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The American Society of News Editors advances the cause of quality, independent professional journalism. Founded in 1922 to “defend the profession from unjust assault,” ASNE is primarily an organization of newsroom leaders in the United States.

Who can join

Subject to board approval, the following people are eligible for voting membership:

  • Editors, producers or directors in charge of journalistic organizations or departments
  • Deans or faculty at college or university journalism schools
  • Leaders and faculty of media-related foundations and training organizations

For additional details, see the ASNE bylaws.

  • Networking with the nation’s leading editors through exclusive listservs, events and meetings.
  • Full and free access to ASNE’s private membership directory, the nation’s most complete listing of supervising editors.
  • Save about 28 percent off registration fees for this year's ASNE-APME conference Oct. 16-18 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
  • Free online access to full video of convention sessions. Share what you learn with your newsroom!
  • Free and discounted access for you and your staff to ASNE’s highly acclaimed training webinars, the easiest and most cost-effective way to stay abreast of industry trends.
  • Access to ASNE’s Washington-based legal counsel for guidance or referral on issues affecting you locally.
  • Members-only confidential peer-to-peer telephone chats, arranged free of charge through ASNE. You’ll get feedback and advice from those familiar with your special challenges and circumstances.
  • Timely alerts about judicial rulings and new laws affecting your newsroom’s access to public records. ASNE is a national leader in the fight for greater access to public information.
  • Free access to ASNE’s extensive online archive of reports and journalism studies, the gold standard in newsroom-related research.
  • Invitations to ad hoc conferences on timely news industry issues. ASNE members often are the first to be invited to participate in such discussions.
  • Free subscription to Neiman Reports. 
How ASNE helps newsroom leaders like you
  • Knowledgeable and responsive ASNE staff can help you with everything from speech research to finding a new managing editor.
  • Fights for freedom of information through courts, legislatures, Congress and the White House.
  • Aggressively promotes diversity through ASNE’s acclaimed, standard-setting annual Newsroom Employment Census.
  • Honors distinguished work through the ASNE Awards, among journalism’s premier contests, celebrating and showcasing the best writing for print and online.
  • Spearheads annual Sunshine Week, launched by ASNE as the nation’s primary event to focus public attention on freedom of information and government transparency.
  • Manages one of the nation’s most dynamic programs for improving high school journalism and elevating news literacy among youngsters.
  • Free posting of newsroom internship opportunities on website.
  • Opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, the work of newsroom managers like yourself who are tackling the industry’s most critical challenges.
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