DON’T FORGET, RSVP FOR
SPJ DC Pro
Membership Appreciation Meeting Jan. 27
with important bylaws revision vote
WHEN: 10:15 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 27
WHERE: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Bethesda, Maryland
DIRECTIONS: Near exit of Bethesda Metro stop
RSVP: online here or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all SPJ DC Pro Chapter Members:
WHAT: You’re going to enjoy chatting with fellow chapter members and celebrating the membership milestones of several during the chapter’s Membership Appreciation Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 27, 10:15 a.m. to noon.
You’ll also be participating in a business meeting of the chapter – that’s something we haven’t done in recent memory of some long-time chapter members! The main item of business will be to formally vote on whether to approve proposed changes to the chapter’s Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed revisions are submitted as a final version by the chapter Executive Board, reflecting comments made during the membership comment period from mid-October to mid-November.
A wide array of members worked on this comprehensive set of revisions for some time.Past chapter president Maurine Beasley, who served as Bylaws Committee chair in 2016, said her first attempt at an update seemed to present a monumental challenge: keep the spirit of the bylaws as a bare bones document but also allow the chapter to communicate with new technology not defined in the original documents. She said she commends the work of the chapter board in crafting a proposed “document that manages to incorporate both the open nature of the chapter’s traditional self-government and the efficiency of the digital age.”
The revisions include memorializing the chapter’s commitment to openness and transparency.
You can find the revisions at http://spjdc.org/information-constitution-bylaws/. Questions? Email Bylaws Committee members Amy Fickling and April Bethea at email@example.com.
WHAT ELSE: If you have other matters to bring before the membership during the meeting, you can use the chapter email address at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know in advance, or come prepared to add them to the meeting agenda. Also come prepared to introduce yourself – we’re planning to give you an opportunity to share our journalism involvements and generally celebrate the profession at a time when our work is stymied or even ridiculed by the public institutions we are trying to make sure are serving the public interest as they should be.
GETTING THERE: There is no cost to you to attend. We’ll have light snacks and coffee and water. RSVPs are appreciated for preparations, and you can respond by sending an email to email@example.com. Or you can respond using the electronic invitation.
We will meet in WEST ROOM-A at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, located just off the Bethesda Metro stop in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. When you get to the top of the escalators exiting the Bethesda Metro stop, go left through the bus bay. The street just outside the bay is the one where the B-CC RSC is located, and it is almost straight ahead of you, with parking beneath it. Walk around to the entrance. The West Room-A is on the second floor. There is free parking in several Montgomery County garages in the area, with Metropolitan Garage #49 in the same block as the B-CC RSC. This also will be the last weekend for free Saturday parking at Metro parking lots, as fees will go into effect on Feb. 1 at 36 locations.
CHAPTER BOARD MEETS BEFOREHAND: Those wishing to attend an SPJ DC board meeting can arrive at 9 a.m. for that on Saturday, Jan. 27. Following the membership meeting (we have to be out of the building by noon), we plan to continue the camaraderie in an informal setting at a nearby bar or restaurant, if there is enough interest in doing so.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!!
Here are the SPJ membership milestones among chapter members in 2017:
65 years — Bruce Harrison
60 years — James Golden
45 years — Kathy (Kay) George, Kenneth Jost
40 years — Betty Cole Dukert
35 years — John Nuhn
30 years — Dan Kubiske, Bill McCloskey, Myrna Wahlquist
25 years — Willie Schatz, William Theobald
20 years — Ann Augherton, Randy Showstack
15 years — Andy Schotz, Steve Taylor
10 years — Carla Bundy, Steve Goodman, Robert Higgenbotham
5 years — Theo Emery, Christopher Farrell, Christina Kielich (ASSOCIATE), Sally Kubetin, Christine Lawrence, Wayne Rash
Maybe your 5- or 10-year anniversary milestone will be in 2018?
Upcoming event: C’mon, get happy! Nov. 14 happy hour
Want to kick back a little after work and mingle with some fellow journalists and aspiring journalists?
On Nov. 14 SPJ-DC Pro is hosting a get-together for the chapter and students participating in Georgetown University’s Master’s in Journalism program, starting at 6 p.m. We will gather on the mezzanine at the National Press Club (note change in location inside Club).
Come for some informal talking and sharing ideas. Get to know other chapter members and see why you’ll want to get more involved in activities we plan and carry out.
SPJ-DC is taking care of providing the event space and the camaraderie, and you’ll pick up the tab (cash bar) for whatever you decide to eat or drink during the evening.
An entry code will be needed to access the Press Club, so let us know if you are planning to be there. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Nov. 14 Happy Hour) in case you don’t receive an Eventbrite notice. We’ll then send you the code right before that evening.
How to Work With Whistleblowers
This year, some of the biggest and most important stories broken in DC have been the result of a government whistleblower sharing information with a journalist. Whistleblowers and journalists are essential partners, but those relationships are more at risk than ever.
The Society of Professional Journalists and the Government Accountability Project invite you to a training that will offer journalists key insights and tips for working with whistleblowers to report on serious violations of public trust while ensuring the employee source is not put at greater risk of reprisal in the process.
Space is limited! Reserve your seat today! Registration closes on Oct. 1. No tickets will be available at the door.
The topics presented by trained legal experts will include:
- Whistleblowing 101: What (and who) is a Whistleblower?
- The Legal Landscape: The Complicated Patchwork of Whistleblower Protection Laws
- Working with Whistleblowers
- The Primacy of Trust
- Unique Challenges of Working with Whistleblowers
- Practical Pointers
- Locating whistleblowers
- Preserving Anonymity
- FOIA work based on whistleblowers
When: October 2, 2017, 5:30-7:00 pm (food provided)
Cost: Free to SPJ members and Georgetown students; $5.00 for non-members.
Want to come to this event and others for free? Join SPJ today! https://www.spj.org/joinapp-quick.asp
RSVP on Eventbrite.