Texas Managing Editors

AP Texas Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 5

Save the date for the 2012 Texas APME convention

Save the dates now for the 2012 Texas APME convention in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Convention dates will be March 30-April 1, with venues across the DFW metroplex.

The convention hotel will be the soon-to-open Omni Dallas Hotel adjacent to the Dallas convention center. The APME has secured a room rate of $129 a night, an exceptional value for a hotel of this quality.

The Saturday night awards dinner and auction will be at the exclusive Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth, across the street from the new offices of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News are the legacy sponsors for the 2012 convention. But two Texas universities — Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth — will cosponsor convention transportation between the two cities and will be featured at different times in the convention program.

As of now, sessions are planned on access to electronic records, political coverage, social media and the creep of marketing into the newsroom. We’ll also announce winners in the Texas APME competition. Please build attendance into your budgets now.

September Photo of the Month

Photo of fire

Jay Janner of the Austin American-Statesman is winner of the September Photo of the Month contest among Texas newspapers for this image of a burning house during a central Texas wildfire.

AP, members collaborate on package of stories addressing record drought

Coverage of the devastating Texas drought has been a regular part of the AP report throughout 2011, with writers Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Betsey Blaney and Angela Brown taking lead roles in reporting this ongoing story.

In late September, The Dallas Morning News and the Odessa American also contributed stories to a package by Plushnick-Masti on the state’s failure to allocate the money needed to prepare for the state’s future water needs.

Plushnick-Masti’s story recounted how a $53 billion blueprint to ensure water for Texans even in times of drought has to date received just $1.4 billion in funding, with numerous missed deadlines.

The Morning News’ Randy Loftis contributed a story that recounted the tug-of-war between Texas and Oklahoma over Texas’ attempts to bring water from southeastern Oklahoma to North Texas.

Odessa’s David Johnson added a story about the Colorado River Municipal Water District’s rush to complete a pipeline project before the spring of 2013. That’s when surface water could disappear in parts of West Texas without adequate rainfall.

Introducing AP NewsPlan: a quicker way to communicate with members

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 member editors are encouraged.

A beta version of APNewsPlan has been running with a group of members representing a wide variety of circulation sizes and geography.

AP NewsPlan is designed to augment but not replace the News Digest that has been a mainstay of AP and member newsrooms for many years  Contact Dale Leach or Barry Bedlan for more information.

Headliners Foundation launches new website to promote Texas journalism

The Headliners Foundation of Texas has launched a new website, featuring examples of excellence in journalism from across the state.

The Headliners’ Bergan Casey says the purpose of the site is twofold: to allow journalists and industry leaders a forum to promote outstanding work and to provide a platform for journalists to share information.

The site includes interviews with award-winning journalists, including SteveMcGonigle of The Dallas Morning News, whose coverage of Gov. Rick Perry’s real estate transactions earned the Morning News the award for Star Investigative Report of the Year in the Texas APME-Headliners competition.

The site also offers blogs about the state of journalism in Texas, successes and failures, and trends and tips.

You can visit the site at www.headlinersfoundation.org.

Submit convention registration fees here.