Oregon governor must ensure next public records advocate has free rein

When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took office, she pledged to greatly increase government transparency.

And to that end, she created a public records advocate’s position, someone who would be an independent representative of the people in public records matters. In the time she served, Ginger McCall has helped journalists and Oregonians navigate the state’s public records law and obtain the records they requested.

That work not only promoted transparency, but also saved thousands of public dollars that could have been spent in lawsuits forcing compliance with the law.

But apparently McCall’s work was not popular with Brown’s staff. McCall resigned Sept. 9, citing interference from Brown’s staff. Memos from McCall show how the governor’s staff tried to interfere with her work.

SPJ Oregon Territory Chapter has already condemned the interference in McCall’s work and urged Brown to ensure the next advocate is given the free rein the position requires. And I join with them in calling for Brown to ensure the public records advocate is working on behalf of the public and not trying to protect Brown’s image.


EIJ 2019 wrap-up

We concluded an eventful convention in San Antonio Texas.

First, our region’s own Rebecca Tallent, a force of nature in her own right, was one of two recipients of SPJ’s Wells Key, the highest honor the society bestows. She earned it for her work on SPJ’s journalism Education Committee and her Press4Education program, which puts working journalists (including yours, truly) in classrooms to talk about what we do. Along with Becky, SPJ’s Office Manager, Linda Hall, received a Wells Key for her service to the society, particularly this year when there’s been turmoil in the office. As one who’s known Linda for years, she is SPJ’s Rock of Gibraltar.

We also had a regional meeting that was productive. You can watch it on the SPJ Region 10 Facebook page, where it was initially livestreamed and will remain. Our regional conference will be on April 4-5, tentatively in Seattle. If you have programming ideas, let me or Kaitlin Gillespie, Western Washington Pro president know. We also addressed issues we’ve had with communication between me and chapters, and while uncomfortable it was a good discussion. Accountability is a tenet of our ethics code and also part of my personal philosophy. I’ve made mistakes, and I am doing everything I can to rectify it moving forward. If you need to get hold of me, my email address is dmeyers@spj.org, my cell phone number is 509-379-7543 and I am on Twitter @donaldwmeyers, and my account is set up to receive direct messages from people who don’t follow me. (Yes, that’s a bit dangerous, but the benefits of accessibility far outweigh the risk of spam messages in my case.)

I am looking forward to working with you to make this a great year for Region 10.


Asking questions is not a crime

Asking questions is as natural to journalists as breathing.

But an Oregon legislator who also does double duty as a contracted county economic development director, apparently thinks that’s a crime — literally.

Republican State Rep. Greg Smith recently complained that reporters at the Malheur Enterprise were calling and emailing his employees too much. Smith, who is the director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department, said his employees were being sent email after hours and on weekends to their personal email accounts.

He said the Enterprise had been asked not to contact his employees outside business hours and only through a county email address.

At the time, the Enterprise was investigating why a car wash didn’t get the five-year exemption from property taxes its owners were promised in return for locating in Ontario, Ore. Smith, in his role as the economic development director, is responsible for negotiating property tax exemptions for businesses.

But instead of just griping about the coverage like any upset public figure usually does, Smith apparently went running to the county attorney claiming the Enterprise was illegally harassing him and his staff.

County Counsel Stephanie Williams said she asked the county sheriff to look into the allegation, but fortunately Sheriff Brian Wolfe said there was no crime to investigate, but only after suggesting the paper look at the statute on telephonic harassment.

While this may be considered a good ending, it’s still disturbing that government officials even entertained the idea of using criminal prosecution to silence journalists who held them accountable. That’s a stunt you’d expect to see in a totalitarian state, rather than in Oregon, where presumably the First Amendment applies in full force.

To his credit, Malheur Enterprise Editor Les Zaitz said he was not going to be bullied.

“This is an effort to get accurate information,” Zaitz told Oregon Public Broadcasting. “The public is entitled to that information — not only entitled to that information, it deserves it.”

But such tactics could easily have a chilling effect on journalists, who may debate whether pursuing a story is worth possibly going to jail.

But we are in an age where we need fearless watchdogs more than ever. With a president who has taken to discrediting any journalists who speaks truth to him, it’s not too much of a stretch to see local officials become more emboldened at trying to squelch the press.

What was telling was Smith saying he wanted “a cheerleader” to support his efforts. That’s not our job. We’re watchdogs, and our job is to hold the powerful accountable.

Reaching out to public officials is not harassment, as Smith claims. It’s due diligence, making sure the official gets to have his or her say. Sometimes that means reaching out to home phone numbers, personal emails, cellphones, even knocking on their front door.

As members of the Fourth Estate, we should follow Zaitz’s example and not let thin-skinned politicians and bureaucrats keep us from doing our job at holding government accountable.


Northwest Excellence In Journalism contest winners

WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN (SMALL)

Best Photo Portfolio

Winner

Chinook Observer
Photo Portfolio 2018
Luke Whittaker

Comprehensive Coverage

Winner

Malheur Enterprise
Hidden Children – A series
Les Zaitz

Runner up

Rural Housing Coastal Pride
Emily Green

Crime and Justice Reporting

Winner

YES! Magazine
Two-Thirds of Americans Live in the ‘Constitution-Free Zone’
Lornet Turnbull

Runner up

Ashland Tidings (formerly Ashland Daily Tidings)
Underpaid police recruit now unemployed
Caitlin Fowlkes

Editorial & Commentary

Winner

Hillsboro Tribune
Editorial Entry
Editorial Board

Runner up

Seattle Business magazine
The Final Analysis: John Levesque
John Levesque

Feature Photography

Winner

Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice News
Building Democracy: People and Purpose in San Diego County
Staff

Runner up

Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice News
The Future Builders: A Native Community and Family Homes
Marguerite Casey Foundation

Food, Drink, Lifestyles and Travel Reporting

Winner

Willows Lodge Magazine
Flipping The Farm Model
Lauren Mang

Runner up

Seattle Weekly
Phnom Penh Noodle House’s Closure and the Loss of Cultural Flavor
Melissa Hellmann

