Region 6 had an excellent meeting Saturday morning at the Midwest Journalism conference. Chapter leaders talked about what is going on in chapters this year. It was great to see everyone again. I realized as I was speaking to the group that I had visited each of the chapters that were represented at one time in my first six months as president.
I was able to stop in Eau Claire, Wis. in January on my drive to Milwaukee for the executive board meeting. I had a nice chat and breakfast with David Gordon, Mary Hoffman and Henry Lippold, longtime journalism department members and SPJ supporters.
In February, I visited the University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University-Mankato. Former Minnesota chapter president Art Hughes and I spent more than two hours talking to MSU-M students about new media.
At St. Thomas, the students were eager to hear what the future held for journalism. It is not easy to tell students who are graudating in May that they might have to be patient with the job market.
On March 24, I took part in a modifed induction ceremony for SPJ members at St. Cloud State University. The chapter there has worked to keep the induction ceremony as part of its traditions.
I have been to numerous Minnesota Pro chapter events.
I also have spoken at a number of conferences and colelges not affiliated with SPJ chapters. I spoke to a small class at a community college in Willmar and to about 200 students and advisers at the Midwest College Journalism Conference in Minnepolis.
The speaking schedule has been busy and fun!