Helena Press Club Gathering: Jan. 18

Contributed by Ian Marquand, SPJ’s Montana Pro Chapter president

You’re invited!

WHAT:  Helena “Press Club” gathering
WHEN:  Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5-7 p.m.
WHERE:  Riley’s Pub (downtown on 6th St. just off Last Chance Gulch)
ORGANIZED BY:  SPJ Montana & the Montana Newspaper Association

Appetizers provided by SPJ and MNA. No-host bar.

For several years now, as President of the the Montana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, I’ve tried to contribute to Montana journalism in small ways, notably by:

*serving as an officer (and SPJ’s representative) on Board of Directors of the Montana FOI Hotline. (A position I resigned once I became a State employee.)

*writing annual “Sunshine Week” opinion columns and being Montana’s primary contact for national Sunshine Week activities.

*speaking for journalists when necessary, such as when legislators considered limiting access to the House and Senate floors.

*assisting in the annual SPJ Pacific Northwest “Excellence in Journalism” contest, which brings honors to journalists across Montana.

*being an information source for journalists and journalism students.

*organizing the 2009 Pacific Northwest regional journalism conference in Missoula.

*bringing Montana issues to the attention of SPJ at the regional and national levels.

These days, even though I’m working full-time in something other than journalism, I still want to contribute to the profession that sustained me for 30 years.

To that end, MNA Executive Director John Barrows and I invite you to the first SPJ-MNA “Press Club” gathering in Helena on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 18. It’s a chance to:

*have a drink.
*talk with other journalists.
*share thoughts and ideas.

I especially want to know if there’s anything SPJ can do for journalists working in Helena, whether it’s providing professional development opportunities, sponsoring a forum to discuss common issues or just organizing an occasional social evening.

I hope you’ll stop in to Riley’s on the 18th, even if it’s just for a little while.

For more info., please contact Ian Marquand.

 

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