14 May Announcing my candidacy for SPJ At-Large Director
I’m happy to announce my candidacy for At-Large Director of the Society of Professional Journalists.
As SPJ Eastern Chapter Doctor over the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many chapter and national leaders, listening to member issues and using my experience as a former regional director and a three-term pro chapter president to offer constructive guidance.
I’ve come away from the experience motivated to help the Society as a national board member. I aim to address ongoing concerns and to pursue innovative initiatives that keep us an invaluable resource for journalists.
I’ve worked to do that this year as co-chair of the SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference on Long Island, where we had one of only a few Working Press-like news operations and nearly two dozen workshops and programs. I also built an SPJ training module on smart-phone newsgathering that is now being rolled out in sessions across the country.
I hope to have the opportunity to serve at At-Large Director to continue doing all this, while pushing for good-governance training and serving as an independent voice on the national board.
Lastly, I’m very happy that every member will have a say this year in who will lead the Society thanks to the one-member, one-vote measure that passed at the New Orleans convention.
Current SPJ Position: Eastern Chapter Doctor
Current Employment: Newsday’s online editor for local news.
Previous SPJ Experience: Co-chair, 2012 SPJ Region 1 Spring Conference; Region 1 Director, 2004-2006; President, Press Club of Long Island, 2002-2005 (Region 1 Chapter of the Year, 2002); board member, 1998-2011. Served as PCLI corresponding secretary and VP-Print. Student chapter president, Stony Brook University, 1994-1996; founding student chapter president, St. John’s University, 1993; Scripps Leadership Institute graduate, 2003.
Past Work Experience: Executive producer, News 12 Interactive, 2007-2010; Editor, Long Island Business News, 2003-2007 (previously managing editor and reporter); spot news and tech reporter, Marketwatch.com, 2000-2001.
Education: B.A. in multidisciplinary studies, Stony Brook University, 1996.
Honors, Awards and Activities: Regional Director of the Year, 2005; Winner of outstanding service to journalism award from PCLI, 2005; LIBN 40 under 40 honoree, 2010; currently board member of the Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism at Stony Brook University.