Newspaper editors convention canceled, cites ‘challenging times’

In more sad news coinciding with the Rocky’s demise, the American Society of Newspaper Editors announced Friday that it is pulling its annual April confab off the calendar because “the challenges editors face at their newspapers demand their full attention.”

In a bit of stinging news to those who blame the Internet for the demise of newspapers, ASNE president Charlotte Hall said it will “increase reliance on the Web to help editors share what they are learning as they reinvent their news organizations for multiple platforms.”

Only once before has the 87-year-old trade group canceled its annual meeting — in the final months of World War II.

This year’s circumstances are quite different than in 1945, Hall said. “This is a uniquely stressful period in our business as we face both structural change and deep recession.”


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