience seemed to have the same level of trust in the online content as the print edition. That being said, only 19 percent of their readers contributed online. Almost equal numbers of people said they trusted unsigned postings by readers as much as letters to the editor.

The subject of how to deal with inappropriate commenting was also brought up. Even if a comment is taken down, readers can make assumptions about what was written. This is another issue that also remains without a complete solution.

Looking to the future, Cobbler said a primary issue would be, how do we make sure online interactivity benefits the community? 

Enhanced registration, additional education steps to users and an e-ethics board of readers are components  Cobbler sees as potential answers to this question.

The APME will publish websites for the online credibility projects with space to interact and host webinars over the next year.

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Bob Heisse elected to APME leadership team


Bob Heisse, Centre Daily Times editor, 2012 APME board president

Bob Heisse, the executive editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., is in line to be president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association in 2012.

His election Wednesday in St. Louis by the APME board of directors puts him on the leadership ladder starting in 2010, when he will serve as board secretary.

He serves as vice president the following year before becoming president.

Other incoming APME officers are President Otis Sanford, editor for opinion and editorials, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, Tenn., and Vice President Hollis Towns, executive editor of the Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J.

Heisse was first elected to the national board in 2007 and has overseen APME’s Innovator of the Year competition each year.

He is also active in the Pennsylvania APME chapter and will be president of that organization in 2011. He is also a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

“I’m honored to serve on this board and now to have this opportunity,” Heisse said. “The training we provide is critical for newsrooms and our leadership on national reporting projects promotes strong journalism across the country.”

A Penn State journalism graduate, Heisse previously worked at the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News and Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times. He’s a member of the Penn State College of Communications Alumni Board and the Centre Communities Chapter of the American Red Cross board.

APME, an association of editors at AP’s 1,500 member newspapers in the U.S. and newspapers served by the Canadian Press in Canada, works closely with the news company to strive for journalism excellence. APME also supports training and development of editors in a changing media landscape and initiatives in online credibility and diversity.

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