Bush, Rumsfeld, Kerry to Address NAA-ASNE Confab

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By: E&P Staff

Plans for the first-ever coordinated conventions of the Newspaper Association of American and the American Society of Newspaper Editors — plus the Associated Press’ annual meeting — in Washington during the week of April 18 have now taken shape, highlighted by scheduled appearances by President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Sen. John Kerry.

“The time is right to bring editors and publishers together to discuss mutual issues affecting the industry today,” said John Sturm, president and CEO of NAA in a statement. “While a few years ago concurrent meetings might have been considered a novel approach, many issues such as readership, ethics and freedom of information are discussed consistently in the board rooms and newsrooms. The Washington meetings will provide an ideal opportunity for newspaper executives and editors to gather in one place and share their perspectives.”

The Associated Press will hold its annual meeting and luncheon in conjunction with NAA’s convention, where President Bush is slated to speak about economic issues as well as U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Joint parties are planned for the evenings of April 20-21.

The conventions plan to cover such topics as readership (focusing on youth and ethnic audiences), freedom of the press, newsroom ethics and standards.

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