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.

Our strategies for accomplishing the mission are:

  • 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