General Excellence

Winner

YES! Magazine
The Decolonize Issue, Spring 2018; The Affordable Housing Issue, Summer 2018
Chris Winters, Shannan Lenke Stoll, Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz, Mark Trahant

Runner up

Chinook Observer
General Excellence
Matt Winters, Luke Whittaker, Alyssa Evans, Natalie St. John

Government and Politics Reporting

Winner

Malheur Enterprise
Huntington’s Cannabis Connection
Kristine de Leon

Runner up

Salem Reporter
Salem puts roof over chronically homeless, then adds care
Rachel Alexander

Graphics & Illustrations

Winner

YES! Magazine
Infographic: How the Oil Industry Is Pushing Plastic; Your Midterm Vote Matters Because You Can Support…; Hurry! Plant Milkweed: Return of the Monarch
Enkhbayar Munkh-Erdene

Runner up

YES! Magazine
5 Ways Small Actions Have Huge Power; An Illustrated Essay: Why I Love the Real Marjory Stoneman Douglas; How to Not Be (Completely) Depressed About Climate Change
Sarah Lazarovic

Health & Science Reporting

Winner

Cascadia Magazine
Coring the Forest
Paul Lask

Runner up

YES! Magazine
What Is Barbershop Therapy
Celeste Hamilton Dennis

Investigative Reporting

Winner

Seattle Weekly
Incarcerated and Infirmed: How Northwest Detention Center Is Failing Sick Inmates
Melissa Hellmann

Runner up

Street Roots
Fines and Fees: The Domino Effect
Joanne Zuhl

Long-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner

Oregon Business – oregonbusiness.com
Walking on a Knife’s Edge
Caleb Diehl

Photo Essay

Winner

YES! Magazine
12 Photos of the Migrant Caravan: Hope and Self-Determination
Rob Wilson

Runner up

South Seattle Emerald
We’re Still Here: Imagine Africatown Design Weekend Reunion on Union Dinner
Naomi Ishisaka

Portrait Photography

Winner

Super Lawyers Magazine
Dina Alexander Leans In
Rick Dahms

Runner up

Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice News
Lifting Barriers: New Orleans Organizers Help People Regain Driver’s Licenses
Marguerite Casey Foundation

Social Issues Reporting

Winner

Marguerite Casey Foundation Equal Voice News
Election 2018: Will Florida Let 1.4M U.S. Citizens Vote in Democracy?
Staff

Runner up

Reporting
Idle oil, gas wells threaten Indian tribes while energy companies, regulators do little
Rebecca Clarren

Sports Action Photography

Winner

Cougfan.com
Mush: Coug sends Husky flying through the snow
Whittney Thornton

Runner up

Cougfan.com
Minshew sails to the pylon for six
Whittney Thornton

Sports Feature Story

Winner

Cascade Golfer magazine
Walking With Tigers
John Black

Runner up

Ashland Tidings (formerly Ashland Daily Tidings)
‘She’s just a rock’
Danny Penza

Sports Column

Winner

Ashland Tidings (formerly Ashland Daily Tidings)
One Historic Run; Mission Accomplished; Lithia Motors Pavilion is going to be so much fun
Danny Penza

Runner up

Cougfan.com
Barry Bolton’s CF.C Commentary
Barry Bolton

Sports Reporting

Winner

Cougfan.com
Coping with Tyler Hilinski’s death: facing the challenge at WSU
Barry Bolton

Runner up

Cougfan.com
7 intrepid WSU Cougar fans wouldn’t be stopped in trek ‘home’
Dylan Haugh

Spot News Reporting

Winner

South Seattle Emerald
Columbia City Ale House Employee Detained by ICE Agents
Carolyn Bick, Alex Garland

Runner up

Chinook Observer
Fire Ravages Long Beach Apartment Complex
Luke Whittaker

WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN (MEDIUM)

Arts & Entertainment

Winner

Willamette Week
Roll of a Lifetime
Matthew Singer

Best Photo Portfolio

Winner

Albany Democrat-Herald
Mark Ylen’s portfolio
Mark Ylen

Business Reporting

Winner

Seattle Met
Spell Casters
Darren Davis

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Reckoning for Oregon cannabis
Pete Danko

Column

Winner

South Sound magazine
In the Know
Joanna Kresge

Runner up

The Daily Astorian
Southern Exposure
R.J. Marx

Comprehensive Coverage

Winner

The Chronicle
Employee Alleged 9 Years of Sexual Harassment by Judge in Claim Settled Out of Court
Natalie Johnson

Runner up

InvestigateWest and Pamplin Media Group
Rattled: Oregon’s Concussion Discussion
Lee van der Voo, John Schrag, Holly Scholz , Shasta Kearns Moore

Crime and Justice Reporting

Winner

Willamette Week
Justified
Katie Shepherd

Runner up

Seattle Met
“Expiration Date”
Hayat Norimine

Editorial & Commentary

Winner

The Daily Astorian
Editorials: County manager should resign, Mitchell for state House (with reservations), one homeless student is too many
Daily Astorian editorial board

Runner up

Grants Pass Daily Courier
Signed editorials by Scott Stoddard
Scott Stoddard

Food, Drink, Lifestyles and Travel Reporting

Winner

Seattle Met
“The Complete Revised Guide to Pike Place Market”
Allecia Vermillion, Rosin Saez, Stefan Milne, Allison Williams

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Wine label battle
Pete Danko

Feature Photography

Winner

Corvallis Gazette-Times
Waiting for trains, with love
Andy Cripe

General Excellence

Winner

Seattle Met
February and March
Staff

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Suzanne Stevens

General News Photography

Winner

The Daily Astorian
Bird release
Colin Murphey

Runner up

Tri-City Herald
Cable Bridge inspection (Office with a view)
Bob Brawdy

Government and Politics Reporting

Winner

Willamette Week
The Walking Ted
Rachel Monahan

Runner up

InvestigateWest and Crosscut.com
Foster Kids Kept by State in Hotels at Record Rate
Allegra Abramo

