The reason, according to a press release from ASNE, is that “the challenges editors face at their newspapers demand their full attention.”
The last time ASNE canceled the convention was in 1945, during the final days of WWII.
The convention would have held a vote to see if the group would drop “news” from its name and vote a new board. Now, the votes and other meetings will go on electronically.
This is really weird/sad/disconcerting. The business is so bad, I guess comparable to WWII, that editors can’t leave the newsrooms now? Somehow, I don’t think those few days away would have severely hurt the papers. They’re already doing so poorly- any worse, and they’ll just stop publishing.
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