NLA is the result of a merger between the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Associated Press Media Editors (APME). Their stated mission is to:
a. Advocate for the values of a free press and free speech, and engage local communities on the value of credible news.
b. Nurture news leaders and develop rising generations of journalists from diverse backgrounds to succeed today and lead tomorrow.
c. Serve newsrooms and the public by maintaining the highest standards of credible, ethical and independent journalism across platforms.