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Sunshine Week: Exciting coverage package coming soon


The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, USA TODAY and Gannett Co., Inc. will mark 10 years of Sunshine Week with an unprecedented package of high-impact stories, a commentary piece, informational graphics and editorial cartoons. Package coming the week of March 9.

ASNE joins effort to overturn orders issued in mine explosion case

 
The case involves the 2010 explosion of the Upper Big Branch Mine in Sago, W.Va., which resulted in several casualties. The district judge issued a gag order, which prevents just about any party to the case from publicly speaking about the case, and a sealing order, which applies to almost all documents filed in the case.

Bring news literacy to your community


The National Community and News Literacy Roundtables Project is a two-year project ASNE has launched 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. 

Those who are interested in bringing a roundtable to their community should contact Clair Lorell, director of the project, at clorell@asne.org or 571-366-1152.  

ASNE board member Dori Maynard died Tuesday, Feb. 24

 
"Dori was a passionate voice for journalism that truly reflected the richness and diversity of civic life," said ASNE President Chris Peck. "She fearlessly challenged the media to explore the deeper issues of American society. Her courageous voice will be missed."

Sunshine Week efforts keep growing!

 
Thanks for sharing your Sunshine Week plans and efforts. Continue to let us know by sending emails to sunshineweek@asne.org so that we can update the list of participants and events calendar at sunshineweek.org

Send us your past Sunshine Week success stories

 

Sunshine Week is set for March 15-21. Help us create a meaningful look back on the 10 years of Sunshine Week. Send us PDFs or links of your success stories from the past that had an impact on open government to sunshineweek@asne.org

 

You can also send links and other information to sunshineweek@asne.org to have your organization or event listed at the Sunshine Week website, sunshineweek.org. Check out the growing list of events

Celebrate 10 years of Sunshine Week for open government


Sunshine Week is set for March 15-21. Visit 
sunshineweek.org for myriad resources, including ope-eds, editorial cartoons, Sunshine Week logos and more. 

Send links and other information to 
sunshineweek@asne.org if your organization would like to be listed as a participant. 

We need you to help promote Picture Freedom

 
Picture Freedom is a nationwide contest for students 13 and older to create and share photos and artwork that illustrate free speech in America on their social media. It begins Feb. 22 and ends Feb. 28.

We ask editors to help promote this First Amendment awareness contest by writing about it, publishing a guest 
column or placing the contest's media ads in print and/or online. More information is available at 1ForAll.us

ASNE names Teri Hayt new executive director

 
Teri Hayt will be the first female executive director of ASNE in its 93-year history. She succeeds Arnie Robbins who announced in September his desire to step down but will stay on through October to help with the transition.

Hayt will start March 1. 

2015 ASNE Awards deadline extended to Thursday night


The deadline for the 2015 ASNE Awards has been extended to 11:59 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 12, because of extreme weather conditions in some parts of the country. 

Click
here to submit your entries. 

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. 

Less than two weeks left to submit ASNE Awards entries


The ASNE Awards, 
one of the few journalism contests in which news organizations of all sizes compete on equal footing, are a great way of presenting your most significant work and competing with your colleagues in the industry. Submit your entries by Tuesday, Feb. 10!  

Help promote the First Amendment on Presidents Day

 
"Presidents Day is a good time to acknowledge that even our greatest presidents were scrutinized and challenged by a free press, and democracy was more robust because of it. It's a good time for America's journalists to take the opportunity to remind readers and viewers of the need to always protect the First Amendment, regardless of message or medium." - Ken 
Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center

Statement regarding terror attack on Paris newspaper


The American Society of News Editors is shocked and saddened by the Jan. 7 terrorist attack at the offices of the French weekly Charlie Hebdo.

"Freedom of expression is a powerful tool for building and sustaining open societies and must be protected,'' said ASNE President Chris Peck. "ASNE joins with other journalists and writers to condemn the use of terror to try to silence the voices of those who have a different perspective on our world.''

2015 ASNE Awards are now open for submissions


We're accepting nominations for the 2015 ASNE Awards, our annual journalism contest open for news organizations of all sizes. Read carefully this year's simpler and clearer rules and categories before submitting entries by Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Happy Holidays from ASNE!

 
Thanks for all your support this year. We look forward to working with you in 2015. Happy Holidays!

Consider charitable donations to ASNE Foundation

 
We would appreciate if you could consider giving charitable donations to ASNE Foundation as end-of-year-gifts. Financial support is crucial as it carries out its core values of leadership, First Amendment/free press, diversity, news literacy, and excellence and innovation in professional journalism. 
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