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President-Elect
Currently unopposed

Patricia Gallagher Newberry
@pattinewberryWebsite

Current SPJ offices: Secretary-treasurer, SPJ Board of Directors, 2017-18; member, SDX Board of Directors, since 2015; campus adviser, Miami (of Ohio) University SPJ Chapter, since 2000.

Current employment: Area director and senior lecturer, Journalism Program, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and faculty member since 1997.

Previous SPJ experience: Chair, SPJ Governance Task Force, 2016-17; co-chair, joint Region 4/5 spring conferences, 1990, 2005, 2016; co-chair, Region 4 spring conference, 2014; programming chair, joint Region 4/5 spring conference, president, vice president of programming, treasurer, newsletter editor, board member, Queen City (Cincinnati) SPJ, 1986-1994; president, treasurer, board member, University of Nebraska-Lincoln chapter, 1980-83. Also serve as annual judge for Mark of Excellence and Sigma Delta Chi contests each year.

Past work experience: Freelancer, Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati magazine, 1997-present; business reporter, editor and columnist, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Indianapolis News, Cincinnati Enquirer, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1983-1994; news intern, North Platte Telegraph, Omaha World-Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Lincoln Journal, 1980-1983.

Education: Bachelor of arts with journalism major, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983.

Honors, awards and activities: President’s Award, 2017; Region 4 Campus Chapter of the Year, 2003.

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: At a time when the press is under extraordinary attack, I endorse the Washington Post’s 2017 mantra, “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Never, in my lifetime, has the press been more vilified. Never has good journalism — and defenders of good journalism — been more important. I seek to be your president-elect to join President J. Alex Tarquinio, Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie and other SPJ volunteers and staff in continuing our important work in promoting and protecting good journalism. I will also devote considerable time in the year ahead to the board restructuring approved at EIJ17 and, even more importantly, a strategic plan for the years ahead. Democracy does, indeed, die in darkness. Journalism provides the light. As president-elect, I am devoted to engaging SPJ in multiple ways to help in that critical endeavor.

More about Patricia
Patricia Gallagher Newberry has been an active SPJ member for more than 35 years. After serving as president of her campus chapter as a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Newberry returned to leadership positions as an officer of the Cincinnati chapter from 1986 to 1994. She has served as adviser to the Miami (of Ohio) University chapter since 2000 and became SPJ Region 4 director in 2013. She also began serving on the Sigma Delta Chi board in fall 2015. In 2016-17, she chaired the SPJ Governance Task Force that recommended reducing the size of the board and creating a strategic plan for the Society. Newberry began teaching journalism at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1997 after 15 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. Newberry and her husband, Doug, live in Cincinnati with the Best Basset Hound in the World, J.J. Magoo, and, depending when you ask, their three young-adult children. Off-hours, Newberry swims, reads, eats, drinks and sleeps.

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Secretary-Treasurer
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Matt Hall
@sduncoveredWebsite

Current SPJ office: San Diego Pro board member since 2011; Region 11 director and national SPJ board member since 2014; Bylaws Committee member, Executive Committee member and Finance Committee member since 2017

Current employment: Editorial and opinion director, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Previous SPJ experience: Former president, vice president and secretary, San Diego Pro chapter; region 11 director and national SPJ member elected in 2014, 2015 and 2017; Ted Scripps Leadership Institute graduate in 2014; SPJ/Google News Lab trainer in 2015

Past work experience: Former reporter at The Derry (N.H.) News, The Concord (N.H.) Monitor, The (San Diego) Daily Transcript and The San Diego Union-Tribune, where I was also a columnist and the public engagement director, overseeing social media

Education: 1994 English/journalism degree, University of New Hampshire; 2005 Western Knight Center fellow at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; 2017 Donald M. Murray Visiting Journalist at UNH; 2018 Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio University

Honors, awards and activities: Winner of numerous local and state journalism association awards. San Diego Pro chapter president when it was named SPJ chapter of the year in 2015. Husband. Father. Avid reader. Journalism movie buff.

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: I believe journalism needs experienced, ethical leaders. I believe credibility and creativity matter more than ever in our industry. I believe that a free press isn’t free, that journalism costs money and that less journalism costs society more. I would love the chance to work with you and the public to prove how quality journalism is crucial to democracy. As an SPJ leader, I’ve improved how journalists in the western U.S. communicate with, advocate for and mentor each other. I’ve created media literacy programs and presented them in libraries and classrooms. I’ve championed fiscal responsibility and smart spending for SPJ at the local, regional and national level. Now I want to do more for SPJ, and I have three goals that would make us stronger. I want to increase newsroom diversity, media literacy and journalism advocacy. I ask for your vote so we can do this together.

