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Colorado Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
Board of Directors election 2013-2014

Deadline to vote: midnight on Monday, July 22

Directions: Read carefully the bios and position statements of the candidates. Then send an email with a subject line “SPJ vote” with your votes to Deb Hurley at dchurley@aol.com. Please vote for one president-elect candidate or name a write-in candidate, and four board member candidates or send in the name(s) of write-in candidates. There are five candidates for board members, so the four with the top vote totals will serve on the board. There are no treasurer candidates, but write-ins will be accepted.

If you have questions, contact elections chair Deb Hurley at 303-601-8098.

President-elect candidate
Vote for one or send a write-in
Ed Otte:
ed otteEd was elected to the SPJ Colorado Pro Chapter board of directors in 2011 and named membership chair. He helped organize and moderated Sunshine Week forums in 2012 at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction and in 2013 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He worked with CMU students and faculty in 2011-12 to help form a campus chapter. The CSU forum was arranged with SPJ campus chapter adviser Kris Kodrich. In 2012, Ed and board member Doug Bell conducted resume/internship meetings with students at CSU and at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Ed also worked with Colorado Press Association Executive Director Sam Johnston to have SPJ members participate in CPA’s visits to college journalism programs in the fall of 2012. In March 2013, Ed worked with KUNC public radio and Rocky Mountain PBS to arrange The Future of News forum at The Denver Post.
1995-2010 – Executive director Colorado Press Association.
1993-1995 – CPA board of directors.
1980-1995 – Greeley Tribune. City editor, editorial page editor,
editor (1990-1995).
1991-1995 – Adjunct journalism faculty at CSU-Fort Collins.
1969-1980 – Worked in newsrooms at Alamosa Valley Courier, Colorado
Springs Sun, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Santa Fe, NM, and El Paso,
Texas.
Feb. 18, 2011 – Received CPA Friend of First award.
Aug. 26, 2010 – Gov. Bill Ritter signed proclamation declaring Ed Otte
Day in Colorado
Sept. 11, 2004 – Received Friend of Scholastic Journalism award from
Colorado High School Press Association

Reason for running: I enjoy working with the board members, all of whom are committed to SPJ’s mission and goals and to strengthening the chapter’s role in Colorado journalism. We will continue to provide additional programs and educational opportunities to our members, and to attract new pro and student members. And we will continue to partner with other organizations, such as CPA, to expand our activities around the state.”

Treasurer
No candidates
Please send any write-in names

Board of directors
Vote for four: There are five candidates. The four people with the highest number of votes will serve on the board.

Jim Anderson
jimandersonjpgJim Anderson is The Associated Press news editor for Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. Anderson joined the AP in Mexico City and has worked in Los Angeles, New York, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Caracas, Venezuela, reporting throughout the Caribbean and in Central and South America. Before coming to Colorado, Anderson was an assistant city editor at The Miami Herald. A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Anderson has degrees from Cornell University and the University of Southern California.

Reason for running: My re-election bid is inspired by Colorado SPJ Pro’s critical role in identifying, addressing and publicizing restrictions on the free flow of public information – be it at the local, state or federal level. Working with SPJ members and leveraging our influence with other organizations, we can ensure that the public’s open records laws work – and act when they don’t.

Vicky Gits
VIckyGitsA longtime Colorado resident and former staff writer with Evergreen Newspapers for six years, Vicky recently gave up covering long-lost dogs, aggressive elk, illegal hunting, government, courts, land use, outdoors, parks and fire districts for the Canyon Courier. She was also a staff writer for the Douglas County News-Press for three years, covering business, worked nights for six years at the Denver Post as news copy editor and spent five years at the Boulder Daily Camera as a business reporter and editor. Before that, there was a brief stint at the Denver Business Journal and a few years at Cablevision, a weekly trade magazine. Her first job in newspapers was with the Holly Chieftain the summer before graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a master’s degree in journalism. In 1984, she completed a certificate in business and economics journalism at Columbia University in New York. She was appointed to the board in March to fill the remaining term of a vacancy due to resignation and assigned to the position of program chair. Member of Colorado SPJ Pro for about five years.

Reason for running: As a potential board member I am mainly interested in seeking and staging timely programs and social events, but also advocating for open records, open meetings and financial transparency.

Tak Landrock
taklandrock7newsTak Landrock is a three time Edward R Murrow award-winning investigative reporter/producer for KMGH-TV in Denver. Landrock has called Colorado home since he moved here when he was 12. Landrock joined the CALL7 Investigators in December 2011 to help with daily investigations. Before coming to Denver, he worked in Colorado Springs as the investigative reporter at KRDO-TV. Many of his stories have helped create policy change, making Colorado a safer place to live and work. In one investigation, he was able to track down two murder suspects wanted for killing a 6-year-old girl and burying her body in a crawl space of a vacant home. His work lead to their arrest and conviction. Landrock’s investigations have garnished national attention from major news organizations, including the AP, CNN, ABCNEWS, MSNBC and FOX.

Reason for running: Journalism is changing at a fast pace, and we need to find a formula to respect the traditions of the past, but also understand the needs of the future. I share SPJ’s mission into ethical reporting, fighting for information and inspiring others. Recently, I joined SPJ as a member of the regional program committee and have brought my ideas on how to elevate our presence in the region, handling training seminars and hosted this year’s awards ceremony. I want to carry that forward as a board member. I am looking forward to helping the organization drive its mission as a leader from within.

