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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

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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


Don Shelton: In this Northwest Region report, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) is preparing to launch a new web design on Labor Day. It promises to be easier to navigate and will have easy access to all platforms. (Aug. 28)

Toby Carrig: Will Leitch, the founding editor of deadspin.com, addressed the APSE Great Plains Regional meeting July 21 in Kansas City via teleconference after his flight was canceled the previous day. Leitch, currently writing for New York magazine, had some interesting things to say that are worth relaying to all. (Aug. 28)

Toby Carrig: The Champaign News-Gazette is an afternoon daily newspaper with a circulation of about 42,000 that has a big beat in the University of Illinois. With the football team going to the Rose Bowl this year, the paper made arrangements to put copies of the hometown paper in the hands of those traveling to watch the Illini in Pasadena, Calif. (Aug. 27)

Sean Barker: Bob Barton, a master statistician from the northeast, offers tips and a cheat sheet for keeping high school football stats. (Aug. 26)

Toby Carrig: In this Great Plains Region report, chair Mike Sherman of The Oklahoman is seeking input for moving the regional meeting both geographically and on the calendar. (Aug. 25)

Sean Barker: Here are a few thoughts after experiencing the biggest youth sports extravaganza in the world – the Little League World Series. (Aug. 23)

Brian Howell: In our ever-changing world of sports journalism, we've seen everything from staff members to new boxes of pens cut out of the budget. In many places, the space we have in the paper has shrunk in recent years, and may continue to shrink. What may have been an 18-inch game story five years ago is now limited to 10 or 12 because of tighter space in a lot of newspapers. (Aug. 22)

Lynn Hoppes and Jerry Micco: The APSE Convention in Pittsburgh June 24-27 will balance fun and learning. We're going to keep some of the basics such as luncheons and awards ceremonies but the region meetings will be tied together with best ideas, all breakout sessions will have handouts, the critiques of newspapers will be more formal, among other things. (Aug. 21)

Scott Powers: Making tough choices in tough times, but still producing good journalism, is the challenge of each sports editor across the United States and Canada. Here are some of their stories. (Aug. 20)

Todd M. Adams: In this installment of "On The Move," the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star has hired Jackie Friedman as a sportswriter. She will cover high school sports and write features. (Aug. 19)

John Erfort: Lots of things happening in Dallas. Belo, the company that owns the Dallas Morning News, has offered voluntary severance packages to most of its employees with the goal of reducing total full-time employees across the corporation by 500. As for the DMN, the company seeks to operate the newsroom with 350 employees, down from the current number of about 395 employees.  (Aug. 15)

Sean Barker: Hal Levy, executive sports editor for the Shore Line Times for the past 29 years, died July 24 after a courageous battle with liver cancer. He was 61. Levy was a past president of the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance, a member of numerous halls of fame involving Connecticut high schools and was responsible for compiling points for the state's football playoff system for several years.  (Aug. 14)

Garry D. Howard: "The Green Bay Packers will rue the day they traded Brett Favre." That would be an opinion. "Brett Favre will wear No. 4 as quarterback of the New York Jets." That is a fact. The difference between the two in the world of sports journalism should be fairly clear. Alas, it is not – at least not all the time. (Aug. 13)

Keith A. Kaeppel: The Mid-Atlantic Region has new leadership and has plans in the works for the Region meeting at Penn State on Dec. 1. Because Jason Carris, the former chairperson, is no longer employed by a newspaper, the current vice chair, Keith Kaeppel of The Morning Call, was promoted to chairperson for the next calendar year, the remaining portion of Carris' time. (Aug. 12)

Ruben Luna: Thirty-two years. Thirty-seven years. Forty-two years. Simply put, that sort of experience can never be replaced in our business. But that's what The Detroit News is facing after three employees – investigative reporter Fred Girard, golf writer Vartan Kupelian and NFL writer Mike O'Hara – accepted buyouts. (Aug. 11)

Lydia Craver: With the economic downturn and cuts across newsrooms throughout the country, it's difficult to imagine that national journalism conventions will thrive as they have in the past. (Aug. 8)

Nick Mathews: Two cities. Two newspapers. One sports staff. The merger of the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer sports reporting operations has caught the attention of journalists across the country. (Aug. 7)

Todd M. Adams: How important is the new online push at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans? Important enough that Deputy Sports Editor Kevin Spain, the No. 2 person in the sports department, has been named deputy sports editor/online. (Aug. 6)

Phil Kaplan: Dandy work by the Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.; the Knoxville News Sentinel gets into the music business; Memphis Commercial Appeal named top sports section in Tennessee; and more. (Aug. 5)

Michael Anastasi: The West Region has scheduled its annual region meeting for Monday, Nov. 10 in Sacramento. The day-long gathering will include a session on creating and executing prep sports enterprise, coordinated in part by Loren Nelson of the North County Times in Escondido, Calif. (Aug. 4)

Lynn Hoppes: Let me tell you about Scott Carter. He's the poster child of what's happening to this industry. Loyal sportswriter. Dedicated worker. Team player. And his position was eliminated. (Aug. 1)

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