SPJ exec committee meets Saturday to discuss search for new exec director; give your ideas and input during public comment period

SPJ’s executive committee will meet this Saturday, July 13, and begin in executive session to discuss the search for a new executive director.

A public comment period will follow at noon Eastern Daylight Time. Use this link to participate in the virtual meeting, which will be conducted using the Zoom app. You must download the app first to be able to join the meeting.

You also can dial in to the meeting at 646-558-8656 (U.S.) or 720-707-2699. The webinar ID number is 977 410 138.

SPJ has been without an executive director since late April when Alison Bethel McKenzie resigned. SPJ has hired a headhunting consultant, Talbott Talent, and formed the executive committee to help with the search.

President Alex Tarquinio also appointed a Long-term Strategic Task Force, which includes Region 8’s Yvette Walker of the University of Oklahoma, to manage a survey that will go to SPJ members. See the president’s last blog post about the search status at https://blogs.spjnetwork.org/president/.

At first, the executive committee was going to allot SPJ members only half an hour to weigh in with their comments this Saturday. After an ad hoc group of chapters protested, the national leadership has agreed to give members more time to offer suggestions and ideas about what they want to see in a new executive director.

SPJ DC past President Jonathan Make in recent months helped “spearhead a group of local leaders and chapters that is seeking from the SPJ board maximum transparency and collaboration with membership,” as he put it. The group includes several chapters and individual members from SPJ Region 8.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Region 8 Coodinator Kathryn Jones at kathrynjones1956@gmail.com.

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