Note: These minutes are not considered official until approved by the JEA Board of Directors at its next meeting.
Minutes of the Journalism Education Association General Membership Meeting
Friday, April 17, 2009
Hyatt Regency, Phoenix
- President Jack Kennedy called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.
- In attendance were:
Jack Kennedy, MJE, President and Executive/Finance Committee chair
Bob Bair, MJE, Vice President and New Adviser Outreach Committee chair
Susan Tantillo, MJE, Secretary and Awards Committee chair
Ann Visser, MJE, Past President/Convention Consultant
Bradley Wilson, CJE, C:JET editor and Technology Committee chair, Photography Contest Coordinator
Linda Puntney, MJE, JEA Executive Director
Connie Fulkerson, JEA Administrative Assistant
Mark Newton, MJE, Certification Commission chair
Lori Oglesbee Petter, CJE, Development/Curriculum Commission chair and Publications Committee chair
Anita Marie Wertz, MJE, Junior High/Middle School Commission chair
Norma Kneese, MJE, Multicultural Commission chair and Outreach Academy Committee chair
John Bowen, MJE, Scholastic Press Rights Commission chair
Steve Matson, MJE, Region 1/Northwest Regional Director and Partnership/Endorsements Committee chair
Gary Lindsay, MJE, Region 3/North Central Regional Director
Wayna Polk, CJE, Region 4/South Central Regional Director and Scholarship Committee chair
Brenda Gorsuch, MJE, Region 5/Southeast Regional Director and Administrator Outreach Committee chair
Ron Bonadonna, CJE, Region 7/Northeast Regional Director and Membership Retention Committee chair
Gloria “Lori” Eastman, Nominations Committee chair
Stan Zoller, CJE, Outreach Academy Team
Tom Gayda, MJE, Scholastic Journalism Week Chair
Linda Barrington, MJE, NCTE Liaison/Assembly Director and Mentoring Program Committee co-chair
Julie Dodd, MJE, Scholastic Press Association Directors Liaison, Mentoring Program Committee co-chair
Candace Perkins Bowen, MJE, JEA Listserv Liaison
Logan Aimone, MJE, NSPA Liaison
Reginald Ragland, CJE, Professional Media Advisory Council Liaison
Peggy Gregory, CJE, Phoenix Convention Local Co-Chair
Christine Brandell, CJE, Phoenix Convention Local Co-Chair
Valerie Kibler, CJE, Washington, D.C., Convention Local Chair
Betsy Pollard Rau, CJE, Region 6/Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Regional Director
Aaron Manfull, MJE, New Media Committee chair
- Summary of Board Action…Tantillo
Tantillo summarized highlights of Thursday’s JEA board meeting:
– Passed the Scholastic Press Rights Commission’s rewording and update of JEA’s Statement of Prior Review.
– Agreed all five existing commission chairs should form a committee to study JEA’s options for helping advisers in peril — those faced with prior review, censorship or job loss because of advising publications – and report back at the board meeting in Washington, D.C.
– Passed a budget for 2009-10 after lengthy discussion of JEA’s mission and the impact of the current economic climate. All members must keep in mind that membership retention, membership increase, convention attendance and bookstore sales are the most important ways for JEA to generate income to carry out its projects benefiting all members.
- Conventions/Headquarters/Financial Reports…Puntney
Profit/Loss St. Louis: Puntney reported shared income with NSPA is $478,885. The uncollected total at this time is $4,695 representing schools that have not paid. NSPA is working diligently to collect this amount. Note this is less than 1 percent of total income. JEA’s share of income, minus half of the uncollected balance, plus Write-off income is $262,946.98. Total shared expenses are $146,451.94, with JEA’s share $73,225.97. The hotel rebated a total of $31,884 toward use of the convention center. JEA’s share of that rebate is $15,942. As of April 13, NSPA has paid JEA $263,632, leaving no balance due JEA. St. Louis drew 5,027 delegates (4,587 paid).
Quarterly Profit/Loss: The 2008-09 (July 1-June 30) overall JEA budget is based on projected income of $1,074,475 and projected expenses of $1,130,308 with the difference to be made up, if necessary, from reserve funds. As of April 11, 2009, Puntney reported JEA income of $534,519 and expenses of $651,717. The discrepancy is primarily due to poor investment performance and loss of interest on investments.
