Now that the election buzz is dying down, it’s time to start thinking about your local SPJ board of directors. Comprised of six directors and five officers, the board works to improve the state of journalism in New Mexico through various panels and training programs.
If you’re a current SPJ member and are interested in running, please send your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a picture and brief bio. Besides six director positions, all five officer positions are up for election.
Please submit your nominations by November 22, 2014.
Voting will begin on December 1, 2014 and run through December 4, 2014.Voting will be through email.
Still on the fence? Here’s what Laura Paskus, our current president had to say about being on the board.
“Since joining the board in 2011, I’ve learned a great deal, forged important friendships and professional relationships, gotten to know some of the fantastic student journalists in the UNM chapter–and felt like I helped make a difference in New Mexico. (Plus, as former director Staci Matlock said a few years ago: We serve good snacks.)”
Need more? Here are some thoughts from Megan Kamerick, our vice president of communications.
“It’s easy to get discouraged these days as a journalist when you see the news of layoffs and turmoil in our industry. And with the fast pace of change in media these days, it’s easy to feel like your skills are getting out of date fast. That’s why I love being part of SPJ. It keeps me in touch with what’s happening in the wider media world. Being on the board brings camaraderie with fellow journalists that I don’t necessarily get in my work life in a very small newsroom or working from home. It’s very exciting to brainstorm with them about ways to help our fellow journalists do their jobs. We also have a lot of fun.”
Below are the descriptions and duties of officer positions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or any other board member.
President: Presides at meetings of the chapter membership and board of directors. Appoints committee chairs and committee members. Serves as official spokesperson for chapter.
Vice-President—Communications: This Vice-President is the officer in charge of chapter communications, which can include newsletters, website, other electronic communications or any other appropriate tool. May appoint members to assist with the internal communications work, including a newsletter editor.
Vice-President—Development: This Vice-President is in charge of membership development may appoint other members to assist with contacts of prospective members and membership campaigns.
Either Vice-President may preside at chapter board meetings or membership meetings in place of the President when the President cannot attend or temporarily relinquishes the chair.
Secretary: Writes and maintains official minutes of all regular and special call board meetings. Handles correspondence as directed by the president. Notifies national office annually of names of new officers and date that they will take office.
Treasurer: Collects dues, Pays bills. Prepares budgets. Maintains financial records of the chapter including an annual financial statement of income and expenses. Files any financial reports required. Submits books to chapter’s Audit Committee for annual audit.