ASNE, APME approve merger plan to become News Leaders Association
Austin, Texas (Sept. 11, 2018) - At this pivotal moment
for journalism and freedom of the press, two of the most significant
organizations in journalism have voted to merge and become one voice for
The formation of the News Leaders Association, combining
the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors,
was approved by the two groups' members during their joint News
Leadership Conference in Austin.
ASNE and APME will continue to work jointly on major
projects during the coming year as legal steps toward the merger are
completed. NLA is expected to be in place by the 2019 News Leadership
Conference Sept. 9-10 in New Orleans.
In this extraordinary time of upheaval across the news
industry, as well as forces outside it, leaders and members of ASNE and
APME believe that now is the time for journalism leaders to come
together to make great impact.
"These are challenging times for our business and our
country," said Nancy Barnes, incoming president of ASNE for 2018-19. "We
believe joining our two organizations will only strengthen our ability,
as journalism leaders, to stand up for the principles we hold dear."
"Editors' jobs have never been more challenging, and we
believe that our groups are stronger together as we work to be a
valuable resource for leaders at news organizations of all sizes," said
APME President Angie Muhs.
The mission statement of NLA reads: "The News Leaders
Association is committed to leading, nurturing and serving journalism
"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. "NLA is also committed to reimagining our work so
that it's relevant to a broader range of leaders from a variety of
backgrounds and to the needs of a rapidly changing journalism
After years of working closely together to further the
cause of journalism, both organizations are excited to become one while
also honoring the long histories of both ASNE and APME.
"We have gotten to this point with the drive and
determination to create an organization that keeps advancing the core
causes that allow journalism to have a vital impact on society and
democracy," said outgoing ASNE President Alfredo Carbajal. "Those
include defending the First Amendment, pushing for greater diversity and
inclusiveness in news stories and newsrooms and developing newer
generations of news leaders."
NLA encourages all journalists, from across disciplines
and platforms, to join in this cause. The organizations are stronger
together, and now is the time to step up and become a member of
something that matters. To become a member, simply visit asne.org or apme.com.
Both ASNE and APME will continue to exist in 2018-19,
working together closely on our top journalistic priorities, details of
the merger and the 2019 conference planning. Join either organization
now and automatically become a member of NLA when the merger is final.
Both organizations are a part of merged committees that
include Conference, Diversity, First Amendment, Leadership and Media
Literacy. Become a member of ASNE or APME and immediately make an impact
by contributing to committee work.
As opposing voices get louder, leaders in the industry need to step up and join in the fight for democracy.