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Three reasons why you should attend the ASNE Convention

There are a lot of good reasons to register for the ASNE Convention June 24-26 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., but here are three to get you started:

1. We announced Wednesday that Sen. Marco Rubio will be joining our growing list of speakers. He will address us at lunch on Tuesday, June 25. Rubio -- often mentioned as a potential presidential contender in 2016 -- is the leading Senate Republican in an attempt to modernize the nation's immigration laws for the first time in a generation, providing an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is speaking to us at lunch on Wednesday. Make sure to purchase lunch tickets to reserve your seats! 

Sen. Marco Rubio to speak at ASNE Convention

The American Society of News Editors is pleased to announce that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will speak to its members at the 2013 ASNE Convention in Washington, D.C. Rubio -- often mentioned as a potential presidential contender in 2016 -- will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Tuesday, June 25. He will take questions from ASNE members in the audience after his remarks.

Since being elected to the Senate in 2010, Rubio has become one of the most influential conservatives in Washington. He is the leading Senate Republican in an attempt to modernize the nation's immigration laws for the first time in a generation, providing new border security and immigration law enforcement as well as an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the United States. 

Meet CNN News Services, one of our 2013 convention sponsors!

With our convention fast approaching, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our sponsors, CNN News Services. You'll have an opportunity to chat with them in June at the convention, but here's a brief introduction they provided:

CNN has developed tools that support ASNE's guiding principles of sustaining the highest standards of journalism, embracing and exploring change, and aiding news organizations with cutting-edge technologies. 

Meet Reuters, one of our 2013 convention sponsors!

With our convention fast approaching, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our sponsors. You've almost certainly heard of Reuters already (and you'll have a chance to chat with them in June), but for now, here's a brief introduction they provided:

Reuters, the world's largest international news agency, is a leading provider of real-time, high-impact multimedia news and information services to newspapers, television and cable networks, radio stations and websites around the globe. With 200 bureaus and more than 3,000 journalists worldwide, our news coverage is rich with facts and context that speaks to American audiences. 

Encourage your congressperson to support 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. 

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. 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. 

ASNE calls for resurrection of Free Flow of Information Act

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. 
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. 

ASNE files amicus brief to protect reporter-source relationship

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. 

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.
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." 

U.S. journalists: Apply now for IRP reporting trip to Kazakhstan

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is now accepting applications from U.S. journalists for a media reporting trip to Kazakhstan, a huge but little-known Asian country whose government has been active in global nuclear nonproliferation talks. 

The trip, which will take place August 3-14, 2013, is a unique opportunity to visit a key country of 17 million persons bordering Russia and China.
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