Hello NJ SPJ members,
- Board members discussed creating a budget that would pursue an austerity plan while trying to build up a reserve for next year.We anticipate a good year financially – particularly because we’ll be co-hosting the Regional Conference this spring in Philadelphia.However, such opportunities only come along every four years, so building up a reserve this year will help create some stability next year.
- We decided to attempt a top to bottom rewrite of our bylaws. I’ve appointed a committee chaired by NJ SPJ board secretary Emily Kratzer to come up with specific recommendations. This will likely be a slow process that may take up most of the year, so stay tuned.
- The board also explored a possible merger of our journalism contest with that of the Keystone chapter in Pennsylvania. We’re only in the most preliminary discussions and there’s no done deal.However our contest this year experienced a sharp decline in the number of entries. A possible merger with Keystone, which has a similar-sized contest, could help create a more competitive field.We’ll spend the rest of this summer working on the details. No matter what happens, we will continue with our signature honors – the O’Brien, Barto, Awbrey and Courage Under Fire awards.