Archive March 2016

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ASNE joins brief arguing First Amendment rights trump right of publicity

Among the questions that ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg is often asked, via the ASNE Legal Hotline or otherwise, is how to protect against legal issues when seeking to use photos and videos not shot by a publication's own photographer. It's not easy, and that's why ASNE joined a brief, which seeks to maintain a broad protection for use of photos and videos in non-commercial situations. 

ASNE receives donation from The Gridiron Club and Foundation

ASNE will use the funding to provide strong leadership in protecting First Amendment freedoms and strengthening freedom of information.  

Sunshine Week 2016 off to a sunny start!

Happy Sunshine Week, everyone! It's off to a great start as numerous organizations created a robust coverage in their Sunday and Monday editions by publishing their local stories, as well as the content from our special Sunshine Week package. In fact, stories from the package appeared on at least 62 front pages. Let's keep up the good work in celebrating the positive impact of open government and access to public information! 

If you haven't, please take advantage of the multiple stories, an essay, a graphic and photos in the package by publishing them throughout the week. Two more stories will be posted later this week. Also, the Sunshine Week Toolkit features tons of editorial cartoons and op-eds that you can use to show your support for open government.

Special reporting package for Sunshine Week is available

Sunshine Week started Sunday and will shine through Saturday, March 19! Most of the content from the free special-reporting package is now available. We strongly encourage you to publish the content online and in print to celebrate the importance of open government and freedom of information.

ASNE: Constitutional rights must be protected in Apple-FBI case

ASNE understands the FBI's interest in learning as much as possible about the events that led Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, to kill 14 people last December. However, the precedents set in this case might have significant ramifications on First Amendment protections offered to journalists and other private citizens. Our hope is that any resolution creates a clear standard that appropriately protects the constitutional rights of anyone involved, especially as such standards already exist in the law. 

Help create real and direct change during Sunshine Week!

Please consider contacting your senators to let them know that you support the "FOIA Improvement Act," S 337, and that they should, as well. Let the public know why this bill matters to them. Write about it in your papers, on your websites and on social media (don't forget to use the hashtag #FixFOIAby50). 

We invite everyone to participate in Sunshine Week, Let us know how you plan to celebrate

This Sunday, Sunshine Week 2016 kicks off to fight for open government and freedom of information. We invite every group and individual to join forces in this important initiative. Utilize myriad resources available in the Sunshine Week Toolkit, including the special reporting package, editorial cartoons and op-eds. 

Save the dates Sept. 11-14, Plan to attend the 2016 news leadership conference

Plan now to attend the ASNE-APME conference Sept. 11-14 in Philadelphia! We will open with an evening reception at the iconic National Constitution Center and have conference sessions Sept. 12-14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Links to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room will be available in coming weeks. 

ASNE renews call for access to Supreme Court proceedings

On Friday, Feb. 26, ASNE joined nine other organizations in a letter to the court that requests same day access to audio of two oral arguments: Whole Woman's Health v. Cole and U.S. v. Texas.

From ASNE President Pam Fine: Today we're sharing the Sunshine Week budget

On this ASNE Sunshine Week page and also at, you'll find the budget for this year's special story package for March 13-19.

The entire package will be available free of charge for everyone and anyone to publish online and in print. Editorial cartoons and additional opinion columns are also available in the Sunshine Week Toolkit, which will be updated daily.
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