More about Matthew
Matthew T. Hall grew up in Massachusetts reading multiple daily newspapers as a kid. Then he went to college and worked at a series of newspapers in New Hampshire, covering the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary in 1996, where he once saw veteran columnist Robert Novak picking food off a buffet table while ignoring the same ol’ stump speech from Steve Forbes. Hall thought, “I could do that,” and eventually, he did. After nearly 20 years as a newspaper reporter, he became a columnist at the big city paper in San Diego, writing four columns a week and living the dream. But the journalism gods had other plans for him. He went on to manage the newsroom’s social media and then its opinion team, becoming a national role model for digital opinion journalism and audience engagement. He still enjoys good food, but his ethics are such that he’ll buy his own when getting lunch or even coffee with a source.

Nerissa Young

Current SPJ office: Adviser, Ohio University chapter

Current employment: Associate lecturer, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University

Previous SPJ experience: Chairwoman of Project Watchdog Committee, 15 years on national Ethics Committee including 1996 code revision, five years on Journalism Education Committee

Past work experience: Consultant to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services to develop best practices for reporting on suicide, Business Reporter and News Editor at The (Columbus, Miss.) Commercial-Dispatch, reporter and weekly columnist at The (Beckley, W.Va.) Register-Herald, professor at Oklahoma State University, Shepherd University and Marshall University

Education: Fellow at Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Institute at Arizona State University, Journalism and Trauma Conference fellow at Reynolds Journalism Institute at University of Missouri

Honors, awards and activities: Outstanding Region 4 Pro member, David L. Eshelman Outstanding Campus Adviser Award, member of Ohio University site team for Electionland’s Sigma Delta Chi award and Online Journalism Award, panelist and moderator at numerous SPJ regional and national conferences

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: One of my goals will be to promote education and discussion about effects of trauma on journalists and the communities they cover. We are losing too many good journalists because we do not let them acknowledge their humanity in how they care for themselves and report with compassion and sensitivity. That lack of compassion and sensitivity is one reason why the public likes to hate journalists. We need to remind the public that journalists are their advocates, not their enemies.

More about Nerissa
Nerissa Young has 30 years of experience in radio, magazines, newspapers and journalism education. She grew up on the family farm in West Virginia. Young has taught journalism at Ohio University, Marshall University, Shepherd University and Oklahoma State University. She worked at daily newspapers in Beckley, West Virginia.; and Columbus, Mississippi; and for a mom-and-pop radio station in Hinton, West Virginia. Young brings nearly 30 years of SPJ service at the local, regional and national levels to her candidacy.

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At-Large Director
(Two-year term)

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Tess Fox
@tesstakesphotos

Current SPJ office: Region 10 assistant director

Current employment: Copy editor/designer, The Bend Bulletin, Bend, Ore.

Previous SPJ experience: President, University of Idaho student chapter 2017-18; Region 10 assistant director, 2018-present

Past work experience: Communications intern, University of Idaho, 2017-18; Creative director, Blot Magazine, 2017-18; Corporate communications intern, Charlotte Hornets, 2017; Sports editor, The Argonaut, 2016

Education: Bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in art and music, University of Idaho, 2018

Honors, awards and activities: First place — Student Investigative/Watchdog Reporting, Idaho Press Club

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: During my term as president of the University of Idaho student chapter, I helped take the chapter from years of inactivity to 17 members and a robust annual report. When recruiting members, I noticed few students knew what SPJ was.

I believe if SPJ is going to continue as a key resource for journalists, the organization has to start engaging with students and young professionals more aggressively.

This is where I come in. My experience building a student chapter makes me the best candidate to help grow SPJ’s profile and establish an SPJ membership as a necessary tool for any young journalist.

In the at-large director role, I would work closely with the membership and Generation J committees to boost membership among young people. Bringing this demographic into the fold establishes another generation of high-level professionals and First Amendment protectors.

In addition, I hope to hear and find solutions to all over problems members encounter.

More about Tess
Tess Fox graduated this past May with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho. Fox began her love of journalism in high school when she was recruited for her high school newspaper as a photographer. Today, Fox is a copy editor and page designer for The Bend Bulletin in Oregon. When she isn’t working, she listens to podcasts, hangs out with her cat and spends too much time on Twitter. Fox is running for at-large director to encourage young people to get involved with SPJ.


Mike Reilley
@journtoolbox

Current SPJ office: Former SPJ national board member.

