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ASNE announces awards for best journalism

See the winners and finalists of the 2015 ASNE Awards for distinguished writing and photography. Judges' remarkes are included for each category.

Links to the work of the winners are available here

ASNE joins brief regarding NSL's violation of First Amendment rights

ASNE joined a brief in support of the first person ever to convince a court that his or her First Amendment rights were being violated via the "gag order," which accompanies a National Security Letter (NSL). 

ASNE board elects Nancy Barnes to leadership ladder

Nancy Barnes, editor and executive vice president of the Houston Chronicle, will assume the role of treasurer at the October conference in Palo Alto, California. 

Sunshine Week 2015 ends with success

Sunshine Week 2015, the 10th anniversary, ended successfully on Saturday, March 21, thanks to all your time and efforts! 

Let Sunshine Week shine through Saturday

Thanks, everyone, for making this year's Sunshine Week, the 10th anniversary, more valuable and impactful than ever before. The number of participants grow daily (visit, and there are tons of great stories written about Sunshine Week. 

Let's continue to fight for open government and freedom of information this week! Sunshine Week will shine until Saturday, March 21. 

Sunshine Week 2015 off to a sunny start!

Thanks, everyone, for all of your open-government efforts! 

Remember, there is a strong Sunshine Week package you can create from multiple stories, op-eds, a graphic and cartoons, provided by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation; The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; USA TODAY; Gannett Co., Inc; and many more participating organizations and individuals. Go to the 
Sunshine Week Toolkit for more information. 

Let us know your ideas on topics, speakers for ASNE-APME 2015

What ideas do you have on conference topics and speakers that you think would be interesting and important for the 2015 ASNE-APME conference. Fill out our survey questions and email them to

Content of Sunshine Week package is available for you to publish!

The content of the unprecedented package that The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; 
USA TODAY; and Gannett Co., Inc., have produced to mark 10 years of Sunshine Week is available at the ASNE and Sunshine Week websites. 

Important note: The content, 
available free of charge for everyone and anyone, is embargoed for use online and in print beginning at 12:01 a.m EDT Friday, March 13. 

Check out budget for unprecedented Sunshine Week package

Click on the title of this entry to see the budget for the unprecedented package that The Associated Press; The McClatchy Company; USA TODAY; and Gannett Co., Inc., have produced to mark 10 years of Sunshine Week. 

The content, which you can publish online and in print beginning 12:01 a.m. EDT Friday, March 13, will be available Thursday, March 12, on both the 
ASNE and Sunshine Week websites.

There is also an op-ed by Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that you can use for both online and print publications as early as Thursday, March 12. 

ASNE joins written testimony dedicated to transparency

In the testimony, we reiterate the need for certain key changes to FOIA encompassed in the pending House Bill, HR 653

Sunshine Week stories, op-ed, cartoons and more coming next week

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, an op-ed, 
editorial cartoons, a video and a graphic/timeline. The package will be available for anyone and everyone the week of March 9. 

Hello from Teri Hayt, ASNE's new executive director

Teri Hayt, ASNE's new executive director, is finally here in the ASNE office. Her first day was Monday, March 2. She succeeds Arnie Robbins who is now senior adviser to ASNE. 

ASNE prepares to launch 2015 Newsroom Employment Census

We're getting ready to launch the 2015 newsroom census. An email will be sent to the main contact of your organization this week. Please respond promptly to our completely annonymous survey and help us get a step closer to achieve our long-term goal of increasing diversity in U.S. newsrooms.

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 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 so that we can update the list of participants and events calendar at

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


You can also send links and other information to to have your organization or event listed at the Sunshine Week website, 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 for myriad resources, including ope-eds, editorial cartoons, Sunshine Week logos and more. 

Send links and other information to 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

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. 

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.