August Newsletter and Mixer save-the-date

New Board Set and Ready for Action

SPJ Colorado Pro ChapterNewsletter July 2012

Your new board is set and ready to deliver some exciting and informative programming, a regional contest that’s second-to-none, college scholarships to help up-and-coming journalists and advocacy to make sure open records and open meeting laws are followed.At the board’s annual retreat at the Colorado Press Association building earlier this month, we welcomed newly-elected board member Amy Maesteas, the news editor of The Durango Herald. She’ll bring us some much-needed representation from the Western Slope and will help us expand our programming, either via web video conferences or other ways, to that area. We also accepted the resignation of Treasurer Christine McManus VonGunden, who left the board because of health issues. She did some wonderful work for this chapter, including helping us adopt an investment strategy in the last year. Thanks Christine and good luck! The board voted to appoint David Milstead to serve the remainder of her term, which runs through July 2013. Milstead is a longtime SPJ member, financial writer for the The Globe and Mail, former finance editor with the Rocky Mountain News and eight-year treasurer for the Denver Press Club (2001-2009). We’re lucky to have David. He’s going to help us put that investment strategy to work to maximize our returns and make sure the Colorado Pro chapter is financially stable for years to come.

Speaking of investments, the investment committee is looking for one more member to serve. It’d be great if you had some knowledge of mutual funds and other investment strategies to help Milstead and President Dennis Huspeni guide our investments. If you’re interested, email us ( or call Huspeni at 719-648-0055. In the meantime, immediate past president Cara DeGette has agreed to serve on the committee until a permanent replacement is found. Thanks Cara!

SPJ-CPA College Campus Visits
logo We’re joining forces with the Colorado Press Association to visit the state’s major college campuses to get students interested in journalism, help the ones who are studying it and offer to help form any student chapters if they’re interested. The schedule is below. If any SPJ members would like to help us with the program (especially members living near campuses on the Western Slope), please email and we’ll get you all the relevant details and a CPA or SPJ contact person who will be there. It’s a mid-day event that involves lunch and a program that is about two hours.Here’s the schedule:

  • Sept. 18, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
  • Sept. 25, Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Sept. 26, Adams State, Alamosa
  • Sept. 27 – CSU-Fort Collins
  • Oct. 2, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Oct. 10, Colorado Mesa, Grand Junction
  • Oct. 12, Western State, Gunnison
  • Oct. 16, Metro State, Denver
 SAVE THE DATEPut Friday, Sept. 28 on your calendars for a Diversity mixer we’re having in Eden, 3090 Downing St., Denver. Here’s the FB link. We’re reaching out to all the area journalism societies that represent minorities, the Denver Press Club and the Colorado Press Association, meet each other, find out about our respective organizations, talk journalism and just HAVE FUN! There’s plenty of on-street parking, happy hour drinks until 8 and we’ll buy the appetizers. Hope to see you all there.PO BOX UPDATE          We have a new P.O. box, so if you have any snail mail to send our way, use the new address: P.O. Box 100201, Denver, CO, 80250.

We hope to see some of you at the Excellence in Journalism national SPJ conference in Fort Lauderdale Sept. 20-22. More info at Huspeni and board member Amy Maestas and member (and longtime former board member) Robert Boczkiewicz will be representing the Colorado Pro chapter. The Colorado Pro Chapter won a Circle of Excellence Award for campus visits/scholarships – thanks for all your hard work board members and support members. Follow our tweets at #EIJ12 (I’m @denmanh if you want to follow me)

That’s it for now. Please reach out if you have any programming ideas, want to help volunteer to judge contest entries or anything else. This is YOUR chapter, so help us make it the best it can be.

Thank you for reading this issue of the SPJ Colorado Newsletter.We encourage you to forward this to friends and colleagues!

Please feel free to contact me with our email or with feedback about this newsletter and other chapter communication efforts or if you have something you would like to submit to this publication.


Dennis HuspeniPresident/Communications chairSPJ Colorado Pro