Current employment: SPJ digital trainer with Google News Initiative program; visiting professor, University of Illinois-Chicago in data and multimedia journalism. Founder and editor, JournalistsToolobox.org.

Previous SPJ experience: SPJ national board member (2014-15; campus adviser at-large); founder and adviser, SPJ/ONA DePaul; served on several local and national committees; editor of SPJ's JournalistsToolbox.org since 2007 (founded the site in 1997).

Past work experience: Staff writer and copy editor, Los Angeles Times; one of 11 founding editors of ChicagoTribune.com; editor, national desk, WashingtonPost.com; 12 years as a journalism faculty member at Northwestern University, Arizona State and DePaul University. Journalists Toolbox and SPJ Google trainings.

Education: Northwestern University (MSJ, 1995), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BJ, 1989).

Honors, awards and activities: David Eshelman award for SPJ Campus Adviser of the Year (2013), two-time ONA OJA award winner, student website RedLineProject.org won more than 50 national, regional and local awards. SPJ/ONA DePaul chapter was a two-time national and three-time Region 5 campus chapter of the year.

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: With your help, I would like to return to the board and work with Alex Tarquinio and Patti Gallagher Newberry to develop a strategic plan for SPJ. My background is in teaching and training with journalism technology, and I would be a strong advocate for both in formulating the strategic plan. This was something Patti discussed with me when she asked me to run for this position.

In the SPJ-Google program, I've trained more than 3,700 journalists over the past 2 1/2 years. I've visited more than 60 newsrooms and have seen the need for training — fact-checking techniques, data tools, research methods and more. They have never been more important than now with the current state of the news media. This is an area where SPJ can help. This is an area where we as a board can help. This is an area where I can help.

More about Mike
Mike Reilley is a trainer for SPJ's Google News Initiative program and is a visiting professor in digital and multimedia journalism at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He also is the founder and editor of SPJ's JournalistsToolbox (@journtoolbox). He is a former reporter and copy editor at The Los Angeles Times, web editor at the Chicago Tribune and has worked on the national desk at WashingtonPost.com. He taught journalism full-time for 13 years at Northwestern, Arizona State and DePaul. Mike founded DePaul's award-winning SPJ/ONA DePaul chapter and advised it for five years. He's a graduate of Northwestern University (MSJ, 1995) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BJ, 1989).


Robin Sherman
@Edit_DesignLinkedIn

Current SPJ office: Manager of the Georgia Chapter LinkedIn group.

Current employment: Freelance publication editor, content developer and designer.

Previous SPJ experience: Member.

Past work experience: More than 35 years in journalism/editorial management, e.g. editorial director for a business-to-business (B2B) journalism publisher managing 100 editors/artists on more than publications; daily/weekly newspapers; freelance content developer, editor, designer, consultant; writer of journalism-related articles; conference speaker on ethics, editorial development, editorial advisory board management, digital skills training.

Education: BA, sociology, The George Washington University; MA, journalism, University of Georgia.

Honors, awards and activities: Georgia Press Association, National Association of Real Estate Editors, launched community radio station.

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office:
1) Help our journalism colleagues do their work more effectively. To give back. Journalism is in crisis. I want to help SPJ aggressively improve news organizations’ internal procedures, be transparent and teach news literacy.

2) I have the time to serve. As a freelancer, I’m a volunteer who actually works.

3) Provide ideas based on 20 years with a related journalism association, American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Served as executive director, associate executive director, board of directors, ethics, research, and program committee chair and newsletter editor.

4) Develop new revenue for programs.

5) Be part of a team developing original research. I’ve conducted research about advertising pressure on journalists, digital training programs by management for their staff and use of editorial advisory boards.

6) Improve Quill magazine. Give it a clearer mission that helps members do their work more effectively, in part by generating more solutions content and presenting it more accessibly — my strong suit.

More about Robin
Robin Sherman provides freelance editorial and publication design services primarily for business-to-business journalism publishers. Previously, Sherman was the corporate editorial director for a large B2B publisher with more than 30 titles and 100 editors and artists. His primary responsibility was to raise ethical and quality standards, incorporate solutions journalism into the corporate mission, and make content accessible, useful and understandable. Sherman has developed content and design for more than 40 business and consumer publications. More recently, Sherman was the editor and designer of Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator magazine and designer and layout editor of Seniors Housing Business magazine. He’s also worked for daily and weekly newspapers in various news positions. For 20 years, he volunteered in numerous capacities for the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including serving as its executive director, member of the board of directors and chair of its ethics, research and program committees. He even helped launch a community radio station working directly on governance and programming issues and chaired the station’s executive task force.


