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‘Quirky, but still a visionary’ Convention
BY CARLOS M. SILVA JR.
APSE Bulletin staff writer
The 34TH annual APSE conven-
tion will go on as planned, but will
be missing more than a few faces
when sports editors from around
the country meet this week in Min-
After a successful 2007, when
152 editors traveled to St. Louis for
the convention, this year’s version
is looking somewhat downsized.
The registration deadline for the
convention was originally set for
June 1, but was extended to June
Photo courtesy of Orlando Sentinel
9. As of June 5, a total of 95 sports
editors had signed up to attend.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Lynn Hoppes compares himself to Willy Wonka, “the Johnny Depp version, not the Gene Wilder version.”
“We have had good support
from the host paper—the Star
Hoppes plans to shake it up
Tribune—and others such as the
St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Kan-
sas City Star and the Chicago Tri-
bune,” said APSE secretary/trea-
surer Jack Berninger. “Plus, ESPN.
com has stepped forward for the
BY CARYN GRANT become less noticeable – recog- drank alcohol, doesn’t eat meat lot of work to be done and that
APSE Bulletin staff writer
second straight year to sponsor the
nized mostly for the convention and isn’t a big sports fan. we’re not dead yet.”
Lynn Hoppes is quick to rec- opening-night reception.”
and contest. “He’s kind of quirky, but Hoppes has already had a last-
ognize APSE’s ﬂaws. The APSE convention has aver-
“I’m going to make APSE still a visionary,” said ESPN ing impact on the organization,
And he plans to change aged 154 attendees in the last three
relevant again,” Hoppes said. “I Page 2 columnist and television converting the APSE newsletter
them. years. But dwindling newsroom
think APSE is better than that.” contributor Jemele Hill, a for- to an online version, increasing
Hoppes, the Orlando Senti- With his dark, shoulder- mer Sentinel columnist under readership and access. APSE continues on page 5
nel’s associate managing editor/ length hair combed straight Hoppes. Another online evolution for
sports, said he found himself back, it’s easy to see why With that vision, Hoppes said APSE is on the horizon. Hoppes
“sitting on the sideline” before
he became an APSE ofﬁcer.
Hoppes occasionally has been
called a radical.
he hopes to reinvent APSE as
says they have created a presi-
dent’s blog, which he will up-
Circulation categories, role
Now, as the organization’s in- He even commonly com- “APSE needs to evolve,” he date as necessary once his term
coming president, he can lead of past presidents reviewed.
pares himself to Willy Wonka, said. “It needs to change. I’m go- begins.
the sweeping change he believes Page 7
“the Johnny Depp version, and ing to move the Titanic. I don’t Outgoing APSE president
APSE needs. not the Gene Wilder version,” plan on saving the newspaper Mike Fannin said he anticipates Some papers say no to
In his time with APSE, he has he clariﬁes. industry, but I plan on making Beijing Olympics. Page 14
noticed that the organization has He explains that he’s never people realize that there’s still a HOPPES continues on page 4 SJI alumni score big in APSE
contest. Page 15
PAGE 2 AT THE CONVENTION MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Bulletin Students Schedule Colleges, Yahoo! Sports; Jim Jenks, Vice
President and Executive Producer for
Sponsor: U.S. Bowling Congress 3:45-5 p.m. Fjord V,
Workshop: Diversity: Making a differ-
Mario Aguirre Wednesday, June 25 Major League Baseball Advanced Media; 8:55-10:25 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom ence, impacting sports coverage,
Cal State-Fullerton 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Foyer – third floor, Neal Scarbrough, Sportnet Senior Vice East, General Session: No comment: Moderator: Kenny Irby, Visual Journalism
Colorado Springs Gazette Registration President / Content Why don’t they talk to me, Moderator: Group Leader and Director of Diversity,
David Aldridge, Turner Sports, Panelists: Poynter Institute
Stephen Chen Noon-2 p.m. Fjord IV or V, Opening 2:30-3:45 p.m. Fjord V, Brad Childress, head coach, Minnesota
Cal-Berkeley Executive Committee meeting Workshop: Animated storytelling: New 7:15 p.m. (Pre-game cookout at 6 p.m.)
Vikings; Antonio Freeman, former NFL
Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune Presiding: Mike Fannin, president APSE; ways to present multimedia packages Minnesota Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers
star; Rod Strickland, assistant basket-
Editor/Vice President, Kansas City Star Leader: Nora Paul, director of the Walk to the stadium (advance ticket
Jackie Friedman ball coach, University of Memphis
5-6 p.m. Denmark Commons, Institute for New Media Studies, purchase required through Glen Crevier
Syracuse AP Newcomers Reception University of Minnesota 10:40-11:55 a.m. Fjord III, at the Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Minneapolis Star Tribune Workshop: Small newspaper caucus
6:15-9:15 p.m. Mill City Museum, 4-5:15 p.m. Fjord III, 10 p.m.-midnight, New Sweden,
Steve Gaither Workshop: Rumors and rants: Blogging Leaders: Terry Taylor, Sports Editor, AP Hospitality Suite
Opening Night Reception
Winston-Salem State about high school sports, Moderator: The Associated Press; Tim Dahlberg,
Transportation: Trolleys will depart
Toby Carrig, Southeast Missourian National Columnist, The Associated
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer from hotel’s front entrance beginning
Panelists: Hank Winnicki, Assistant Press; Larry Vaught, APSE Third Vice
at 6 p.m. and will make continuous runs Saturday, June 28
Caryn Grant Managing Editor/Sports, Newsday; Eric President; Sports Editor, The Advocate-
as necessary. 8 a.m.-noon, Foyer – third floor,
Howard Olson, sports editor, Northwest (Ill.) Messenger, Danville, Ky.
10 p.m.-midnight New Sweden (Second Late registration
Wilmington (Del.) News Journal Herald
level), AP Hospitality Suite 10:40-11:55 a.m. Fjord IV, 8:30-10 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom
Steve Hinton 4-5:15 p.m. Fjord IV, Workshop: Science of sports writing: East, General session: Best Ideas of
Bethune-Cookman Workshop: Traitors: Why I left the print How do you write the difficult off-the- 2007 and why they worked, Moderator:
Tampa Tribune Thursday, June 26 business, Moderator: Holly Lawton, field news stories? How do you write for Josh Crutchmer, Deputy Presentation
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Foyer – third floor, Late Assistant Managing Editor/Sports, A1? Moderator: Tim Wheatley, Assistant Editor, Omaha World-Herald, Panelists:
Jerome Hubbard Kansas City Star, Panelists: Gerry Managing Editor/Sports, Baltimore Sun
registration Randy Harvey, Sports Editor, Los
Grambling State Ahern, Assistant Managing Editor/ Panelists: Donna Eyring, Deputy Sports
7:30-8 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom East, Angeles Times; Christopher Carr,
San Francisco Chronicle Colleges, Yahoo! Sports; Jim Jenks, Vice Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Monte
Breakfast buffet Assistant Design Director, Minneapolis
Yvette Lanier President and Executive Producer for Lorell, Sports Editor, USA Today Star Tribune
8-8:45 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom East, Major League Baseball Advanced Media;
Michigan State Chat with Ultimate Fighting
10:40-11:55 a.m. Fjord V, 10-10:30 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom
Neal Scarbrough, Sportnet Senior Vice Workshop: Diversity: Making a differ-
Denver Post Championship, Sponsor: Ultimate East, Breakfast buffet
President / Content ence, impacting sports coverage,
Sunnie Redhouse Fighting Championship 10:30-11:30 a.m. Scandinavian
4-5:15 p.m. Fjord V, Moderator: Kenny Irby, Visual Journalism
New Mexico 9-10 a.m. Minnesota Room, Family Workshop: Finding room for women’s Group Leader and Director of Diversity, Ballroom East, Presentation of the
Salt Lake Tribune Orientation, Presiding: Representative of sports, Moderator: Rachel Blount, Poynter Institute Steve Patterson Award for Excellence
Minneapolis columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune in Sports Philanthropy, Presiding: Mike
Carlos Silva 12:10-1:50 p.m. Scandinavian Ballroom Fannin, president APSE; Editor/Vice
UTEP 9-10:30 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom Panelists: Jenni Carlson, columnist,
The Oklahoman; Mike Hebert, volleyball West, Red Smith Award Luncheon, President, Kansas City Star, Speakers:
Houston Chronicle East, Opening general membership
coach, University of Minnesota; Mary Jo Presiding: Mike Fannin, president APSE; Carlette Patterson, President Patterson
meeting, Presiding: Mike Fannin,
Kane, School of Kinesiology professor, Editor/Vice President, Kansas City Star Sports Ventures; Fred Mann, Deputy
president APSE; Editor/Vice President,
Recipient: W.C. “Bill” Heinz, The New Director for Communications of the
Bulletin Staff Kansas City Star University of Minnesota
York Sun, Accepting: Gayl Heinz, W.C.’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Jubi
Bulletin Editor 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Scandinavian 5:20-6:20 p.m. Minnesota, daughter, Sponsor: Chicago Tribune Headley, Director of Communications,
Gregory Lee Ballroom East, General Session: The Session: Sports Department Diversity: Sports Philanthropy Project, Sponsors:
The Boston Globe sports section of 2013, Moderator: Two Years Later, The results of the 2:05-3:35 p.m. Scandinavian Ballroom The Sports Philanthropy Project, Robert
Class of 1994 Jerry Micco, Assistant Managing second study of the makeup of the East, General session: From the best in Wood Johnson Foundation and the
Editor/Sports, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, nation’s sports departments by the the business: Anatomy of a great story Arizona Cardinals
Panelists: Malcolm Moran, Knight Institute for the Diversity and Ethics Moderator: Michael Anastasi, Managing
Chair in Sports Journalism and Society, in Sport at the University of Central Editor/Sports, Features, Copy Desks & 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Regional
New York Daily News
Penn State; Tim McGuire, Business of Florida will be announced. Have we Photography, The Salt Lake Tribune meetings: Atlantic Coast, Great Lakes,
Sandy Rosenbush Journalism Knight chair, Arizona State; made progress in two years? Panelists: Panelists: Karen Crouse, Reporter, Great Plains, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast,
Teacher, English and Journalism David Shribman, Executive Editor, Richard Lapchick, director of the The New York Times; Bill Plaschke, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest,
High School for Service and Learning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Columnist, The Los Angeles Times; Locations: TBA
at Erasmus Hall Sport, University of Central Florida; Wright Thompson, Senior Writer, ESPN.
