The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors’ original purpose was to encourage excellence in the reporting and display of the news, information and photographs; provide public forums for members to exchange or receive information and/or ideas with each other and other persons who may attend; sponsor training seminars; promote ethical conduct among those associated with the newspaper industry; foster understanding of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 4, of the Florida Constitution; and encourage the extension of freedom of speech and press.

In 2009, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors became the Florida Society of News Editors, and its purpose became “to advance the cause of responsible journalism.”