Health & Science Reporting

Winner

Willamette Week
Taxing the Sick
Nigel Jaquiss

Runner up

Hot Rods
Rachel Monahan, Aaron Mesh

Investigative Reporting

Winner

Portland Business Journal
Toxic Nike culture
Matthew Kish

Runner up

Salem pastor resigns after church investigates claims of sexual misconduct by him, 3 others
Lauren Hernandez, Capi Lynn

Long-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner

Willamette Week
You’re Doing It Wrong
Nigel Jaquiss

Runner up

Kitsap Sun
‘Disoriented driver jailed’
Andrew Binion

Page Design

Winner

Grants Pass Daily Courier
River under siege; A healthy donor; Salute to veterans
Scott Stoddard

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Portland Business Journal design
Craig Spencer, Briana Finney

Photo Essay

Winner

Albany Democrat-Herald
Mud Fest photo essay
Mark Ylen

Runner up

The Daily Astorian
Devastation in Paradise
Colin Murphey

Portrait Photography

Winner

Tri-City Herald
Firefighter saved family during Bofer Canyon fire
Bob Brawdy

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Cathy Cheney – Susan Sokol Blosser
Suzanne Stevens

Short-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner

Kitsap Sun
‘Sorry Kitsap, we don’t have the country’s longest coastline’
Tad Sooter, Josh Farley

Runner up

Portland Business Journal
Downtown falcon patrol
Jon Bell, Cathy Cheney

Social Issues Reporting

Winner

InvestigateWest and Crosscut.com
Foster kids kept by state in hotels at record rate
Allegra Abramo

Runner up

The Daily News of Longview, Wash
Mobile home residents accuse owner of profiteering, harassment
Rose Lundy

Sports Action Photography

Winner

Kitsap Sun
Meegan M. Reid sports photo
Meegan M. Reid

Runner up

The Daily Astorian
Pole vault

Sports Feature Story

Winner

Kitsap Sun
‘Behind the scenes with Bremerton boys’
Jeff Graham

Runner up

Ellensburg Daily Record
Brock Ravet’s journey from a small town kid to basketball star heading to Gonzaga
Luke Olson

Sports Reporting

Winner

The Daily Astorian
Super Seagulls are champs again

Spot News Photography

Winner
Car into bank
Mark Ylen

Runner up
Tri-City Herald
Richland City Hall construction
Bob Brawdy

Spot News Reporting

Winner
Kitsap Sun
Port Orchard tornado
Kitsap Sun staff

Runner up
Grants Pass Daily Courier
River under siege
Jeff Duewel, Scott Stoddard

WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN (LARGE)

Arts & Entertainment

Winner
Crosscut.com
Is this the buzziest artist in Seattle?
Mason Bryan

Runner up
The Daily Herald
Write a book in 30 days: Writers prepare for novel challenge
Evan Thompson

Best Photo Portfolio

Winner
The Columbian
Jucevic Portfolio
Alisha Jucevic

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
KUOW Portfolio
Megan Farmer

Business Reporting

Winner
OPB
Portland’ s Toxic Harbor Cleanup Enters The Who-Pays-For-What Phase
Cassandra Profita

Runner up
The Columbian
The Waterfront Vancouver setting sail
Allan Brettman

Column

Winner
The Daily Herald
Groovy! The dude has a vinyl stash of, like, 97,000 records / This guy takes his parrot everywhere he goes in Everett / Captain Walmart isn’t make-believe, he’s a real superhero
Andrea Brown

Runner up
The Columbian
Pen is much bigger so I can write the best columns; NRA, some officials stretch credulity, abdicate humanity; Sensitivity, compromise called for in naming of park
Greg Jayne

Crime and Justice Reporting

Winner
The Register-Guard
Arson and an ambush
Chelsea Deffenbacher

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Five women accuse Seattle’s David Meinert of sexual misconduct, including rape
Sydney Brownstone, Isolde Raftery

Digital Innovation

Winner
The Register-Guard
‘Animal House,’ four decades later
Rob Denton, Dylan Darling, Chris Pietsch, Rob Romig

Runner up
The Register-Guard
Legacy of Tom Egan: ‘His death has saved lives’
Rob Denton, Jack Moran, John Heasly

Editorial & Commentary

Winner
Crosscut.com
Mossback on Northwest Life
Knute Berger

Feature Photography

Winner
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
As Told By Us
Megan Farmer

Runner up
The Columbian
Cherry Blossoms
Alisha Jucevic

Food, Drink, Lifestyles and Travel Reporting

Winner
Crosscut.com
Our mountains are under siege. Blame your selfie
Ted Alvarez

Runner up
The Columbian
Hiking the Washington Side, plus “Foot traffic not the only kind…” sidebar
Scott Hewitt

General Excellence

Winner
The Daily Herald
Two complete editions
Staff

Runner up
The Columbian
March 22, 2018; Sept. 16, 2018
Columbian Staff

General News Photography

Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Prayer walk
Evan Abell

Runner up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Wapato teachers strike
Amanda Ray

Government and Politics Reporting

Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
Lawsuits, claims just the cost of doing business for Yakima
Kaitlin Bain

Runner up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Charges of intimidation, retaliation, corruption surround Wapato City Administrator
Kaitlin Bain

Graphics & Illustrations

Winner
The Columbian
Confronting the high cost of justice; “Can’t have two tigers on the hill”; Midterms will reveal area’s true colors
Merridee Hanson

Runner up
The Columbian
9,095: Clark outpaces Multnomah County for new residents; Two decades of dreams; Who gave it, who got it?
Romana Wood

Health & Science Reporting

Winner
Bend Bulletin
An urban-rural divide over gun suicide
Markian Hawryluk

Runner up
The Columbian
Drugs offer hope to opioid addicts
Jake Thomas

Investigative Reporting

Winner
Mail Tribune
Women Behind Bars
Vickie Aldous

Runner up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Charges of intimidation, retaliation, corruption surround Wapato City Administrator
Kaitlin Bain

Long-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner
Crosscut.com
Can gold mining save fading Washington town?
John Stang

