First, I’d like to thank everyone who worked to make the new online general election format possible. It was an effort supported by many, including me and my home chapter, the Press Club of Long Island — one of the original signers to last year’s proposal.
Now, we must look to the future.
We must provide the training to keep members up to date and even ahead of changing trends. Jobs are pretty hard to come by for many, and we must do all we can to make our members first on recruiters’ minds.
Also, we must make sure our chapter leaders are prepared to take on their responsibilities as leaders of nonprofit organizations.
I feel I am best equipped to help us get to where we need to be because of my combined SPJ experience and professional experience. I understand where you come from because I’ve been there.
I started as a print reporter, became a business journal editor, moved to the online world and led the Interactive department at a TV station. Now I head up the local online news department for a major daily newspaper.
I’ve worked hard to adapt to changing demands, and I hire people who have the same mindset.
I’ve come up the rungs in SPJ from a student chapter leader, starting the St. John’s University chapter, to president of the Press Club of Long Island, to Region 1 Director, where I represented the Northeast on the national board and won Regional Director of the Year in 2006.
I’m a Ted Scripps Leadership Institute grad and co-chaired two successful regional conferences — the last one just this year.
Over the last year, I’ve served in the new capacity of Chapter Doctor, in which I’ve worked to help struggling chapters meet SPJ goals.
I also put together an SPJ module on smartphone journalism that’s been rolled out across in sessions across the country and in a recent SPJ webinar.
Now, I’d like to continue where on the path representing all members on the national board.
Over the next two years, I’ll reach out to any chapter that needs a web infusion — either in developing or updating their strategies to get their messages out to members and the public.
I’ll aim to help train chapter leaders on how to serve as good financial stewards.
And I’ll continue to work on programming that will make our members do their jobs even better while also becoming prized recruits.
I believe I am ideally qualified and I am completely dedicated to serve as at-large director, and I ask for your vote.
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 Press Club of Long Island Phil Spahn Award, 2005; Long Island Business News 40 under 40 honoree, 2010; currently board member of the Buskin Committee for Campus Journalism at Stony Brook University. First place PCLI Media Award for best news blog, 2007, 2010, 2011; first place PCLI Media Award for Weekly-Editorial, 2005.