12:45-2:15 p.m. Scandinavian Ballroom 12:30-1:30 p.m. Scandinavian Ballroom
SJI Board Members Jessica Zahn, graduate assistant, com/ESPN The Magazine
West, Keynote luncheon, Presiding: East, Closing Executive Committee
David Squires Institute for Diversity and Ethics in
Mike Fannin, president APSE; Editor/ 3:45-5 p.m. Fjord III, meeting, Presiding: Lynn Hoppes,
Newport News Daily Press Sport, University of Central Florida
Vice President, Kansas City Star, Workshop: Recruiting: How do we incoming APSE President; Associate
Milo Bryant Speaker: Brian France, chairman and 10 p.m.-midnight, New Sweden, compete against the Rivals.coms of the Managing Editor/Sports, Orlando
Colorado Springs Gazette CEO, NASCAR, Sponsor: St. Paul Pioneer AP Hospitality Suite world, Moderator: Phil Kaplan, Deputy Sentinel
Class of 1993 Press Sports Editor, Knoxville News, Panelists:
Bobby Burton, Chief Operating Officer 6-7 p.m. Denmark Commons,
Art Director 2:30-3:45 p.m. Fjord III,
Ana Menendez Workshop: Rumors and rants: Blogging
Friday, June 27 and Editor-in-Chief, Rivals.com; Mike Banquet cocktail reception,
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Foyer – third floor, Bass, Senior Editor/Sports, St. Paul Sponsor: Kansas City Star
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about high school sports, Moderator:
Late registration Pioneer Press; Marcus Fuller, Writer, St.
Class of 1993 Toby Carrig, Southeast Missourian 7-10 p.m. Scandinavian Ballroom West,
Panelists: Hank Winnicki, Assistant 7:30-8 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom East, Paul Pioneer Press Awards Banquet, Sponsor: Minneapolis
Managing Editor/Sports, Newsday; Eric Breakfast buffet Star Tribune, Presiding: Outgoing
Bill Serne and David Squires 3:45-5 p.m. Fjord IV,
Olson, sports editor, Northwest (Ill.) 8-8:45 a.m. Scandinavian Ballroom president Mike Fannin, Kansas City Star
Workshop: Science of sports writing:
Classroom Instruction Herald
2:30-3:45 p.m. Fjord IV,
East, Breakfast Chat with U.S. Bowling
Congress, Speakers: Tom Clark, Vice
How do you write the difficult off-the- and incoming president Lynn Hoppes,
The Orlando Sentinel, Welcome: Nancy
Roy Peter Clark, Kenny Irby, field news stories? How do you write for
Al Tompkins, Keith Woods Workshop: Traitors: Why I left the print President and COO, Professional A1?, Moderator: Tim Wheatley, Assistant Barnes, Editor/Senior Vice President,
Poynter Institute business, Moderator: Holly Lawton, Bowlers Association; Chris Barnes, Managing Editor/Sports, Baltimore Sun Minneapolis Star Tribune
Assistant Managing Editor/Sports, reigning PBA player of the year; Lynda Panelists: Donna Eyring, Deputy Sports 10 p.m.-midnight, Scandinavian
Thomas Huang Kansas City Star, Panelists: Gerry Barnes, winner of the USBC, the
Writing coach and Poytner Fellow Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Monte Ballroom West, Closing reception,
Ahern, Assistant Managing Editor/ biggest title in women’s bowling, Lorell, Sports Editor, USA Today Sponsor: The Associated Press
Dallas Morning News
St. Petersburg Times
Class of 1997
Nick Williams Bulletin Printing Support Special Thanks
Tampa Tribune Courtesy Jennette Smith Boston Globe
Class of 2003 St. Petersburg Times The Poynter Institute Tampa Bay Rays
Anwar Richardson Jim Anderson St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Tribune Sponsors Jen Hiatt Tampa Tribune
Chicago Tribune Foundation Jack Sheppard Poynter Institute
Lynn Hoppes Gannett Foundation Kristin Synowka
Orlando Sentinel Program Host Hearst Newspapers/Houston Chronicle Zach Wittig
Sharon Fink Poynter Institute APSE St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg Times
MINNEAPOLIS 2008 CONVENTION NEWS PAGE 3
to stir interest
BY SUNNIE REDHOUSE
APSE Bulletin staff writer
Recognizing that there are only
a few scholarships available for as-
piring sports journalists, APSE has
offered four $1,500 scholarships to
The scholarships are only for
students entering their sophomore,
junior or senior years.
“We know there’s scholarship
money out there, but we feel there
aren’t many for sports journalists,”
said Joe Sullivan, The Boston
Globe’s assistant managing editor/
sports and chair of the APSE schol-
Sullivan said there two key
components for deciding who gets
the scholarships: a student’s ﬁnan-
Photo courtesy of AP
cial need and a geographic balance
A trip to the HHH Metrodome to watch the Twins take on the Brewers is on the agenda for the editors and their families on Friday night. among the winners. Winners will
also be judged on past journalistic
Minny sights to see
work and academic record, said
To determine ﬁnancial need, the
committee is asking students for a
copy of their parents’ income tax re-
turns, a completed free application
for Federal Student Aid form and a
BY JACKIE FRIEDMAN
report from the student’s college in-
Three blocks away: Target Center
APSE Bulletin staff writer Not everything can be accessed via dicating his or her ﬁnancial need.
Minnesota Lynx vs. Sacramento Monarchs. Skyway. Here are a handful of other attrac-
During the winter, the Minneapolis Skyway Sullivan said decisions would
In its 10th season as a WNBA team, the Lynx tions worth the haul:
system shields the city’s inhabitants from the be made by the six-person commit-
now boasts familiar names such as Seimone
bitter cold. During the last week of June, the The Mall of America tee. “It’s going to be subjective,”
Augustus and Candice Wiggins.
same system will allow editors to explore 80 The biggest mall in the nation is home to Sullivan said.
Thursday, 7 p.m., $10 and up
blocks worth of downtown attractions without more than 500 stores, an amusement park Outgoing APSE president Mike
actually stepping foot outside—if they choose Four blocks away: Orchestra Hall and casual and ﬁne dining. It’s all just a Fannin, the newly appointed editor
to do so. DownBeat’s Rising Stars. According to light-rail train ride away ($2). of the Kansas City Star, said the
The Radisson Plaza Hotel, home for the hall’s website, “In this concert, the 28-year-old Interlachen Country Club scholarship is important because it
next several days for APSE convention-goers, Sean Jones joins with other rising stars to bring Host to the U.S. Women’s Open in Ed- may be the only way for some as-
is linked to the intricate scheme. you fresh arrangements of jazz standards.” ina from Wednesday to Sunday. Features piring sports journalists to continue
A quick walk: Thursday, 7:30 PM, $45 some of the best talent in women’s golf their education. “What we’re do-
including Loreno Ochoa, Morgan Pressel ing is going to eventually pay off,”
Three blocks away: Hennepin Stages Four blocks away: Warehouse District
and Annika Sorenstam. Fannin said.
The Robber Bridegroom, a bawdy fairy tale Choose from 44 different restaurants, rang- Thursday or Friday, $45; Saturday or
ing from fancy cafes to sports pubs. The area Initial interest in the scholar-
lapsing into a familiar, but never overdone, Sunday, $50
also boasts 15 different nightclubs, from high ships has been minimal. Only 19
mistaken identity plotline. Hennepin’s website Canterbury Park Racetrack students had applied as of June 3,
deems it a “rollicking country romp with an end to party bar. and Card Club leading the committee to extend the
infectious bluegrass score.” Six blocks away: Mississippi Mile A planned outing to the races was
deadline to draw a larger group.
Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $25-$28 The riverfront district offers walking and called off, but the horses are running. You
The scholarship is the latest ef-
biking trails and many historic sites. There are can also play Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card
Three blocks away: Pantages Theatre: fort by APSE to extend its educa-
plenty of peaceful parks along the way, with a Stud or Blackjack.
John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties, a per- tional programs outside the Sports
glimpse of St. Anthony Falls. Theodore Wirth Golf Club
formance by American rock guitarist-singer- Journalism Institute. Three years
One of the oldest public courses in the
songwriter John Hiatt. Hiatt has been nomi- Seven blocks away: HHH Metrodome ago, it created the Sports Manage-
state. The front nine is set around Bassett
nated for 11 Grammy Awards and recently Minnesota Twins vs. Milwaukee Brewers. Creek with views of the downtown skyline ment Institute to provide training
won the Lifetime Achievement Award for A trip to Friday’s 7:10 p.m. game has been ar- while the back nine offers plenty of rolling for younger editors to be prepared
Songwriting. ranged by Glen Crevier, and $50 includes a hills. for roles in management. That ef-
Saturday, 8 p.m., $45 pre-game cookout. fort lasted one year.
PAGE 4 APSE BUSINESS MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Heinz, ‘a great sports writer,’
named ’08 Red Smith winner
BY JEROME HUBBARD soon became a reporter at the New wrote, “and it sometimes feels
APSE Bulletin staff writer York Sun, which sent him to Eu- as though I were there, 60 years
“Everything he said he meant rope to cover World War II. He also ago, standing next to the trainers,
and everything he meant he said.” served as the paper’s European cor- watching a horse die in the rain.”
Those were the words of Dave respondent before moving to sports. In the mid-1960s, Heinz helped
Kindred, the 1991 Red Smith By 1948 Heinz was writing H. Richard Hornburger, a Maine
Award winner, when asked about a column ﬁve days a week, and doctor, write “M*A*S*H”, a nov-
the late W.C. Heinz, this year’s re- throughout his time at the Sun he el about a Korean War medical fa-
cipient of the award. covered many monumental events, cility that became the basis for the
“Bill Heinz was a great sports such as Babe Ruth’s ﬁnal appear- acclaimed ﬁlm and TV series of
writer,” Kindred added. “I had ance at Yankee Stadium. the same name.
great respect for him as a writer, When the New York Sun folded Heinz also edited “The Fireside
journalist and as a person.” in 1950, Heinz began writing for Book of Boxing” and co-edited
Wilfred Charles Heinz (Bill to Look, Esquire, LIFE, The Satur- “The Book of Boxing” for Sports
his family) was given the award day Evening Post, Sport and other Illustrated in 1999. A collection of
posthumously. He died Feb. 27 at publications. his columns and articles, “What
the age of 93. In 1958, Heinz published “The a Time It Was: The Best of W.C.
The Red Smith Award is given Professional,” the ﬁrst of his four Heinz on Sports,” was published
annually for outstanding indi- novels. In 1963, Heinz co-authored in 2001, and two years later he
vidual contribution to newspapers “Run to Daylight” with Vince Lom- published “When We Were One:
and sports writing—and contribut- bardi; the book told the story of the Stories of World War II.” In 2004
ing to journalism is exactly what legendary coach’s life in football. he was inducted into the Interna-
Heinz did, whether it was covering “Heinz’s work was always clear tional Boxing Hall of Fame.
sports or doing war reporting. His and it was descriptive,” Kindred “Bill Heinz was generous to ev-
stylistic approach to writing was, said. “The words meant the same eryone,” Kindred said. “He helped
however, different from Smith’s. to a 21-year-old and a 40-year-old. all journalists with his kind words
“If you read Red Smith’s work, We could relate to him. He was a that stayed with us forever. He
he was a stylist. Red Smith used great journalist.” never thought of himself as a great
lyrical words,” said Kindred. “Hei- Chris Jones, a senior writer at writer; he was humble.”
nz’s work was basic. It was funda- Esquire magazine, began cam- This is the third straight year
mental, and every word mattered.” paigning in 2006 for Heinz to re- that the Red Smith Award is being
Photo courtesy of AP After graduating from Middle- ceive the award. “Heinz wrote as given to a recipient who has died.
