Shrinking the Board is put on hold
The welcome mat remains in place for Iowa and Nebraska to join Region Six. A vote by the full board to shrink the board and reassign Regional Directors failed. Instead President Paul Fletcher created a Task Force to develop a plan. The main concern was travel for chapters to attend Regional Conferences, student and professional awards moving to another Region as well as a general feeling that shrinking the board may be unnessecary.
Thanks to all of you who provided feedback that was invaluable in guiding this process on a national level. I was one of three yes votes. For one, I believe that Nebraska and Iowa make sense for Region Six. Both states send journalists to the Spring conference and are instrumental in the planning of our Bloomington gathering. I also support the initiatives of incoming SPJ President Lynn Walsh, the restructuring plan is supported by Ms. Walsh.
Let’s go to NOLA. Early bird registration is open for Excellence in Journalism 2016.
Here’s the link: http://excellenceinjournalism.org/
You’ll read that sessions are set, including an incredible super session with Marty Baron, former Boston Globe editor, his guidance through the investigation that became the Oscar winning movie, “Spotlight”. I’m sure you’ll also find at least a dozen break out sessions that will help you grow as a journalist.
As always I’d love to hear what you’re thinking and doing in your chapters. Let’s talk.
Region 6 Director
(Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota)
Region 6 Twitter: @spjregion6
Region 6 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Region-6-Society-of-Professional-Journalists-111009115604323/timeline/
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