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Join the SPJ Digital Executive Board

We love having you as a member of SPJ Digital, and we want you to help us lead it!  Join the SPJ Digital executive board to make key decisions about the group’s future and our programs.


  • NOMINATIONS: The deadline to announce your candidacy for one of the following positions is this Friday, October 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.
  • You must submit a 200 word explanation of why you are running and what you will bring to the office you’re running for to SPJ Digital co-chairs and
  • You must be a member of SPJ to run for office.
  • VOTING: Ballots will be sent to all community members on on Monday, October 31st. Polls will close Friday, November 4th.

** All SPJ Digital executive board members are expected to participate in monthly conference calls and complete the tasks assigned to your position. Please feel free to contact Taylor Mirfendereski and Beth O’Malley if you have questions about joining the executive board.** 


Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media:

  • Works with coordinators and oversees social media education strategy
  • Oversees and implements social strategy related to programming
  • Works with Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy on programming plans
  • Oversees Net Worked editorial operations (guest posts, columnists, etc)
  • Blogger at large – responsible for one blog post per month, more if desired

Co-Chair, Programming and Strategy:

  • Liaison to SPJ Community Coordinator, staff, board and members
  • Oversees Quill columnists with assistance from Community Coordinator
  • Oversees programming efforts with collaboration from executive
  • Works with Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media on programming plans
  • Oversees student reps to help expand student understanding of digital media at universities

Facebook Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Facebook page; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Twitter Coordinator:

  • Posts on SPJ Digital’s Twitter account; posts may include items from Net Worked or other items at the discretion of the coordinator
  • Works with Co-Chairs to coordinate any element needed for programming and other operations
  • Reports to Co-Chair, Interactive and Social Media regarding analytics, ideas to boost interest.
  • Oversees LinkedIn on an as-needed basis.

Newsletter Editor:

  • Experience with design and/or creating a newsletter preferred.
  • Creates monthly email newsletter for SPJ Digital members.
  • Newsletter will be curated with community news, blog posts, programming updates and member spotlights.
  • Editor also contributes to NetWorked blog once per month, more if desired.
  • Sends out programming updates and specialty newsletters when appropriate.

Student Representative:

  • Assist Co-Chairs with student-specific programming ideas and execution.
  • Completes outreach to student chapters about SPJ Digital benefits.
  • Contributes to NetWorked blogs on student-centric topics.spj-digital

Some forthcoming changes to SPJ Digital

spjdigitalSPJ Digital has been making significant progress since the new officer terms began on Feb. 1. We have made more resources available and expanded work on our current resources, as well as grown in members. But while we celebrate our achievements, we also look ahead, especially towards the Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando in September.

On March 9, I notified SPJ President Dana Neuts, as well as my colleagues on the executive, of my intentions to resign as chairman of SPJ Digital. With my resignation, I introduced a resolution that would change how the role of the Chair worked, creating two Co-Chair positions, one overseeing overall programming and strategy, the other overseeing our social media efforts and interactive elements of events and programming.

I recommended Taylor Mirferendeski, Head of Programming, and Brandi Broxson, our Google+ and LinkedIn Coordinator, to take these positions upon approval. This was done to ensure there would be a smooth transition, and the major work of SPJ Digital would in no way be disrupted. That resolution was approved by the executive on March 13, and since that time the new executive has been preparing to complete the transition.

The new executive, composed of Mirferendeski, Broxson, Facebook Coordinator Michelle Sandlin, Twitter Coordinator Beth O’Malley and Google+ and LinkedIn coordinator Bethany Bella, began work this week. Soon, Brandi and Taylor will be utilizing this and other platforms to outline what they have in store for SPJ Digital from now through EIJ.

I thank President Neuts, her colleagues on the SPJ Board, as well as SPJ staff at the Indianapolis headquarters for their support during my time as chair. I also thank the executive who takes over. I believe they are some of the best and brightest members of the SPJ, and I know SPJ Digital is in good hands. I also want to thank the members of SPJ Digital, as well as you, the Net Worked reader, for supporting SPJ Digital during my time as chairman.