Puntney said, “We have money in the bank and we are doing fine.” To date Puntney has not had to transfer money from savings or investments.
Investments: JEA’s total portfolio value as of March 31, 2009, was $591,045.24. This compares to $790,114.76 on March 31, 2008, and $618,853.90 on Dec. 31, 2008. Puntney noted the portfolio’s value on Dec. 31, 2002 was $383,331.27, showing a gain of 2.84 percent over time since then. “Over the long run, we are as well off as anyone,” Puntney said, “and we haven’t lost our original deposits. It’s not time to panic but we are not putting in more.”
Membership: Puntney called attention to membership maps and statistics as of April 7, 2009. She said she is concerned about overall membership (2,347) and voting membership (2,122) being at their lowest point since spring 2004 (2,238 and 2,002 respectively). Puntney reminded board members of their responsibility to promote membership and urged Regional Directors to remind State Directors of their role in building membership.
In honor of JEA’s 85th birthday, Lifetime Memberships will be available during 2009 for $415, an $85 discount.
- Wilson…Online election and C:JET
Wilson asked for feedback about the online election process and asked members to volunteer to write for C:JET.
- Mentoring Program…Dodd, Barrington
The program has 20 mentors with 58 mentees. The JEA board has pledged financial support through 2013. Yellow Chair and the NAA Foundation are additional sources of financial support. In 2009-10 the program is expected to expand into Arizona, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Iowa and to include a third mentor in both Wisconsin and Illinois. [Note: By Saturday of this convention, Dodd and Barrington announced Washington as joining the previously mentioned states for 2009-10.] Training for 2009 will be June 15-18 at Kansas State University. Mentor forums are a part of each national convention now. The program’s spring report will be available at jea.org under the Resources tab.
Kate Moore, Oregon mentee from Franklin HS in Portland, told the group she would not have made it through the year without her JEA mentor, Bill Flechtner, MJE.
- Scholastic Press Associations…Dodd
Saturday’s SPA Roundtable from 10 to 11:50 a.m. (note time change from usual) will focus on solutions to problems created by current economic issues.
Dodd announced coming changes to three state SPAs:
– H.L. Hall, MJE, has retired as director of Tennessee HSPA. The association will move from Vanderbilt University to Lipscomb University in Nashville. Dr. Jimmy McCollum is on board as the new director.
– John Hudnall is retiring as director of Kansas SPA but will continue to teach at the university. Jeff Browne, former Director of Student Media at Colorado State University and 2006 recipient of JEA’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award, will take over as director.
– Due to budget cuts at the University of Florida, Florida SPA is on the verge of losing Judy Robinson, CJE, as its director. At this convention, Dodd is circulating petitions on Robinson’s behalf.
- Scholastic Press Rights Commission…J. Bowen
The newly adopted revised and updated Statement of Prior Review is online at jeapressrights.org by going to the news update in the top left corner. It is also available at http://jea.org/home/about-jea/statements/. Additional materials to go with the statement on prior review are available at http://tinyurl.com/cxpfdz or http://jeapressrights.org/2008documents/2008newsupdate.html.
The commission is also working on three levels of brochures about scholastic journalism – one for counselors, one for students and one for administrators.
- Phoenix Convention
Visser moved and Nancy Hastings, MJE and JEA State Director for Indiana, seconded that the organization go on record to commend the Phoenix local committee for its great job in organizing for the spring 2009 convention. Motion carried by acclamation.
Brandell reminded members about tonight’s silent auction at the adviser reception. Proceeds benefit Student Press Law Center and Arizona’s JEA mentors.
- Certification Commission…Newton
Newton reported on the commission’s winter retreat. The commission is working to align questions on both CJE and MJE exams with the Standards for Journalism Educators adopted by JEA and the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, the commission is revising the scoring guides and rubrics for both exams and MJE projects, creating and implementing a comprehensive training program for certification candidates, creating a comprehensive marketing plan for certification, updating all printed materials and the Web site to reflect all the changes. Anyone interested in the certification report Newton distributed at the board meeting should contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Get certified,” he said.