Bill Heinz, who died Feb. 27 at the age of 93, “was generous to bury College in 1937, Heinz began though his job were to remind you Heinz’s daughter, Gayl, will receive
everyone,” says former Red Smith Award winner Dave Kindred. working as a messenger boy and of what you already knew,” Jones the award in her father’s honor.
HOPPES continues from page 1
New APSE president: ‘I want to be involved in making a difference’
additional – perhaps radical – ideas volved in making a difference,” he photo rights. He explained that attended Western Kentucky Uni- trated (sometimes with stops in
during Hoppes’ term that will lead said. larger papers, including the Sen- versity with a $400 scholarship. between).
the organization to new horizons. So Hoppes, 41, dove into a tinel, have the resources to ﬁght Upon graduation he worked at The Hill says that is because Hoppes
Although Hoppes may come up number of leadership roles within leagues on issues like this. News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, “has somewhat of an innate sense
with some wild ideas, he probably APSE. In his 15 years with the It’s the smaller members that Ky. of if they’ll be successful,” and
won’t be the most visible personal- organization, he has served as need APSE to be a place to come Since then, he has worked at a pushes the reporters and columnists
ity this week. Southeast region chairman, diver- for help. number of papers, including The to be better than they were before.
“He’s not the kind of guy that’s sity chairman, convention host and “It seems like the emphasis has Courier-Journal in Louisville, the Fannin agreed, calling Hoppes
going to shut down the hospitality judging host, before beginning his always been on the larger papers,” Chicago Sun-Times, Newsday and one of the sharpest minds in
room at the convention,” Fannin ascent up the ladder as an ofﬁcer. Hoppes said, “but the majority the Washington Post before land- the business after working with
said of Hoppes, “but that doesn’t Hoppes wants the organization of our membership is smaller pa- ing in Orlando, where he has been Hoppes over his past few years in
mean he doesn’t care about the to make news, not just react to it. pers.” for 15 years. ofﬁce.
membership.” That could start with what he calls He focuses on the underdog be- From Orlando, a number of “He sees more than what I think
That’s the reason Hoppes got the biggest issue facing the indus- cause he’s been there. Hoppes’ hires have gone on to your average sports editor would
into the industry. “I want to be in- try right now — internet video and The Michigan native says he gigs at ESPN and Sports Illus- look at,” Fannin said.
MINNEAPOLIS 2008 APSE BUSINESS PAGE 5
Fannin fills watchdog role
BY YVETTE LANIER “He’s just very passionate about his work and his beliefs and and this is a huge one,” Fannin
APSE Bulletin staff writer said. “I felt like I had more to offer
what he thinks others should do. And he always shows that and this was the right opportunity
When you’re ﬁghting for “no passion whether you like it or not. He’s going to let you know to step up and accept a new role.”
restrictions” against the MLB, you
have to come in swinging.
where he stands.” Fannin joined The Star in 1997
Mike Fannin helped lift a ban - Larry Vaught and since then has worked his way
that the professional baseball up the ranks, as a deputy sports
league placed on restricting news- editor and for the past two years
papers photo galleries. worked as managing editor/sports
It was a victory for the depart- and features.
ing APSE president, whose goal This year, under Fannin’s lead-
was to be a watchdog for leagues ership the sports department won
trying to limit access to newspa- 12 APSE awards, including the
pers. Under the MLB new cre- Triple Crown — its third in ﬁve
dential agreement, the MLB and years.
APSE — with the help of lawyers Fannin’s commitment to jour-
from media companies, reached a nalism and drive to excel no mat-
deal allowing newspapers to use a ter how big the challenge is rooted
“reasonable” number of photos for deep in his passion for the busi-
their galleries. ness, his APSE’s colleagues says.
“It was an important distinc- “He’s just very passionate about
tion that we made with baseball his work and his beliefs and what
this year, and other leagues were he thinks others should do,” said
watching,” said Fannin, who be- Larry Vaught, third vice president
lieves this is only one step and and sports editor of the Danville
future presidents will have to Advocate-Messenger in Kentucky.
continue to challenge leagues in “And he always shows that pas-
the other sports limiting access to sion whether you like it or not.
newspapers. He’s going to let you know where
“It’s a good thing for APSE.” he stands.”
At ﬁrst glance, some may have But he’s not all hard work and
seen Fannin as just “another white no play though, said Garry How-
guy,” he said. But Fannin, whose ard, second vice president and as-
mother was Mexican-American Photo courtesy of APSE sistant managing editor/sports of
and whose father was of Irish an- Mike Fannin (left, with Lynn Hoppes) was viewed as “a true leader” by APSE colleagues. the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
cestory became the ﬁrst minority He has a soft side, said Howard.
president of APSE. cutting jobs and not hiring, while people going to ESPN, to Yahoo!, In May, he replaced Mark Zie- “He has a great sense of hu-
With the growing concern of many reporters are leaving for on- we’re probably losing a lot of good man as editor of the Kansas City mor and a smooth sartorial side,”
the lack of diversity in the news- line jobs. diversity there.” Star. Fannin became the second Howard said. “He has all the tools
rooms, Fannin said he’s worried “It’s been a long-term issue for As his term as APSE president sports editor in the paper’s history necessary to be tremendous in this
that minority numbers won’t in- newspapers and it’s not something wound down, Fannin found him- to take on the job (Joe McGuff was business.
crease as today’s papers face tight you’re going to solve over night,” self stepping up to the plate for a the ﬁrst in 1986). “Mike is a true leader,” How-
ﬁscal situations. Newsrooms are Fannin said. “As long as we have new challenge. “I always like a good challenge ard said.
APSE continues from page 1
Convention attendance worries reflect economic realities
budgets are viewed by most as economy,” Berninger said. “Some business is struggling, sports edi- that ﬁnances were a huge reason they have been ever.”
the main reason for the likely of the ﬁrst things papers cut from tor after sports editor cited budget for non-attendance. “Obviously we’d like to see ev-
lowered attendance this June. their budgets are conventions, even concerns when asked a second or “This year things have been erything turnaround. If everything
“The low number reﬂects though many, especially ours, of- third time about why they hadn’t considerably worse than other turns around and things get better,
what’s happening in our industry fer so much more than just a social registered for the convention.” years (ﬁnancially),” he said. I’ll make a change. The APSE does
as newspapers battle a decreas- gathering. Gene Abell, sports editor for the “There’s a lot of transition going a great job…it’s just really hard to
ing bottom line and a sagging “With few exceptions, our Lexington Herald-Leader, agreed on…things are tougher here than justify going right now. “
PAGE 6 NEWS AND NOTES MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Third VP Carrig
takes the next step
Plans include small-paper critiques
BY SUNNIE REDHOUSE
APSE Bulletin staff writer
Who’s the new
Toby Carrig has been given a big voice second VP?
to represent the little guys.
Voting for the position of second vice
Carrig became the third vice president president continued past press time for
for APSE after running unopposed. The Bulletin. The candidates were Michael
“There’s still a lot of people out there Anastasi of the Salt Lake City Tribune,
who want a voice,” said Carrig, who will Jorge Rojas of the Miami Herald and Tim
represent 202 papers. “(I want to) try to be Wheatley of the Baltimore Sun.
a voice for a lot of papers.” The deadline for votes to be cast
was June 15. Production on The Bulletin
Having been involved with APSE for was done at the Poynter Institute, where
four years, Carrig hopes to give more at- the Sports Journalism Institute was in
tention to the lower-tier sections. residence May 30-June 8. Photo by Bill Serre
He also hopes to increase their APSE Results will be announced during the Leon Carter delivers a New York-style lesson to Sports Journalism Institute interns
involvement and bring changes for the convention in Minneapolis.
-- Steven J. Gaither
Sunnie Redhouse (Salt Lake Tribune) and Carlos Silva (Houston Chronicle) at Poynter.
among other objectives.
Carrig said after Papers eliminating shooting and editing video as well as writing for
the newspaper and internet. “With ESPN and
watching his predeces- ban Newspapers of American in 2007, and
the paper’s ﬁrst APSE award for writing
production days CNN this is the only way to go to get readers.”
With that, reporters are learning more
sors he knew it was time
The term “daily” is becoming a less relevant multimedia skills. The Tribune partners with local
to take the next step as in 2005. term to describe some newspapers as a few NBC affiliate, News Channel 8 and TBO.com to
an APSE ofﬁcer. Carrig said an objective he would like seven-day-a-week newspapers are cutting out present content across all platforms.
“I saw what this asso- to emphasize under his new role includes publication days to save money. “We need to attract readers to our papers,”
ciation offered and how I working to obtain high school photo and The Washington Times, a 93,775 circulation said Nick Pugliese, the outgoing deputy sports
Carrig can be an asset,” Carrig access rights with the photos produced by paper in the nation’s capital, will remove Saturday editor of the Tampa Tribune. “With different
said. “I have a lot of re- news outlets. from its production line-up. The decision, elements, we feel that we can do that.”
announced by executive editor John Solomon, At the Times, prep writers host a weekly prep
spect for these people who have been in the “Making it known that as an organiza-
comes on the heels of a seven percent drop in football show on the paper’s website, tampabay.
job. I hopefully follow in their footsteps.” tion, it’s important,” Carrig said. circulation from 100,257 a year ago, according to com, Times sports editor Jack Sheppard said.
Carrig has been the editor of Semoball. Carrig says small papers that cover the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The paper also plans to have individual video
com in Cape Girardeau, Mo., since April mostly high schools face challenges that The additional resources, Solomon said, reports on each high school football team to
2007. are similar to those of larger papers that would go toward its newly revamped website and preview the season.
Semoball.com is a regional sports web- are struggling with obtaining photo rights printed Sunday edition. - Jerome Hubbard
site with material from ﬁve daily newspa- and access from professional leagues. The move is not expected to hurt weekend
pers including multimedia content in the Detailed changes in APSE’s inner
readership as the paper does not cover high
school sports. McCain cramps students
Cape Girardeau area. workings are also on Carrig’s agenda. In addition, the Daily Pilot in Orange County It took some Sports Journalism Institute
From January 2004 to September 2007, “One of the ﬁrst things I want to do (Calif.), is making a similar move. The paper is students roughly 10 minutes to get from their
before his move to the web site, Carrig was is do a critique exchange more speciﬁc actually a community insert published by the Los fourth floor rooms to the hotel lobby one
sports editor, at the Southeast Missourian to small papers,” Carrig said. “I’d be sat- Angeles Times and will discontinue its Monday morning during their stay at the Hilton St.
in Cape Girardeau. isﬁed to do something to bring in more edition. The 12-page insert is placed inside the Petersburg Bayfront.
members.” Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John
The 40-year-old Little Falls, N.Y. na- - Mario Aguirre McCain of Arizona, who checked into the hotel
tive has worked at 11 media outlets. At Fannin said Carrig’s hopes for the orga-
after an appearance at a local reception, caused
most of them he was either managing edi-
tor or sports editor.
nization are no surprise.
