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APME UPDATE • NOV. 23, 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

Survey: Help research about role, status of women in communication

In the communication industries of today, change is the new normal. This survey is designed to examine the roles and status of women communication professionals, including the types of positions they hold, the role mentoring has played in their careers and their access to management opportunities in all of the major communication industries. 

This study, a second national survey, is being conducted by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in the College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts at Florida International University.

The survey is being distributed to leading professional associations in newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast journalism, and advertising and public relations. The survey was first administered in 2015, the first time in at least a decade that all of these industries were being surveyed at the same time. This survey replicates the first survey. 

The Kopenhaver Center will release the results of this study in early 2018 and share with APME.

Your participation is voluntary, and your responses are anonymous. The survey should take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey by Nov. 30

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Lillian A. Abreu at the Kopenhaver Center at or 305-919-4065.

Click here to begin the survey.

Survey: 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.

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:


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San Francisco Chronicle: “Build-it-yourself” handguns bypass tough state laws
Miami Herald: Florida deletes online inspections of troubled nursing homes
Chicago Tribune: Sandhill cranes bounce back from brink
Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentucky taxes coffins but not tombstones
Baltimore Sun: Baltimore resident: “I don’t really feel safe anywhere anymore.”
Maine Sunday Telegram: State largely ignores role as seas grow more acidic
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Gun-related cases running at 20-year highs
Mississippi Press: Mayor removes Mississippi state flag from city hall
The Record: Write-in candidates successful across New Jersey
Newark Star Ledger: More guns on streets in New Jersey. Question is why
New York Times: When unpaid student loans mean you can no longer work
Oregonian: How Oregon let clean energy program enrich rule beakers
Dallas Morning News: The airlines are packing ’em in for profit



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New Delaware policy requires screening of LLCs
Shootings by officers, other Kansas cases cloaked in secrecy
Wichita police chief wants review of body camera policies
Mississippi newspaper wins dispute over government records
Kansas media groups drop open records suit against governor
Judge backs South Carolina news media in fight over Republican caucus records



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Fox News 'Justice' host Jeanine Pirro clocked going 119 mph
New York Times reporter suspended in harassment probe
Suspect in Forbes' editor murder detained on Russian request
St. Louis police issue special order reiterating rights of journalists
Clinton jokes she's resigning from the 'Fox News presidency'
NPR changes leadership as harassment issues linger
FCC relaxes limits on owning newspapers, TV stations
Comcast talking to Fox about a deal, source says
USC partners with media giants to expand diversity project
Russia warns US media of possible foreign agent status
Fox News' Hannity decides not to pass judgment on Roy Moore
Coffee maker smashings end, but Keurig's ad plans a mystery
Congress urged to tighten rules on Chinese state media in US
Fox News' Hannity demands answers from Moore
Russian lawmakers approve bill targeting foreign media
Hungary accuses US of meddling by funding 'objective' media
Washington Post didn't pay Roy Moore accusers
EU lawmakers want Malta monitored following reporter's death
NBC News executive fired for 'inappropriate conduct'
New internet TV service has $16 monthly tab and no sports
New book details decades of African investigative journalism



Neil Bibler, former Associated Press news editor, dies at 81 

Neil Bibler, a news editor and reporter for The Associated Press during a 33-year career that included stints in several Western states before settling in Arizona, has died. He was 81. Bibler had health issues associated with age, but the cause of death was not immediately known, said Susan Coutin, one of his two daughters.

Bibler died Tuesday at his home in the Phoenix suburb of Ahwatukee. Born in 1936 in Riverside, California, William Neil Bibler showed an interest in newspapers while growing up in Fort Worth, Texas. He later went on to study at the University of Arkansas, where he earned a master's degree in speech and drama. He worked briefly as a professor in those subjects in Magnolia, Arkansas, Coutin said.

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Walter Smith Jr., publisher of New York Beacon and Philadelphia Observer

The Black Press has lost one of its most devoted freedom warriors. Walter “Ball” Smith, the publisher of “New York’s Beacon” and the “Philadelphia Observer” died on Friday, Nov. 10. He was 83. “The Black Press has lost a true giant in Black America,” said Dorothy R. Leavell, Chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers. “Walter Smith made a difference in so many lives of Black readers and Black publishers in the Northeast, and America, in general.” As CEO of the Smith Haj Group, Smith published New York’s premier weekly, New York’s Beacon and the Philadelphia Observer. Like Black newspapers across the country, both publications catered to a loyal Black readership that made Smith a prominent figure in the Black community.

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