- Professional Learning Community…Newton
The PLC will meet this summer to create a manual to expand the program. The group hopes to expand the PLC model within the next year. Anyone interested in the PLC report Newton distributed at the board meeting should contact him (email@example.com).
- Student Journalist of the Year…Polk
Polk reported receiving 30 state entries for 2009. She thanked those who helped to get the winners to the national convention. Polk said last year’s JOY winner, Alejandro Bonito from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, and his adviser, Lisa Van Etta from Cypress Falls HS in Houston, Texas, will present a two-hour session with Polk at 9 a.m. Saturday with tips about preparing a winning JOY portfolio.
- Curriculum Commission…Oglesbee Petter
She said the commission will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Board Room. Brainstorming will be about creating curriculum components.
- Washington, D.C., Convention…Kibler
Kibler invited everyone to the D.C. convention, Nov. 12-15 at the Marriott Wardman Park with room rates beginning at $209. She commended Ragland for his role in recruiting newsroom pros as featured speakers. The Newseum will have reduced and special pricing for convention delegates. To honor the 100th birthday of cartoonist Herblock in 2009, the Herb Block Foundation is conducting a national student cartooning contest. One high school and one junior high/middle school student will each receive a $500 monetary award, a copy of the Library of Congress 2009 book about Herblock and roundtrip airfare for him/herself and a parent to attend the Washington, D.C., convention. JEA has agreed to waive the convention registration fee for each winner. The convention will also feature a cartooning strand of sessions. The administrator strand will feature a panel discussion with administrators who support student freedom of expression and students making content decisions.
- Portland Convention
The convention will be April 15-18, 2010, with all events at the Oregon Convention Center. Housing is split among four hotels with a penalty clause at each hotel for not filling its block: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, Portland Crowne Plaza, Red Lion Hotel. Information about each property and instructions for room reservations will be online at studentpressblogs.org/portland2010 once the link is established. The Hilton reduced its room rate to $175 and agreed to a reduced block. The other three properties each have room rates around $150. Erin Simonsen, Lakeridge HS, Lake Oswego, Ore., and J.D. McIntire, Sandy (Ore.) HS, are co-chairs of the local committee.
- Importance of Conventions to JEA members and services…Kennedy
Kennedy said conventions are crucial to JEA’s continuing its wide-ranging programs and member services since about half of the organization’s income comes from conventions but only about one-third of its expenses go to conventions.
He suggested every adviser in the room bring a new school to the Washington, D.C., convention.
JEA has never had to dip into its savings to balance a budget, even though the possibility has been there for years. However, there is always a first time. In creating the 2009-10 budget, the JEA board considered carefully its mission and its programs and member services. The board decided not to reduce funding for our support of Student Press Law Center, JEA awards, the Professional Learning Community initiative, the Mentoring Program, the Write-off Contests, the Adviser Institute, the diversity initiatives and the new media outreach. In short, JEA’s money is not being spent on frills. It is being spent on valuable services and programs for members. Housing for convention delegates is becoming a major issue. Because not all delegates choose to stay in the official convention hotel or hotels, JEA runs the risk of not meeting its guaranteed room block. The guaranteed block is what allows JEA to book meeting rooms in the hotel at no additional charge. Failure to meet our room block, however, would ultimately result in huge financial penalties to the organization as a result of members booking rooms and then canceling them and others choosing to get “a better deal” by staying in a nearby hotel that is not official. “We are all in this together,” Kennedy said in urging advisers to do the right thing for the good of the whole.
- Support for SPLC…Oglesbee Petter
Herff Jones, Walsworth, Taylor and Jostens have each agreed to match the money collected for SPLC when NSPA passes baskets at Saturday’s awards ceremony. Thus, every $1 donated at that time will become $5 after the matching.
- Reminder to all to attend today’s 1 p.m. keynote session where Mary Beth Tinker will help delegates understand the significance of the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Supreme Court ruling in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District.
- The next regular meeting of the JEA General Membership will be at 8 a.m., Nov. 13, 2009, at the Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Motion to adjourn at 8:40 a.m.
Susan Hathaway Tantillo, MJE