Sonny Albarado, an editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette who also does yeoman's work for the Arkansas FOI Coalition, recently sounded the alarm to members of the Associated Press Managing Editors
group: Arkansas' Freedom of Information Act, one of the first and best in the country for creating transparent government and holding government officials accountable, is under unprecedented attack.
Six news organizations, including the American Society of News Editors, Associated Press Managing Editors
, Associated Press Sports Editors, Online News Association, Radio-Television News Directors Association and Student Press Law Center, sent a protest letter to Big Ten officials Friday.
When The Associated Press Managing Editors
(APME) seriously began discussing the prospect of its first-ever national reporting project in the summer of 2007, the newspaper industry was struggling, but it didn't feel like it was searching for its soul.
Nor have the Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Managing Editors
, or National Conference of Editorial Writers been heard from.
The Freedom Forum has partnered with the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors
, which will help identify participating newspapers and screen candidates.
Shortly thereafter, ASNE and the Associated Press Managing Editors
Association (APME) "agreed to combine their efforts on diversity, credibility and monitoring wires," says David Yarnold, managing editor of the San Jose Mercury News and chair of APME's Diversity Committee.
The new press code is much more specific than any in the United States, where The Associated Press Managing Editors
Association code of ethics says only that newspapers ``should respect the individual's right to privacy.
Associated Press Managing Editors
, one of three news organizations whose protests of recent media credential restrictions by the Southeastern Conference led to an easing of the rules, is urging members to carefully review the changes before agreeing to them.
Among our recent awards: the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award in Web Reporting for a multimedia package on old-time mountain music; the Associated Press Managing Editors
Online Convergence Award for a project on Somali Bantu immigrants; a Newspaper Association of America Digital Edge Award for Most Innovative Multimedia Storytelling for a trio of packages, including one on tornado chasing; a National Headliner Award, and a 2006 EPpy award for best overall newspaper-affiliated Web service under one million unique monthly visitors.
However, this year, the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors
decided to undertake a similar effort, so the two groups decided to join forces.
The two major newspaper editor associations -- American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and the Associated Press Managing Editors
association (APME) -- have recognized the trend as well and have joined forces to express alarm over increased government secrecy, particularly in the wake of the Sept.