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APME UPDATE • NOV. 16, 2017 



March 24, 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Muncie, Indiana
April 6-7, 2018: Phoenix NewsTrain
Sept. 11-12, 2018: ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference, Austin, Texas
Fall 2018: NewsTrain workshop in Denton, Texas
Fall 2018 or first half of 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Greenville, S.C.
March 2019: NewsTrain workshop in Toronto

Help the industry better address the rising challenges of unpublishing

You are invited to help your fellow journalism professionals learn more about the emerging challenges related to “unpublishing”—requests from the public to remove content on media websites and in digital archives—by participating in this brief survey.

This first global survey about the rise in requests to “unpublish” media content online is being conducted by a Deborah Dwyer, a Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in partnership with the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) and the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). The study is part of a graduate student research project.

Your input will provide important insight into this rising phenomenon and inform best practices for the industry.

Please note that your responses are anonymous and your participation is totally voluntary. However, if you would like to discuss this issue with the researcher further, you will have an opportunity to provide your name and contact information at the end of the survey. If you have questions, please contact the primary researcher, Deborah Dwyer, at

Thank you again for participating! The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete for journalists and about 5 minutes for other participants (academics, students, etc.).

Click here to begin the survey.


Secure your discount for the 2018 ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference

Did you attend this year’s ASNE-APME News Leadership Conference?

Please tell us what you thought about this year’s programs, and what you’d like to see next year. We’re hoping for lots of responses to get as full a picture as possible. Everyone who completes the survey will get 10 percent off the price of registration for next year’s conference.

Take the survey here:

To secure your discount for the 2018 convention, please email Paula Froke to let her know you completed the survey 

We will send you a promo code when the time comes for 2018 conference registration. Individual responses to the survey itself will remain anonymous.

If you missed the conference or would like to review what speakers and panelists had to say, ASNE has begun posting presentation materials. They will upload more in the coming weeks as more are received.

NewsTrain digital-skills workshops coming to Indiana, Arizona, Texas, South Carolina and Ontario in 2018-19

APME’s NewsTrain will bring its high-quality, affordable training to Indiana, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Ontario in 2018-19.

Here are the locations for the workshops, which have an early-bird rate of $75 each to attend:

  • March 24 in Muncie, Indiana, hosted by Ball State University;
  • April 6-7 in Phoenix, hosted at Arizona State University by the Arizona Newspapers Association;
  • Fall 2018 in Denton, Texas, (40 miles north of Dallas), hosted by the University of North Texas;
  • Fall 2018 or the first half of 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted at Furman University by The Greenville News; and
  • March 2019 in Toronto, hosted by News Media Canada.

Please sign up here to be emailed when more information becomes available on the dates, agendas and instructors for the 2018-19 workshops.

Additional workshops for 2019 will be announced in 2018. To apply to bring NewsTrain to your town in 2019, visit

Attendees regularly rate NewsTrain as 4.5, with 5 as highly useful and highly effective. “This is the best training program I've attended in 10 years,” said Lynda Edwards, Knoxville News Sentinel reporter.

More info and register:

Phomicinda of The Orange County Register wins September's National Member Photo of the Month

The Associated Press Media Editors has honored this photograph as National Member Photo of the Month for September 2017. 


Thanks to Autumn Phillips at the Quad-City Times and George Rodrigue at The Plain Dealer f or judging this month. 


Here is what the judges had to say about the winning image:


“This is a compelling photo of the Canyon fire by Watchara Phomicinda of The Orange County Register. The mix of drama, composition and humanity drew us to this image. Her proximity to the action show courage and commitment, as she might have risked her life to take that photo. It also shows a level of trust put in her by the firefighting agencies to let her so close to the front lines.”


This is a link to all images entered for September and the winner is slide 46.



Caption: Firefighters battle to save homes as the Canyon fire continues to burn in the 4200 block of San Ramon Drive in Corona, Calif., Monday, Sept . 25, 2017. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register via AP)


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Former AP Hawaii bureau chief Gordon Sakamoto dies at age 82

Gordon Sakamoto, one of the first Asian-Americans hired to work in a U.S. bureau of an international news service, died Nov. 8 at 82. Sakamoto, a former Hawaii bureau chief for The Associated Press, started his journalism career with United Press International in Honolulu in 1960. He retired in 2001 after overseeing operations in Hawaii and the Central Pacific for AP. He died in his Honolulu home after heart failure and a long battle with chronic kidney disease, his son Kyle Sakamoto said. Honolulu-born Sakamoto worked for UPI for 27 years in San Francisco and Hawaii. He joined the AP in 1993 after working five years as a marketing specialist for the state of Hawaii. The AP named him chief of bureau in Honolulu on Jan. 1, 1994.

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Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94 

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94. Joni Evans, Smith's literary agent, told The Associated Press she died of natural causes. For more than a quarter-century, Smith’s column — titled simply "Liz Smith" — was one of the most widely read in the world. The column's success was due in part to Smith's own celebrity status, giving her an insider's access rather than relying largely on tipsters, press releases and publicists. With a big smile and her sweet southern manner, the Texas native endeared herself to many celebrities and scored major tabloid scoops: Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's impending parenthood.

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