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APSE, NCAA meet to address media policy concerns March 4, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS  — Representatives from APSE and five other major national media groups met Monday with NCAA communications officials for about two hours to discuss the concerns of our organizations.

The following items were agreed to as follow-up steps on the issues of media seating at the NCAA Tournament, uniform injury reporting standards in football and social media guidelines:

* The NCAA agreed to set up a call with our organizations after the upcoming basketball tournament to discuss the establishment of a permanent working group to address outstanding media issues.

* The NCAA will include APSE in future discussions with the Division I Men's Basketball Committee regarding the seating of working journalists at the tournament.

* APSE will be invited to upcoming meetings with the NCAA and conference officials and have the opportunity to introduce discussion on injury reporting standards.

* NCAA officials said there would be no numerical restrictions on social media posting during its postseason events.

NCAA officials will contact the Pac-12 Conference to inform the league that there is no longer a policy limiting by number live tweets during college basketball or football games.

Representing the media organizations were: Gerry Ahern, president of APSE; Tim Franklin, co-chair of ASNE's FOI Committee; John Cherwa, chair of APSE's Legal Affairs Committee; David Bralow, counsel for NAA; Kevin Goldberg, counsel for ASNE; Sonny Albarado, president of SPJ; Jim Brady, president of ONA; and Mike Borland, president of NPPA.

Representing the NCAA were: Bob Williams, vice president of communications; Erik Christianson, managing director of external affairs; and Scott Bearby, general counsel.

APSE officials will keep you abreast of progress and developments in the coming months.

Officers

Mike Sherman

Mike Sherman

President
The Oklahoman

Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne

First Vice President
USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Deas

Tommy Deas

Second Vice President
The Tuscaloosa News

John Bednarowski, sports editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, was elected to a two-year term as APSE's third vice president in 2014.

John Bednarowski

Third Vice President
Marietta Daily Journal

Jack Berninger

Jack Berninger

Executive Director
Richmond Times-Dispatch
(retired)

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