APSE Executive Committee Opening Meeting

APSE Winter Conference

4 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2018

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando/Disney Resort

Meeting called to order at 4 p.m.

President John Bednarowski introduces himself and:

First vice president Todd Adams

Second vice president Lisa Wilson

Third vice president Dan Spears

Executive Director Bill Eichenberger

Conference Coordinator Glen Crevier

Past presidents present:

Bill Eichenberger, now Bleacher Report then Newsday (2003)

Glen Crevier, The Star Tribune of Minneapolis (2005)

John Cherwa, The Los Angeles times (2002)

Mike Sherman, then Oklahoman, now Tampa Bay Times (2015)

Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News (2017)

Jeff Rosen, Kansas City Star (2018)

Jim Jenks, Philadelphia Inquirer (2006)

Region representatives:

Atlantic Coast

Steve Hemphill

Great Lakes

Larry Graham

Great Plains

Jenni Carlson


Glenn Yoder


Justin Pelletier


Mark Johnson


Joe Schiefelbein


Jay Lee


Chris Boan

Representing the Associated Press: Berry Bedlan and Oscar Dixon

Finances and budget update (Bill Eichenberger)

Membership down 34

Dues raised $20 across board.

Circulation is dropped, organizations are paying less for dues. Something not taken into account during budget process. $16,000 shortfall. Difference made up by Tommy Deas’ fundraising efforts.

Conference update (Glen Crevier)

Potential of additional judging locations outside of Florida

Update on 2019 Summer Conference: Atlanta.

Dates are June 16-19, 2019, at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.

Rates to come. Recommendations: Don’t bring a car, parking is expensive. Hotel is easy to get to via public transportation. Opening reception at College Football Hall of Fame. Braves host Mets that week.

2020 Winter Conference and judging:

Dates are Sat., Feb. 15 through Wed., Feb. 19, 2020, at the Hampton Inn in St. Petersburg.

Room rate $179

2020 Summer Conference: Indianapolis

Dates are June 24-27 at The Alexander Hotel.

2021 Summer Conference: checking on Las Vegas

Other committee reports:

Commissioners (Gary Potosky) –

The sessions will take place in New York City on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3

The lineup will look like this:
MLS (lunch)
NFL (or Friday)

USOC (at AP downtown)
NCAA (at AP downtown)
NFL (or Thursday)
Email Gary Potosky at gpotosky@phillynews.com to tell me that you are going to attend, or if you have any questions. My cell number is 610-256-6677.

Rules of engagement:
At each session **except NFL** the commissioner/president opens with some comments on the record unless they want it off. Questions and answers throughout the session are on the record unless the commissioner/president declares the answer off the record before it is given. In each of the last two years under this plan, the off-the-record replies have been very small in number.
For the NFL session, it’s an off-the-record hour with no formal set-up. Goodell and his top people are there to talk to editors in the NFL café area, and refreshments are served

Contest (Justin Pelletier, Todd Adams) –

Thank all of the 60 offsite judges. Offsite categories were sent Feb. 5. Preliminaries were due Feb. 17. Finals were sent out next day. Of the 30 categories judged offsite, only three finals are still outstanding. 75 on-site judges this year, 20 more than last year.

We put into effect new contest protocols. Hopefully this has made things easier.

They were:

— New circulation categories

— Eliminating redactions

— Consolidation of video categories to one, with two entries per news organization

— A reduction from five to four columns per entry

— An addition of ,ka digital component to the beat writing category, eliminating one wild card

— Adding a potential photo contest

Diversity (Larry Graham)

Diversity Fellows recognized:

— Diversity Fellowship

— General update

Jenni Carlson
Norma Catalina Gonzalez
Eric Jackson
Nicole Saavedra
James Williams

–We are proposing a Rooney Rule to bolster newsroom diversity. APSE has reached out to professional organizations including NABJ, AAJA, APME about that idea. Groups open to posting job listings for free.

–All Fellows have been assigned a mentor to help guide them through this year.

Futures (Michael Peters) – NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

— We are in the initial stages of looking into journalism grants we can apply for once we become or create a 501-c-3 wing of the organization. If anyone wants to help in the effort or knows of places we should definitely have on our list, please have them email me.

Legal affairs and ethics (John Cherwa)

— Problem with the Houston Astros banning a Chronicle reporter

— Silence from USA Wrestling after our proposal

— How the NCAA is dealing with the elimination of Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and our participation in it. Hoping to get all of the leagues to issue injury reporting, trying to come up with a plan to make it work.

