Archive January 2012

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False speech deserves protection, ASNE argues in U.S. Supreme Court case

ASNE joins brief asserting that private settlements should be public records

ASNE joined an amicus brief filed last week in federal court by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of several news organizations, including The Associated Press, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

ASNE launches live chats to be held on biweekly basis

After hosting weekly Twitter chats since August 2011, ASNE yesterday added a new wrinkle to the program by alternating the Twitter discussions with weekly live web chats using the CoverItLive chat platform. The first live #ASNEchat was a conversation on the changing role of ombudsmen in the digital era, moderated by Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media for the Journal Register Co. Joining Buttry on the lively chat were Arthur Brisbane, public editor, New York Times; Geneva Overholser, professor and director, USC Annenberg School of Journalism; Patrick Pexton, ombudsman, The Washington Post; and Craig Silverman, editor, and adjunct faculty, Poynter institute.

News organization under assault in Ecuador

El Universo, a 90-year-old newspaper in Ecuador, is facing an attack by President Rafael Correa that could shutter the news organization and imprison three of its directors.

Anti-piracy legislation opposed by ASNE stalls

The Stop Online Piracy Act had bipartisan support and its eventual passage appeared inevitable on Dec. 14, when ASNE became the first journalism organization to oppose the bill. By this past weekend, the bill’s progress had stalled, leaving almost no chance that it would pass in its original form.

Online piracy on the agenda for next Twitter chat

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

ASNE revises dues schedule, lowering rates for most

Membership dues will decline dramatically for most American Society of News Editors members and prospective members under a new dues structure unveiled today. Under the new plan, ASNE returns to graduated dues rates based on the size of a member’s organization and his or her position within the company.

OJR urges online journalists to participate in the Newsroom Census

ASNE vastly expanded the number of news websites that have been invited to participate in the Newsroom Employment Census this year, and last week Robert Niles of the Online Journalism Review encouraged them to stand up to be counted.

What you can do to stop SOPA

Last month, ASNE was the first journalism organization to announce its opposition to H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. With the House Judiciary Committee likely to revisit the issue when Congress reconvenes on Jan. 24, and the Senate poised to act quickly if the House moves SOPA through the committee and a successful floor vote, this might be your final opportunity to register your news organization’s views on the bill. We encourage you to raise the issue with your Representative or Senator during the recess, at an editorial board meeting or in your editorial pages, or simply by asking for their views on the bill during a town hall meeting. This is especially important if your representative is a member of the Judiciary Committee.

First Twitter chat of 2012 to focus on leadership

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. ET/ 11 a.m. PT

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