Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

IRE Board Approves $1.4 Million Budget

Magazine article Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. The IRE Journal

IRE Board Approves $1.4 Million Budget

Article excerpt

In the midst of its recent successful national conference in Kansas City, IRE also accomplished much in the way of internal business that set the direction for its activities in the coming ear.

First, nearly 300 members voted for six of 13 board of directors positions on Saturday June 5. Returning to the board are Judy liller, Rose Ciotta, Rosemary Armao and David Boardman. New members are Mark Lagerkvist and Drew Sullivan. The membership also voted James Neff and Kathy L'Ecluse to the contest committee.

The next annual membership meeting will be Saturday, June 3, 2000, in New York City at the IRE conference, which will run June 1-4 at the Hilton Waldorf Astoria.

After the membership meeting, the board voted for Judy Miller to continue as president, David Dietz to become vice president, and Shawn McIntosh to become treasurer. The board also voted to meet next in Chicago Nov. 13 and to meet in Columbia, Mo., at the IRE offices March 18, 2000.

Board actions

Before the membership meeting, the board met on June 3, reviewed committee recommendations and took several votes.

The board approved a $1.4 million budget for the coming fiscal year, which began July 1, 1999. The budget includes money for an ambitious program of conferences and seminars, upgrades to the Web site, publications, and the IRE Resource Center.

Among its actions, the board:

* Established the Brent Johnson Memorial Fund with a contribution of $1000. The fund, which is in memory of an MU graduate student who died unexpectedly this year, is intended to provide scholarships for graduate students who work on IRE publications. (If you are interested in contributing, please send a check to IRE with a note saying it is for the fund.)

* Heard an update from pro bono attorney David Smallman on the filing of an amicus brief in the United Reporting case before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue is whether the Los Angeles police can close arrest files, thus permitting secret arrests. …

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