American Society of News Editors


Organizational Description:

The American Society of Newspaper Editors is a professional organization of approximately 750 persons who hold positions as directing editors of daily newspapers in the United States and Canada. The purposes of the Society include assisting journalists and providing unfettered and effective press in the service of the American people.

Services Provided:

Inform journalists and the public regarding issues relating to the First Amendment and access to government information

Monitor and advocate for legislation promoting free speech and freedom of the press at the state and federal levels

Promote journalism education at all levels from elementary school through college

Organize an annual conference and several special conferences devoted to discussion of issues of importance to freedom of the press

Mobilize grass roots efforts among members of the press on issues relating to newsgathering and publication

File amicus briefs in cases of importance to the First Amendment and FOIA

Primary Issues of Focus:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of the press
  • Access to government information

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