“It’s natural that that would be his fo- Focus turns to preps the delay. Hotel front desk attendants said the
Republican nominee stayed only for one night.
Mike Fannin, editor of The Kansas cus,” Fannin said. “Toby is just putting With newspapers competing with the internet Though McCain was a guest for just a matter
City Star and president of APSE, said he’s voice to what we all feel we need to do, for readers’ attention, both papers in the Tampa of hours, security at the hotel delayed guests
which is just to embrace every opportu- Bay market think they’ve found their niche – from checking out and blocked two elevators and
noticed Carrig’s work with small newspa-
preps coverage. stairways as the nominee left the hotel.
pers. nity.” Both the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg McCain isn’t the first presidential candidate
“Lots of people in APSE respect the Aside from Carrig’s determination and Times have placed an emphasis on expanding to stay at the hotel, according to Eddie Carvallo,
hard work that Toby does with the organi- dedication, Fannin said, he’s a person al- prep coverage to include video, audio, photo a front desk supervisor. Rudolph Giuliani
zation,” Fannin said. “He’s a real activist most anyone is comfortable talking to. galleries and blogs. stayed at the hotel during his campaign for the
with small newspapers.” “He’s well-liked, he’s well-respected,” Websites like ESPN.com offer national Republican Party nomination earlier this year.
Under Carrig’s direction, the Missou- Fannin said. “He’s one of those guys ev- sports coverage, but local newspapers can offer More recently, hip-hop mogul Russell
exclusive prep coverage that will attract readers. Simmons was a guest when he came to town for
rian won two National Newspapers Asso- eryone enjoys talking to in our national
“It is the way to go,” said Tampa Tribune a concert in mid-May.
ciation writing awards honored by Subur- meetings.” sportswriter Bill Ward, whose duties include - Caryn Grant
MINNEAPOLIS 2008 APSE CONTEST PAGE 7
APSE’s judging gets judged
test,” Sherman said. “I can’t really
Circulation How ‘breaking’ is
see how it would be fairer to have
The Oklahoman competing with
categories Of all the categories being
judged by APSE editors, the
staffs two and three times the size
of ours. I’d rather that we continue
to compete against comparable pa-
debated one involving breaking news
stories is the most affected by
pers with comparable staff sizes.”
Larry Starks, former assistant
managing editor/sports for the St.
“Newspapers update Louis Post-Dispatch, is no longer
BY JACKIE FRIEDMAN breaking news all day,” said
APSE Bulletin staff writer working in the print media. Now
contest chairman Lynn Hoppes
he’s the NBA news editor for
Nothing gets APSE members of the Orlando Sentinel. “The
talking, and arguing, more than graph they started with will ESPN. But he had an idea: Why
the mention of the organization’s be four graphs a half hour can’t the smallest category be
contest. This year, the point of later. There may be a typo or split into two (under 25,000 and
misspelling in the first one, 25,000-40,000).
contention has been the circulation
and on the Internet, you can That answer is easy: not enough
size categories. fix it. [For the contest,] they’ll
Smaller papers represent the judges.
probably submit the second or
vast majority of APSE members third version.” For example, in the February
but have had the slimmest chances And, as Hoppes has judging, Carrig’s group of just
of winning an award. For the 2007 witnessed firsthand, minor three people judged daily sections
contest, 202 papers competed in issues become major ones in for the 250,000-plus group and
Photo courtesy of APSE a hurry. It is that way for the
the under-40,000 category. Thirty- one writing category. As the chair
Not enough circulation categories? Not enough judges? Judges who industry, and for its contest. of the group, Carrig said he was up
four papers vied for top honors in “Newspapers are changing,
shouldn’t judge? As Jim Jenks (right) knows, contests can be tricky. until 2 a.m. each night, trying to
the 250,000-plus category. adapting and reinventing
At the winter meetings in Feb- against the motion. “No matter es need to be made. But there has themselves as we speak,” said sort through the entries.
ruary, APSE’s Executive Commit- what you do, you’re going to hurt been debate regarding how effec- Holly Lawton, AME/Sports of the Lynn Hoppes, APSE ﬁrst vice
tee rejected a motion to change the Kansas City Star via email, “so president and contest-judging chair,
somebody,” he said. “The more tive any one adjustment would be,
current circulation categories from the contest will naturally follow recruited and paid for 15 small-
important point is this organization and how fair the competition is. and do the same—maybe not
under 40,000, 40,000-100,000, needs to ﬁnd a way to appease or Toby Carrig, the organization’s paper editors to travel to Florida to
as fast as we should, but I know
100,000-250,000 and over 250,000 accommodate small papers with- incoming vice president for small we’re trying.”
judge—and said he still struggled
to under 25,000, 25,000-60,000, out impacting mid-sized papers.” newspapers, said the contest judg- --Jackie Friedman to sign up the desired 85 judges.
60,000-175,000 and over 175,000. APSE president Mike Fannin ing categories need to be altered. Brian Howell, sports editor
The main idea behind the pro- thinks he might have a way to do “I think there’s a market there of the Longmont (Colo.) Daily
posed change was to break up the that. For next year’s judging, Fan- that continues to grow if the small The Oklahoman (approximately Times-Call and ﬁrst-time judge,
40,000 and under category; with nin said he will set up “adjunct papers feel like they have the op- 200,000 circulation), would have offered another idea.“There are a
the change the smallest category judging for the best of under 20,000 portunity to earn something from seen his paper go from the second few papers that would be willing
would have included 122 papers circulation papers.” As Fannin ex- the contest,” Carrig said, “if they largest to the largest category if to judge things without coming to
rather than 202. plained it in an email, “We will be feel like they have a chance of get- the changes had been adopted. the convention, just send articles
Glen Crevier, sports editor of naming a top 10 in the under 20’s, ting something out of the contest “Certainly the change would to them,” Howell said. “I think
the Star Tribune in Minneapolis at least for section judging.” rather than just spending time.” [make] it fairer for the smaller that’s something we ought to look
and a past APSE president, voted Many editors agree that chang- Mike Sherman, sports editor of papers that participate in the con- into, using that resource.”
BY JACKIE FRIEDMAN I think going forward it would be a
APSE Bulletin staff writer
Jim Jenks was just trying to Good intentions by Jenks stir controversy lot more difﬁcult [to allow an indi-
vidual in that position to judge].”
help out. The former APSE presi- The question is, of course, big-
dent who now works as a vice I’m a former president of APSE is the case for all past presidents both in contest judging and vot- ger than one contest or one per-
president/executive producer for and still an ofﬁcer because of that of the organization. According to ing on issues before the Execu- son’s particular job.
MLB.com says he never expected presidency. I wanted to stay as in- the group’s bylaws, former presi- tive Committee. Jerry Micco of “There was no precedent to
the controversy that resulted from volved as I could for the good of dents are members of the Execu- the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who follow at the time, but of course
his role as a contest judge at the these papers and that industry.” tive Committee for life. But since heads the committee, said the com- APSE members are going to keep
winter meetings. Jenks served as APSE’s leader Jenks’ current job has him working mittee expects to make a report to moving to MLB and other web-
“I didn’t anticipate it,” Jenks in 2006, when he was the sports for an entity that sports sections the membership at the Minneapo- only sites, so it’ll be addressed in
said of the criticism, some voiced editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, cover, questions about the appear- lis convention. a concrete way now,” said Holly
on the message board sportsjour- a job he still held for 11 months ance of conﬂict of interest arose. “The perception of a conﬂict Lawton, AME/Sports at the Kan-
nalists.com. “Had I anticipated it, of the period being judged at the Now APSE’s Futures Com- of interest is big in any case,” said sas City Star, via email. “In any
maybe I would have taken a differ- contest this past February. After mittee is reviewing the issue of Glen Crevier of the Star Tribune case, whatever the perception, Jim
ent look. … I wasn’t going in there his term, he became a member of eligibility for participation in the in Minneapolis, and himself a for- has been a longtime judge and is
trying to drive an MLB agenda. APSE’s Executive Committee, as organization for former presidents, mer APSE president. “That’s why a pro.”
PAGE 8 MEET THE STU
Made in the shade Mario Aguirre
Cal-State Fullerton, senior,
Colorado Springs Gazette
The next best thing to being a basketball
player is becoming a sports writer.
That’s the mindset Aguirre, 23, had
growing up in the Boyle Heights neighbor-
hood of East Los Angeles. In high school,
he didn’t make the basketball team, but
his eleventh grade teacher noticed he
excelled in writing and suggested a career
His dream of becoming a professional
basketball player ended with the help of
journalism awards that made him realize
journalism was his calling.
“This is the only job I imagine myself
doing,” Aguirre said.
Since then, he’s had internships or jobs
at the (Los Angeles) Daily News, Hispanic
Link News Service under the Scripps
Howard Foundation Wire, The Orange County
Register and The Los Angeles Times.
Aguirre aspires to be an NBA beat writer
covering the Lakers or Clippers.
Hinton thought he could be the next Ken
Photo by Bill Serne Griffey Jr. — a left-handed hitter with a
Students relax in Poynter’s courtyard with a statue of an anonymous reader. Who says newspapers are going out of style? nice, smooth swing. But that didn’t work
out. Months after arriving at college,
he went to a press box with a senior
sports writer and found a new dream. She
Sports Journalism Institute gathered the quotes, but Hinton took stats
and wrote his first article.
“Telling the stories, that was OK,” said
Class of 2008 Hinton, 21. “But I just loved being around
sports; that’s why I’m a sports journalist.”
As a second-semester freshman, Hinton
took over as sports editor, a job he’s held
for two and a half years. The Jacksonville,
Fla., native will be editor-in-chief this fall.
Last spring, Hinton was the lead writer
for the website of the Daytona Beach
Thunder, an indoor football team.
“Athletes, they have natural abilities
to play sports,” he said. “I think it’s the
same, having a natural ability, for the
writers that cover sports.”
