Members of the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, meeting for a joint national convention in Austin, Texas, today voted to merge this coming year into a new organization called the News Leaders Association.
“These are challenging times for our business and our country,” said Nancy Barnes, incoming president of ASNE. “We believe joining our two organizations will only strengthen our ability, as journalism leaders, to stand up for the principles we hold dear.”
“There’s never been a more important time to create an organization vigorously committed to defending and explaining the values of an independent press in a democratic society,” said outgoing APME President Jim Simon.
The mission of the NLA reads: “The News Leaders Association is committed to leading, nurturing and serving journalism and democracy.”
The new organization will host its convention Sept. 9-10, 2019, in New Orleans.