GateHouse Media Vice President of Publishing-Large Daily Division Brad Dennison took over as president of the Associated Press Media Editors at the group's annual conference this week in Nashville. Here are five questions about what he plans to do this year and how you can get involved.
How long have you been involved with APME? I first attended a conference in 2004. I had just started as VP of News for CNHI, and I heard about the group through word of mouth. It felt like the right place for me.
What do you want to accomplish this year for APME? I want to get more involvement from our members. Many on our board remember the days when members were nurtured in committees, then were sponsored as board candidates. I want to get back to that.
How can editors get involved with the group? Our committees need help, especially Membership, which identifies people interested in the organization, and NewsTrain, which needs people passionate about training to get involved.
What's coming up for the 10th year of NewsTrain? We kicked off our giving campaign, and we're considering a Hall of Fame to honor the people who've been dedicated to the program.
Why should editors attend an APME conference? I think people attend because they're hungry for training and information at a very confusing time in the industry. And they're finding a way to get it through APME. Networking is another huge benefit of APME, the personal growth through the people you meet. It's a great way to give back to journalism. I also want to let people know we changed our name (from Associated Press Managing Editors) in 2011, so the group is open to various levels of editors. No matter what you're the editor of, this group is for you.