Runner up
Bend Bulletin
Haunted by trauma
Markian Hawryluk

Page Design

Winner
The Columbian
To combat winter blues, try seeing red; Spruce up the environment; A determined stand (with jump)
Dave Magnuson

Runner up
The Columbian
A day to take off; 30 years strong; Shifting sand (with jumps)
Romana Wood

Photo Essay

Winner
The Columbian
A Determined Stand
Alisha Jucevic

Runner up

The Columbian
A new home
Nathan Howard

Portrait Photography

Winner
The Columbian
Nathan Kunz
Nathan Howard

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Marilyn Montufar
Megan Farmer

Short-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner
OPB
Endangered Lily Still Faces Challenges On Oregon’s South Coast
Jes Burns

Runner up
The Columbian
Farmers going nuts; Ridgefield couple replace pear orchard with hazelnuts, hoping to cash in on their increasing popularity (SIDEBAR: Filbert or hazelnut?)
Andy Matarrese

Social Issues Reporting

Winner
OPB
Longstanding Equity Issues At Clark College Alienate Staff, Students
Molly Solomon

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Some Seattle schools can pay for extra teachers. Should they spread the wealth?
Isolde Raftery

Sports Action Photography

Winner
The Daily Herald
Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin tips the football back toward himself to make a catch during 4th quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Olivia Vanni

Runner up
Mail Tribune
South vs Centennial
Andy Atkinson

Sports Feature Photography

Winner
The Columbian
National Anthem
Nathan Howard

Runner up
The Daily Herald
Tiffani Zagorski and Jonathan Guerreiro perform a lift during their free dance program at the 2018 Skate America competition on Oct. 21, 2018 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.
Olivia Vanni

Sports Column

Winner
Mail Tribune
Tee Talk
Tim Trower

Runner up
The Daily Herald
The WHL’s postseason playoff format has major flaws / It’s time for the Mariners to tear their roster apart / If you haven’t already, be prepared to fall in love with hockey
Nick Patterson

Sports Feature Story

Winner
Mail Tribune
A Fighting Chance
Tim Trower

Runner up
The Register-Guard
Playing through the pain
Steve Mims

Sports Reporting

Winner
Mail Tribune
A Leader By Example
Tim Trower

Runner up
South Medford places coach ‘on leave’
Kris Henry

Spot News Reporting

Winner
The Register-Guard
Arson and an ambush
Chelsea Deffenbacher

Runner up
The Bend Bulletin
Stormy Daniels performance cut short after drunk man throws wallet in her face
Kyle Spurr

Spot News Photography

Winner
Yakima Herald-Republic
White Swan Fire
Amanda Ray

Runner up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Apple truck spill
Evan Abell

WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND DESIGN (VERY LARGE)

Arts & Entertainment

Winner
The Seattle Times
Watch: Here’s how PNB’s ‘Swan Lake’ lead dancers tackle the notoriously difficult 32 fouette turns
Moira Macdonald, Corinne Chin, Ramon Dompor

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
LeGuin’s Legacy
Amy Wang

Business Reporting

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Rough and Ready
Gordon Friedman, Hillary Borrud

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
The Loyalty Game
Jeff Manning, Brad Schmidt

Column

Winner
The Seattle Times
Danny Westneat Metro columns
Danny Westneat

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Columns by Samantha Swindler
Samantha Swindler

Comprehensive Coverage

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Ghosts of Highway 20
Noelle Crombie, Dave Killen, Beth Nakamura

Runner up

The Oregonian/OregonLive
Pac-12 missteps
John Canzano

Crime and Justice Reporting

Winner
Anchorage Daily News
Rethinking Alaska’s only maximum security prison
Marc Lester

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Homeless arrests
Rebecca Woolington, Melissa Lewis

Digital Innovation

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Ghosts of Highway 20
Noelle Crombie, Dave Killen, Beth Nakamura

Runner up
The Seattle Times
The Wonder of the Fresh Hop
Lauren Frohne, Emily Eng, Frank Mina, Tan Vinh

Feature Photography

Winner
The Seattle Times
Henna For Eid
Alan Berner

Food, Drink, Lifestyles and Travel Reporting

Winner
The Seattle Times
Tales from the road: Confessions of a super-commuter
Rick Lund, Gabriel Campanario

Runner up
The Seattle Times
No Cookbooks Allowed: Seattle pop-up dinners celebrate immigrant home cooks
Tan Vinh

General News Photography

Winner
Reuters
National School Walkout
Lindsey Wasson

Runner up
Chinook Observer
Shop with a Cop
Luke Whittaker

Government and Politics Reporting

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Backtracking on test scores
Betsy Hammond

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Shots Not Fired: A new Oregon law takes guns from people who may do harm
Gordon Friedman

Graphics & Illustrations

Winner
The Seattle Times
Emily M. Eng graphics and illustrations
Emily M. Eng

Runner up
The Seattle Times
Cover illustrations for The Seattle Times
Jennifer Luxton

Health & Science Reporting

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
False Comfort
Fedor Zarkhin

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Targeted
Bethany Barnes

Investigative Reporting

Winner
Northwest News Network
Investigation into Wash. State Rep. Accused of Improper Behavior
Austin Jenkins

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Buried: The state hides how children die on Oregon’s watch
Molly Young

Long-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Dear Della
Tom Hallman Jr.

