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APME First-Time Dues Draw 300 Voluntary Payments So Far

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APME First-Time Dues Draw 300 Voluntary Payments So Far

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Seven months after Associated Press Managing Editors asked members to pay voluntary dues for the first time in its history, more than 300 have agreed to fork over the annual payments.

That is higher than the 250 members that APME leaders had hoped would pay up the first year when the dues were approved at the group's annual convention last fall. APME has 1,600 members, each representing one of the Associated Press member newspapers.

"We hope to get 500 by '09," said David Ledford, APME president and editor of The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. He added, "I think we will get more by the convention" in October. "We had never before asked for dues and I think it is a success so far."

The $150 dues were put in place in an effort to raise more money as the industry faces financial problems and APME seeks to expand its offerings.

Ledford cited the group's recent earmark training program, as well as the longtime Newstrain sessions and its credibility roundtables, as among those needing financial help: "We need the money to keep it going."

Karen Magnuson, editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle and APME past president, said members are feeling they get a lot for their money: "We feel like we are building real momentum with the dues strategy. …

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