By: Joe Strupp
Associated Press Managing Editors want you to give them the shirt off your back. Or at least one with your newspaper’s logo.
As part of a project aimed at raising money for the APME Foundation, the group is collecting T-shirts with newspaper logos for a quilt to be auctioned off at next year’s APME convention, set for Washington, D.C.
Adell Crowe, staff development editor for USA Today and one of the coordinators of the 2007 conference, is spearheading the project. She also plans to sew the quilt once enough T-shirts are collected, and says more than one could be created if many more T-shirts are donated.
“It will be a very unique quilt,” said Crowe. “Almost every newspaper has a T-shirt and it seems like it would be a great visual, too.” Since the request for T-shirts was posted on the APME Web site earlier this month, Crowe said she has received about 20 shirts, from newspapers as varied as The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. to the San Angelo (Tex.) Standard Times. Others have come from the Chicago Tribune, Victoria (Tex.) Advocate, and even a purple tie-dye job from the Springfield (Ohio) News-Sun.
“It is amazing the number I’ve gotten and the colors and variety,” Crowe said. T-shirts can be sent to Crowe at USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA, 22108.
The request for T-shirts comes just as APME is about to hold its 2006 convention next week in New Orleans. It is set for Oct. 25-28.