American Society of News Editors

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American Society of News Editors
"ASNE" in a Serif font with the text "LEADING AMERICA'S NEWSROOMS" underneath
Abbreviation ASNE
Motto Leading America's Newsrooms
Formation 1922[1]
Type NGO
Purpose Journalism-related and First Amendment issues[2]
Headquarters Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri.[3]
Pam Fine
Formerly called
American Society of Newspaper Editors

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) is a membership organization for editors, producers or directors in charge of journalistic organizations or departments, deans or faculty at university journalism schools, and leaders and faculty of media-related foundations and training organizations.[2]

Organizational goals[edit]

In October 1922, ASNE was launched with directors and officers; they hammered out a code of ethics, named committees and made preparations for the first convention at the New Willard Hotel in Washington the next April. The founders decided that ASNE would be an organization of individual editors of big-city papers — limiting membership to editors of newspapers in cities of 100,000 or more. Since then, rules have been loosened extensively. ëěļ

Annual meetings[edit]

President George W. Bush speaking at the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2001.

The convention is held annually - with the exception of 1945 and 2009 - mostly in Washington.

Every U.S. president has spoken at the organization's convention and it is considered a premier venue for politicians to appear. Notable examples are President Coolidge's Press Under a Free Government speech[4] and President Eisenhower's Chance for Peace speech.


ASNE has several initiatives carried out by its committees. The Diversity Committee was formed to evaluate employee diversity using the Newsroom Employment Census. The census queries every daily newspaper and online news site in the United States to determine the number of news staffers as well as their gender and race as part of the organization's yearly census.


The ASNE Awards are another key initiative of the organization. They include the Batten Medal, the Osborn Award for Editorial Leadership, the Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling, the Howell Award for Nondeadline Writing, the Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing, the Distinguished Writing on Diversity Award, the Local Accountability Reporting Award, the Community Service Photojournalism Award and the Breaking News Writing award.[5]


ASNE also runs several projects, generally carried out by staff with advice from committees. Projects subject areas have included diversity, credibility and readership.

A major project of ASNE is the Youth Journalism Initiative, launched in 2000. Supported by grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the initiative hopes to reinvigorate scholastic journalism and student media through partnerships between high schools and daily newspapers and by providing resources to high school journalists like a wire service and a major educational Web site.

The association started the national Sunshine Week initiative promoting the importance of open government. Sunshine laws were enacted to make sure journalists have access to all government meetings.


  1. ^ "About". American Society of News Editors. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "ASNE's Mission Statement". American Society of News Editors. August 27, 2009. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ "ASNE Moves to University of Missouri In New Partnership". American Society of News Editors. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Press Under a Free Government: Address before the American Society of Newspaper Editors Washington, D.C.". The American Presidency Project. January 17, 1925. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
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