Kara Mason
karamason1Kara Mason is a student at Colorado State University-Pueblo. While working on a dual degree in journalism and political science, she has been on the CSU-Pueblo Today staff and is currently serving as the magazine editor. Kara also contributes and acts as the news editor for the Pulp, an alternative news magazine in Pueblo. With just about a year of undergraduate school left, Kara hopes to continue on to earn a master’s degree and make a career of writing.

Reason for running: Being involved in the state SPJ is important to me as this is the place I am reporting. As a student, I believe there are many opportunities to grow in a network full of professionals, and I look forward to learning and connecting with those who share my passion for reporting.

Leticia Steffen
LeticiaSteffenLeticia Steffen joined the SPJ and the Colorado Pro chapter in 1995. She is an associate professor in the mass communications department at Colorado State University-Pueblo and occasionally does freelance writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. Recently, Steffen served as guest editor at the Rocky Ford Daily Gazette/Ordway New Era. She hopes to continue her service to the Colorado Pro Chapter as a member of the board and would like to help develop more programming opportunities for journalists outside the metro Denver area.

Reason for running: I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Colorado Pro board for another two-year term. Our membership is growing, and it is good to see members from around the state. Because I’m not located in the metro Denver area, I understand the difficulty of attending some of the wonderful programs that happen there, so this year I would like to research the possibility of streaming some of the talks and presentations that occur in Denver to places around the state. For members in the southeastern part of the state, I’d also like to try organizing carpools for those who want to attend the Denver events. I’m constantly encouraged, in my role as a journalism instructor at CSU-Pueblo, by the enthusiasm that exists among young people for the field of journalism. I have no doubts that our profession will continue to thrive, and I look forward to supporting journalism — through my work on SPJ and through my teaching — well into the future.

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Dear members of Colorado Pro Chapter of SPJ:

My name is Deb Hurley. I’m the elections chair for the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ. I am calling for self-nominations for the six positions up for election on the board: four directors at-large, the treasurer and the president-elect.

Board meetings are held once per month, and board members may attend in person or via conference call. Board members may reside anywhere in Colorado, and must be members in good standing with national SPJ and the Colorado Professional Chapter.

To indicate your willingness to run for a position and to serve on the board, please e-mail me your name, the position you are running for, a photo, a biography of no more than 250 words and a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why you want to be on the board. NEW: Deadline is midnight, Wednesday, July 3.

The election information will be e-mailed to all members of the Colorado Pro Chapter on July 2. Members will have until noon on Monday July 22, to cast ballots in this all-electronic election.

If you have any questions about the process, the duties or how you can get involved with the Colorado Pro Chapter – whether as a board member or as a volunteer – please contact me at 303-601-8098 or at dchurley@aol.com or President Dennis Huspeni at 719-648-0055 or president@spjcolorado.com or news@spjcolorado.com.

Position: President-elect
Term of office: 1 year; this person automatically become president of the chapter in 2012, serving in that position for two years
Duties: The president-elect acts in the absence of the president and works closely with the president to oversee the chapter; learns the workings of the chapter in preparation to become president.

Position: Treasurer
Term of office: 2 years
Duties: The treasurer shall oversee all monies of the chapter and shall disburse funds upon proper authorization of the chapter’s officers; keep records of all receipts, disbursements and balances; report monthly on the financial condition of the chapter to the board.

Position: Members of the board of directors
Term of office: 2 years
4 positions are open
Duties: The board is responsible for the general direction and planning of chapter activities. Board members are required to attend board meetings and participate in the chapter’s professional development and programming efforts. A member of the board may also be appointed to chair one of several committees coordinating the work of the chapter, including membership, communications, programming, ethics and advocacy.

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Call For Nominations

Dear members of Colorado Pro Chapter of SPJ:

My name is Deb Hurley. I’m the contributing editor at Evergreen Newspapers and the elections chair for the Colorado Professional Chapter of SPJ. I am calling for self nominations for the five positions up for election on the board: four directors a-large and the secretary. Per the chapter’s bylaws, the president-elect, who you elected last year, will automatically become president of the chapter without a vote.
Board meetings are held once per month, and board members may attend in person or via conference call. Board members may reside anywhere in Colorado, and must be members in good standing with national SPJ and the Colorado Professional Chapter.

To indicate your willingness to run for a position and to serve on the board, please e-mail me (dchurley@aol.com) your name, the position you are interested in, a photo, a biography of no more than 250 words and a statement of no more than 200 words explaining why you want to be on the board. Deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.

 

The election information will be e-mailed to all members of Colorado Pro on July 14, and you will have until noon on Friday, July 20, to cast your ballot.

If you have any questions about the process, the duties or how you can get involved with Colorado Pro – whether as a board member or as a volunteer – please contact me at 303-601-8098 or at dchurley@aol.com or contact Cara DeGette at 720-979-4385 or at cdegette@gmail.com.

Position: Chapter president
Term of office: 2 years
Note: Dennis Huspeni automatically moves into the position of president.
Duties: The president presides at all meetings; provides impetus and leadership to chapter programs and goals; acts as spokesman for the chapter in all matters or delegates such responsibility to specific committees and certain areas; and, when the chapter so directs, acts as a delegate to the National Convention.

Position: Secretary
Term of office: 2 years
Duties: The secretary maintains a log including meeting dates, meeting minutes, pertinent business transacted; maintains an up-to-date roster of all members with notation of their status regarding local and national dues; sends out meeting notices and other communications as directed by the president or as required by the national Society.

Position: Members of the board of directors
Term of office: 2 years
4 positions are open
Duties: The board is responsible for the general direction and planning of chapter activities. Board members are required to attend board meetings and participate in the chapter’s professional development programming.

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