Board Meeting Minutes – May 21, 2015

SPJ Rio Grande Chapter Board Meeting
May 21 2015
On the call: Andy Lyman (chair), Megan Kamerick, Michael Marcotte, Jeff Proctor, Marisa Demarco, Elva Osterreich, Matt Grubbs, Tom Johnson,  Andrew Oxford, Rachel Sams
Minutes from the previous meeting had already been approved and published
Membership report from Rachel Sams
● Rachel was not on the call but submitted this report via email ahead of Thursday’s meeting: Since our last meeting, we netted one new member, as five joined and four dropped off the roster. We’ve added a net total of five members year to date. Our goal for the year is 15; if we add three more by the end of June, we’ll be halfway there. Keep up your outreach efforts! One member dropped off the roster that I wanted to ask about David
Steinberg.

Nominations For Rio Grande SPJ Board Are Open

Rio Grande Chapter members,

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 andrewglyman@gmail.com 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.

Message from Chapter President #apdprotest

Fellow journalists,

I think it’s safe to assume I wasn’t the only one riveted to Twitter last night, as many of New Mexico’s finest journalists covered the APD protest in Albuquerque last night. I’m going to avoid calling people out by name — only because I’ll inevitably miss folks — but I felt super proud of New Mexico’s journalists last night. (And that includes the team at the Daily Lobo.) I knew exactly who to be watching for honest, brave, and breaking coverage of what was happening out on the streets. If you need to catch up with some of our members on Twitter, you can find them on the Twitter feed on our website: http://www.nmspj.org/

A few resources for those covering the protests, more of which are likely coming:

http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/newsgathering-storytelling/182818/how-journalists-can-stay-safe-while-working-in-the-field/

http://www.poynter.org/how-tos/230359/journalists-under-attack-pros-offer-safety-advice/

http://dartcenter.org/content/richard-engel-on-covering-violence

And most importantly: “Self Care Tips for News Media” from DART:
http://dartcenter.org/content/self-care-tips-for-news-media-personnel-exposed-to-traumatic-events#.UzmCilc02NM

Keep up the awesome work, everyone. And take care of yourselves and one another.