By Andi Petrini

Newport News Daily Press

The West Region meeting is schedule for Monday. Here are details:


2015 APSE West Region meeting

605 E. Huntington Dr., Monrovia, CA

Contact – Tom Moore, Sports Editor, Los Angeles News Group | 831-212-2391


Monday, Oct. 12 – Agenda

 9:30 a.m. – Arrival, welcome, coffee, doughnuts

 9:45-10:45 a.m. — You and the changing sports world – as the sports landscape and technology evolve, what are the trends? What tools do you need to keep up? And how can you lead an organization that needs to change just as quickly?

(Leader: Angel Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times; Panelists: Fred Claire, former Dodgers GM, Drew Falkman, CTO, Evrybit)

 10:50 – 11 a.m. – E-mail/phone bathroom break

 11-Noon – Tips, tricks and game plans for reporters, digital producers and sports editors for growing and connecting with an audience – whether it’s Olympics, Lakers or high schools.

(Leader: Todd Harmonson, OC Register; Panelists Alan Abrahamson, former LAT reporter, now at Annenberg School; Arash Markazi,; Jaime Cardenas, LANG digital producer)

 Noon-1 p.m. – Lunch/conversation with students

 1:30-4 p.m. – Santa Anita Park – tour and horse racing

 4-4:30 – Wrap up: 2016 Western Region meeting plan, Judging, News


In other region notes …


* The Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) hired Kate Yanchulis to cover high school sports. Dave Fairbank retired after 30 years with the Daily Press.


* Cameron Wolfe, a Sports Journalism Institute Class of 2015 intern at the Denver Post, was hired by the Post as a Broncos writer. Wolfe graduated from the University of Houston.

* The Kansas City Star has hired Jeff Patterson, a designer at the Houston Chronicle, as a page designer who will also coordinate The Star’s Sunday sports coverage.

* Benjamin Hochman, formerly a sports columnist at the Denver Post, was hired by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a sports columnist. Longtime Post-Dispatch sports columnist Bernie Miklasz, who left the P-D after 26 years this summer, is now writing and hosting a morning radio show for 101 ESPN in St. Louis.

* The P-D also hired Ben Frederickson, formerly the Tennessee basketball beat writer for the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, as an online sports reporter/columnist.


APSE and AWSM are partnering to hold a joint fall meeting on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. And we welcome our brothers and sisters from the Mid-Atlantic region as well.

A light breakfast will be available at 9 a.m., with four panels to follow beginning at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served courtesy of Montclair’s Sports Media and Journalism department, so it is important to know how many people will be attending. Register:

The panels should be complete by 4 p.m., followed by an APSE Northeast regional business meeting for members.

 The panels:

+ The Perils of Social Media. Trolls are trolls, but the abuse that women in sports media face on social media seemingly outweighs that of male counterparts. The issue has been in the news (from the ESPN reporter targeted by the wife of Washington’s GM to the Chicago radio anchor receiving death threats over her coverage of the Patrick Kane investigation).  We hear from a manager (Marcia Keegan, VP of Production at ESPN) and reporters who are still being finalized on strategies and concerns. Moderated by Kelly Whiteside, Montclair State University.

+ The Five-Tools Journalist We tell the students and job hunters we meet that it’s important to have varied skills. Shoot video, take still photos, collect and edit audio, be a beast on social, write code, and oh yeah, report out a story. The fact is, these people already walk among us. Let’s talk about how they prioritize their tasks, how they learned their skills, what sacrifices they make. Panelists include Justin Pelletier of the Lewiston Sun Journal, Tom Franklin of the Bergen Record and Montclair State, and others. Moderated by Matt Pepin of The Boston Globe.

+ The Athlete as Journalist The museum will feature an exhibit on the first athletes to move into the broadcast booth. The trend seems to be picking up speed every day. What does that mean to “civilians” hoping for a career in the broadcast booth. Panelists include Jessica Mendoza of ESPN (via Skype), Jim Jenks of MLB Network, and others. Moderator to be determined.

+ Data Journalism Access is getting more and more difficult to get. Athletes are trained to give cliche quotes. Coaches say nothing at all. Some of our most interesting and enterprising journalism involves reporting with pure data. Panelists include Kevin Quealy of the NYT’s Upshot (the brains behind Fourth-Down Bot), Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, and others, including, I hope, a journalist from FiveThirtyEight. Moderated by Jason Murray of

For those interested in hotel accommodations, Kelly has arranged for a discounted rate at the Residence Inn in West Orange.


* The San Diego Union-Tribune has hired former Des Moines Register sports editor/columnist Bryce Miller as a sports columnist, Southeast Missourian sports editor/columnist Rachel Crader as Online Sports Editor, and recent University of North Carolina graduate Robbie Harms as University of San Diego/San Diego Gulls/features writer.