National conference explores challenges editors face

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The First Amendment, freedom of information, social media and music will be on the minds of Associated Press Media Editors members as they gather this week at the First Amendment Center.

Meeting at the center’s offices in the John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt University, the journalism professional group will explore challenges news editors face such as covering sudden, violent events such as the July theater shootings in Aurora, Colo. Other topics include government secrecy, investigative reporting, mobile technology in reporting and a refresher on the First Amendment.

Val Hoeppner, director of education at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, will lead the mobile-tech session. First Amendment Center Founder John Seigenthaler and President Ken Paulson will test the editors’ knowledge of America’s core freedoms in a free-wheeling session with a prize at the end of it.

In addition, the editors will explore the presidential campaign, community journalism and using social media effectively. And they’ll see a performance of “Freedom Sings,” a multimedia, music-packed, irreverent look at attempts to stifle free expression throughout American history to the present.

Programs begin tomorrow afternoon with a panel featuring Pulitzer Prize winners.

“Conference coverage including video will appear on and through social media,” said APME President Bob Heisse. The First Amendment Center Online will also carry selected coverage.

APME, formerly the Associated Press Managing Editors, is a national association of news editors from print, online and broadcast media, as well as journalism educators and students.

The Associated Press Photo Managers board will also meet during the conference.

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