UDENTS PAGE 9
Stephen Chen Jackie Friedman Steven Gaither Caryn Grant
UC-Berkeley, ’08 graduate Syracuse Univ., ’08 graduate Winston-Salem State Univ., senior Howard University, senior
Tacoma (Wash.) News Tribune Minneapolis Star Tribune Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer Wilmington (Del.) News Journal
Chen has written around 200 articles, Friedman has been a natural at covering A young Gaither thought he was going At age 17, Grant walked into a campus
but he found himself in a new situation sports since she was 8, making recordings to be a 6-foot-7 guard like NBA player newspaper budget meeting her first week
when SJI traveled to Tropicana Field in St. of the Syracuse Orangemen basketball team Anfernee Hardaway. But having fallen a foot on campus at Howard University, received
Petersburg, Fla. with her younger brother while watching TV. shy of his ideal height, Gaither opted to her assignment and started interviewing
“I had never covered a baseball game,” Mix that with a passion for writing that sit courtside with a pen and pad in hand national political leaders.
he said. “The recap we did was my first.” dates back to the fifth grade and you have instead. Since then, she’s done multiple intern-
For the past year, Chen, 22, has been a journalist who has an amazing zeal for the Growing up in Statesville, N.C., Gaither ships and a held several jobs at The
busy managing the staff and budget as field. followed in the footsteps of his role model, Hilltop, Howard’s campus newspaper. The
editor in chief and president of the univer- “I love writing and I love hearing people’s Stephen A. Smith, by attending nearby uncertainty of each day intrigues her.
sity’s independent student newspaper, The stories,” said Friedman, 21. Winston-Salem State University. Gaither, “It’s the only thing that’s ever kept
Daily Californian. Not only has she always been interested 22, quickly rose through the ranks at the my attention for more than two years,”
The budget cuts Chen was forced to in sports, but also the people involved campus paper and eventually became she said. “You never know what’s gonna
make during his senior year– trimming because she finds them “more interesting editor-in-chief. Gaither admires Smith’s work happen.”
one-tenth of his paper‘s $1 million than I am.” because he “knows his stuff” and “does The 21-year-old Bloomfield, Mich.,
operating budget -- earned him the While writing for her school newspaper, his homework.” native’s first love was sports. Grant spent
nickname “10 percent” during SJI’s The Daily Orange, she has covered several Gaither always has been an avid reader, her childhood surrounded by boys and
week-long boot camp, but the experience different sports and stories, including how even as a child, when he says at times he sports, and soaked up the latter. In the
gave him a real-world look into journalism. technology has changed the recruitment of would sit in the house and read instead midst of a successful three-year varsity
“It was a tremendous experience,” he athletes. of playing outside. He remembers his basketball career at West Bloomfield
said. “It’s a challenging time for journalism, Her prior internships were for The Buffalo grandmother once pushing him out of the High, where she was dubbed “A demon of
but it’s very motivating to try and turn it News and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. house, saying, “Michael Jordan didn’t defense” by the Detroit Free Press, she
around.” become Michael Jordan by reading books.” found her new passion -- journalism.
Jerome Hubbard Yvette Lanier Sunnie Redhouse Carlos M. Silva Jr.
Grambling State, ’08 graduate Michigan State University, senior Univ. of New Mexico, ’08 graduate Univ. of Texas at El Paso, senior
San Francisco Chronicle The Denver Post Salt Lake City Tribune Houston Chronicle
A star defensive back on his high When Lanier received word she has been Minority representation in journalism is Silva went to college thinking he was
school’s football team in Oakland, Hubbard accepted to be an intern in this year’s SJI scarce, and few people know that feeling going to be an engineer.
decided in his senior year to trade in his program, she couldn’t believe it. better than Redhouse – a Native American. “I took my first math class and realized
jersey for a spot in the press box. “I thought my grades were not good Born and raised on the Navajo reserva- I couldn’t solve any equations,” said Silva,
It was the beginning of discovering his enough,” she said. tion in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., Redhouse 22, who is now majoring in communications
new love: journalism. Lanier knew early in life she wanted represents a minority group that comprises (print media) with a minor in creative writing
“I guess it just has always been in to be a journalist. “I used to read the one percent of the print journalism and aspiring to be a professional journalist.
my blood,” Hubbard said. “I love sports. sports section after my father when I was landscape, according to unityjournalists.org. He joined his school newspaper, The
I always wanted a career surrounding younger,” Lanier said. “Ever since then I That staggering figure propelled Redhouse Prospector, as a sports correspondent
sports.” was in love reading sports.” to pursue a career in journalism. before becoming sports editor there in
Now, the 21-year-old counts it as a As a high school senior, Lanier worked at “Even if it’s just one person, it means a 2007. That same year, Silva began writing
blessing. “I couldn’t believe it,” said the Detroit Free Press and had internships lot to make something of myself,” she said. for Rivals.com, where he is the publisher
Hubbard, who just received his degree in at the Parsons (Kan.) Sun and the Lexington So far, Redhouse has completed five for the UTEP page. A 2008 Chips Quinn
mass communications. “So many times you (Ky.) Herald Leader in college. internships: St. Cloud Times twice (the Scholar, Silva interned at the Tallahassee
have people who have a degree and they The Detroit native has worked as a latter through the Chipps Quinn program), Democrat covering prep and Florida State
don’t have anything lined up.” sports reporter and features writer for The Albuquerque Journal, The Santa Fe New sports before beginning at SJI.
Hubbard has held internships at State News, the student newspaper at Mexican and Sports Illustrated, where she Having lived in El Paso all his life, the
South Bend (Ind.) Tribune and with the MSU. As a reporter, Lanier, 22, followed wrote stories and executed research work. travel is something he welcomes, even after
Indianapolis Colts. the university teams as well as local sports Although her goal is to cover the Phoenix he graduates.
“(It’s a blessing to be) a little boy from events. As a features writer, she wrote on Suns, Redhouse, 22, will look to hone her “I don’t care where I go. I’m looking for
Oakland, Calif., who made it out of the topics ranging from underground hip hop to reporting skills as a versatile sports writer any chance to tell stories,” he said. “That’s
hood,” Hubbard said. unique cars around campus. in Salt Lake City this summer. what wakes me up every morning.”
PAGE 10 APSE AWARDS MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Register staff wears Triple Crown proudly
BY CARYN GRANT by the Palm Beach Post in the
APSE Bulletin staff writer 100,000-250,000 circulation group
Since his 1999 appointment as and the Kansas City Star and Lin-
executive sports editor of the Des coln (Neb.) Journal Star were
Moines Register, Bryce Miller has Triple Crown winners in the over
been dedicated to having a more 250,000 and 40,000-100,000 cat-
consistent frequency of enterprise egories, respectively.
pieces in the section. Something that Miller believes
Miller said the staff of between set the Register apart from other
25 and 30 people has roughly tri- publications was the paper’s use of
pled the number of enterprise sto- what he calls “wrappers.”
ries since he took the reins nearly a Following major events, such
decade ago. as NASCAR events or high school
“Although we’re growing, championships, the ﬁrst two pages
we’re still trying to focus on en- of the section are entirely dedicat-
terprise. Sections can get over- ed to coverage from that particular
whelming when they’re loaded event. Page three, he says, is the ac-
with straight news,” Miller said. tual sports cover. The format gives
“Predictability is the ﬁrst sign of the section a double-cover feel.
newspaper death in my mind.” While Miller is conﬁdent that
The Register is alive and kick- the uniqueness of the wrappers im-
ing, winning the paper’s ﬁrst APSE pressed the judges, he pointed out
Triple Crown. Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Register that the win was much deeper than
The sports landscape in the This is the first Triple Crown for executive sports editor Bryce Miller and his staff in Des Moines. a gimmick. The Register has won
heartland has increased in the past APSE writing awards in the break-
couple of years, giving the Regis- ﬁer to the Olympic Games, and the ingly attribute this year’s achieve- the Register does a high level of ing news category in recent years.
ter staff plenty to write about. Iowa Corn Indy 250. ment to “raw and absolute luck.” work on a consistent basis. “Those awards show instinct,”
This summer the area will host Last year, the paper wasn’t While admitting that some of The staff strives to eliminate Miller said, acknowledging that
the NCAA outdoor track & ﬁeld named in the top 10 or honorable the mandatory dates for entries off-days, which Miller says is im- those awards are equally as impor-
championships, the Hy-Vee Triath- mention of any of the three contest landed on some big issues for the possible, but a key mentality. tant as the Crown. “You can’t plan
lon — which will serve as a quali- categories, leading Miller to jok- section, he noted that just showed The Register was joined for that.”
Pioneer Press’ Smith spins tragedy into award-winning piece
BY SUNNIE REDHOUSE astated that he robbed a bank and Smith is from small-town Ar- second time there, in summer While ﬁrst applying for the
APSE Bulletin staff writer left the public thinking he was psy- lington, S.D. One of six graduates 2006, that she met her husband Globe internship Smith said she
Kelsie Smith was nervous. chologically unstable. from her high school, she began Chris Snow. ﬁlled out 30 applications in hopes
It might have been because she “It was a very sad story,” Smith her college education at South Snow at the time was a Boston of landing an internship.
was about to ask former Minnesota said. “(But) it ended up being well Dakota State University for three Red Sox beat writer who later left “I ﬁnd that remarkable myself,”
Twins closer Jeff Reardon about worth it.” semesters before transferring and The Globe for his dream job work- Chris Snow said. “(To be selected)
pitching in the 1987 World Series. It wasn’t until earlier this year graduating from the University of ing as director of hockey opera- purely on merit and quality of ap-
But it wasn’t. that she found out how worthy the Kansas in May 2006. tions for the Minnesota Wild. plication. I think that’s almost un-
Smith had the jitters because story was. Smith has had internships at the While Smith always knew she heard of.”
she was about to revisit a tragic Smith’s feature story not only Duluth News Tribune, the Los An- wanted to live a life in the journal- Smith got her ﬁrst job as a free-
chapter in the life captured the attention of readers geles Times and twice at the Bos- ism world, she said her internship lance writer for the Pioneer Press.
of Reardon and across the country but it won her ton Globe. at the Los Angeles Times was one Because there were no permanent
his wife Phebe. ﬁrst place in the 250,000 feature Boston Globe assistant manag- that assured her interest in the ﬁeld. opening at the time, she left the
“I wanted writing category in the APSE 2008 ing editor/sports Joe Sullivan said It was at the L.A. Times that Smith Pioneer Press and worked part
people to know annual writing contest. it’s no surprise Smith was recog- found a mentor in Times columnist time for the Minneapolis Star Tri-
his story,” Smith Smith said the idea came last nized with such an honor. Bill Plaschke. bune. It was in early 2007 that the
said. summer, when the Pioneer Press “Anyone who’s had a summer “He made me realized I could Pioneer Press had an opening and
The 24-year- decided to put together a tribute to internship at The Globe has gone accomplish what I wanted to,” she was given the role of backup
old Minnesota the 20th anniversary of the Twins’ onto have success in the business,” Smith said. “That’s one of the Twins’ reporter.
Smith Twins backup 1987 World Series Championship. Sullivan said. “Her talent, her skills things that’s always stuck with “People in Boston rave about
writer for the St. Paul Pioneer “It was difﬁcult when I won the and dedication are part of it too. I me.” her in good reason,” said Mike
Press, wrote about the tragedy the award,” Smith said. “I was happy can’t say enough about Kelsie.” Some of her less obvious ac- Bass, sports editor of the St. Paul
Reardons faced with the loss of but it was bittersweet, because it Two consecutive summer in- complishments include obtaining Pioneer Press said. “Kelsie is a
their middle son, Shane. A loss that feels like you’re capitalizing on ternships weren’t the only things her internships with little to no very talented, hard working per-
left Jeff Reardon emotionally dev- someone’s grief.” Smith got from Globe, it was her journalism organization help. son.”
8 MINNEAPOLIS 2008 INDUSTRY INSIDER PAGE 11
12 awards for K.C.
BY YVETTE LANIER ers are working on projects, they are given
APSE BULLETIN STAFF WRITER a deadline based on the topic, sources and
The sports department at the Kansas research, said Lawton, but no more than a
City Star is in a league of its own. week or two.
