Gilbert Bailon Elected ASNE President — Promises Return to New Orleans

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By: E&P Staff

The publisher and editor of Al Dia, Gilbert Bailon, has been chosen as president by the American Society of newspaper editors.

“ASNE will expedite its efforts to help newsroom leaders with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry that now integrates digital media, new products, new audiences and demographic shifts,” Bailon said of the coming year, in a written release. “Our roles as newsroom leaders will continue to transform and, while challenging, will offer opportunities to reach new people with different content delivered across various forms of media. It’s not business as usual on the job, nor will it be within ASNE.”

Additionally, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel editor Charlotte H. Hall, was elected vice president of the organization, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor W. Martin Kaiser was named secretary; and Washington Post deputy managing editor Milton Coleman was picked as treasurer.

ASNE also announced that it will “affirm its support for the people and city of New Orleans” by holding the 2014 gathering there. “The board feels it’s important that ASNE plays a role in the rebuilding of New Orleans as a prominent city. We are happy to return to New Orleans, where we held the 2003 convention,” Bailon said in the statement.

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