Runner up
The Seattle Times
The Property: A family’s getaway cabin defined its dreams, until a tragic Sunday morning
Evan Bush

Photo Essay

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Ghosts of Highway 20
Beth Nakamura

Portrait Photography

Winner
The Seattle Times
Misty Living on the Street
Alan Berner

Runner up
Seattle Met
Earth-Feather Sovereign
Lindsey Wasson

Short-Form Feature News Reporting

Winner
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Sea of plenty? Native Alaskans celebrate indigenous whaling victory
Gregory Scruggs

Runner up
The Seattle Times and The Columbian
Teacher Diversity in Washington
Dahlia Bazzaz, Katie Gillespie, Emily Eng

Social Issues Reporting

Winner

The Oregonian/OregonLive
Targeted
Bethany Barnes

Runner up
The Seattle Times and The Columbian
Teacher Diversity in Washington
Dahlia Bazzaz, Katie Gillespie, Emily Eng

Sports Column

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Columns by John Canzano
John Canzano

Runner up
The Seattle Times
Why the Seattle City Council voted in favor of KeyArena but not Chris Hansen’s Sodo project 2. NHL expansion to Seattle will fuel Canadians’ fury at Gary Bettman, but he has helped the game 3. From organists to hard rock and back again
Geoff Baker

Sports Feature Photography

Winner
Getty Images
Satoko Miyahara
Lindsey Wasson

Runner up
The Seattle Times
Mutton Busters
Alan Berner

Sports Feature Story

Winner
Anchorage Daily News
Kamaka Hepa’s shot, from behind the Arctic Circle
Marc Lester

Runner up
The Seattle Times
Meet Red Badgro, the Best Northwest Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of
Scott Hanson

Sports Reporting
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Inside the Pac 12 replay center
John Canzano

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Left Out
John Canzano

Spot News Photography

Winner
Chinook Observer
Woman clutches dog rescued from apartment fire
Luke Whittaker

Runner up
The Oregonian/OregonLive
MeToo Rally
Mark Graves

AUDIO, VIDEO (LARGE)

Sports Audio Reporting

Winner
KNKX Public Radio
These Women Hit 50. Then They Took Up Basketball
Jennifer Wing

Runner up
Northwest News Network
Track To Ice: Pacific Northwest Bobsledder On Verge Of Making 2018 Olympic Team
Tom Banse

Feature Audio Reporting

Winner
KNKX Public Radio
Unraveling The Mystery Of Why So Many African-Americans End Up Homeless
Will James

Runner up
OPB
Scientists Study ‘Singing Fish’ For Ways To Improve Human Hearing
Cassandra Profita

Feature Video Reporting

Winner
OPB
Oregon Field Guide: Urban Falconry
Jule Gilfillan

Runner up
Yakima Herald-Republic
Good Girls Club
Amanda Ray

Investigative Audio Reporting

Winner
KNKX Public Radio
School Officials and Tech Companies
Ashley Gross

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Her rapist was convicted because of a rape kit. So why are so many kits untested?
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Gil Aegerter

Breaking Video Reporting

Winner

KRTV
Rising waters
Shannon Newth

Runner up
KTUU
7.0 Earthquake strikes Alaska, Ramp Collapses
Taylar Perez, Shawn Wilson, KTUU Staff

Sports Video Reporting

Winner

KTUU-TV
Operation Afghanistan: The Beautiful Game
Blake Essig, Albert Lutan

Runner up
KGW-TV
The end of high school football in Oregon?
Cristin Severance, Gene Cotton

Video News Series

Winner
KTUU-TV
“Are you Prepared?”
KTUU Staff

Audio News Series

Winner
Northwest News Network
Washington sent brain injury patients to Oklahoma, then all but forgot about them
Austin Jenkins

Runner up
KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Along the Mother Road
Joshua McNichols, Carolyn Adolph, Kate Walters, Carol Smith

Investigative Video Reporting

Winner
The Oregonian/OregonLive
Ghosts of Highway 20
Dave Killen, Noelle Crombie, Beth Nakamura

Runner up

KIRO 7
A Terrifying Ride with Ted
Dave Wagner, Casey McNerthney, Michael Griffith, Peter Gamba

General News Audio Reporting

Winner

OPB
Woodburn Works Against Immigration Rhetoric To Build Trust In Police
Conrad Wilson

Runner up

KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Yes, light rail station escalators do break a lot. Here’s why
Anna Boiko-Weyrauch, Gil Aegerter

General News Video Reporting

Winner

The Oregonian/OregonLive
PERS explainer
Teresa Mahoney, Ted Sickinger

Runner up

The Seattle Times
The Lopez family’s tough decision
Corinne Chin, Ramon Dompor, Erika Schultz

Breaking News Audio Reporting

Winner

OPB
Fatal Oregon Wildfire Devastates Prime Wheat Country
Molly Solomon, Ericka Cruz Guevarra

Runner up

OPB
Armed Campus Police Shoot And Kill Black Man Near Portland State
Ericka Cruz Guevarra, Conrad Wilson, Amelia Templeton

AUDIO, VIDEO (SMALL)

General News Video Reporting

Winner

KBTC Public Television
Shorelines of Stone
Tom Layson

Runner up

EastIdahoNews.com
Transparency – even when it’s ‘troublesome’
Nate Eaton

Feature Audio Reporting

Winner

KNBA
Inuit throat singers, Silla, perform for their ‘cousins’ during their first AFN
Tripp Crouse

Runner up

KTOO
Avrum Gross: Gov. Hammond’s ‘long-haired hippie’ ally, attorney general and in-house antagonist
Jeremy Hsieh

Sports Audio Reporting

Winner

KTOO
Is testing Juneau’s student athletes for drugs and alcohol effective?
Kavitha George

Runner up

KLCC
Oregon Athlete’s Contribution a Revolutionary Flop
Barbara Dellenback

Investigative Audio Reporting

Winner

KTOO
Juneau shamanism retreat leader’s financial, cultural and spiritual legitimacy challenged
Scott Burton, Jacob Resneck

Runner up

KTOO
Ethics enforcers let former Juneau lawmaker’s unpaid ethics fines slide
Jeremy Hsieh

Audio News Series

Winner

KTOO & Alaska Public Media
Midnight Oil: The Big Thaw
Annie Feidt, Jennifer Pemberton, Liz Ruskin, Elizabeth Harball

Runner up

KLCC
Remembering Thurston Parts I-III
Brian Bull

Breaking News Audio Reporting

Winner

Northwest News Network
Radioactive Waste At Hanford Keeps Spreading
Anna King

Video News Series

Winner

Newschannel 21 KTVZ
Road Rants
Newschannel 21

Runner up

EastIdahoNews.com
East Idaho Survivors
Nate Eaton

General News Audio Reporting

Winner

KLCC
Corvallis Community Grapples with Increasing Homelessness
Brian Bull

Runner up

Jefferson Public Radio
How Do You Want Your Smoke?
Liam Moriarty

Feature Video Reporting

Winner

Newschannel 21 KTVZ
Lilly
Steve Kaufmann

Runner up

Newschannel 21 KTVZ
He Loves Me and I Love Him
Lauren Melink, Steve Kaufmann


We will do better

It would be an understatement to say that the June 1 board meeting was not one of the Society of Professional Journalists’ finest hors.