Olympics (Mark Faller) – NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

In what was arguably the smoothest — and definitely the fastest — credentialing meeting in the history of the USOC, the preliminary allotment of USOC credentials was decided in Chicago on Nov. 15.

There were more than 600 requests for credentials, but less than half that many available in the IOC allotment to U.S. media. Even given that, it’s pretty easy to understand why the meeting went so quickly. Many of the requests were from online and blog-centric media entities, with no proven track record of covering Olympic-level events. So Mark Jones, the USOC’s managing director of communications, led the meeting with a clear priority list: established outlets with Olympic experience; media that specialize in new sports on the Olympic program (such as surfing and climbing); media returning to the Olympic Games after an absence, especially newspapers; and then new media.

I believe all entities that were approved have heard from the USOC by now. According to Peggy Manter, the USOC’s senior administrator, everyone should have a login to the Tokyo extranet and can start looking at accommodations. Also, if anyone is looking to rent space in the Main Press Center, the deadline for that is Feb. 28.

The deadline for media accommodations request is May 25. Actually assigning names to credentials comes later, Oct. 21.

Here’s a link to the Tokyo extranet to see accommodation guide, all deadlines and other materials.


Outreach (Chris Fickett) – NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

We updated and simplified the student chapter membership requirements:

Jeff Rosen to talk about simplification

*Student chapters must apply and be approved by a vote of the APSE executive committee. To fulfill requirements to submit an APSE student chapter application, a prospective chapter must secure:

*A faculty member who will serve as chapter adviser (chapter adviser pays the educator dues fee of $100 upon approval of chapter application by APSE executive committee)

*A roster of interested chapter members, their academic classification and email addresses. No minimum number of chapter members is required, unless a certain number of members is required by the university to become an official student organization. Student chapter members do not have to pay APSE dues, though chapters can set dues for their own use.

*A list of officers or potential officers. A proposed president for the chapter must be in place at time of application. It is recommended that each chapter also include a vice president and a secretary/treasurer.

*An essay stating why you seek to establish an APSE student chapter and what you hope to achieve through affiliation with APSE. The essay should include details about the adviser’s involvement in the student chapter and also note any professional APSE members who have indicated their willingness to participate in your chapter.

*Written proof from your university that your chapter has or will seek to be recognized by your university as an official student organization. Also include requirements regarding such recognition that APSE should know about.

Red Smith Award (Jack Berninger) –  NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

Ballots are out. Deadline to vote is Monday, March 4 and announcement should be March 6. At this point — and I’ll try to remember to update this at the end of the week — only 30 of 150 eligible voters had cast ballots.

Regions ( Robert Gagliardi) –

— Reminding Region Chairs to get region meetings set up for the upcoming year, and to let me know so we can promote them.

— Been told by some that some regions are struggling big-time to get people to show up to region meetings. Will remind region chairs to schedule as far in advance for planning purposes and to push and promote this to members. Also remind anyone can go to any region meeting no matter what region your in.

— May bring up an idea for regions in somewhat close proximity to work together for joint region meetings to attract more interest.

— Remind everyone with concerns, questions and ideas to reach out to Robert.

Revenue (Tommy Deas) – We have $50,000 pledged toward this summer’s conference plus opening reception in kind at College Football Hall of Fame. Tommy Deas has been a one-man band but will call on committee members old and new for assistance.

Scholarship (Phil Kaplan) — NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

— APSE is again sponsoring four $1,500 scholarships for collegiate sports journalists.

–Collegiate sports journalists in their sophomore, junior or senior years in 2019 are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee and includes editors from all sections of the United States. Deadline is June 1. 

 – A story was posted on the APSE website in the fall and was socialed on APSE’s Twitter account.

— two entries so far. That’s not unusual.

In April, Phil will write an updated version to emphasize the deadline. That worked a year ago.

Student Liaison (Malcolm Moran, Tim Stephens)

— As part of our effort to host the 2020 Summer Conference, student members of APSE will be able to stay in a dormitory on the IUPUI campus at a rate that will be less than the negotiated hotel rate at The Alexander.
— We can start publicizing the availability of student rooms at the Summer Conference in Atlanta.

Website (Lisa Wilson) – Nothing to update.

Writers (Joey Chandler) – NOT ABLE TO ATTEND

— She would like to move forward with what we discussed in Nashville as far as creating mentorship opportunities for writer members with some of our sports editors. If any sports editors are interested joey.chandler@tuscaloosanews.com

— She would like to create a mission statement for writers so that we can let others know what they would be getting out of an APSE membership since that is a question that arises often.

— She is interested in maybe starting an APSE freelance database where if you are an APSE writer member you can get first dibs on stringer opportunities that may arise in your area. Good one.

