The American Society of News Editors (ASNE), formerly known as the American Society of Newspaper Editors, is a professional membership organization that, according to its website, “focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues.” Its key initiatives include diversity in newsrooms and journalism, leadership, innovation, and youth journalism, and as noted on its website, the ASNE promotes “fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government.” This entry briefly reviews the history, mission, and membership of ASNE and then discusses a few of its various initiatives and programs.


The history of the ASNE begins with two articles by Frederic Lewis Allen and Moorfield Storey, respectively, that were featured in The Atlantic Monthly in January 1922, both of which ...

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