It was an embarrassment. There’s no other way to put it. But we are going to do better.

For those who mercifully missed it, the meeting included a shouting match between the president and the board on the question of who should head the search committee to find a new executive director. Many of us on the board, myself included, believed that Patti Gallagher Newberry, who will take the reins of SPJ in September, was the logical choice to head the committee. But the current president, Alex Tarquinio, believed that one of the SPJ Foundation Board members would be a better choice, as they would be dealing with the new director for several years, compared to one year for Newberry.

Disagreements are not new on the board. I was there for the whole Helen Thomas affair. But it never turned into a shouting match. We usually try to disagree without being disagreeable. We could disagree in the board room, but still break bread at dinner afterward.

In the aftermath, one of our directors made multiple calls for Tarquinio’s impeachment, which he followed up with, shall we say, a rather inappropriate comment about why he was in SPJ.

Did Tarquinio not behave badly? Yes. Do I think it was an impeachable offense? No, and I say this as someone who had to vote someone off an SPJ chapter board after they were arrested for serious crimes.

But we will do better. We must. We are striving to make sure that meeting notices will get out before a meeting, so both we and you can be better informed on the meeting issues, as well as promote the same degree of transparency that we demand of government.


Region 10 MOE winners announced

The winners of this year’s Mark of Excellence awards were announced during the Region 10 Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The winners will go on to the national MOE contest. Congratulations to both winners and finalists, who represent the best in our region’s student journalism.

