ASNE accepting nominations for annual writing awards
The ASNE Awards, one of the few journalism contests in which news organizations of all sizes compete on equal footing, are now accepting nominations. The deadline for entries is midnight EST Wednesday, Feb. 6.
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ASNE/JTM diversity initiative to engage diverse communities
ASNE's Diversity Committee is launching an innovative initiative for journalists to engage diverse communities in meeting their news and information needs.
This effort offers new ideas and strategies to meet ASNE's longstanding commitment to diversity in newsrooms by enhancing a newsroom's capacity to accurately reflect and authentically cover the communities they serve.
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ASNE's effort in protecting freedom of press
While the letter ASNE and 37 other media organizations and companies sent to the White House in protest of reduced photo and video access to the White House has garnered a significant amount of attention, ASNE continues to be active on other free press issues. This month we joined two amicus briefs designed to protect the rights of reporters throughout the country.
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News media protest White House press access limits
By Nancy Benac / The Associated Press
Nov. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON — Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than "government propaganda."
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ASNE-APME call on White House photo access
The Following letter is from ASNE President David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communications at Temple University, and APME President Debra Adams Simmons, editor of the Plain Dealer.
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Request letter to White House for removal of restrictions on photographers
A coalition of press organizations, including ASNE and APME, delivered the following letter to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Nov. 21 as a way to protest the limits on access currently barring photographers who cover the White house.
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ASNE Board elects Alfredo Carbajal to leadership ladder
The board of directors of the American Society of News Editors elected a member to the Society's leadership ladder during their Nov. 16 fall board meeting at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo.
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Chicago Tribune to sponsor ASNE writing award named for Mike Royko
The American Society of News Editors announced Fridaythat the Chicago Tribune will sponsor an ASNE writing award for commentary/column writing in memory of legendary Chicago columnist Mike Royko.
The Mike Royko ASNE Award for Commentary/Column Writing will recognize excellence in writing by an individual that expresses a personal point of view. Entries may include columns, blogs and other journalistic forms of opinion but not editorials. The winner will receive $2,500.
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ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative website attracts record numbers of visitors
Weekly visitors to ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative website, SchoolJournalism.org, increased to more than 18,000 last week. Since it launched on Oct. 7, SchoolJournalism.org has attracted nearly twice as many visitors as the former website.
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ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative launches new website
launched Monday, Oct. 7, with brand-new content for secondary school journalism advisers and students. SchoolJournalism.org is the newest offering from ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative
. The goal of the initiative is for every student to learn why news matters and acquire the skills needed to succeed as 21st-century citizens.
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Save the date for the 2014 ASNE/APME convention
Save these dates for the 2014 ASNE/APME convention:
Monday, Sept. 15 - Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
That's right, it's official, and you have one year to prepare!
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ASNE welcomes new staff member
We are happy to announce that Jiyoung Won has joined ASNE as our communications coordinator. Her first day was Sept. 9.
Jiyoung says that among her work experience, the internship in 2011-12 at The Associated Press in Seoul, South Korea, stands out. Working as a news assistant for eight months, she learned hands-on journalism and experienced the fast-paced working environment often associated with a wire news service. Her main duties included doing research on North Korea and providing the information to the bureau chief for her extensive coverage on the country, interviewing sources and contributing to stories written by the staff, writing briefs and attending press conferences.
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ASNE signs on to five amicus briefs, one set of comments
Overshadowed by the exciting news that S 987, the Free Flow of Information Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 12
is the fact that ASNE signed on to five amicus briefs in various federal court cases and one set of comments filed with the Department of Health and Human Services in the past two weeks. Read more to see a quick description of each brief.
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S 987, Free Flow of Information Act, passed by Senate Judiciary Committee
By now you hopefully have heard the very encouraging news that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S 987, the Free Flow of Information Act. Perhaps you've seen the statement by ASNE President David Boardman commending the Judiciary Committee on its vote. From our perspective, the vote could scarcely have gone better, as the one amendment put forth in the Sept. 12 markup session involved the already brokered compromise on the definition of a covered party that can invoke the bill.
But this is no time to rest on our laurels. We've actually reached this point -- passage of a potential federal shield law by the Senate Judiciary Committee -- once before. It's time to enter uncharted territory by actually getting this bill to the Senate floor. Again, we turn to you for help.
