Baldwin elected as 2021 APME president
Friday, July 14, 2017
Posted by: Laura Sellers-Earl
The Associated Press Media Editors is pleased to announce that Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, has been elected as its 2021 president.
Baldwin is a veteran member of the APME board. He has headed the conference planning committee in 2012, 2013 and 2017. He has also led APME’s outreach to college programs and served as chair of the First Amendment committee.
"Mark has been a valued APME board member and a nationally recognized expert on the importance of news literacy and community engagement,” said APME President Bill Church, who is senior vice president news for Gatehouse Media.
“His strong sense of civility positions him to lead APME now and into the future."
Baldwin was appointed executive editor of the Register Star in 2012. He previously worked at newspapers in Wisconsin, Kansas, New York, Florida and Chicago.
A native of Chicago, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
“It’s an honor to be chosen as for a leadership role by people I like and respect as much as my APME board colleagues,” he said. “It's important to remember that everyone on the board is a leader, from the longest-tenured among us to the newcomers.”
One of his goals will be to help board members become involved in APME work as quickly as possible.
Baldwin noted that APME must respond to the same challenges facing the entire news industry, including mistrust of the media by certain segments of the population.
“To me, that presents a great opportunity to explain our values and our methods, and to teach the skills of news literacy so that consumers of information can, on their own, determine the credibility of news sources available to them,” he said.
He also envisions APME deepening its partnerships with other journalism groups like the American Society of News Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists so the industry can speak out with the “strongest possible voice on critical issues.”
Other members of APME’s leadership ladder are Vice President Jim Simon, managing editor of Honolulu Civil Beat; Secretary Angie Muhs, executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.; and Leadership Chair Michael Days, editor for reader engagement and vice president of the Philadelphia Media Network.
APME is an association of news and broadcast leaders, and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada. APME works closely with The Associated Press to foster journalism excellence and to support a national network for the training and development of editors who run multimedia newsrooms.
APME is focused on advancing the journalism profession, providing feedback to The Associated Press on its news and services, and is on the front line in setting ethical and journalistic standards for newspapers and broadcast outlets, and in the battle for freedom of information and the First Amendment.