At the APSE contest judging in Or- Even with the right staff, there must be
lando in February, the Star not only won a right vision so that everything falls into
the Triple Crown (placing in the top 10 in place and meshes, Fannin said. He pushes
daily, Sunday and special section judging) his reporters to come up with enterprise
Photos courtesy of AP
but also placed 12 entries in the top 10—a ideas that are leading, refreshing and di-
Valtteri Filppula and Lord Stanley’s Cup were no match for Kobe and Company. record for a newspaper. verse, said columnist Posnanski, who has
It was a special moment for Mike Fan- worked at the paper for 12 years.
Tale of two finals —
nin, at the time managing editor/sports and “It begins with the idea that just putting
features, and Holly Lawton, sports editor. It out an OK paper with the news of the day
was the Star’s third Triple Crown in the last and a couple of basic features is not good
ﬁve years and came just three months be- enough,” said Posnanski, who placed in the
fore Fannin was promoted to editor of the top-10 for column writing for the sixth con-
NHL takes on NBA entire paper; he was succeeded by Lawton. secutive time. “Mike is constantly pushing
“I can’t plan for a year like that,” said the boundaries of what a sports section can
Fannin, who succeeded Mark Zieman as and should do, and I think that’s where it
editor of The Star in May. “It was mind begins.”
boggling and humbling at the same time.
Hoops’dream matchup packs in the press Sports reporter Reiter, who won the ex-
I am not surprised in a sense; our desk has planatory award with Blair Kerkhoff for
done some great work. It’s nice to be able their stories on the Missouri-Kansas rival-
BY S TEVEN J. GAITHER During a press conference at the ﬁnals, to come home and tell ry, said the vision Fannin
APSE Bulletin staff writer league commissioner Gary Bettman was folks that they have done has for the paper works
When the Detroit Red Wings defeated asked how his league can cope with the re- something that probably “It just spotlights like magic.
the Pittsburgh Penguins to win their fourth ality that the NBA’s playoff broadcasts di- has not been done in the our teamwork.” “It leads people to be-
Stanley Cup in less than 11 years, only eight rectly compete with hockey’s ﬁnal event of history of the contest.” ing inspired and ﬁred up
daily newspapers outside of the home cities the season. The paper cleaned - Holly Lawton about their job every day,”
of Pittsburgh and Detroit had reporters on “What I think is going on–and I’m not up, capturing nine top-10 Reiter said.
hand to witness the event, according to glo- privy to the NBA contractual arrangements, writing awards in the categories of feature At the paper everyone is constantly
beandmail.com. That’s a far cry from, say, but I’m going to make an educated guess. writing, game-story, project reporting and pushing each other to excel at a higher lev-
20 years ago, when nearly all major dailies TNT and ESPN and, or ABC, one in the column writing. The award-winning cast el, and it all starts with Fannin.
sent reporters. Even the Chicago Tribune, same for this purpose, schedule themselves included Jason King, Brady McCollough, “He really wants to put people in position
about a four-hour drive from Detroit, de- out and they have programming, alternate Howard Richman, Adam Teicher, Candace to succeed,” Posnanski said. “That sounds
cided not to staff this years ﬁnals. programming on some nights, and then they Buckner (SJI alum 2000), Joe Posnanski, like a little thing, but it’s really much hard-
The Boston Globe, The New York Times schedule the NBA on others,” said Bettman. Bill Reiter, Jason Whitlock, and Sam Mel- er than it sounds–the easiest thing to do is
and The Denver Post, among others, cov- “We’re up against the NBA conference ﬁ- linger, Mechelle Voepel and Randy Co- force people out or give up on people. But
ered the ﬁnals. nals no matter what we do.” vitz. Mike really believes that the paper will be
Conversely, the NBA Finals—with the Bill Bradley, sports editor of The Sac- One of the paper’s winning stories better if you play to people’s strengths, if
renewed rivalry of the Boston Celtics and ramento Bee, said both reader interest and showed the staff teamwork. It was a pack- you make them a part of things.”
Los Angeles Lakers plus the star power of ﬁnances factored into his paper’s decision- age that explored the impact of money in Another reason the paper has been so
foreign players such as Spain’s Pau Gasol making process. While Sacramento is not football. The package was produced by a consistent at being successful is the team
and France’s Ronny Turiaf—have attracted an NHL city, the San Jose Sharks are just team of 11 reporters, and won in the proj- chemistry, Lawton said.
much more media attention. According to two hours away. ect reporting category. Another winner was “We are all friends as well as co-work-
the league, 1,800 credentials were issued, “I do not have the interest in my market sports columnist Posnanski, who was rec- ers, and we spend a good amount of time
including a record 280 from 35 foreign to staff Sharks games regularly, let alone ognized for his game story on golfer Zach together outside the ofﬁce,” Lawton said.
countries. the Stanley Cups ﬁnals,” Bradley said. “In- Johnson’s road to success when he won the “Most of our best ideas come out of a beer
In this era of declining circulation and terest in the Sharks would be the only rea- Masters. down the street rather than our ‘brainstorm-
ad revenues, staff and travel cuts have hit son to devote staff resources to covering the “It’s very nice to have other sports edi- ing’ sessions in a closed-up little room.”
many newspapers hard. Many papers that Finals.” tors say we’re good, it certainly is grati- When you have the right formula, vision
might have covered the Cup ﬁnals in the Bud Geracie, acting sports editor of the fying for the staff, and it makes everyone and the team chemistry in place, you end
past have been forced to use wire copy to Mercury News, also said he would only cov- smile a little bit,” Lawton said. “For me, it up doing the unthinkable and that’s what
replace reporters, due to the ﬁnancial reali- er the ﬁnals if the Sharks were involved. just spotlights our teamwork. Sounds like a happened for the Star’s staff at the APSE
ties of the business. Also since the 2004-05 cliché, but we’re a good team and I really contest.
“Had the Sharks reached the Stanley Cup
NHL lockout, interest in the sport has de- love our team.” “We love what we do. We hang out,”
ﬁnals we’d have been there in droves, “said
clined. For example, the ﬁrst two games of With no general assignment reporters on Reiter said. “We root for each other. We
Geracie. “Any other team, the expense sim-
the Stanley Cup ﬁnals were not on network their team, Lawton said her writers do a lot strive to live up to the really high standard
ply cannot be justiﬁed, especially in these
television, shown instead on Versus. of work outside of their beats. When writ- Mike and Holly set for us.”
PAGE 12 DIVERSITY REPORT MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Starks’ exit underscores industry issue
professor of sports sociology at
Updated gender, “I was told that the town would not accept an African UC Berkley.
American writer and that it would be better for me to be a That’s because editors have
racial report card sports writer.” decision-making power.
- Larry Starks “You are an editor,” said Ed-
set for release wards. “You have the power to de-
ﬁne what is valid, real, what stories
BY CARLOS M. SILVA JR. “I was told that the town would Starks’s shift out of print re- did more to let people know where will be headlines and what stories
APSE Bulletin staff writer not accept an African American duced the number of African we were, and I thank Dr. Lapchick will not make the media at all.”
Growing up in Chicago, Larry writer and that it would be better American sports editors to four, for that. The consensus is that the num-
Starks began a routine that became for me to be a sports writer,” Starks and underscored the fact that mi- “I don’t think these numbers are bers are still too low and the rea-
clockwork soon afterwards. As a said. “It was bruising at the time, norities continue to be underrep- going to change overnight. This is sons for it are endless.
young boy he ran to the corner and but I needed a resented in sports departments a big steamship which has been There is also concern that the
picked up the Sun-Times everyday job. I swallowed around the country. sailing for a long time…I think state of the economy will only add
to read about his favorite teams; pride, whatever How underrepresented? Ac- things are much better today than to the problem, as minority editors
the Chicago Blackhawks and the else and took the cording to the 2006 Racial and they were yesterday. That’s all you exit and are not replaced. In the
Chicago Cubs. job.” Gender Report Card of the Asso- can ask for.” end, editors agree that they want
He was destined to be a journal- From that job ciated Press Sports Editors con- The number of minorities in the most qualiﬁed individual for
ist. he went from ducted by Dr. Richard Lapchick, sports departments has increased any opening that comes up.
Starks, now 45, kept the passion publication to 94.7 percent of sports editors are over the last 30 years according to “You hire the best person for
for the subject during college at publication (Pas- white and 90 percent are male. (A a study conducted by the Ameri- the job,” said Lynn Hoppes, Or-
Judson University in Illinois, and Starks adena California new survey is due out at this year’s can Society of Newspaper Editors. lando Sentinel associate managing
his ﬁrst job at the Courier News in Star, L.A. Daily APSE convention.) The survey The Newsroom Employment Cen- editor. “Now you have to classify
Elgin, Ill. News and National Sports Daily) was done with the cooperation of sus showed that out of 52,600 full- what best means to you…I think
He was focused on writing bet- until he earned the sports editor 300 APSE papers. time journalists, 13.52 percent are right now if you’re a great sports
ter, and never thought about the position at the St. Louis Post Dis- “It was a stunning report,” said minorities. writer or sports editor you’ll still
lack of minorities in the news- patch in 1998. Garry Howard, APSE second vice That represents a 9.57 percent get a job. It doesn’t matter what
room until he was denied a posi- He stayed there for nine years president and the organization’s increase from 1978. race or gender you are, you’ll still
tion as a political correspondent before moving to his current po- only African American ofﬁcer. “It It may be a small change, but have a job. The thing is, will the
at the Downers Grove Reporter in sition as an NBA news editor for let us know that we were pretty it does improve coverage, accord- job be in the city you hope for?
Downers Grove, Ill. broadcasts on ABC and ESPN. white, and needed to diversify. It ing to Dr. Harry Edwards, a former Maybe not.”
What will the numbers show this time around?
BY JEROME HUBBARD primary author of the APSE African-Americans held 6.2 near being okay.”
APSE Bulletin staff writer Report Card. “Hopefully percent of the jobs, Latinos There are at least a few
Everyone knows that ra- people get an equal opportu- 3.6 percent, Asians 1.3 per- bright signs on the horizon.
cial and gender equity are nity to get a job.” cent, and “other” people of A survey released this year
longstanding problems in In June 2006, the Racial color less than 1 percent. by the American Society of
newsrooms. We also know and Gender Report Card of The survey further Newspaper Editors (which
that newsrooms are cutting The Associated Press Sports showed that 94.7 percent concentrates on newsrooms
back because of the current Editors assessed disparity of sports editors were white as a whole) showed that
gloomy state of the econo- in sports departments and and 90 percent were male. although newsrooms staffs
my. painted a revealing picture. Whites held 86.9 percent decreased slightly, the per-
With cutbacks come buy- “We have been doing of the assistant sports edi- centage of minorities grew.
outs, layoffs and other exits something called the Racial tor posts in the survey while The report also highlight-
from the print ranks, more and Gender Report Card people of color made up ed the fact that minorities ac-
than occasionally involving for college and professional 13.1 percent. count for 11.4 percent of all
women and minority staff- sports since 1985,” said Lap- Additionally, it showed supervisors in newsrooms,
ers. chick. “We always wanted 89.9 percent of America’s which brings this percentage
So when the 2008 Racial to do it on sports journalists sports columnists were to its level of two years ago.
and Gender Report Card is but never had the access. white. Of all minorities on
released at the APSE con- APSE gave us the access.” “We wanted to give a newsroom staffs, 22 percent
vention this week, how bad According to the 2006 baseline of data for how are supervisors.
will the numbers be? report, white men and wom- far sports journalists are However, 423 of the
“We are in a difﬁcult time en comprised 88 percent of from diligently representing newspapers responding to Photo courtesy of Boston Globe
in newspapers overall,” said the total sports staffs of all America,” Lapchick said. the survey had no minorities Richard Lapchick (left, with his son) says the numbers
Dr. Richard Lapchick, the APSE member newspapers; “The numbers are nowhere on their full-time staff. in the 2006 report card “are nowhere near being okay.”