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ASNE praises Senate committee for passing Free Flow of Information Act
The following statement is from ASNE President David Boardman, the dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University.
Columbia, Mo -- The American Society of News Editors commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S 987, the Free Flow of Information Act, on Thursday, Sept. 12, by a 13-5 vote. Thursday's favorable vote by the committee is the product of incredible effort, dedication and compromise by all those involved: both senators on the committee, Senate leadership and media organizations, and companies seeking a federal reporter's privilege.
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ASNE Convention survey results are in
We recently asked for your thoughts on the 2013 ASNE Convention. We take your feedback seriously. The results are in; here is what you had to say. More than 90 percent of respondents said that the convention either met or exceeded their expectations.
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Minority Leadership InstitutesASNE was thrilled to hold four Minority Leadership Institutes in the past year. We trained more than 60 middle-managers through partnership at a variety of conventions, including UNITY in Las Vegas; ASNE in Washington, D.C.; NABJ in Orlando, Fla.; and EIJ, which included CSPJ, NAHJ and RTDNA, in Ahaheim, Calif..
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Review laws regarding unpaid internships
The end of summer means the end of summer internship programs at media companies around the country. For many of you, it also means it's time to gear up for the next crop of interns, be they fall semester, spring semester or even just summer of 2014; it's never too early to start sorting through candidates.
You might be aware that there has been a significant amount of action regarding unpaid internships, much of it centered on the media industry. ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg has reviewed two recent cases decided in federal courts in New York and other lawsuits filed in the same state.
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New credential restrictions block freedom of press
It's that time again. The start of a new academic year brings new credentialing requirements for reporters and publications to meet if they're going to cover scholastic sports. This has been a major Freedom of Information focus for ASNE over the past year
. We are continuing to work with several major news organizations to ensure that members are aware of unreasonable credentials and individual credentialing restrictions issued by sports teams, leagues and governing bodies, as well as entertainment artists and venues around the country.
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It's a first: ASNE and APME join forces for 2014 conventionFor the first time, the two premier news leadership organizations in North America are joining forces to present a joint convention.
The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have reached an agreement that will bring the two influential groups together in September 2014 in Chicago. A joint convention has been discussed for years but has never materialized until now.
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Update on ASNE's fight for a federal shield law
There is still a lot of work to be done to pass a federal shield law. We were hoping that the Senate Judiciary Committee would move the bill at its Aug. 1 business meeting, but S 987 was quickly bogged down in a time crunch that was intensified by the committee's attention to judicial nominees and some conflict over the definition of a "covered person" (i.e. a journalist).
The entire shield-law related portion of the Aug. 1 markup lasted a scant 10 minutes. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., moved forward his substitute to S 987, which incorporates several amendments that strengthen the protections offered to journalists.
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It's a first: ASNE and APME join forces for 2014 convention
For the first time, the two premier news leadership organizations in North America are joining forces to present a joint convention. The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have reached an agreement that will bring the two influential groups together in September 2014 in Chicago. A joint convention has been discussed for years but has never materialized until now.
"In this day and age it just makes sense to hold one terrific conference for leaders of news organizations," said ASNE President David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University and former executive editor of the Seattle Times. "We've always had great conventions. This will be bigger, better and smarter than ever."
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ASNE joins effort to protect free speech on the Internet
ASNE was one of 23 non-governmental organizations, trade associations and media investors who were joined by 19 prominent law professors to compose a letter to the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the House Committees on Energy and Commerce.
The letter asked those committees to oppose a recent proposal by 47 state attorneys general to gut a key legal protection for free speech on the Internet. This protection is relied on every day by news entities across the country.
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Update on ASNE's fight for government transparency
ASNE has provided several resources to members in two updates provided in past weeks, including a general call for support of the bill
and a reminder of the bill's importance
in the wake of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit's holding that New York Times reporter James Risen must testify as to the identity of a source relied upon in publishing his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.
Now that ASNE has joined more than 70 media organizations and companies on a letter
asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to pass S 987, you can add one more resource to the list. We are hoping this could occur as early as Thursday, Aug. 1, when the committee is slated to mark up the bill.
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