Mission statement

The American Society of News Editors is dedicated to the leadership of American journalism. It is committed to fostering the public discourse essential to democracy; helping editors maintain the highest standards of quality, improve their craft and better serve their communities; and preserving and promoting core journalistic values, while embracing and exploring change.

ASNE's priorities are:

  • To protect First Amendment rights and enhance the free flow of information.
  • To drive the quest for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in news content across all platforms.
  • To promote the news media's role in providing information necessary to the informed practice of citizenship.
  • To encourage innovation and celebrate creativity in news organizations.
  • To respect and encourage the involvement of all its members.

Strategies for accomplishing the mission

Provide high-quality leadership training for emerging and established newsroom leaders
Share best practices from newsrooms from all sizes
Provide new ideas for shaping the craft of journalism
Help editors face change and challenge
Promote awareness of the First Amendment and the role of the press in society
Support freedom of information efforts in newsrooms across the country and the world
Promoting diversity in newsrooms and news coverage