Board of directors approves budget, acknowledges upcoming director change

Board of directors approves budget, acknowledges upcoming director change

By Sarah Nichols, MJE, president

The Journalism Education Association board of directors met April 7 in Los Angeles as part of the Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.

“After having only met virtually for our board meetings, being together in person was refreshing and reminded me why coming together is so important,” Director-at-large Katie Merritt, MJE, said. “Beyond just the camaraderie of being with people who ‘get’ you, being together in person allowed for continuous work time without internet or technology getting in the way.”

Reports included updates about National Student Media Contests and C:JET magazine in addition to the headquarters report from Executive Director Kelly Glasscock, CJE, with financial information and a convention update. Glasscock reported convention registration as 2,150.

President Sarah Nichols, MJE, shared a report outlining JEA’s ongoing efforts in diversity, equity and inclusion work.

Executive Director Kelly Glasscock, CJE, accepts praise for leading JEA for the past five years. (Photo by Bradley Wilson, MJE)

The board voted 7-0 to approve its 2022-23 budget, which takes effect July 1 and marks a notable shift in expenditures, as the executive director position will be fully funded by the association.

That upcoming change in JEA’s executive director marked a significant aspect of the meeting, from celebrating Glasscock for his leadership with an official commendation and a Hawaiian shirt tribute to introducing new director Veronica Purvis, MSM, CAE.

Incoming Executive Director Veronica Purvis, MSM, CAE, shares her professional background with board members. (Photo by Bradley Wilson, MJE)

“It was so nice for everyone to hear from Veronica directly to get a sense of how her experience, skill set and people-focused approach will benefit us moving forward,” Nichols said.

The meeting adjourned at 1:24 p.m. Minutes are available here.

Founded in 1924, JEA supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, promoting professionalism, encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity. It is headquartered at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

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