American Society of Magazine Editors

About ASME

 
“We think that the business of publishing magazines can be helped if the editors meet together periodically to pool their knowledge and broadcast their thoughts and feelings. And we think, too, that the strength of unity can help protect what is probably the greatest asset the magazine business has, and that is editorial integrity.”

--Ted Patrick, editor of Holiday, announcing the formation of ASME on September 17, 1963

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

MEMBERSHIP

Senior editors, art directors and photography editors employed by print and digital magazines edited and distributed in the United States are eligible to join ASME. There are four categories of membership: Chief Editor, Editor, Retired Editor and ASME NEXT. Chief Editors, Editors and Retired Editors are entitled to all the privileges of ASME membership. ASME NEXT members are not eligible to vote in ASME elections. Applications for membership must be endorsed by a chief editor and are subject to the approval of the ASME Board of Directors. ASME currently has 485 members.

GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

ASME is governed by a 16-member board of directors. Board members are elected to two-year terms and may be re-elected to a second two-year term. Officers are elected to one-year terms and may be re-elected to a second one-year term. Board elections are conducted at the ASME Annual Meeting, usually the first Wednesday in May. The current members of the board are:

Mark Jannot, Vice President, Content, National Audubon Society, President
James Bennet, Editor in Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic
Amy DuBois Barnett
Dana Cowin, Senior Vice President, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine
Scott Dadich, Editor in Chief, Wired
Jill Herzig, Editor in Chief, Dr. Oz THE GOOD LIFE
Christopher Keyes, Vice President and Editor, Outside
Sally Lee
James Oseland, Editor in Chief, Saveur
Norman Pearlstine, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Time Inc.
David Plotz, Editor in Chief, Slate
Michele Promaulayko, Vice President and Editor in Chief, Women's Health
Joshua Topolsky, Editor in Chief, The Verge
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
David Zinczenko, President and Chief Executive Officer, Galvanized Brands
Lucy Schulte Danziger, Ex Officio

The chief executive of ASME is Sid Holt. The director is Nina Fortuna.

ASME PROGRAMS

ASME serves the interests of its members and supports the development of magazine journalism by sponsoring the following programs:

The National Magazine Awards honor print and digital magazines that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction. The National Magazine Awards were established in 1966, when Look received the first award. The first award for digital journalism was presented to Money in 1997.

The call for entries is published in September each year; the awards are presented at the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner the following February. Each award winner receives a reproduction of the Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant.” The National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia Journalism School and are administered by ASME.

In 2014, more than 250 print and digital publications submitted 1,586 entries in 24 categories, and 66 titles received one or more nominations. The National Magazine Awards judging is the largest annual meeting of magazine journalists in the United States: 333 editors, most of them ASME members, participated in the judging this year. Nearly 600 editors and publishers attended the Annual Dinner.

Lists of the finalists and judges are posted on the National Magazine Awards site. Videos of the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner, including the winners’ remarks, are posted on YouTube.

Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame and Creative Excellence Awards honor editors, writers and artists for career-long achievements and enduring contributions to magazine journalism. Honorees are chosen by the ASME Board of Directors. The awards are presented in alternating years at the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner. The most recent recipient of the Hall of Fame Award was Graydon Carter in 2014; the most recent recipients of the Creative Excellence Award were Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard in 2013.

Best American Magazine Writing anthologizes National Magazine Award-winning and –nominated articles. Published annually by the Columbia University Press, Best American Magazine Writing is widely used in journalism courses. The introduction to the 2013 edition was written by James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic. A Chinese edition is published in Shanghai.

The Osborn Elliott-National Magazine Awards Scholarship
National Magazine Awards entry fees fund the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia Journalism School. Named in honor of the former Newsweek editor, Columbia dean and ASME president, the Osborn Elliott Scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism.

The ASME Best Cover Contest honors the most successful magazine covers of the year. Finalists in 10 categories are chosen by leading editors, art directors and photography editors. All ASME members are eligible to vote for the Cover of the Year. The call for entries is published in October each year; the winners, including the Cover of the Year, are announced at the ASME Annual Meeting the following May. The ASME Best Cover Contest was begun in 2006.

