Archive December 2014

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Happy Holidays from ASNE!

Thanks for all your support this year. We look forward to working with you in 2015. Happy Holidays!

Consider charitable donations to ASNE Foundation

We would appreciate if you could consider giving charitable donations to ASNE Foundation as end-of-year-gifts. Financial support is crucial as it carries out its core values of leadership, First Amendment/free press, diversity, news literacy, and excellence and innovation in professional journalism. 

Thank you for making Hacking News Leadership: Part 2 valuable!

We have prepared a recap of Hacking News Leadership: Part 2 that we hosted Dec. 6-7 at Poynter. Thanks for attending and sharing your innovative ideas and thoughts!

Update on protest against National Forest Service rules requiring permit for filmmaking, photography

ASNE was one of 17 organizations that immediately 
sent a letter to Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell that opposed the proposal to make permanent certain interim directives, which govern the need for permits by those engaged in commercial filmmaking or still photography on National Forest System lands.  

We were pleased when Tidwell issued a memorandum for all Forest Service personnel that clearly stated: "Journalism or media coverage is not to be considered a commercial activity for purposes of the regulations or our permit policies on any NFS lands." But we also knew that the effect of his words would be limited, and comments would need to be filed. 

Urgent action needed today on FOIA bill!

We need your voice TODAY to achieve reforms to the federal FOIA because S 2520, which passed the Senate on Monday, is not put on the House calendar, yet, and the House of Representatives could adjourn for the year as early as Thursday (tomorrow). 

Contact House leadership directly via phone calls, Twitter (you can direct tweets to 
@SpeakerBoehner@GOPLeader@NancyPelosi@WhipHoyer) and through your publications. 

ASNE applauds Senate for passing FOIA Improvements Act (S2520)

ASNE is pleased that the Senate passed the FOIA Improvements ACT (S 2520) by unanimous consent on Dec. 8. We hope ASNE members will 
join us in thanking the Senate for passing S 2520 and in asking the House to pass this legislation.

Help promote and celebrate Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15

Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day, the day to promote and celebrate the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. ASNE's Youth Journalism Initiative asks you to share the importance of fundamental freedoms, guarenteed by the First Amendment, through articles, columns or commentary. 

Check out the 1 for All campaign's website, for resources and information that will help you participate in Bill of Rights Day.