Magazine article The Quill

Funding, Board Structure Top Agenda for SDX Foundation Meeting

Magazine article The Quill

Funding, Board Structure Top Agenda for SDX Foundation Meeting

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The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation board of directors met Oct. 4 during the SPJ National Convention in Seattle/Bellevue, Wash.

Foundation President Paul McMasters and Mission Committee Chairwoman Sue Porter explained that similar Foundation boards typically fall within two categories - fundraising boards and programmatic (or program-planning) boards. The group discussed the board's mission and voted to add a programmatic function to its activities.

Board members also reviewed the current board structure and elected new members and officers. The group approved changes in the Foundation Bylaws recommended by the Foundation Bylaws Committee.

The group also reviewed grant applications and the recommendations of the Foundation's Grants and Honors Committee. The board made the following grants:

* $10,000 to the First Amendment Project to produce and distribute public education materials on Freedom of Information and free press issues.

* $14,000 to the SPJ Freedom of Information Committee to fund the "Open Doors" project to be used to educate the public on access to government records, documents and proceedings.

* $5,000 to help fund the Ethics AdviceLine, sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club and Loyola University Chicago Center for Ethics. The AdviceLine is a free service to journalists seeking ethics consultation.

* $22,500 over three years ($7,500 a year) to the Manship School of Mass

Communication at Louisiana State University to fund the Media Leaders Forum, a media research project at the school. …

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