Mercedes Vigon

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At-Large Director
(One-year term)

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Michael Savino
@Reporter_SavinoWebsite

Current SPJ office: Connecticut Pro Chapter immediate past president

Current employment: Local and state editor, Record-Journal (Meriden, CT)

Previous SPJ experience: Connecticut Pro Chapter president 2016-2018, board member since 2014

Past work experience: Staff writer, Record-Journal (May 2016-present); Staff writer, Journal Inquirer, Manchester, CT (2011-2016); Staff writer, the Chronicle, Willimantic, CT (2007-2011)

Education: Bachelor's degree, journalism and political science, University of Connecticut

Honors, awards and activities: President, Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information (July-present), board member since 2014; Immediate past president, Bob Eddy Scholarship fund (July-present), president July 2016-July 2018, board member since 2014; Stephen A. Collins Award, CCFOI (June 2016) for FOI reporting; Connecticut Foundation for Open Government, board member (July 2017-present); Several Connecticut SPJ awards for reporting and podcasting

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: I love that SPJ gives me the chance to me to support and advocate for other reporters and for journalism as a whole in Connecticut, and now I want to do the same on a national level.

If elected as a director at-large, I want to help SPJ become a leader in advocating for the physical and mental well-being of journalists. I have no doubt SPJ will continue to play a role in defending journalists, but I also think we have the opportunity to help our colleagues deal with the stress that comes with doing our job.

Studies have found journalists are as prone to PTSD as police, veterans and others we cover. Similar to what SPJ has done with ethics, I want to help SPJ come up with best practices and establish partnerships with other organizations to establish a hotline and additional resources.

More about Michael
Mike Savino is an editor for the Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn., where he also continues to do report on stories and produce a daily podcast for the Record-Journal’s website. Prior to becoming an editor, he covered state politics, courts, municipal government and higher education for three newspapers during his 11 years in journalism. He has also carved out a role as an advocate for disclosure, transparency and public access. He was nominated in June to be president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, won its Stephen A. Collins Award for FOI reporting in 2016 and is also on the board of directors for the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government.


Yvette Walker
@ywalkerWebsite

Current SPJ office: None

Current employment: Assistant Dean, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Oklahoma

Previous SPJ experience: Member. Have used SPJ and Quill resources in classrooms since 2011. Daily user of SPJ Code of Ethics!

Past work experience: Night News Director, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2006-2015; Features, News Editor and Ombudsman, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Mo. 1997-2006

Education: Master of Arts, Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia; Bachelor of Science, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Honors, awards and activities: 2016 Feature: Single Story, National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Awards; 2014 Vanderford Initiative Award, The University of Central Oklahoma, Given by the President for Exceptional Initiative in Support of Character, Civility, Community and Leadership; 2014 First Place, Online Community Engagement, SPJ Oklahoma

Why I’m seeking this SPJ office: Serving SPJ as At-Large Director meshes with my experience in an evolving media world and my goals to help young journalists. I strongly believe in these things:

— That the increasing enrollment in schools of journalism and media means there is a new generation of reporters, creators and visual storytellers who need our help to guide them on firm shores, not the rocky footing we find ourselves on today.
— That scholarship, ethics and values MUST remain the foundation of what we do.
— That our industry must recruit, welcome, encourage, support and promote a diverse group of people.
— That we must encourage educators.
— That news literacy, media literacy and collaborative work across the media disciplines is invaluable and critical to our survival.

More about Yvette
Yvette Walker has worked in daily journalism for 35 years and recently moved to education for one reason only: To prepare the next generation of journalists in these tumultuous times. Serving SPJ as At-Large Director meshes with her experience in an evolving media world and her goals to help young journalists find their footing on a rocky path. As Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Administration at Gaylord College at the University of Oklahoma (OU), she supervises the student services office, which houses three academic advisers and the community inclusion officer, as well as several student workers. She oversees Gaylord Hall’s technology and works closely with the IT specialists at the college, the director of communication and the director of development. She teaches the Introduction to Mass Communication class at Gaylord College and is a member of the Diversity Council at OU.

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Region 10 Director
Currently unopposed

Don Meyers

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Region 1 Coordinator
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Jane Primerano

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Region 4 Coordinator
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Tom McKee

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Region 5 Coordinator
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Amy Merrick

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Region 7 Coordinator
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Leah Wankum

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Region 8 Coordinator
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Bal Joshi

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Region 9 Coordinator
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Ed Otte

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Rhett Wilkinson

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