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MINNEAPOLIS 2008
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    ‘Quirky, but still a visionary’                                                                                                                              Convention
                                                                                                                                                                 numbers
                                                                                                                                                                 reflect
                                                                                                                                                                 slowing
                                                                                                                                                                 economy
                                                                                                                                                                 Registration lags;
                                                                                                                                                                 deadline extended
                                                                                                                                                                 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-
                                                                                                                                                                 neapolis.
                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                           president.
                                                                                                                 says they have created a presi-
                                                                                                                 dent’s blog, which he will up-
                                                                                                                                                                     Inside
                                                                                                                                                                     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
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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
SJI Co-Directors
                                       Panelists: Malcolm Moran, Knight            Institute for the Diversity and Ethics     Moderator: Michael Anastasi, Managing
Leon Carter
                                       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
Photographers
                                       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
Eduardo Encina
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



                                                                                                                                                          APSE tries
                                                                                                                                                          to stir interest
                                                                                                                                                          in scholarships
                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                          college students.
                                                                                                                                                             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-
                                                                                                                                                          arship committee.
                                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                          Sullivan.
                                                                                                                                                             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.



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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.
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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.



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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. “
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                                                                                                    Notebook
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.
                   organization’s exposure,
                   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
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                             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
                                                                                                                          ‘breaking news?’
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
                                                                                                                          the Internet.
                                                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                              in journalism.
                                                                                                                                                 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.




                                                                                                                                              Steven Hinton
                                                                                                                                              Bethune-Cookman, senior
                                                                                                                                              Tampa Tribune
                                                                                                                                                 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.”
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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




                                                                                                    Star treatment:
                                                                                                    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.”
                                                times.”
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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



Contest honors
9 SJI alumni
                                                    Bryant hits gym full-time
BY S TEVEN J. GAITHER
                                                    Colorado Springs
APSE Bulletin staff writer
     It came with everything but the gift wrap.
While covering a Tampa Bay Rays game on
                                                    columnist exits
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
Washington Post
                       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
Eduardo Encina,
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.
Candace Buckner,
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
                                                    career change.
                                                                                   “You think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty sweet.’                                  one of those who likes col-
story category.
     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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          SteelawaytoPittsburgh



                                                                                                                                                         Photo courtesy of AP
          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.


          S
                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

				
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