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Less than one week left to submit ASNE Awards entries

 
Tuesday, Feb. 10, is the deadline to submit entries to the 2015 ASNE Awards, one of the few journalism contests in which news organizations of all sizes compete on equal footing. 

Let us know if your organization needs login information for our online awards program to submit entries. 

Celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week for open government

 
Join ASNE and Reporters Committee celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week from March 15-21. There will be an unprecedented package of stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons available in early March. 

Check out the Sunshine Week website, sunshineweek.org, for various resources, story ideas, a list of participants and a calendar of events. Email us your Sunshine Week 2015 plans at 
sunshineweek@asne.org

Bring news literacy to your community

 
The National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project is a two-year project to help local communities use the tools of news literacy to spark constructive dialogue on important issues facing communities and help build a better informed citizenry.  For each roundtable, the project will seek a local educational partner, a media partner and a community partner to identify a topic of local interest to be used as the basis for a discussion about how that topic is reported, consumed and debated in the community.

If interested in holding a roundtable in your community, contact Clair Lorell, director of the project, at 
clorell@asne.org or 571-366-1152.  
 

We need your help to ensure two new FOIA bills get passed


On Monday, Feb. 2, both the House and Senate introduced legislation to improve the federal FOIA. Because ASNE endorses these bills, we hope you will help us ensure they get passed by contacting your congressman and/or senator, editorializing in favor of the bills, and otherwise engaging both Congress and your readers to make sure these bills move quickly through Congress.

Deep condolences on former ASNE president's passing


William H. Hornby, retired senior editor of The Denver Post and former ASNE president in 1979-80, passed away Nov. 18, 2014. Our deep condolences go to Hornby and his family.  

ASNE welcomes introduction of new bills to amend FOIA

 
The American Society of News Editors welcomes the introduction of two new bills to amend the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As one of the many groups who were actively involved in the ultimately unsuccessful attempt to pass the FOIA Improvements Act in 2014, we are happy to see both the House of Representatives and the Senate move quickly to introduce FOIA reform legislation in the form of H.R. 653 and S.337. Because similar versions of the FOIA Improvements Act passed both the House and the Senate in the 113th Congress, we hope that these bodies will not hesitate to pass legislation that can be presented to the president for signature as soon as possible.

Only one more week to submit ASNE Awards entries

 
Tuesday, Feb. 10, is the deadline to submit entries to the 2015 ASNE Awards, one of the few journalism contests in which news organizations of all sizes compete on equal footing. 

Let us know if your organization needs login information for our online awards program to submit entries. 

Help 1 for All promote Picture Freedom


Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum Institute's First Amendment Center, dean of the College of Mass Communication at Middle Tennessee State University and founder of 1 for All, encourages editors to help promote Picture Freedom, a nationwide contest to raise awareness of the First Amendment. 
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