Archive February 2019

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ASNE Joins the Protect Free Speech Coalition in Support of First Amendment Rights in Texas

Free speech is under assault in Texas. Eight years after its enactment, the Texas Citizen Participation Act (the state’s version of an Anti-SLAPP statute) is in danger of being neutered. While nothing has been introduced, we understand that Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee Chair Jeff Leach is planning a “reform measure” that may, among other things: 

Introducing a new aspect of the ASNE Press Freedom Hotline: a Weekly Video Short.

We’ve been proud to bring you the ASNE Legal Hotline for the past two years, thanks to generous grants from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. Via the Hotline, members of ASNE, APME and LION (the Local Independent Online Publishers) can consult with ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin M. Goldberg via telephone (703-812-0462), email (, or, ideally, the closed group ASNE Press Freedom Legal Hotline Facebook Page (where we hope others will join in the conversation).

Great Struggle, Little Progress: A Case Study of the 2018 ASNE Newsroom Diversity Survey

The banquet hall was half-empty by the time the diversity session began during the American Society of News Editors’ annual conference at the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 12, 2018.

ASNE survey needs your input NOW!

ASNE is getting ready to release our annual diversity survey but we need your help.
Last year, our response rate was very low. One reason was that many of the people we reached out to had either left the business or had moved to another position or organization. In an effort to reach as many organizations as possible, we are asking that you send us a list of all the people at your properties that are most qualified to fill out this year’s survey.

ASNE joins 3 amicus briefs filed in the last week of January

ASNE continues to remain active on the amicus front. We joined three briefs filed in cases which may have an impact on ASNE members around the country, all of which are extensions of cases in which we have previously been involved.