Iliana Limon Romero invited APSE members to an AWSM Happy Hour on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ace Cafe, free for AWSM member, $10 for non-members. The group has a $28 membership drive going on. She also spoke about NAHJ, which is in the process of trying to build a Sports Task force.

Jane McManus, director for Marist Center for Sports Journalism, wants assistance from sports editors and APSE members for a sports media survey to determine what has quantified the change in our industry. She and her students will try to figure out how many jobs there were in 1995, 2000, 2005 etc. The data and numbers will be difficult to get but she believes it would benefit our industry and she would like to get some buy in.

Old business:


New business:

Candidates for second VP, nominations at closing meeting. Those finishing a tour as region chair this year are eligible, and the executive committee can nominate up to four additional candidates.

Proposal that revenue committee is allowed to solicit sponsored programming in the form of sessions at future APSE conferences

Tommy Deas would like a vote of leadership to discuss sponsored sessions at the summer conference. Various sports want to get something in front of our group and make a pitch.This would be in addition to the conference schedule, nothing would be cut. The sessions would not be mandatory and we would get to at least 30 minutes with a newsmaker. Limited to one per conference. Leadership can say no to anyone. Open for discussion, not a byline change, Tommy asking for permission to pursue the opportunities.

Many were in agreement because we need money to continue to thrive as an organization. Questions were raised about perception and what would be the defensible position of the group. There were objections about sponsored content during the Red Smith Award lunch. Iliana talked a bit about how AWSM handles this and suggested spelling out our position with sponsors on the website because transparency is the key. Informal vote was tabled until the closing meeting on recommendation from Dave Ammenhauser.

Proposal to create the APSE Foundation

A 501-c-3 fund to with primary purpose to promoting diversity and education in sports journalism.

John wants to talk with Greg Brownell about APSE bylaws. Would like to propose we begin moving toward becoming a foundation at Thursday closing meeting.

APSE could apply for grants as 501-c-3. AWSM does this.

Todd Adams assigned judging groups.

Move to adjourn by Mike Sherman. Seconded by Dana Sulonen.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30


Jorge Rojas, The Athletic

Micah Pollack, Washington Post

Oscar Dixon, Associated Press

Barry Bedlan, Associated Press

Dave Ammenheuser, USA Today

Malcolm Moran, IUPUI

Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman

Eric Jackson, LakeCityReporter

Norma Gonzalez, Arizona Daily Star

Nicole Saavedra, USA Today Tennessee

Larry Graham, Toledo Blade

John Cherwa, past president

Kathy Laughlin, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Scott Thurston, Boston Globe

Patrick Obley, The Man Alone 🙂

Iliana Limon Romero, Orlando Sentinel

Leah Vann, Steamboat Pilot

Paul Barrett, Seattle Times

Joel Moore, Dallas Morning News

Emily Horos, Arizona Republic

Michael White, guest judge

Bill Stewart, Central Maine Newspapers

Ben Brigandi, guest judge

Bill Speros, Golfweek

Joe Schiefelbein, guest judge

Christopher Boan, Tucson Local Media

Maria McIlwain, Bryan-College Station Eagle

Tony Maluso, Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice

Robert Gagliardi, Laramie Boomerang

Jane McManus, Marist

Naila-Jean Meyers, New York Times

Erik Hall, USA Today Tennessee

Rana Cash, Louisville Courier Journal

Nick Feely, Villages Daily Sun

Ryan Caregg, Villages Daily Sun

Joe Battaglia, Flo Sports

Josh Barnett, Buffalo News

Jeff Kuehn, Oakland Press

Mike Sherman, Tampa Bay Times

Bill Bootz, Villages Daily Sun

Bill Eichenberger, Executive Director

Hank Winnicki, Newsday

Daniel Paulling, alumnus

Tommy Deas, USA Today Tennessee/Florida

Michael Kates, KAX media/Gambling.com

Rachel Crader, Lee Enterprises

Jeff Rosen, Kansas City Star

Jay Lee, Houston Chronicle

Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press

Perryn Keys, The Advocate

Jim Jenks, past president/MLB.com

Gary Potosky, Philadelphia Inquirer

Glenn Yoder, Washington Post

Steve Hemphill, Roanoke Times

Justin Pelletier, The Boston Herald

Gabriel Stovall, Covington KY News

James Pignatiello, MassLive.com

Heather Tucker, USA Today

Mark Johnson, The Register-Guard

Glen Crevier, Conference Coordinator

Marcus Vanderberg, Yahoo! Sports

Scott Zucker, Daytona Beach News-Journal

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald


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