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ASNE to End Fundraising Campaign That Fell Short of Goal

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

ASNE to End Fundraising Campaign That Fell Short of Goal

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The American Society of News Editors has announced the ASNE Foundation's "Journalism for a New Age Endowment Campaign" will effectively end Dec. 31, 2009 after failing to meet its goal.

Launched in 2007 with a $2.5 million matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the campaign had a fundraising goal of $6.25 million. But since then, ASNE has raised $786,000 -- $471,600 from members, news organizations, and foundations and $314,400 from the Knight grant match.

"The economic headwinds faced by the campaign came during a period when ASNE was at the forefront of several important First Amendment battles," the announcement stated. "Notably, improvements to the federal Freedom of Information Act became law and a federal shield law for reporters moved closer to reality. ASNE is also a leader in the quest to assure that quality journalism thrives as the news business is reshaped by structural change.

"The Society remains committed to vigorous initiatives on both the First Amendment and future of journalism fronts. Thus, through 2009, ASNE will continue putting forth its best efforts to raise additional support for the campaign," it added. …

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