Membership in ASME is open to any qualified magazine journalist. Applications for membership are available at magazine.org/asmemembership. There are four categories of membership in ASME: Chief Editor, Regular, ASME NEXT and Retired. For more information about ASME Membership, please click here.
Governance and Administration
ASME is governed by a board of directors. The current officers and board members are:
Lucy Danziger, Editor in Chief, SELF, President
Rosemary Ellis, Editor in Chief, Good Housekeeping, Vice President
Mark Jannot, Chief Content Officer, Reader’s Digest Milwaukee, Secretary
James Bennet, Editor, The Atlantic, Treasurer
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief, Wired
Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor in Chief, Ebony
Dana Cowin, Senior Vice President, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine
Ariel Foxman, Managing Editor, InStyle
Jane Goldman, Vice President, CBS Interactive; Editor in Chief, CHOW.com
Jill Herzig, Editor in Chief, Redbook
Christopher G. Johns, Editor in Chief, National Geographic
Christopher Keyes, Vice President/Editor, Outside
Sally Lee, Senior Vice President/New York Editorial Director, Meredith Corporation; Editor in Chief, Ladies’ Home Journal
Kaitlin Quistgaard, Editor in Chief, Yoga Journal
Gael Towey, Chief Integration and Creative Director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Josh Tyrangiel, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
David Zinczenko, General Manager, Rodale, Inc.; Editor in Chief, Men’s Health
Larry Hackett, Managing Editor, People, Ex officio
The Chief Executive of ASME is Sid Holt. The Program Coordinator is Nina Fortuna. Biographies of ASME board members are available here.
ASME serves its membership by sponsoring the following programs:
The National Magazine Awards honor magazines, published in print or online, that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative editorial techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative design. The National Magazine Awards were established in 1966, when the first award was presented to Look. Since then the awards have expanded to 32 categories, including 11 categories exclusively for digital media (see below). The Call for Entries is published at the beginning of November each year; the awards are presented at the beginning of May. Each award winner receives a reproduction of the Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant.” The awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The National Magazine Awards for Digital Media were established in 2010. The awards honor magazine websites and online-only magazines in 11 categories, including General Excellence; Website; Tablet Edition; Design; Website Department; Utility App; Personal Service; Reporting; Commentary; Multimedia; and Video. The Call for Entries is published at the beginning of November; the awards are presented in mid-March. Each award winner receives a reproduction of the Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant.” The awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Best Cover Contest celebrates an American institution—the magazine cover. Every year ASME members and consumers choose finalists in as many as 12 categories, including News and Business, Sports and Adventure, Entertainment and Celebrity, Health and Fitness and Lifestyle. The finalists are posted on Amazon.com, where consumers first choose the winner in each category, then the Cover of the Year from among the category winners. The Call for Entries is published in April; winners are announced in October.
The American Magazine Conference is a members-only event sponsored by ASME in association with Magazine Publishers of America. The conference addresses issues of concern to editors of print and online magazines as well as magazine publishers. The 2012 conference will be held in San Francisco, California, in October.
Guidelines for Editors and Publishers codify industry-wide practices that preserve the distinction between editorial content and advertising. ASME monitors publications edited by members as well as nonmembers for violations; repeated and willful violations of the guidelines may lead to public sanction and disqualification from the National Magazine Awards.
Member Lunches provide a forum for members and their guests to hear prominent speakers address issues of concern to journalists.
ASME Workshops focus on topics of concern to senior editors. Past forums have focused on editorial-advertising conflicts, circulation strategies, print-digital integration and legal issues.
Career Development Workshops provide junior editors the opportunity to learn from their more senior colleagues. ASME sponsors an annual two-day intensive magazine workshop.
The Magazine Internship Program provides summer editorial internships at leading consumer magazines to rising college seniors. Founded in 1967, the program has served nearly 2,000 students, and more than 230 magazines have participated. Approximately 250 alumni of the program now work for magazines.