The American Magazine Conference is the annual meeting for magazine media leaders. Sponsored by MPA—The Association of Magazine Media in association with ASME, the meeting addresses issues of concern to editors and publishers of print and digital publications. The American Magazine Conference is held in October every year.

The ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers codify longstanding practices governing the relationship between editorial and advertising content. First published in 1982, the ASME Guidelines include best practices for print and digital magazines. ASME staff members frequently advise ASME members and their colleagues on the interpretation and application of the guidelines.

ASME Educational and Training Programs include regularly scheduled seminars and multi-day workshops on editorial skills and practices. Annual workshops include the ASME Editorial Workshop for junior-level editors in October and the ASME Legal Briefing for Editors in November. A full-tuition scholarship for the Yale Publishing Course is also awarded annually to an ASME member.

Table @ is a series of monthly dinner meetings co-sponsored by ASME and MPA that focuses on the development of magazines on tablets.

ASME NEXT is a separate organization within ASME for junior-level editors. ASME NEXT is governed by its own board of directors, overseen by the ASME board of directors and staff.  ASME NEXT sponsors educational training programs specifically for junior editors, including the bimonthly ASME NEXT Talks series with leading magazine journalists.

The Magazine Internship Program places college juniors in internships at leading consumer magazines for 10 weeks every summer.  Founded in 1967, the program is highly competitive: This year approximately 300 students applied and fewer than 40 were accepted. More than 250 alumni of the program now work in magazine media and include the editors in chief of major titles.

MPA SERVICES FOR ASME MEMBERS

ASME-member dues support these MPA departments:

Government Affairs promotes the interests of magazine editors and publishers in Washington and state capitals by advocating on behalf of magazine media companies in key legislative and regulatory areas, including shield laws; intellectual property; consumer protection; digital privacy; sustainability; postal reform; and advertising.

Information Services maintains a fully equipped library staffed by information specialists knowledgeable about editorial and publishing trends and data. ASME members have full access.

MEMBER BENEFITS

The biggest benefit of ASME membership is belonging. ASME is the only organization that speaks for print and digital magazine editors and supports their interests. But there are tangible benefits too:

Savings on Entry Fees for the National Magazine Awards and ASME Best Cover Contest

  • ASME members pay less to enter the National Magazine Awards and the ASME Best Cover Contest. The cost of ASME membership can be completely offset by submitting only a handful of entries in the National Magazine Awards.

Participation in the National Magazine Awards Judging

  • Every year hundreds of journalists, most of them ASME members, gather in New York for the National Magazine Awards judging. The judging is an opportunity to meet other top editors and to learn about the best print and digital journalism. ASME members receive priority in the selection and assignment of judges.

Savings on Registration Fees for the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner and American Magazine Conference

  • ASME members receive discounts on single tickets and full tables for the National Magazine Awards Annual Dinner and pay less to attend the American Magazine Conference.

Access to the ASME Membership Directory and Handbook

  • The ASME Membership Directory and Handbook is distributed annually to all members and includes listings for hundreds of editors. Members can also access the directory online.

Help With the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers

  • ASME staff members are always available to answer members’ questions about the ASME Guidelines and to explain best practices in both print and digital media.

Free Subscriptions to the ASME Daily News Roundup

  • The ASME Daily News Roundup aggregates essential reporting and analysis about print and digital media. The newsletter is delivered to ASME members’ mailboxes every afternoon.

Answers to Your Questions About Magazine Media

  • MPA Information Services staff members can answer questions about editorial, advertising and circulation trends and provide access to industry research on print and digital media, including recent white papers on magazine readers and the use of tablets, smartphones and social media.

Discounts on Registration Fees for ASME and MPA Educational and Training Programs

  • ASME members pay less to attend ASME seminars and workshops as well as MPA print and digital conferences and events, including the Table @ series.

ASME HELPLINES

Member Services Call Nina Fortuna at 212.872.3737 or email nfortuna@magazine.org

ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers Call Sid Holt at 212.872.3723 or email sholt@magazine.org

Information Services Call Sandy Jimenez at 212.872.3795 or email sjimenez@magazine.org

National Magazine Awards Email ellies@magazine.org

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