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Obama record on FOIA: Slight improvement at best

It has been almost three years since Barack Obama’s inauguration and the debate continues to rage about whether the president has lived up to his first-day promise to maintain an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” He got off to a good start, issuing a memo that overturned a Bush administration order and required federal agencies to adopt a presumption of disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. But how has the federal bureaucracy responded? Has the administration backed up its promises with action? Is the government more transparent now than it was during George W. Bush’s administration?

ASNE issues letter opposing 'onerous' federal anti-piracy bill

The Stop Online Piracy Act, which is likely to be voted on by the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, would violate the constitutional rights of free speech and due process, and stifle innovation in the news business, according to a letter sent today by ASNE to members of the committee (PDF). The bill is intended to provide U.S.-based copyright owners with the ability to combat online piracy, but it goes well beyond that and threatens domestic news organizations and other legitimate websites, according to the letter.

Are newsrooms innovative enough?

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

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The Internet exploded in umbrage last week when a federal court ruled that blogger Crystal Cox doesn't qualify for protection as a journalist under the Oregon shield law. But a close examination of the judge's opinion reveals that the online anger over his interpretation of the shield law is largely misplaced. ASNE counsel Kevin Goldberg explains.

Newsroom leadership, presidential politics headline 2012 ASNE Convention

ASNE will be back in Washington, D.C., in 2012, for its quadrennial election-year convention, this time at the beautiful but affordable Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The convention is April 2-4, and will be held concurrently in the same hotel with the Newspaper Association of America’s annual MediaXChange. The two groups will come together for some joint programs, including two lunches and receptions, one of which will be a fun-filled, inspiring evening at the Newseum.

Panel to discuss journalism awards

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

Jan Slater

Jan Slater

Organization: University of Illinois, Urbana

Title: Interim Dean

White House inaction stalls FOIA recommendations


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