APSE Executive Committee Closing Meeting

The 45th Annual APSE Summer Conference

10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University


Meeting called to order at 10:05 a.m.


Incoming 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)

Jerry Micco, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2004)

Glen Crevier, The Star Tribune of Minneapolis (2005)

Phil Kaplan, The News Sentinel of Knoxville (2010)

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

Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa News (2017)

John recognizes former president Jeff Rosen of the Kansas City Star and outgoing third vice president Robert Gagliardi.

Region representatives:

Atlantic Coast

Bret McCormick

Great Lakes

Emily Horos

Great Plains

Matt Stephens


Jane Havsy


Justin Pelletier


Paul Barrett


Joe Schiefelbein


Nick Talbot


Chris Boan

Representing the Associated Press: Berry Bedlan


Finances and budget update (Bill Eichenberger)

Waiting for final numbers from hotel before presenting new 2018-19 budget for a vote

John thanks sponsors:


National Football Foundation

Play Ball, Major League Baseball

USA Today Sports

The Associated Press

USA Today Network Tennessee


The Nashville Predators


Football Bowl Association


Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media Editors

Middle Tennessee State University School of Journalism

Diversity Fellows recognized – will graduate this week:

Erik Bacharach

Adam Coleman

Reina Kempt

Kwani Lunis

Conference update (Glen Crevier)

Glen talks about the conference going well in Nashville.

2019 Winter Conference and judging: Orlando.

Dates are Feb. 23-26, 2019, at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton/Walt Disney Resort.

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. Reception at College Football Hall of Fame and an outing to an MLS game is planned.

Other committee reports:


Commissioners (Gary Potosky)

No updates.


Contest (Justin Pelletier, John Bednarowski) 

After many emails and conversations. Here are the proposed changes for the contest.

— 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 a digital component to the beat writing category, eliminating one wild card

— Adding a potential photo contest

Bill Speros will take the lead on a group to re-invent the contest instead of just tweaking it. The group will solicit ideas from membership with the idea of having a new contest in place within two years.


–Proposed photo contest would be judged best by photographers. Kelly Huff from Marietta offered to take the lead. Barry offered the AP photographers if needed.

–Concern raised about consolidating video into one category; can shorter videos be judged fairly against longer ones? Tommy notes we just don’t get enough entries for two categories.

–Idea raised about judging sections on PDFs and saving on postage.

Diversity (Larry Graham and Dana Sulonen) – Change in chair to Larry and Dana. Angel Rodriguez thanked for his efforts.

Futures (Michael Peters) – not able to make it this week, but update would include that we’ve spent the past year focusing on grant possibilities. We’ve so far struck out in applying for a couple, but the process of pursuing them has been very instructive and we’re encouraged about the potential here the rest of this year and in 2019.

Legal affairs and ethics (Gerry Ahern and John Cherwa) – Jeff gave update on meeting with Gary Abbott of USA wrestling. The standoff continues: APSE is not recommending members undergo video training or submit to background checks; USA wrestling won’t issue credentials without it. There were some bullet points shared with Gary and the hope is there might be some flexibility and middle ground. For example, APSE is not willing to give social security numbers, but would consider conducting interviews with a press officer present. The bullet points were to be sent to the USA wrestling board within a week as wrestling season is coming to an end. APSE will continue to deal with this issue in the offseason.

Concerns were raised about the dangerous precedent this sets for other Olympic sports.

It was noted that the NFL asked for social security numbers for Super Bowl credentials. It was suggested APSE deal with that as an organization; now is a good time. A driver’s license should be fine for a background check.

Olympics (Mark Faller) – Change in chair. Mark welcomes all input from members.

Outreach (Chris Fickett) – Two Ohio U students will write stories for APSE website on their experience at the convention to try to encourage other students to attend.

Jeff volunteered to look into refining the process for student chapter membership, bringing it up to date to make it more simple while lowering the required number of students.

Red Smith Award (Jack Berninger) –  Nothing new.

Regions (Dana Sulonen passing the torch to Robert Gagliardi) – New chair, nothing else to report.

Revenue (Tommy Deas) – No updates.

Scholarship (Phil Kaplan) – No updates.

Student Liaison (Tim Stephens) – No update.

Website (Chris White) – Erik Hall applauded for On the Move. No other updates.

Writers (Joey Chandler) – Ideas to increase membership include a writers symposium and slack channel for writers to bounce ideas off each other.

Old business:


New business:

John said after Monday’s Women of Sports Journalism general session, a number of people approached him about continuing the discussion of diversity training each year at the summer convention. Diana C. Nearhos has agreed to work on programming.

Tommy brought up a topic for discussion through the winter: changing the membership bylaws to allow writers from websites operated by sports organizations to join APSE if they meet generally accepted journalism practices.  He understands the reasons for rule and conflicts but notes when the Chicago Tribune owned the Cubs they were admitted and there is no conflict with the Red Sox owner also owning the Boston Globe. Some members expressed concern that these writers work for organizations we cover and they are under the teams’ control. There was also concern about these writers entering the contest because of the level of access they receive. One idea raised was to grant these writers associate membership.

Any other other new business?

Proposal that the Bernie Award needs a set way that it is going to be chosen going forward. The executive committee will come up with rules.

Move to adjourn.

Joe Schiefelbein moved

Phil Kaplan second.


John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal

Todd Adams, Springfield State Journal-Register

Lisa Wilson, ESPN’s The Undefeated

Dan Spears, Wilmington Star News

Bill Eichenberger, Bleacher Report

Glen Crevier, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jeff Rosen, Kansas City Star

Chris Fickett, Kansas City Star

Zach Creglow, Des Moines Register

Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press

Joe Schiefelbein, The Advocate

Robert Gagliardi, WyoSports

Phil Kaplan, Knoxville News Sentinel

Nick Talbot, San Antonio Express-News

Oskar Garcia, The Associated Press

Emily Horos, American News

Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News

Chet Fussman, Florida Times-Union

Matt Pepin, Boston Globe

Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press

Justin Pelletier, Boston Herald

Hugh Kellenberger, Jackson Clarion Ledger

Barry Bedlan, The Associated Press

Oscar Dixon, The Associated Press

Dave Ammenheuser, The Tennessean

Nalia-Jean Meyers, The New York Times

Christopher Boan, Tucson Local Media

Tony Maluso, Dalton Daily Citizen News

Mike Sherman, Tampa Bay Times

Diana C. Nearhos, Knoxville News Sentinel

Paul Barrett, Seattle Times

Gary Potosky, Philadelphia Inquirer

Maria McIlwain, The Bryan-College Station Eagle

Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News

Alex Mena, Miami Herald

Jerry Micco, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Donn Walden, The Blade (Toledo)

Bill Speros, USA Today/Golfweek

Hank Winnicki, Newsday

Larry Graham, The Blade (Toledo)

Matt Solinsky, The Desert Sun

Joe Baird, Salt Lake Tribune

Malcolm Moran, IUPUI

Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal

Matt Vita, Washington Post

Josh Bean, AL.com

John Talty, AL.com