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ASNE opposes proposed changes to Florida's public records law

Florida House Bill 1021 and Senate Bill 1220 would amend the law to create "permissive" award of attorney's fees after litigation, as opposed to the current "mandatory" award of fees. This means that a plaintiff who goes to court to challenge the denial of a request for public records and wins would no longer be guaranteed to receive a reimbursement of attorney's fees.

Submit ASNE Awards entries by Feb. 9

We've extended the deadline for the 2016 ASNE Awards to 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 9Don't miss out on this opportunity of an extra weekend to submit your work!

ASNE's community news literacy projects end 2015 with huge success

In 2015, ASNE launched the National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project and the Tennessee Tough Issues Forums. The national and Tennessee projects had big impacts on a number of communities. These recaps of a number of the programs highlight the importance of encouraging and supporting community engagement. ASNE is proud of this success and looks forward to continuing to work with communities across the country and our dedicated partners who support our efforts.

Take advantage of ASNE Legal Hotline, new free service for members

We are pleased to introduce the ASNE Legal Hotline to help guide members in their efforts to serve the public. Take advantage of this new free service by asking legal questions to ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg. 

Don't forget to enter now and get your best journalism work recognized!

All participating organizations must create their own account and log in 
here to submit entries by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 5. Click on the Register button to begin the process. For questions, please contact ASNE Finance Director Cindy Roe at or 573-884-2405.

Tell Senate to act on passing FOIA reform bill

The passing of the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 (HR 653) by the House of Representatives on Jan. 11 represents a major step forward toward some much needed reform of the federal Freedom of Information Act. However, the time for celebration is premature as there is still work to be done. In 2014, similar legislation passed both the House and Senate, but because they differed from each other, time ran out before one bill could be presented to the president for signature. We don't want that to happen again, and you can make sure it doesn't.

Educate, Empathize, Engage: Twelve Ways for Editors to Reach and Relate to Untapped Communities

This is the second in a two-part series made possible through a joint project of Journalism That Matters and the ASNE Diversity Committee.

Feedback from the "Flip" Side: The Impact and Reception of Community-Centered Journalism

This is the first in a two-part series made possible through a joint project of Journalism That Matters and the ASNE Diversity Committee.

2016 ASNE Awards open for submissions

Deadline for entry submission is 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, Feb. 5. Two more categories are sponsored this year with a cash prize of $2,500.

Journalism organizations ask White House for commitment to openness

ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg was one of five representatives of national journalism organizations that met with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday to discuss various concerns surrounding journalists' ability to gather news when covering the federal government. Goldberg joined representatives of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists at the meeting. 

Click here for the 
press release issued by SPJ after the meeting. 

Take survey about speakers/sessions for ASNE-APME 2016 conference

Please take 10 minutes of your time to fill out this brief survey measuring ideas about speakers and sessions for the ASNE-APME conference Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia. 

Thanks in advance for your valuable input. Every response will be considered by the ASNE-APME Conference Program Committee. 

ASNE urges owners of Las Vegas Review-Journal to go public

The American Society of News Editors stands with other news organizations and advocacy groups as we urge the new owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to stop hiding and reveal themselves to their dedicated staff and the community they now serve.

ASNE/CUNY workshop on product-focused newsrooms postponed

The ASNE/CUNY workshop on how to build product-focused newsrooms, originally planned for Jan. 14 in New York City, has been postponed to a later date in 2016. We will keep you posted on the workshop via our newsletter. 

Fill out survey on roles/status of communication professionals

Please fill out this online survey, "Are Communication Professionals Achieving Their Potential?," which is part of a research initiative launched by Florida International University's Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. 

The survey, which 
examines the roles and status of communication professionals, will help the communications industry at large, as well as the membership of ASNE. 

Your year-end gift-giving will help our mission to advance journalism

As ASNE charts its course, the ASNE Foundation has provided vital financial support for programs and operations. But we need your help, too. Why give to the ASNE Foundation. Click here to take a look at some of the services ASNE provides. 

ASNE needs your urgent action on cybersecurity legislation

Throughout the past year, ASNE has paid close attention to and weighed in on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Previously, we have alerted you to problems of the Senate version of this bill, which was actually much more palatable than the earlier House version. 
Although we didn't get a FOIA exemption removed from CISA, we felt that the breadth of the exemption as a whole was minimized. That's why we are upset to note that the House and Senate intelligence committees seem to be attempting an end run around the bills already passed by the House and Senate. A conference committee led by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is apparently considering 123-page legislation that does not seem to have been vetted by other members of Congress.

First Amendment column by ASNE First Amendment Committee member

ASNE's First Amendment Committee is happy to share an "Inside the First Amendment" column by committee member Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the Institute's First Amendment Center. 

The column "
Shouting in favor of silencing others: A First Amendment conundrum" is free for ASNE members to reprint on their op-ed pages.

Learn how to build creative, collaborative teams at ASNE/CUNY workshop


Sign up to attend "Audience-Driven Leadership: How to Build Product-Focused Newsrooms and Manage Change," a one-day workshop Jan. 14 in New York City. In partnership with The City University of New York's CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the workshop will teach news leaders how to establish a product-oriented culture while producing great journalism.

Click on the headline for more information about the workshop. 

Consider charitable donations to ASNE Foundation

As the end of year approaches quickly, we ask our members for charitable donations to the ASNE Foundation. Your support will help us tremendously in carrying out our mission to promote leadership, First Amendment values, diversity, news literacy, and excellence and innovation in professional journalism in the digital age. 

Read more to learn about some of the services that ASNE provides.To donate, 
go to this link and click on the "Donate" button. Thank you.  

Update from ASNE president: Introducing new committees, their projects

We have six ASNE committees for 2015-16 that will be working on several projects to help ASNE move forward and sustain journalism into the future. Click on the headline to learn more about each committee and committee members. 

If you'd like to join a committee, then please contact ASNE Executive Director Teri Hayt at If you have ideas for an ASNE project or any other general thoughts you want to share, then contact ASNE President Pam Fine at

Our letter on restrictive media credentials in entertainment industry

We are becoming increasingly aware of particularly restrictive credentialing agreements issued to photographers and videographers in the entertainment industry. We hope to better focus attention on this issue by joining 11 other media organizations on the "Open Letter to Performers Regarding Standard Conditions for Photographers Live Appearances Agreements."

We invite you to publish the letter as an op-ed or otherwise include it in your coverage. 

Join ASNE members-only Facebook group to connect, share ideas

We invite our members to join ASNE Newsroom Leaders, a members-only Facebook group, and share ideas, pose questions and reflect on current issues. 

Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at or ASNE Vice President Mizell Stewart III at with your Facebook URL or name to join the group. 

2015-16 ASNE President Pam Fine's speech

ASNE President Pam Fine, Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community at The University of Kansas, gave her speech during the ASNE business meeting on the last day of the ASNE-APME conference at Stanford University. Click here to learn her vision and enthusiasm for the future of ASNE. 

Save the date for ASNE-APME 2016

Mark your calendar now to join us Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia! We will have more information soon on registration and hotel reservation.