EIJ18: Greetings from Baltimore!

I am proud to represent St. Louis Pro members at this year’s Excellence in Journalism in Baltimore, and am looking forward to Day Two! (Technically yesterday was Day One with a number of extra-fee workshops, but since I just arrived yesterday afternoon, Thursday is my first day at the conference.)

I’ll be live-tweeting the journalism side of my trip at @edonaldmedia and will try to cross-post about SPJ business at @stlspj, so if you do Twitter, you can follow along there. I’ll also be posting once a day here!

If you are a current paid member of SPJ, YOU have the right to vote! Paid professional members vote directly on SPJ officers (though resolutions are still voted by delegates on the floor – that’s me). We have a number of contested elections this year, and even if you’re not present at EIJ, you still get a say in who runs the organization and what they do with your dues money.

Go to SPJ Election Central to find out more about who is running, including the two candidates up for Region 7 director. Our current director, Kari Williams, is stepping down after a great run, and all of you will help choose her successor.

You will receive your ballot information in your SPJ-registered email. PLEASE look for it! Voting will start today and run into Saturday, so keep an eye out for it. If you have not received it by tomorrow (Friday), please email me at elizabethdonald@aol.com and I will get the membership coordinator on the task right away.

Note to the Illinois members: residents of the metro-east (myself included) are considered part of St. Louis Pro because it makes no sense to lump us into Chicago. However, that means we are therefore grandfathered into Region 7, which includes Missouri, rather than Region 5, which includes Illinois. The ballots do NOT always get the message. If you receive a Region 5 ballot, please contact me right away and I will get the staff to send you the appropriate ballot.

PLEASE VOTE. Turnout is always low, and I know it’s not as fascinating as the midterms (nobody’s sick of those commercials yet, are they?). But SPJ has a number of challenges and important projects, and since you’re helping to pay for them, you should get a say in how they are managed.

I do not have the resolutions yet, so I don’t know what issues might come up. This afternoon is the first SPJ business meeting, at which time I hope to have more to share with you. If you have strong feelings about any of the issues that will be discussed, I hope you will share them with me, so that I can properly represent you to our national organization.

Thank you all for your continued support of St. Louis Pro and SPJ. It’s an honor to serve you here at EIJ18.

Elizabeth Donald, chapter president

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