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Convention 2010
June 23-26
Marriott City Center,
Salt Lake City


For information:
Garry D. Howard:
E-mail | 414-224-2306

Jack Berninger:
E-mail | 804-741-1565

Workshop materials

Judging 2010
March 6-10
Radisson WorldGate,
Kissimmee, Fla.


For information:
Phil Kaplan:
E-mail | 865-342-6285

Jack Berninger:
E-mail | 804-741-1565

Mandatory dates:
Sunday: April 5
Weekday: Tue., Feb. 24

NEWSLETTER FOR AUGUST 2005

newsletter cover
  APSECO report
Grim circulation trends, inability to capture young readers and continuing Internet-fueled fragmentation of the audience were frequent topics in hallways, breakout sessions and at the hotel's lobby bar during the 2005 APSE Convention in Orlando. Not all talk was gloom and doom, however.
Complete story
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Strengthening regions vital step to continued growth
Glen Crevier: The most important hour I spent in Orlando occurred on Wednesday afternoon, long before the first general session or workshop. It was a meeting with region chairs and vice chairs to set an ambitious agenda for the coming year.

Future should include time to get acquainted
Jerry Micco: One of the things I've had a chance to do since the end of the Orlando convention is think about APSE life after being an officer.

Small-paper dilemma: Varied expectations
Greg Brownell: I started in this business in 1981. It was a much simpler world back then.

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Waltz
Bill Bradley: The way Kathleen Waltz sees it, sports sections are a microcosm of the newspaper. Waltz is Publisher, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Orlando Sentinel.

Adjusting to a Changing Environment
Mike Sherman: TV ratings for many sporting events are in decline. Major league baseball games approach three hours in length. More and more televised events are ending after midnight on the East Coast. So would someone please explain why anyone would think the game story is dead?

Changing Culture: It's Not Your Father's Sports Section Anymore
Brian White: There are many reasons the Hartford Courant has won an APSE Triple Crown four years in a row. One of the most important is stored away in what deputy sports editor Scott Powers calls "the bank."

Writing Help: Send in the Coach
Nick Moschella: Woody Paige, of Cold Pizza and Denver Post fame, wants to be part of a crusade to invigorate writing in newspapers.

Big Design, Big Ideas for Big Sports Sections
Tim Wheatley: The three most important things for coming up with big ideas for big design are planning, planning and planning. That was No. 1 of a top 10 list for creating a design desk that creates great ideas for your sports section.

How Small Newspapers Can Improve the Look of Their Sports Sections
Christopher Sciria: If there is ever a reality TV show, "Small Newspaper Makeover," the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News' Duncan White will be the perfect host.

Care and Feeding of a Writing Staff
Michael Perry: San Francisco Chronicle sports editor Glenn Schwarz's philosophy in getting the most out of his employees: "I want to emphasize the human side. That's something that's often overlooked."

Red Smith Award: Mary Garber
Al Thompson: The 50-year veteran sportswriter from Winston-Salem, N.C, was named the 2005 Red Smith Award winner at this year's APSE convention in Orlando.

Winning the Hard News Story, a Guide to Competing Off the Field
Joe Sullivan: The hard news story is going to affect sports editors and their sections, so be prepared, warned Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, the sports editor of the Washington Post, during his workshop.

Newspapers and the Internet: Above and Beyond
Dennis Peck: When it comes to sports departments and the Internet, the good news is that sports drives Internet traffic on newspaper websites. And after 10 years, we are still just scratching the surface of what the Internet can do. The bad news: after 10 years, sports departments are still just scratching the surface and ...

Making Special Sections Special
Greg Sprout: We've all been there. The football preview. The celebration of a championship season. The incredibly live, incredibly big event. So how do we make all those special sections really special?

It's Not All That Bad, Folks: Celebrating Our APSE Successes
Chet Fussman: The future role of newspapers is up for debate these days. What's more certain is that newspaper sports staffs turned in some exceptional work in 2004, often under difficult and challenging circumstances.

Polls, Bowls and Awards: To Vote or Not To Vote
Rusty Hampton: News reporters or newsmakers? That was the question during the convention's closing session, when some of the most influential sports editors in America debated the role of reporters who are often asked to vote for awards or in polls.

Convention minutes
Opening | Closing

Convention program receives passing grade from editors
Herb Stutz: Conduct a survey amongst sports editors and you can usully count on varying opinions and even some strong criticism. Little of that was indicated in the survey completed by attendees at APSE's 31st annual convention June 22-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando.

Registration fee among lowest in industry
Herb Stutz: You have talked with them and the reaction is always the same. Veteran convention goers, including many in our business, just shake their heads and ask, "How do you do it?"

Convention notebook
APSE joins Marriott VIP Program; Dates announced for contest; Minneapolis to host 2008 convention; Storin to step down.

Newsletter page 24
The back page of the August newsletter contained Orlando convention buzzwords.

About the cover
Derek Simmons: The assignment was not an easy one: Choose from thousands of convention photos to make a cover for the August APSE newsletter.

On the move
Larry Ames: A region-by-region look at personnel moves.

Region reports
A look at APSE region activity.

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