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APME seeking entries for its ‘innovative ideas’ contest

May 3, 2010

Dear fellow MPI member,

APME has been a partner with the Mid-America Press Institute on several outstanding NewsTrains, and APME President Otis Sanford is a past MPI chairman.

Now APME has asked for our newspapers to enter its contest and submit “Great Ideas” from your news organization for its annual book.

Among its prestigious awards, APME offers the Innovator of the Year and a new Innovation in Watchdog Journalism contest. APME especially wants small to midsize newspapers to enter this contest. This year, the Innovator of the Year award carries a $1,000 prize. And the new Innovation in Watchdog Journalism contest offers a $2,500 prize.

I can tell you that it was a great honor and privilege to work at a newspaper (The Oklahoman) that won the 2009 Innovator of the Year award. You or your organization may have accomplished something great that should be recognized in 2010, so please don’t think you can’t win. We learned last year that you can.

You can read more by going to

As for “Great Ideas,” APME publishes an annual book that carries hundreds of ideas and improvements that newspapers are doing in their markets. Large, medium and small publications are mentioned in the annual book that’s unveiled during the organization’s conference, this year in Nashville. This is a chance for you to let others know what great work you’re doing. You can read more by

Even when we didn’t win an award, it was great to see my newspaper’s ideas and projects in the book.

You can recognize your and your staff’s great work by submitting items for this book or entering the innovations contests. The deadlines for both will be this summer, so begin planning for them now.

Thank you.


Joe Hight

MPI board member

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