APME President Karen Magnuson discussed the organization's recent successes and future at the APME Awards luncheon Friday.
She told attendees about the board's goal of raising $146,000 this past year, a bar she said she was worried about meeting because of the demanding nature of fund raising and time constraints.
But by the end of the year the board managed to obtain $177,000 in donations from individuals and family foundations, she said. The sum grew from matching grants to a total of $250,000, she said.
Magnuson also discussed what she sees as the future of newspapers, saying that it's "time to stop the bleeding of our newsrooms." She emphasized that newspapers are proving their staying power on the Internet and cited surveys that Internet users are turning to news sites for content more than they were several years ago.
She said that given the need for newspapers and the growing presence online, the industry must work harder to stop newsroom cuts.
-- Ginger Gibson