MINNEAPOLIS 2008 INDUSTRY INSIDER PAGE 13
Familiar faces: Going, going ...
Buyouts, multimedia opportunities lure many On the move
BY S TEVEN HINTON ington Post have shortened their The network has, in fact, snapped
APSE Bulletin staff writer staffs with big names leaving and up a number of print standouts,
The Boston Globe sports sec- newsrooms adjusting to more de- some who took buyouts and some
tion is known to cover the big mands in this an Olympic year. who did not.
event well because of adequate This past quarter, the Gan- Last July, ESPN brought on
space and a deep roster of talent- nett Newspaper Company expe- Claire Smith as a news editor
ed writers and reporters. rienced a nine percent drop in ad working with the network’s pro-
This past year the Globe has Adande Bryant Fainaru-Wada Roberts
sales. duction teams on Major League
had plenty of big stories to write The Tribune Company also Baseball game broadcasts. Smith
about, from the “Spygate” af- witnessed a sharp eight percent spent more 25 years writing for Print to ESPN
fair of the New England Patriots decrease in ad sales. newspapers such as the New NAME PRIOR NEWSPAPER
(whose bid for perfection was Boston Globe assistant man- York Times and the Philadelphia Ken Fratus Boston Globe
stopped in the Super Bowl by the aging editor/sports Joe Sullivan Inquirer and has covered baseball Pat Yasinkas Charlotte Observer
New York Giants), to the Boston has had to deal with a loss of for 20 of those years. JA Adande Los Angeles Times
Red Sox winning their second four staff members within a two- Other big names leaving print TJ Quinn New York Daily News
World Series in four years, to month time frame. for the “world wide leader” in Claire Smith Philadelphia Inquirer
the return to glory for the Boston “It’s impossible to replace 20 sports include Howard Bryant Mark Fainaru-Wada San Francisco Chronicle
Celtics. years of expertise,” talking about and T.J. Quinn. Jorge Arangure Washington Post
But the Celtics’ playoff run is writer MacMullen. Sullivan also “They want to work in a safe Howard Bryant Washington Post
where the really tough challenges lost assistant sports editors Ken haven industry,” Sullivan said.
Tony Kornheiser Washington Post
began for the paper. As the play- Fratus and Reid Laymance. “They don’t want to work where
offs were starting, the paper lost Mark Schlabach Washington Post
After 32 years, Fratus accept- they feel that their job is at stake
two NBA specialists, columnist ed a buyout and left for ESPN because of the industry itself.
Jackie MacMullan and reporter and Laymance accepted the This is either a result of a bad Other notable departures
Peter May. Both accepted buy- sports editor’s position at the St. year or how the industry is turn- NEWSPAPER WHO AND WHY
outs. MacMullan left before the Louis Post-Dispatch. ing into.” Boston Globe Jackie MacMullen took a buyout
postseason started and May was The Globe’s Red Sox writer But despite of the current con- Peter May took a buyout
done after the team’s ﬁrst round Gordon Edes is currently in the ditions of newspapers, USA To- Reid Laymance to St. Louis Post-Disptach
match-up against the Atlanta middle of an arbitration to re- day managing editor Monte Lo- Chicago Tribune Sam Smith took a buyout
Hawks. ceive a buyout. rell isn’t too concerned. He says Kansas City Star Jason King to Yahoo! Sports
The Globe’s troubles are be- Clearly, taking a buyout can the industry has “stood the test of Miami Herald Jason Cole to Yahoo! Sports
cause of industry-wide revenue be a good thing for some journal- time” and is resilient. Dan LeBatard took a year off
shortfalls, which have resulted ists, especially those who have “People still like newspapers New York Times Murray Chass took a buyout
in major downsizing. Since other job possibilities. One such because they are portable and Selena Roberts to Sports Illustrated
April, newspapers such as The person is J.A. Adande, who left they like the textile feel of it,” he Lee Jenkins to Sports Illustrated
New York Times and the Wash- the Los Angeles Times for ESPN. said.
As Rays shine, storm brews in St. Pete
As the Tampa Bay Rays enjoy their best season, a and size. POWW says that the stadium will be funded
fight about their proposed new ballpark is stirring up by the “sale of public taxpayer land and additional
residents in St. Petersburg taxation.”
Two signs sit strategically placed on the sidewalk’s “We can’t keep [the signs] in stock,” said Hal
edge —one at 341 Third Street South, the other at 357. Freedman, a POWW representative, via email. “…We
One is blue. The other is red. One suggests community have been distributing them at sign-waving events … and
action. The other screams against it. neighborhood and civic association meetings.
Residents in the Bay area are voicing opinions about MajorLeagueDowntown, a website launched by the
a proposal to build a new downtown open-air Rays Rays to promote the stadium proposal, is also handing
stadium. out signs. “We have distributed approximately 4,000
On June 5, the City Council voted 7-1 to proceed with signs,” said Bill Walsh, a representative with the organi-
the referendum for a new waterfront stadium at the site zation. Walsh said almost 150 businesses also actively
of Al Lang Field, also to be named Tropicana Field. The support the campaign.
proposed completion date is April 2012. Another vote According to the site, a new stadium would provide
will take place on July 17. 2,500 new permanent jobs and generate tens of millions
Photo by David Squires An organization known as POWW! Preserve our of dollars in increased tax revenues.
The SJI students interview Rays manager Joe Maddon before a game Wallets and Waterfront! argues against the proposal,
citing the cost, traffic, parking, environmental damage -Jackie Friedman
on May 31.
PAGE 14 INSIDE THE INDUSTRY MINNEAPOLIS 2008
Several papers say no to Olympics
BY MARIO AGUIRRE decision to allocating those funds Sentinel, part of the Tribune Com-
APSE Bulletin staff writer to coverage “closer to home,” pany, will receive stories from its
Paul Oberjuerge was another namely a six-part magazine focus- top heavy-hitters – the Los Angeles
casualty in the print media land- ing on the Yankees and the closing Times and the Chicago Tribune.
scape. of storied Yankee Stadium. Also, due to a 12- to 15-hour
In March, amid dwindling cir- The Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press- time difference, U.S. newspapers
culation ﬁgures in the newspaper Democrat, White Plains (N.Y.) will rely largely on their websites
industry, Oberjuerge–a sports edi- Journal, Arizona East Valley Tri- to deliver up-to-date information.
tor and columnist who covered a bune, Savannah (Ga.) Morning The time change forces newspapers
dozen Olympic Games during News, Staten Island (N.Y.) Ad- to look ahead to upcoming events,
his 30-year tenure at the San Ber- vance, Worcester (Mass.) Telegram rather than focus on occurrences
nardino (Calif.) Sun–was laid off and Gazette, and Louisville (Ky.) from the previous day.
months before the Olympics got Courier-Journal have each returned “This is really going to be a
underway. their lone press credential. Web Olympics,” said Mike James,
So much for lucky No. 13. This has allowed larger circu- deputy sports editor at the Los An-
Such has been the case for lation papers and websites to ap- geles Times.
newspapers across the country, as ply for additional passes, and the The L.A. Times is sending 17
Photo courtesy of AP
it looks for ways to cut costs and Olympic Committee has obliged. staffers–including 10 reporters,
revitalize revenue. Several news- China prepares, but many U.S. papers won’t be there this summer. Yahoo! Sports has increased four writers from its foreign bu-
papers, because of ﬁnancial hard- newspaper returned its only press ing with the state of the (newspa- its request from 4 to 13 creden- reau, two bloggers and a techni-
ships, will be unable to send re- credential to the USOC. per) industry.” tials. The Washington Post has cian. With online operations as a
porters to Beijing this summer. “It’s disappointing,” said Pat- Media News Group, a Dean gone from 14 to 16. The New York vital element in this year’s cov-
In October 2006, U.S. media ton, who has been a reporter for Singleton-owned company that Times went from 19 to 32. And erage, blogging will be a critical
were approved for 530 press cre- over 22 years. “Any time you’re owns 40 papers throughout nine USA Today, which will also cover factor for newspapers, mainly to
dentials to cover the Olympics. in this business, as a sports writer, states – including Oberjuerge’s for- the Games for all other Gannett- those that will be absent in Bei-
Since then, 110 have been returned ideally you’d like to be at the big- mer paper – returned seven creden- owned papers, has increased to 54 jing.
to the U.S. Olympic Committee. gest sports event. And certainly the tials. Among its newspapers are the from 43, according to the USOC. The Cleveland Plain Dealer,
Greg Patton, a top sports col- Beijing Olympics will be huge. Salt Lake Tribune, Detroit News With a strong presence from which returned its three creden-
umnist for the Riverside (Calif.) “There’s going to be a lot go- and Los Angeles Daily News. larger circulation papers, smaller tials in January, is arranging to
Press-Enterprise, has covered ev- ing on there–sociologically, polit- The New York Daily News also publications will resort to wire have local athletes blog live from
ery Olympic Games since 1984. ically–it’s going to be a landmark returned four credentials. Sports stories or sharing reports from its Beijing, said sports editor Roy
Earlier this year, he learned that the Olympics, and it’s unfortunate tim- editor Leon Carter attributed the sister newspapers. The Orlando Hewitt.
