January-February 2017: Requested to sign onto letter protesting an Oregon school district’s banning of the book “Eleanor and Park” without review. However, in view of our decision not to become involved in local issues with few exceptions, we did not join this action on the grounds that we don’t have enough time to respond to every local issue of “soft” book banning. However, we named two ASJA members to deal with local issues of this sort. We would still like to recruit more.
January 19, 2017: Signed onto statement issued by the National Coalition against Censorship condemning a decision to remove a student painting from the U.S. Capital Building. The allegorical painting protesting police actions was created by St. Louis high school student David Pulphus and was among the winners of a student competition. http://ncac.org/blog/ncac-condemns-decision-to-remove-student-painting-from-u-s-capitol-building. In December NCAC, working with a team of attorneys, drew up an amicus curiae brief to protest the painting’s removal and argue for its reinstatement. The brief makes the argument that the court incorrectly applied the "government speech" doctrine to the student art competition (as opposed to applying the "forum" analysis under which viewpoint discrimination is prohibited), which allowed the court to then rule that the issue was entirely outside the First Amendment.
February 24, 2017: Signed on to letter circulated by the National Fair Housing Alliance, which urges Congress to Stop Assault on Fair Housing Rule and preserve Access to Public Data. The statement emphasizes the importance of preserving important government data collection efforts, and preserving public access to the data collected.
March 2 , 2017: Signed on to letter in support of Freedom of the Press circulated by the National Coalition against Censorship and the American Society of News Editors. We then posted this statement on the ASJA website.
March 12, 2017: At the request of the Media Coalition, we signed on to amicus brief in support of Higginbotham vs. City of New York, 2nd circuit, supporting the right of photographers to photograph the actions of police in a public place.
March 7, 2017: Signed on to letter to John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, in response to his statement at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing on February 7th, 2017, that the Department of Homeland Security would consider requiring visa applicants to provide log-in information (passwords or other credentials) for their social media accounts. We joined other human rights and civil liberties organizations, business, and trade organizations, urging him to reject any proposal to require visa applicants or others wanting to enter the United States to provide log-in information to their online accounts as a condition of entry into the United States. Demanding log-in information is a direct assault on fundamental rights and would weaken national security.
Signed on to a letter to the United Nations, urging an investigation of reports that the United States is demanding visitors provide access to their electronic devices as well as passcodes to those devices and online accounts. These practices persist in violation of the United States human rights treaty obligations and UN action is needed to hold the government accountable for the protection of human rights at U.S. borders, which are not zones of exclusion or exception.
October 6, 2017: Signed onto a letter supporting amicus curiae brief in case of Gravano vs Take-Two, initiated by the Media Coalition, urging retention of the right to use real persons in fictional depictions. Although ASJA members largely write nonfiction, some of our members do write fiction, including fictionalized accounts of history, and thus need to have the freedom to use this information.
November 2017: Wrote to The Independent of Malta, seeking information on getting information about the family of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, so that we can award the Conscience in Media award to her posthumously in recognition of her courageous reporting, which ultimately led to her murder. Have been in contact with members of her family, who plan to come to New York in May during our annual conference to accept the Conscience in Media award on her behalf.
December 4, 2017: Signed onto the amicus brief that Reporters Committee of Freedom of the Press in support of Jamie Kalven's motion to quash a subpoena seeking information about his confidential sources for his reporting about the shooting of Laquan McDonald. The amicus brief argues that the Illinois Reporter's Privilege provides strong protections for confidential source information and emphasizes the policy reasons underlying the privilege. It also argues that the privilege cannot be overcome by speculative arguments and that the public policy behind the act weighs in favor of quashing the subpoena in this case. The court quashed the subpoena for his testimony, which could have forced him to reveal confidential sources.
December 19, 2017: Signed onto an open letter to the Baltimore (MD) City Public Schools seeking to learn more about the district’s decision-making process about books in the curriculum or in school libraries, after the removal of a book following one parent’s voiced objection to it. The book was Buck, a widely acclaimed memoir by Professor M.K. Asante. After weeks of inquiry, which the district has either dodged or dismissed, the National Council against Censorship filed a Freedom of Information request to learn more about the district's decision-making process.
News Release Archive
- 2017-10-05: Renew Your ASJA Membership for 2018
- 2017-09-25: ASJA Launches Associate Membership
- 2017-09-25: Where to Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017!
