Updates on Sunshine Week 2014, March 16-22
Thanks to many organizations and individuals who have shared their plans to participate in Sunshine Week 2014, March 16-22. The list of participants, as well as the events calendar on sunshineweek.org, is growing quickly. Included are a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing and a Justice Department event. We're also hearing from a lot of you who are doing audits and special reports, which will add to the critical mass.
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Sign up now: Hacking News Leadership coming in May
We'd like to urge you to register soon for our cutting-edge Hacking News Leadership conference May 3-4 at the University of Texas at Austin's Belo Center for New Media. It's already March, and you have a little more than a month to sign up for the conference and reserve your hotel. Do not wait until the last minute because space is limited and is filling up.
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ASNE-supported FOIA reform bill passes House by unanimous vote
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, HR 1211, the FOIA Reform Act, passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote. The bill would provide the first major reforms to the federal FOIA in seven years.
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White House bars media from Dalai Lama meeting
You probably have heard that on Friday, the White House denied independent press photographers access to President Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C. Citing no official reason for the restriction, the White House later in the day released a photo of the meeting taken by a White House photographer.
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Hacking News Leadership in just two months
ASNE's cutting-edge Hacking News Leadership conference May 3-4 at the University of Texas at Austin's Belo Center for New Media is about two months away. This means you have fewer than two months to register for the conference and make your hotel reservation. Remember, the conference is limited to 80 attendees. Don't forget to register for the conference and book your hotel room.
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ASNE joins Coalition for Court Transparency
We're happy to announce that ASNE had joined the Coalition for Court Transparency. Citing long lines outside the Supreme Court and the millions of Americans who are interested in, and affected by, the Court's decisions but unable to see cases being argued, this new alliance of media and legal organizations from across the political spectrum launchedTuesday a television ad campaign calling on the justices to allow cameras to televise oral arguments.
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Sunshine Week coming in March
Sunshine Week 2014 is set for March 16-22. Let us know what you and your organization are planning to do, so we can add you to this year's participants list! Visit sunshineweek.orgto see a roster of participants and events listings.
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Hacking News Leadership: Registration now open!
We all know that the newest specialists in journalism are bringing technology's tools, skills, language and culture into news organizations. Sometimes in teams and sometimes as lonely crusaders, these reporter-coder hybrids are leveraging technology to produce new kinds of reporting and storytelling.
To highlight the opportunities for newsrooms in this movement, we are thrilled to announce Hacking News Leadership on May 3-4 at the University of Texas at Austin's Belo Center for New Media. A cutting-edge conference in a cutting-edge city!
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Help bring Free Flow of Information Act to Senate floor
We are hearing some movement on the federal shield law front. If interested in helping us achieve success on this long-term legislative goal, ASNE members should show their support now. As always, your editorials or calls to your senators will be extremely helpful.
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ASNE prepares to launch 2014 newsroom census
The American Society of News Editors is getting ready to launch the 2014 Newsroom Employment Census as part of our long-term goal to increase diversity in U.S. newsrooms. Look for an email that will be sent to you in the next week for your participation in the census, and please help us by responding promptly.
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Media organizations meet with White House on photo access
Representatives of the American Society of News Editors, the White House Correspondents Association, Associated Press Media Editors, White House News Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association and representatives of the television network pool met with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and members of his staff, and White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing issue of photo access to the president.
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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. 5.
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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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