Thursday, September 15, 2011

Take a trip down memory lane: go to a newspaper conference; APME changes its name to APME

Really, what could be more nostalgic than to go to a newspaper conference and listen to the leading newspaper executives talk about their business?

ABCNews: "Newspapers aren't dead. They're not anywhere near dead. They're not going to die. They're going to change a lot," (Dean) Singleton said. "We must find an economic business model to operate within the new economic rules, and it's been painful."

Also, on the program was Kate Marymont, Gannett Co. vice president for news. Let's just say that when I think of New Media leaders I don't think of MediaNews Group, and when I think of quality journalism Gannett doesn't come to mind.

The meetings have accomplished one thing, though: the association, formerly called the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME), will now be called the Associated Press Media Editors (APME!). (Of course, the website still has the old name on it. But hey, that whole netspeed-thing takes some getting used to, and besides, there is all that old stationary that can still be used.)

Well, on the bright side, at least the meetings are in Denver so some of the attendees can go to the Rockies-Giants game tonight.