Thursday, December 18, 2008

What Paper?


ASNE proposes name change; remove 'newspaper'


Besides layoffs, buyouts, bankruptcies and closing bureaus, there's further evidence the traditional newspaper industry's in trouble. The American Society of Newspaper Editors contacted members today about changing the organization's name to reflect the decline of print.

Here's the pitch from a member's letter.

We are all way beyond ink on paper, and so the word “paper” would disappear from our name to reflect better what we do today and where we are going. Our new name, pending your approval, would be American Society of News Editors. This change maintains our valued brand, ASNE, and our logo, ASNE Leading America’s Newsrooms.

To assure a robust future, we also need to broaden our base of members. Thus, our proposal includes offering full membership to editors of news websites, including those without a print product, as well as leaders in journalism education and journalism foundations. More and more, news organizations are not defined by “daily.” Thus, this requirement would be removed from membership requirements.

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