- 2017-09-14: NWU and The Nation Negotiate Groundbreaking Agreement for Freelancers
- 2017-09-07: The National Writers Union Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Ebony Freelancers
- 2017-08-17: ASJA Signs Joint Letter to Ambassador Lighthizer
- 2017-06-29: ASJA Hosts Two Chicago Workshops: November 17-18
- 2017-06-13: ASJA Charitable Trust Receives Grant from Amazon Literacy Partnership
- 2017-05-24: Kevin Birmingham: The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses
- 2017-04-25: ASJA Announces New Officers and Directors
- 2017-04-10: Media Advisory -- Interviews Available at ASJA Writers Conference
- 2017-04-06: Joanne Lipman will be Master of Ceremonies at Awards Gala
- 2017-03-30: ASJA Responds to the U.S. Copyright Office Regarding Moral Rights for Writers
- 2017-03-30: ASJA 2017 Award Winners
- 2017-02-02: Keynotes, Guest Speaker Bring Diverse Perspectives and Ideas to Journalism Conference
- 2017-01-04: Fulfill Your Writing-Related New Year’s Resolutions with ASJA
- 2016-10-01: Estelle Erasmus Announced as ASJA2017 Conference Chair
- 2016-07-21: ASJA Announces Regional Conference: Dream Bold Atlanta
- 2016-07-12: ASJA Announces New Board President, Officers and Directors
- 2016-07-08: Editoral Freelancers to Rally at Salon on Sept. 7 at Content Marketing World
- 2016-07-05 Longtime ASJA Executive Director Steps Down
- 2016-04-12: ASJA 2016 Award Winners
- 2015-09-08: James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Austin Tice Named ASJA's Conscience In Media Award Recipients
- 2015-08-31: ASJA Co-Sponsors 34th Banned Books Week
- 2015-05-05: ASJA 2015 Conference Speaker Recording
- 2015-03-24: ASJA 2015 Writing Award Winners
- 2014-08-25: ASJA mourns the loss of fellow freelancer James Foley, urges United States' allies to stop paying ransoms
- 2014-03-18: Famed Biographer Kitty Kelley Wins Journalism Prize
- 2014-03-06: American Society of Journalists and Authors Announces Winners of 2014 Writing Awards
- 2014-02-17: ASJA's Content Connections in Chicago, November 13-14, 2014
- 2013-11-18: NWU and ASJA Reject Google Decision -- Will Support Authors Guild Appeal
- 2013-09-18: Banned Books Week Heroes Unveiled during Virtual Read-out
- 2013-08-28: Florence Isaacs Receives ASJA's Founders Award for Career Achievement
- 2013-08-17: Content Connections Matches Writers and Companies
- 2013-01-20: ASJA's Content Connections in San Francisco, October 10-11, 2014
- 2012-10-09: Writers Slam Secrecy of Book Publishers' Deal with Google
- 2012-09-17: Banned Books Week Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary
- 2012-08-17: Remembering Grace W. Weinstein, 1935-2012
- 2012-07-13: ASJA Announces New Officers and Directors
- 2012-07-05: Remembering ASJA Founding Member Norman Lobsenz
- 2012-06-07: Open Book Award
- 2012-04-12: ASJA Defends the Right to Focus on the Police
- 2012-03-23: Winners of 2012 Writing Awards
- 2011-03-23: Thank you, Judge Chin, for listening to the world's writers!
- 2011-03-15: ASJA2011 scholarship winners announced
- 2011-03-14: Annual Writing Awards
- 2010-03-19: Annual Writing Awards
- 2010-02-18: Google settlement "fundamentally unfair to writers"
- 2009-10-30: Health Care Reform Resolution
- 2009-10-07: ASJA's wish list for the Google Book Settlement 2
- 2009-04-24: American Society of Journalists and Authors 2009 Writing Awards
- 2009-03-12: The Demise of Investigative Journalism; in Huffington Post
- 2008-04-11: Ruth Gruber Receives Open Book Award from ASJA
- 2008-04-11: American Society of Journalists and Authors 2008 Writing Awards
- 2008-04-04: Big, rich Amazon now gouging independent publishers -- and writers, most of all
- 2008-02-07: Top Writers Offer Expert Advice in ASJA Mentoring Program
- 2008-02-01: Literary Journalist Melissa Fay Greene to Address ASJA Annual Writers Conference
- 2007-04-20: ASJA Announces 2007 Award Winners
- 2007-02-10: Jeannette Walls Keynote Speaker for 2007 ASJA Conference
- 2006-09-05: Why ASJA Opposes The Orphan Works Act
- 2006-07-24: ASJA Protests FEMA Restrictions on Free Speech
- 2005-09-12: ASJA Honors Fallen Journalists
- 2005-06-29: ASJA Honors Senator Dodd
- 2006-04-15: ASJA Presents 2005 Writing Awards
- 2005-03-29: $18 Million Settlement to Freelance Writers Filed for Court Approval
- 2004-10-14: ASJA Protests Jail Threats for Reporters
- 2004-06-07: ASJA Protests USA Visa Requirements for Foreign Journalists
- 2004-05-28: ASJA'S Writer Referral Service Gets A New Interim Director
- 2004-05-05: ASJA First Amendment Committee condemns "Censorship by Proxy"
- 2004-04-28: ASJA Presents 2004 Writing Awards
- 2004-04-25: ASJA First Amendment Committee Seeks Investigation of Allegations of Abuse of Journalists in Iraq
- 2004-03-19: American Society Of Journalists And Authors Condemn HHS' Use Of Fake Reporters In Videos
- 2004-01-15: Boston Globe Lawsuit Dropped; ASJA and Creators Network Support Freelancers in Ongoing Rights Fight
- 2003-10-30: ASJA Supports Modifications to the USA Patriot Act
- 2003-10-20: ASJA Files Brief in Support of Maverick Writer
- 2003-08-25: ASJA Asks Secretary Rumsfeld to Investigate Death of Journalist Mazen Dana
- 2003-05-09: ASJA Presents 2003 Writing Awards
- 2003-04-23: ASJA, Authors Guild Rebuke AOL Time Warner for All Rights Contract
- 2003-04-14: ASJA Supports Freedom to Read Protection Act
- 2002-07-31: ASJA to Congress: Make New Agency Accountable
- 2002-04-11: Despite Slashed Publishing Budgets and Plummeting Ad Pages, Writers Conference is Drawing Record Crowds
- 2001-06-26: The Chicken Little Argument
- 2001-06-25: Copyright Decision Good for Writers and Readers