Category Place Entrants School
Breaking News Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Sara Diggins University of Montana
Breaking News Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist John Hooks University of Montana
Breaking News Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Eli Imadali University of Montana
Breaking News Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Annika Gordon University of Portland
Breaking News Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Jennifer Ng University of Portland
Breaking News Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Jennifer Ng University of Portland
Editorial
Cartooning
Winner Nick SandiferWash. State
University
Feature
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Eli Imadali University of Montana
Feature
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Jack Lambert Central Wash.
University
Feature
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Hannah
Gabrielson
Western Wash. University
Feature
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Gavin Doremus Gonzaga
University
Feature
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Amanda Ford Gonzaga
University
Feature
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Dawson
Reynier
Gonzaga
University
General News
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Paige Campbell Wash. State
University
General News
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Sara Diggins University of Montana
General News
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Ramzy Al-Mulla Oregon State
University
General News
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Matt Repplier Gonzaga
University
General News
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Amanda Ford Gonzaga
University
General News
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Adam Miller Gonzaga
University
Photo
Illustration
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Jack Lambert Central Wash. University
Photo
Illustration
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Al Lacey Oregon State
University
Photo
Illustration
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Isabelle
Grotting,
Zahn Schultz,
Matt Conrardy
Bailee Wicks
Central Washington University
Sports
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Abby
Linnenkohl
Wash. State
University
Sports
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Conor Courtney University of Washington
Sports
Photography
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Benjamin
Michaelis
Wash. State
University
Sports
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Molly Lowney University of
Portland
Sports
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Molly Lowney University of
Portland
Sports
Photography
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Annika Gordon University of
Portland
Best Student
Magazine
Winner Staff of
Klipsun
Magazine
Western Wash. University
Best Student
Magazine
Finalist Staff of Voyage University of Washington
Best Student
Magazine
Finalist Staff of
Beavers Digest
Oregon State
University
Non-Fiction
Magazine
Article
Winner Taylor Nichols Western Wash. University
Non-Fiction
Magazine
Article
Finalist Madeleine
Jeffers
Western Wash. University
Non-Fiction
Magazine
Article
Finalist Tyler Urke Western Wash. University
Best All-Around Daily Student
Newspaper
Winner Staff of The
Daily Evergreen
Wash. State
University
Best All-Around Non-Daily
Student
Newspaper
Winner Staff of The
Daily Barometer
Oregon State
University
Best All-Around Non-Daily
Student
Newspaper
Finalist Staff of
The Argonaut
University of
Idaho
Best All-Around Non-Daily
Student
Newspaper
Finalist Staff of The
Mast
Pacific Lutheran University
Breaking News Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Andreas Redd, Manisha Jha
Devon McBride
University of Washington
Breaking News Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Staff of The
Daily Barometer
Oregon State
University
Breaking News Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Madysen
McLain
Wash. State
University
Breaking News Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Claire
Desmarais,
Jennifer Ng,
David Jacobs
Annika Gordon
University of
Portland
Breaking News Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Claire
Desmarais
Hannah Sievert
University of
Portland
Breaking News Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Katie Kales
Joseph Thompson
Gonzaga
University
Editorial
Writing
WinnerHailey Stewart
Brandon Hill
Max Rothenberg
University of
Idaho
Editorial WritingFinalistNicole GliddenGonzaga
University
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Winner Ryon O’Connell University of Montana
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Finalist Maggie Vanoni The University of Oregon
Feature Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Finalist Angela Wissmar Western Wash. University
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students Winner Brigid Lowney
Molly Lowney
University of
Portland
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students Finalist Ana Clyde and Annika Gordon University of
Portland
Feature Writing (Small) 1-9,999 Students Finalist Morgan
Scheerer
Gonzaga
University
General Column Writing (Large)
10,000+
Students
WinnerMariah VallesCentral Wash.
University
General Column Writing (Large)
10,000+
Students
FinalistAlexa MurdockCentral Wash.
University
General Column Writing (Large)
10,000+
Students
FinalistDelaney SheaOregon State
University
General News
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+
Students
Winner Eric Rosane Central Wash. University
General News
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+
Students
Finalist Julia BerkmanHailey Murphy Western Wash. University
General News
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+
Students
Finalist Brandon Hill University of
Idaho
General News
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Ian
Davis-Leonard
Gonzaga
University
General News
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Maddie Hunt, Zach WakefieldChana Meddin Peninsula
College
General News
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Riley Utley Gonzaga
University
In-Depth
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Winner Max
Wasserman
University of Washington
In-Depth
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Hanson Lee Central Wash. University
In-Depth
Reporting
(Large) 10,000+ Students
Finalist Erasmus Baxter Western Wash. University
In-Depth
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Winner Sarah R. Baker Liz Wasson Peninsula
College
In-Depth
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Olivia Sanchez, Rachel Rippetoe, Brigid Lowney
Kyle Garcia
University of
Portland
In-Depth
Reporting
(Small) 1-9,999
Students
Finalist Juliette Carey Gonzaga
University
Sports Column WritingWinnerAustin LaneCentral Wash.
University
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Winner Chris Deremer University of
Idaho
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Finalist Meredith
Spelbring
University of
Idaho
Sports Writing (Large) 10,000+ Students Finalist Jarred
Bierbrauer
Ben Rosenbaum
Oregon State
University
Sports Writing (Small)
1-9,999 Students
Winner Ian
Davis-Leonard
Gonzaga
University
Sports Writing (Small)
1-9,999 Students
Finalist Kendra
Andrews
Gonzaga
University
Sports Writing (Small)
1-9,999 Students
Finalist Rachel Rippetoe University of
Portland
Best Affiliated Web Site Winner Staff of
The Native
News Project
University of Montana
Best Affiliated Web Site Finalist Staff of PULSE Magazine Central Wash. University
Best
Independent
Online Student Publication
Winner Staff of OR
Magazine
University of
Oregon
Best Use of
Multimedia
Winner Ryan Weier
Zahn Schultz
Jessica Griffin
Matt Conrardy
Central Wash. University
Best Use of
Multimedia
Finalist Andy Yamashita, Conor Courtney,Parker Singh
Hailey Robinson
University of Washington
Best Use of
Multimedia
Finalist Jarred
Bierbrauer
Marcus Trinidad
Oregon State
University
Online Feature Reporting Winner Brigid Lowney Molly Lowney University of
Portland
Online Feature Reporting Finalist Staff of OR
Magazine
University of
Oregon
Online News
Reporting
Winner Luke Hollister, Shannon Heckt, Jacob
Grannemann
Cody Cottier
Wash. State
University
Online News
Reporting
Finalist Rebecca White
Shannon Heckt
Wash. State
University
Online News
Reporting
Finalist Rachel
Postlewaite
Western Wash. University
Online Opinion & Commentary Winner University of Portland
Online Opinion/CommentaryWinnerRachel Rippetoe
Erin Bothwell
University of
Portland
Podcast Winner Staff University of Montana
Podcast Finalist Grace (DD)
Madigan
University of Washington
Radio Feature Winner Autumn Fraser University of Montana
Radio News
Reporting
Winner Kevin
Trevellyan
University of Montana
Radio News
Reporting
Finalist Rikki Devlin University of Montana
Best
All-Around
Television News Magazine
Winner Staff of KBVR-TV Oregon State
University
Best
All-Around
Television News Magazine
Winner Bradley Warren, Jasmine Darakjy, Taylor Swanson Emma Jerome Wash. State
University
Best All-Around Television
Newscast
Finalist UM News
Class, Fall 2018
University of Montana
Television
Feature
Reporting
Winner Ziad ElkawlakLauren Sluss Oregon State
University
Television
Feature
Reporting
Finalist Andrea Dobbins University of Montana
Television
General News
Reporting
Winner Zachary Anders Wash. State
University
Television
General News
Reporting
Finalist Brady Frederick Wash. State
University
Television
General News
Reporting
Finalist Jon Allen University of Montana
Television In-Depth Reporting Winner Student
Documentary
Unit,
spring 2018
University of Montana
Television In-Depth Reporting Finalist Jasmine Darakjy Wash. State
University
Television
Sports
Reporting
Winner Brady Frederick Wash. State
University
Television
Sports
Reporting
Finalist Shannon Heckt Wash. State
University
Television
Sports
Reporting
Finalist Jon Allen University of Montana
Broadcast
News
Videography
Winner Jacob
Granneman
Wash. State
University
Online/Digital
Feature
Videography
Winner Delaney Young University of
Oregon
Online/Digital
Feature
Videography
Finalist Bryana Sena University of
Oregon
Online/Digital
Feature
Videography
Finalist Delaney SheaMarcus Trinidad Oregon State
University
Online/Digital
News
Videography
Winner October Yates Western Wash.
University
Online/Digital
News
Videography
Finalist Caleb Chandler Oregon State
University
Online/Digital
News
Videography
Finalist David Jacobs
Claire
Desmarais
University of
Portland

Facebook for Journalists training and more in Coeur d’Alene.

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Facebook Training for Journalists is one of the key reasons to attend the 2019 Region 10 Society of Professional Journalists meeting in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Saturday, April 6.

The Facebook training will share products and tools — including Live, Groups, Creators app and CrowdTangle — that help journalists leverage Facebook and Instagram for newsgathering, storytelling and connecting with their followers. Digital trainer Kerwin Speight will lead the session starting at 10 a.m.

Other sessions include: Covering Native America, Freedom of Information and Media Ethics.

During the lunch at noon, Mark of Excellence Awards will be given to Regional winners in the national competition, said Region 10 director Donald W. Meyers.

“First place winners will automatically be entered into the final national competition, and those winners will be honored during the Excellence in Journalism Conference this September in San Antonio, Texas,” Meyers said.

Cost for the one-day event is $35 for professional SPJ members and $20 for students. Click here to register.  The event, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. 2nd St., starts at 10 a.m. and ends by 2:30 p.m.

For additional information, contact Rebecca Tallent at rtallent@frontier.com.


Facebook for Journalists, MOE awards at Regional Conference

We will be hosting a session of SPJ’s Facebook training for journalist at our regional conference at the Coeur d’Alene Resort April 6. This is a great opportunity to learn about how to use this social media network in your reporting.

We will also be recognizing the winners of this year’s Mark of Excellence awards at the conference luncheon.

