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By: Joe Strupp

The Associated Press Managing Editors wants 20 more newspapers to join its ongoing credibility project, which brings editors and readers together to devise better approaches to news coverage.

During July, APME’s National Credibility Roundtables Project will select 20 additional papers to take part in the program that already includes 150 news organizations. The roundtables offer a chance for editors “to address two key challenges in newsrooms: building trust in the news they deliver and understanding readers better,” according to APME officials.

Since 2001, the roundtables have brought newspaper editors and readers together for carefully planned discussions to examine coverage that raised questions of the public’s trust, officials said. Newspapers choose the topics, and editors write about what they learned and consider changes to improve their journalism and their connection with communities.

“Editors who took part in previous roundtables found the project concrete and doable despite their busy newsroom lives,” said Carol Nunnelley, Roundtables Project director. “They saw rewards in both community understanding and ideas for improving the daily practice of journalism.”

APME organizers said they were looking for new participants that have implemented recent programs to reach out to the public, as well as larger circulation newspapers.

APME covers the costs of roundtable activities, including the price of flying editors to a workshop at Northwestern University from Sept.10-12 that trains them for their roundtables.

Editors may go to apme.com for applications and more information.

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