SPJ board to hold meeting on executive director resignation

I did not want or expect this to be the topic of the first blog post of the new Region 8 Red River Report, but as journalists we know that our best-laid plans often get derailed by breaking news.

By now you should have heard by email from me or from your chapter presidents that Alison Bethel McKenzie last week resigned as executive director of SPJ. The national board will hold an electronic meeting today atĀ 3 p.m. Eastern time at SPJ headquarters in IndianapolisĀ to talk about the next steps.

Here is a link to the agenda and the call-in info:


There will be a public comment period. But the main topic on the agenda will be discussed in executive session.

This is what SPJ President Alex Tarquinio posted:


The SPJ Washington, D.C., Pro Chapter has prepared a letter to be presented to the board. It criticizes SPJ’s handling of news about Bethel McKenzie’s resignation. Region 8’s San Antonio Pro Chapter is among other SPJ chapters signing the letter.

“SPJ’s leaders made no initial effort to inform members about this sudden and still unexplained resignation, beyond a short and unpublicized posting on spj.org,” SA Pro
Chapter President Michael Drudge said. “A few days later, SPJ President Alex Tarquinio issued a blog post but details were scant.”
I will post a recap of the meeting for those who cannot call in today and listen.
–Kathryn Jones, Region 8 Coordinator

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