Multimedia present multifaceted access problems
BY MARIO AGUIRRE Currently, newspaper websites The league currently prevents –with not only images, but also looking to become the primary
APSE Bulletin staff writer are not allowed to post more than newspapers from publishing photo blogging emerging as a point on news source for fans. Even though
Multimedia has become a large 45 seconds of videos per game, per galleries on its website, according contention. all MLB.com editorial content car-
success for newspaper websites, day. to Cherwa. Mark Cuban, owner of the ries a disclaimer stating that it isn’t
and professional sports leagues But the NFL is expected to “We ﬁnd it to be absolutely out- NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, stated subject to the approval of Major
want a piece of the pie. make modiﬁcations to its policy rageous, and we are going to be his distain for bloggers. League Baseball, the entity owns
APSE has battled with pro that, in all likelihood, won’t suf- meeting with them on it,” Cherwa He proposed to limit bloggers’ the website and can dictate its cov-
sports leagues and the NCAA to ﬁce, Cherwa said. said. locker room access, but the league erage because it has a vested inter-
limit the number of photo galleries, “It’s our belief that there should However, Dave Lefort – sports has not taken any action on that. est in the product.
archival time, and length of audio be no restrictions,” he said. editor of Boston.com, the Boston The outburst, posted on Cuban’s “Obviously with MLB.com
and video content that it could post But Cherwa also noted that Globe’s website – says that he has personal blog, was on the heels of around, baseball, I believe, knows
on its members’ websites. APSE does not want to infringe not been made aware of that issue criticism on the declining Maver- that it owns everything and that
“They believe that it is their on rights-holder material, such as yet. icks. it has the right to do everything,”
intellectual content that they own. televised content that major net- Under the current terms, news- In a bizarre scenario, the NCAA said Howard, who is assistant
They believe that they should works pay for exclusively.How- paper websites were conﬁned to puts its restrictions on blogging – managing editor/sports for the
control it,” said John Cherwa, the ever, APSE does believe that it is posting seven photos of a game per on college bowling, of all sports. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
chairman of the legal affairs com- entitled to post locker room inter- day. But MLB commissioner Bud The limit, Cherwa said, was some- “But we just don’t think from a
mittee for APSE. “And if there’s view footage without restrictions Selig was “very instrumental” in where along the lines of submit- historical perspective it would be
money to be made, why wouldn’t or limitations on length. lifting the restriction all together, ting one blog entry per frame, or fair to (newspapers), considering
they want to do it?” Another key factor in the de- APSE second vice president Garry 10 per game. what we have done over the years
Under the agreements, the NFL bacle is the NBA’s policy to post D. Howard said. In baseball, as in the other to cover baseball and do a very
has the most severe restrictions. photo galleries during the Finals. The battle is certainly online sports, professional leagues are good job at doing that.”
MINNEAPOLIS 2008 SJI WATCH PAGE 15
9 SJI alumni
Bryant hits gym full-time
BY S TEVEN J. GAITHER
APSE Bulletin staff writer
It came with everything but the gift wrap.
While covering a Tampa Bay Rays game on
the road, St. Petersburg Times writer Eduardo
Encina received an email with a subject line BY S TEPHEN CHEN
that read: The Real Elijah Dukes. The author APSE Bulletin staff writer
was Dukes’ wife, NiShea Gilbert. Milo Bryant was watching the celebra-
Encina responded and set up an interview tion after the Air Force basketball team’s
for the following day. “You never know when dramatic victory over DePaul in the 2007
a small contact will turn into a big story,” he NIT when a woman approached him and
said. asked if he was a columnist for the Colo-
This contact turned into a very big story. rado Springs Gazette.
Encina spent over four hours at Gilbert’s home “Depends on who’s asking,” Bryant
and uncovering the truth about Dukes’ home cracked.
life. She said Dukes It is the standard response Bryant has
Award winners walked into the classroom learned to give—not surprising for any
where she was teaching
from SJI and threatened her and
well-known, opinionated sports colum-
Tarik El-Bashir, nist. But this time, he would have no
her children, in addition
problem being Milo Bryant.
to sending threatening
Milo Bryant, “She came over and said, ‘I’ve been
Colo. Springs Gazette voice and picture mes-
sages via cell phone. reading your column, and because of you,
Angela Busch, I’ve lost 35 pounds,’” Bryant said.
Naples Daily News The result was a story
headlined “Ballplayer’s The lady was referring to his weekly
St. Petersburg Times wife: He threatened me, ﬁtness advice column in the Gazette’s
kids too.” It gained na- Life section, not his sports commentary.
Kansas City Star tional attention and gave For Bryant, such testimonials go a long Photo courtesy of Milo Bryant
Brian Ettkin, Encina and a team of way. Milo Bryant, a 1993 graduate of the Sports Journalism Institute, is turning his
Albany Times Union Times reporters ﬁrst- “You think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty passion for fitness into a consulting business in the San Diego area.
Carlos Frias, place honors in APSE’s sweet,’” he said. “I’m helping someone’s
Palm Beach Post investigative reporting quality of life.” physical ﬁtness, so for that reason I chose Olympic athletes have to endure,” Bryant
Baxter Holmes category for all circula- Even as an award-winning sports writ- the journalism ﬁeld.” said. “With the training center right here
and Chunn Sun, tion groups. er, Bryant has always believed he made a Though new to sports writing in col- in Colorado and the USOC and USADA
Salt Lake Tribune
Encina, a 1997 Sports greater impact through his fitness advice. lege, Bryant completed the Sports Jour- right here, to me it was a no-brainer to do
Journalism Institute grad- And while he continues to be recognized nalism Institute’s three-week training the story.”
uate, is one of nine SJI alumni to be honored in for his sports writing, Bryant has decided session and interned at the Mesa Tribune It is just the latest honor for Bryant,
this year’s APSE contest judging. In fact, sec- to pursue his passion for physical training in Arizona in 1993. The experience pro- who won fourth place in the sports column
ond place in the investigative category went to full-time. pelled his sports-writing career. writing category of the APSE awards in
a team of writers from the Albany (N.Y.) Times In September, Bryant will begin a fit- Upon graduating at Arkansas, he took 2007 and has been awarded the top prize
Union that included ’93 grad Brian Ettkin. ness consulting business in the San Di- sports writing jobs at the Arkansas Demo- in sports column writing in Colorado the
In the 40,000-100,000 circulation category,
ego area. He cites the recent cutbacks in crat-Gazette, Syracuse Herald Journal and past two years.
Milo Bryant of the Colorado Springs Gazette
journalism and the country’s continued Fresno Bee. Bryant, 37, has worked at the “He’s inquisitive,” said Dave Sell,
(Class of ’93) placed ﬁrst in the explanatory
disconnect with physical Bryant’s sports editor at the
category. Angela Busch (2006) of the Naples
fitness for the timing of his Gazette from 2002-08. “I’m
Daily News was a top 10 ﬁnisher in the game
“You think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty sweet.’ one of those who likes col-
In the 100,000-250,000 category, Chunn Growing up in a military I’m helping someone’s quality of life.” umnists who go out and asks
Sun (’06 ) and Baxter Holmes (’07) were part family at the Air Force base - Milo Bryant questions and goes out and
of a Salt Lake Tribune team that received top in Spangdahlem, Germany, reports. There are very few
10 honors in the explanatory category. Carlos Bryant made a habit of sneaking into the Colorado Springs Gazette since 2002 and columnists who can sit on a couch and
Frias (’96) of the Palm Beach Post was a top weight room to watch soldiers work out. has become a household name in the re- write a great column. Milo’s a great re-
10 ﬁnisher in the features category. Then, during his three seasons playing gion. porter and that helped his columns.”
In the over 250,000 category, Tarik El- football at Arkansas, Bryant learned the His latest accomplishment is winning Although Bryant is eager to begin his
Bashir (’95) shared top 10 explanatory honors science behind the workouts and became first place in explanatory writing in the business, his ﬁnal assignment for the Ga-
with another Washington Post reporter. The even more captivated. 40,000-100,000 circulation division from zette will be at the Summer Olympics in
Kansas City Star’s Candace Buckner (’01) However, the challenges he anticipated the APSE this year for his story on drug Beijing. Covering the world’s best ath-
earned top 10 honors as part of a team in the of being a strength coach shifted his ca- testing of U.S. Olympians. Bryant exam- letes will be a ﬁtting conclusion for the
projects category. reer plans. ined the process of the United States An- ﬁtness buff.
SJI co-founder Leon Carter says that while “The head coach doesn’t know a thing ti-Doping Agency when an athlete goes “Seeing how they move, and under-
awards are nice, they are not the program’s about (ﬁtness), yet the head coach is in through drug testing. standing how they train and why they
main focus. “To me, the award is the extra charge,” Bryant said. “There are many “So many talk about performance en- train—just to see it up close, in person, is
something,” he said. “It’s more important to age-old beliefs that football coaches have hancing drugs and people getting caught, going to be great. It will be nice to go out
me when people get jobs.” that just aren’t correct as they relate to and no one really knew exactly what these on that note,” Bryant said.
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PNC Park, the home field of the Pirates, has only been open for seven years, but is already one of the sparkling fixtures on Pittsburgh’s waterfront.
BY S TEPHEN CHEN The Post-Gazette submitted the traditionally packed, spouses and a hamburger topped with French
APSE Bulletin staff writer bid to APSE for the convention, and children will have plenty of activi- fries and slaw.
urrounded by the Allegheny, will seek support from other papers ties to choose from during the day in A complete range of dining and
Monongahela and Ohio rivers, around the region. The convention Pittsburgh. shopping can be found on Carson
Pittsburgh is a compact city usually lasts four days in late June The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Street, which is along the river on
known for its numerous bridges, and is ﬁlled with workshops, meet- Aquarium is a popular destination the city’s south side. A $5 cab ride
bustling downtown and breath- ings and receptions. The Pittsburgh for families. away from the hotel, Carson Street
taking skyline. PNC Park and Heinz dates have yet to be ﬁnalized for ’09, The 77-acre facility houses thou- offers a slew of shops to visit in
Field—both just seven years old—are and the schedule is not yet set. sands of animals, and a new exhibit the daytime plus clubs and bars for
among the jewels of Major League The highest attendance for any features polar bears and sea otters. evenings.
Baseball and the National Football APSE convention was in 2000, The aquarium, which opened in To get a close look at the natural
League, respectively. when 212 people attended the 2000, holds 380,000 gallons of salt beauty of the area, convention-goers
Next year, the Steel City will also Chicago convention. The average and fresh water. might choose to board one of the
be the site of the APSE Convention, attendance the past four years has The city is also home to the Gateway Clippers, which cruise
which will be held at the Sheraton been 155. Carnegie Museum of Art, the Car- through the three rivers. Five water-
Station Square hotel. Despite rising gas prices and an negie Museum of Natural History, crafts are moored at Station Square,
“I just think it’s a spectacularly unstable economy, Micco seemed the Carnegie Science Center and less than a block from the hotel.
beautiful city,” said the convention optimistic for a good turnout next the Andy Warhol Museum. All are For a breathtaking view, edi-
host, Jerry Micco, who’s also the year, citing Pittsburgh’s location and nationally recognized. tors should consider checking out
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s assistant a $145 nightly rate at the Sheraton Not far from the museums is Mount Washington on the west end.
managing editor/sports and a former Station Square. “Pittsburgh is not one location of the famous Primanti The spot offers a complete view of
APSE president. “I think a lot of a hard place to get to, so we’re Brothers restaurant chain. The chain downtown. Says Micco: “Pittsburgh
people will be surprised, and I hope hoping the numbers stay up,” said is known for its special sandwich— is a really pretty city.”
they take advantage of everything Micco, who has attended all but two
here.” conventions since 1989. “We’ll keep
... in 2009
Philadelphia has hosted the con- our ﬁngers crossed.”
vention twice (in 1984 and 2004), Generating excitement for the
but this is the first time it is taking city’s attractions isn’t particularly
place in Pittsburgh. difﬁcult. Although the schedule is