Encourage your congressperson to support the Free Flow of Information Act
Two versions of the Free Flow of Information Act have now been introduced in Congress, each with bipartisan support. HR 987 was introduced by Representatives Ted Poe (R-Texas), John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Trey Radel (R-Fla.), and S 1962 was introduced by Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). Although there are slight differences between the two, either bill would create a much-needed federal "shield" law that would offer, for the first time, a statutory reporter's privilege that could be invoked when federal authorities seek information, including the identity of a source, from a reporter engaged in newsgathering activities. ASNE would be more than happy to see either bill enacted into law. Continue reading
ASNE staff | 5/21/2013 ASNE Convention: Just around the corner
There will be some terrific discussions and speakers at the ASNE Convention
June 24-26 at the Capital Hilton
in Washington, D.C.
We start at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, June 24, with View from the C-Suite, a panel featuring some of the industry's top CEOs. Listen to Gracia C. Martore (Gannett), Mark Thompson (The New York Times Co.), Patrick J. Talamantes (McClatchy) and Katharine Weymouth (Washington Post Media) discuss the reinvention of news and information, what's working at their organizations and where we're headed.
ASNE staff | 5/21/2013 ASNE calls for resurrection of Free Flow of Information Act
We end Wednesday, June 26, about 3:15 p.m. after hearing from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and a panel discussion on pay models across the country. Continue reading
Earlier this week, ASNE joined the chorus of voices condemning the Department of Justice for secretly obtaining the telephone records of the Associated Press and its individual journalists during April and May 2012. We are now happy to say that our voices will transition from defense to offense as we join a burgeoning effort for a federal shield law.
ASNE staff | 5/21/2013 ASNE files amicus brief to protect reporter-source relationship
Indeed, we felt so strongly about the issue that ASNE not only issued its own statement
describing the Justice Department's actions as "Appalling...disturbing...chilling," but also joined 52 other media organizations who signed a letter to the Department of Justice
explaining just why those actions are unacceptable on so many levels. We remain unconvinced, despite explanations (or perhaps justifications) from the Department of Justice claiming that the subpoenas were narrowly tailored and consistent with the attorney general's guidelines regarding issuance of subpoenas to the media, which were amended in 1980 to cover issuance of subpoenas for telephone records. Continue reading
ASNE fought back against a trampling on the First Amendment this week. We are speaking out in support of Jana Winter, the Fox News reporter who was issued a subpoena by the Colorado court trying James Holmes, who killed 12 people and injured 58 others in last summer's now infamous shooting in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. Holmes's defense attorneys are asking Winter to identify two unnamed law enforcement sources she quoted as saying that, before the shooting, Holmes mailed a notebook to a University of Colorado psychiatrist that included details about his intentions to kill. Continue reading
ASNE staff | 5/21/2013 ASNE opposes restrictions on entertainment photographers
We've told you that restrictive credentialing isn't just an issue for sports journalists. As part of our ongoing efforts to fight restrictive credentialing provisions, ASNE joined in on a letter drafted by the National Press Photographers Association
protesting a very burdensome restriction on publications covering Beyoncé's current world concert tour.
ASNE staff | 5/21/2013
The provision tells photographers and video crews that "there are no photo credentials for this show. Local news outlets, including print and online, will be given a link to download photos from every show. They will need to register to access the photos." Continue reading