American Society of Newspaper Editors announced today that they have canceled their 2009 convention, scheduled to be held in late April. Not surprisingly, given how many journalism professionals are out of work, or having their pay slashed, attendance at the convention was projected to be weak. From the memo of doom:
ASNE’s leadership has decided to cancel our 2009 convention because of the challenging times we face. The text of the press release that is going out this morning follows this note.
The Convention Program Committee had put in place an innovative and relevant program, and I am very grateful to them. But it became increasingly clear in recent weeks that our attendance would be low because editors need to be in their own newsrooms during this difficult time. The board of directors will meet soon to deal with the financial implications of canceling the convention and map strategy for the coming year.
Found via Reuters