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Convention: That's a wrap!

It was a pretty terrific ASNE Convention by most accounts -- if we do say so ourselves.

Over three days, we listened to 25 inspiring speakers and panels. 
We heard from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Sen. Marco Rubio, from Sandy Rowe and Jill Abramson, and from Kathleen Carroll and James Rosen. 
We were blown away by the 42 high school students we met at the JCamp reception. They peppered us with questions; handed out business cards; and, all in all, left us hopeful and inspired about the future of journalism. 

2013 ASNE Board of Directors

The ASNE Board of Directors added 9 new members and elected a new executive committee at the organization's annual convention in Washington, D.C. David Boardman of the Seattle Times took the reins as ASNE president on the final day of the convention. 

Convention recap from student journalists: Wednesday

Improving Reliability: A Frank Talk about Errors, Plagiarism and Fabrication in Newsrooms
By Marina Demartini, University of Missouri student
Journalists learn about ethics in school and in the newsroom, but cases of plagiarism and fabrication of facts still happen in the field. 
Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor of the Associated Press; Marilyn Thompson, Reuters Washington bureau chief; and, via Skype, Teresa Schmedding, the president American Copy Editors Society discussed this issue on the last day of ASNE's 2013 convention.
The panel's the moderator, Reuters columnist Jack Shafer, asked the speakers about ethics in journalism and how journalists can work together to find a solution for plagiarism and fabrication in newsrooms. For Oreskes, plagiarism is a violation of what's most important in journalism, the truth. Schmedding said the difference between journalists and bloggers who write from their basements is the journalistic credibility. 

Convention recap from student journalists: Tuesday

Diversity Matters
By Julia Lugon 
One point was made clear during two diversity panels Tuesday: newsrooms are not reflecting the community. 
During two diversity panels, Karen Magnuson, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle editor and vice president of news, and Keith Woods, NPR vice president for diversity in news and operations, discussed community representation and diversity in newsrooms. 
ASNE's annual newsroom census, which was released on Tuesday, revealed that 12.37 percent of journalists belong to minority groups. 

Convention recap from student journalists: Monday

View from the C-Suite 
By Fola Akinnibi, University of Maryland student
A panel of CEOs from some of the nation's largest media companies opened the 2013 ASNE Convention with a discussion on the evolution of their companies and the industry as a whole. 
David Folkenflik of NPR led the panel, which included Gracia C. Martore of Gannett, Mark Thompson of The New York Times Co., Patrick J. Talamantes of McClatchy and Katharine Weymouth of The Washington Post. 
Sticking to the convention's theme of reinvention, the panel focused on new advertising strategies and consumer engagement through new technology and existing forms of media. 

2013 Newsroom Census

Total newsroom employment declined by 6.4 percent in 2012 while the proportion of minorities in newsrooms remained about even, according to the annual census released today by the American Society of News Editors and the Center for Advanced Social Research. 
There are about 38,000 full-time daily newspaper journalists at nearly 1,400 newspapers in the United States. That's a 2,600-person decrease from last year's 40,600. Of the 38,000 employees, about 4,700 or 12.37 percent are racial minorities; the percentage of minority employees has consistently hovered between 12 and 13 percent for more than a decade. 

See you at the convention Monday!

The American Society of News Editors 2013 convention opens Monday at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Marco Rubio is the keynote luncheon speaker on Tuesday. Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo, is the keynote luncheon speaker on Wednesday.
In between, there will be panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from the future of print to the presence of pay models.
We'll explore innovation and what the audience is telling us about the future of news.

Online voting deadline is Friday night for Board of Directors

Cast your vote now at for the ASNE Board of Directors. There are 11 candidates running for seven seats -- five three-year terms and two two-year terms.

You must be a member and vote for exactly 7 candidates. The electronic polls close at midnight PST on Friday, June 21. Members who do not vote online can vote in person at ASNE's annual convention, June 24-26 in Washington, D.C. The voting will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, and the winners will be announced that evening. 

Convention sponsors: We thank you!

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors of the 2013 ASNE Convention June 24-26 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

Our sponsors: The Associated Press, Bloomberg News, CNN Newsource, Crowdynews, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Knight Foundation, Marquette University Diederich College of Communications, MCT (McClatchy-Tribune) Information Services, Medill (Northwestern University) School of Journalism, Newspaper Association of America, Parade Media Group, Reuters America, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Yahoo News and partner SurveyUSA. 

Meet AP, 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. We're sure you've heard of AP (and you'll have a chance to chat with them at the convention), but for now, here's a brief introduction they provided: 

AP's worldwide reach, expertise and well-connected journalists mean AP produces news that very few can match but that everyone needs. 
From Syria to every U.S. statehouse, we're committed to providing the news our customers need most and can most trust. In the U.S., local and state reporters drill into issues of high impact. They use databases and freedom of information law to report on corruption, questionable judgment, broken systems and hidden agendas. 
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