Archive February 2016

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Join us in our effort to build public awareness about open government

Sunshine Week efforts keep growing! Continue to let us know how you plan to celebrate this important open-government initiative on March 13-19. Visit for more information about ways to participate.   

ASNE members-only Facebook group invites you to connect, share ideas

We invite our members to join ASNE Newsroom Leaders, a members-only Facebook group, and share ideas, pose questions and reflect on current issues. 

Email ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at with your Facebook URL or name to join the group. 

15 smart people talk for 5 minutes each about journalism's future

Read this piece from the Nieman Journalism Lab
 and watch videos of 15 smart people talking about building a startup culture, the value of small projects, the curse of expertise and more. ASNE Vice President Mizell Stewart, managing director of content at Journal Media Group, is featured in the second video and addresses local journalism, advertising and value creation. 

ASNE members can register for Data Journalism Summit at half price

Data Journalism SummitApril 11 at The Associated Press headquarters in New York City, offers ASNE members a 50 percent discount on registration. Email Eric Hutchins at, or call 214-864-4399 to register. If you're a member of ASNE, then tell Hutchins that you are eligible for the 50 percent discount. 

Show your support for use of drones in newsgathering

Legislation pending in the House of Representatives could loosen restrictions on the use of micro UAS (UAS weighing under 4.4 pounds, including payload). HR 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act, passed the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure last week. As Goldberg explains in a post on his firm's CommLawBlog, the AIRR Act would, among other changes, remove two big rules that inhibit our members' potential to gather news via UAS: 1. the requirement that a commercially licensed pilot operate the drone and 2. the restriction on flying above people.

ASNE joins amicus brief in support of access to public records in NJ

ASNE joined an  filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the New Jersey Supreme Court in a case, which might affect one of the more controversial public records issues at the state level: access to police video footage.

Celebrate open government March 13-19 with Sunshine Week 2016

There will be a special reporting project available free to all Sunshine Week participants. The Associated Press, The McClatchy Company, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee, Tribune News Service and others are working on a package of robust enterprise stories, sidebars, an analysis piece, photos, videos and informational graphics. 

Open-government questions we invite you to ask federal candidates

ASNE and have created questions you can ask federal candidates about their views on open government and transparency. 

ASNE opposes proposed changes to Florida's public records law

Florida House Bill 1021 and Senate Bill 1220 would amend the law to create "permissive" award of attorney's fees after litigation, as opposed to the current "mandatory" award of fees. This means that a plaintiff who goes to court to challenge the denial of a request for public records and wins would no longer be guaranteed to receive a reimbursement of attorney's fees.

Submit ASNE Awards entries by Feb. 9

We've extended the deadline for the 2016 ASNE Awards to 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, Feb. 9Don't miss out on this opportunity of an extra weekend to submit your work!
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