Fees are $35 for pros, and $20 for students. Space is limited, so sign in early.

Regional Conference

Trump’s praise for Congressman who bodyslammed journalist tone-deaf, appalling

President Donald Trump’s anti-press harangues have always been disturbing, especially after the shooting at the Capitol-Gazette in Annapolis, Md.
But last week, his comments truly went beyond the pale, especially in light of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul earlier this month.
At a campaign rally in Billings, Mont. Thursday, Trump praised Rep. Greg Gianforte for body-slamming Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian in 2017, as he was running for Congress.
Gianforte attacked Jacobs, enraged over what he thought was “biased” coverage. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault, performed 40 hours of community service, went through 20 hours of anger management counseling and donated $50,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Trump’s praise for Gianforte comes as his administration drags its feet in responding to the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who wrote critically of the government in Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi had gone to the Saudi consulate to fill out paperwork for his upcoming wedding, and has not been seen since. Reports from the Turkish government — which has its own issues with press freedom — said the journalist was tortured, killed and dismembered by an assassination team. The Saudi government only recently acknowledged Khashoggi’s death, claiming he got into a brawl with the 15 men.
The Trump administration is not applying skepticism to such an implausible story. Combined with his recent comments about Gianforte, it shows a disdain for journalists, particularly those who speak truth to power.
Instead of standing up for basic human rights and the rights of a free press, qualities that once made America great in the eyes of the world, Trump appears to be giving a pass to those who use extreme means to silence critics.
I join with SPJ National President J. Alex Tarquinio in calling for Kashoggi’s killers to be brought to justice, with the United States using all of its influence to call for an independent investigation into Khashoggi’s death.
And I also think it is time that Trump stop the anti-press rhetoric, and apologize for his remarks. After all, Gianforte apologized for his attack.


New rules for chapter finances

In an effort to improve transparency within the society, the board voted on new policies for chapter finances. I’ve posted them below.

SPJ Pro Chapter Finance Rules
Transparency about chapter operations is important for credibility among our members and the
public, especially when it comes to your chapter’s treasury. As a board member it is your legal
responsibility to keep tight oversight on chapter funds — even if you aren’t the treasurer.
Pro chapters are required to follow these rules. By doing so, you will greatly decrease your
exposure to misappropriation of chapter funds and other problems.
Income and expenses
— Require authorization from at least one board member other than the treasurer when another
member spends under $100.
— Require approval of at least two officers of any expenditure of $100 or more; a majority board
vote of any expenditure over $200 (in person or electronic).
— Income and expenditures must remain separate in your records. If you receive $100 for a
pizza party and spend $50, you received $100 and spent $50, not received a net of $50.
— Using cash is strongly discouraged and should be limited as much as possible. Some cash
transactions can’t be verified, such as when someone uses cash to pay to attend an event.
Documentation is required for all transactions.
— Avoid chapter debit cards unless state law bans the use of credit cards by the chapter; debit
cards are too easily abused.
— If a credit card is necessary, check with your bank to see if you can restrict the card’s use for
large expenses only.
— If a chapter has a PayPal or similar account, have the treasurer transfer funds from that
account to the chapter’s general checking account after each event for which the PayPal or
similar account is used. Have another board member monitor the account.
— If the board votes on a money matter directly affecting a board member (other than
reimbursements), that board member should recuse himself or herself and leave the room to
allow a full and frank discussion.

— When depositing funds in the chapter bank account, use a “For Deposit Only” rubber stamp
or write “For Deposit Only” on the back of checks.
The treasurer’s duties
Chapters must use the following financial records, which the treasurer will maintain:
— Either:
A paper check stub of each check written, or copy each check.
Or
A computer record (Excel or Quicken) of each check written, with a detailed breakdown of
specific amounts for various purposes.
— Electronic and printed copy of each monthly bank statement.
— A file of receipts, each notated with the check number or other record of payment.
— Information needed for financial section of the annual chapter report to national.
— The chapter’s federal (and state, if required) tax records, including Employer Identification
Number and letter verifying tax-exempt status. SPJ chapters typically are subordinate entities of
the national organization and are tax-exempt nonprofits, typically under Section 501(c)(6) of the
IRS code. Some chapters are 501(c)(3). Know the difference.
— In order for each chapter to have a back-up of its records, a second copy should be kept by
another board member designated by the majority of the board.
The treasurer prepares and/or files these reports:
— A report is due quarterly to the regional directors/regional coordinators, detailing income and
expenses and sharing bank statements. The same information also will be required for each
chapter’s annual report.
— Monthly report to the chapter board, detailing income and expenses and sharing bank
statements. This is required even if the board does not meet monthly.
— Financial section of annual report to national.
— Annual Form 990, EZ 990 or E-card 990 with the IRS.
— Any state or local forms required of nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations.
We recommend keeping critical records in a single three-ring binder as well as on your
computer.
Training
— Each Regional Director/Regional Coordinator or chapter president will arrange for a training
session for a new chapter treasurer. The training shall occur within 30 days of the president or
treasurer assuming that position. National headquarters staff will provide training.
— Any other board member authorized to disburse funds may go through the training; chapter
presidents are encouraged to be trained.
Account access/review
— Chapters are required to make their bank accounts transparent to their officers and RC. This
can be done by providing copies of bank statements, with read-only access to bank accounts or
through money management programs.

— The chapter president and treasurer must have direct access to the account. At least one other
board member and the RD/RC must have read-only access.
Requirements
— Chapters must comply with financial record reporting rules within three months or they will
lose the ability to apply for chapter grants.
— If chapters don’t comply with financial record reporting rules within six months, they will be
ineligible for national awards, will not be awarded delegates for the national convention and
won’t be able to receive new chapter dues. National headquarters would hold a chapter’s dues
until that chapter is compliant.
— If chapters don’t comply with financial record reporting rules within one year, the national
board may revoke the charter.
Budgeting
— Chapters are encouraged to create an annual budget. Preparing a budget can help your chapter
plan for the year.
— A budget approved at the beginning of the year could eliminate the need to approve some
individual expenditures throughout the year.


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