I may be resigning as Chair, but I am not completely exiting the SPJ. I am to remain Community Coordinator, assisting President Neuts in overseeing SPJ Digital and our network of communities. I will also continue to blog on the pages of Net Worked, focusing particularly on social media’s role in journalism.

With these roles, I hope to continue SPJ Digital’s mission of education, as well as help the SPJ preserve and protect journalism for this generation and the next. I believe that education can help build a better journalism community, and I am excited at the ability to continue to do so, to help digital journalism thrive, and to make journalism better for all.

I am excited at what is to come, and I know the future looks bright for SPJ Digital, and indeed SPJ as a whole. I hope you will join me as we continue our crucial mission.

Alex Veeneman, a Chicago based SPJ member and founder of SPJ Digital, blogs on social media’s role in journalism for Net Worked, and serves as Community Coordinator for SPJ. Veeneman also is Deputy Editor, Media Editor and a writer for Kettle Magazine, an online publication in the UK. You can interact with Veeneman on Twitter here.

What do communities say about SPJ’s future?

In this Net Worked guest post, SPJ national president Dana Neuts looks at the role of the communities, including SPJ Digital, the community where this blog operates, and what these communities mean for the future of SPJ.

It’s an exciting time to be an SPJ member!

What started out as a borrowed idea several years ago has turned into an exciting reason to be an SPJ member – SPJ communities. This new community structure has created opportunities for more people to be involved in areas of mutual interest and to have a say in SPJ’s future. The concept began with the formation of the SPJ Freelance Community in the summer of 2013.

A year and a half later, we have five communities: Freelance, Digital, International, Generation J and Students.

Here’s how it works. Each community is self-governing, choosing its own mission, goals, tools and leaders. This differs dramatically from the committee structure where some of these communities originated. Committees and committee chairs are selected by the SPJ president who also provides direction as to what he or she wishes the committee to accomplish for the year.

The committees by their very nature are restricted in size with an average of half a dozen to a dozen members. The communities, on the other hand, are unlimited in size and are in control of their own future with support and guidance from the president, the community coordinator (volunteer Alex Veeneman), and SPJ staff (primarily Tara Puckey and Billy O’Keefe).

For some groups, the committee structure works well and remains in place (e.g., FOI, Ethics, Journalism Education Committees), but some members are better served by the community structure. So far, the communities have been a success generating interest among members and nonmembers, providing additional leadership opportunities, as well as opportunities for community members to learn from each other, share ideas and resources, and network with each other.

This fundamental shift also helps SPJ adapt to our rapidly changing industry, react more quickly to relevant news, and provide resources and input on areas of interest. For example, following the Charlie Hebdo attack, International Community Chair Carlos Restrepo wrote a blog post about press freedom, including quotes from a community member based in France. While I made a statement on behalf of the organization, Restrepo was able to provide a different perspective, complementing my statement.

SPJ’s new communities allow us to expand our reach beyond our members and to become more diverse in terms of age, race, culture, background, discipline, etc. The more voices we have, the better we can collectively fulfill SPJ’s mission which ultimately benefits us all. It is encouraging to see the enthusiasm of our community members, and I am eager to see our communities grow.

Want to learn more? Contact me at or community coordinator Alex Veeneman at We’d love to tell you how the communities can help you!

Based in Seattle, Dana Neuts is a full-time freelance writer, editor and marketing pro. She is also the publisher of, a hyperlocal blog focused on community news and events in Kent, Washington. She is currently serving as the national president of SPJ. You can learn more about Neuts at or follow her on Twitter at or

SPJ Digital approved by Board

The Board of Directors of the Society of Professional Journalists approved the formation of SPJ Digital, the community for social media and digital journalism Aug. 20.

The Board unanimously approved the formation of the community during a meeting via Skype, and also discussed revisions to the Code of Ethics.

SPJ Digital currently has presences on Twitter and a community on Google Plus, and is always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining SPJ Digital, you can send an email to this address or tweet @SPJDigital.

Alex Veeneman is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists based in Chicago. Veeneman also serves as Special Projects Editor and writer for Kettle Magazine, an online publication in the UK. You can tweet him @alex_veeneman.

Editor’s note: Veeneman was the SPJ member that filed the petition to form SPJ Digital.


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