Magazine article The Quill

Local Chapters Share Their 2002-03 Accomplishments

Magazine article The Quill

Local Chapters Share Their 2002-03 Accomplishments

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For most of the summer, various corners of the SPJ Headquarters have been piled high with packages from all over the country. My e-mail, too, has been full of notes from chapter leaders.

This increased mail activity was the direct result of annual report deadlines, and more than 140 chapters used those reports to share their accomplishments from the past year. They wrote about fantastic programs and partnerships.

The San Diego Pro Chapter continued its commitment to diversity this year. In addition to two programs about disability issues and hate crimes, the chapter established partnerships with other journalism organizations in an effort to bring together journalists from all walks of life.

Some chapters also noted their challenges and how they are addressing them. The Western Washington Pro Chapter outlined their membership recruitment efforts and detailed specific goals to address the "challenge of relevance." That's something every chapter should consider on a yearly basis.

All the reports were reviewed by SPJ staff and volunteer leaders. These evaluations help us determine which chapters need assistance and in what areas. We also look to our chapters for ideas about local activities and new directions that might be appropriate for the national organization.

In a recent e-newsletter to chapter leaders, Chapter Doc Kyle Niederpruem, who reviewed all the professional reports, made these notes about interesting chapter activities:

* The Connecticut Pro Chapter in January scheduled - "Everything You Need to Know About Being Laid Off, But Were Afraid to Ask." This was a timely program with budget cuts and hiring freezes going on locally. The program was videotaped with those costs underwritten by a grant through SPJ's Chapter Grant Program.

* The New Jersey Pro Chapter hired an administrative assistant who personally contacts members who did not renew and to call prospective new members. …

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