For those of you who haven’t yet paid 2018 APSE dues, this is a reminder to please do so by Thursday, Nov. 30. A total of 163 organizations met the early Oct. 31 deadline.
Here’s a link to the membership info.
Email me if you aren’t sure if your organization has paid for 2018, and I’ll check on the status of your membership.
WHO WE ARE: APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) is a national organization that strives to improve professional standards for sports departments of professional news organizations and to recognize professional excellence among its membership.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP:
■ Annual writing and section contests. Contests are broken into four divisions based on circulation size. There are three section categories (daily, Sunday and special sections) and numerous writing categories as well as a Website category.
■ APSE offers excellent training opportunities through its national conference each June, regional meetings and drive-in workshops. These meetings include panel discussions, hands-on workshops, educational seminars and section critiques.
■ Concerned about cost of attending a national conference? APSE can arrange to match you with a roommate.
■ Have your section critiqued by another APSE member. This is an opportunity to receive suggestions for improvement in both content and design. Critiques can be done at regional meetings, the national conference or by mail.
■ A password-protected directory of APSE members is online. The directory is a useful resource.
■ Each year, APSE selects several small-newspaper editors to attend the contest judging at the organization’s expense.
■ APSE helps sponsor the Sports Journalism Institute, which helps train young journalists; a Diversity Fellowship program, which helps train mid-level managers; the Sports Management Institute, which helps train both current and future sports editors.
■ APSE operates a successful job board on its website. Members under 100,000 circulation pay just $25 to post a job, compared to $150 for non-members.
■ APSE’s website contains stories on a regular basis, including articles that detail changes in sports departments across the country, contest results, convention information and content that is designed to enhance your sports coverage.
■ Only one person from a sports department needs to be a paid member for that paper to be eligible for the contest and to attend conventions.
In addition, our annual summer conference will take place in Nashville June 17-20. I hope you can make it. More conference information will be e-mailed to you in the near future.