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03-01-10 Minutes

Society of Professional Journalists
IUP Chapter
Meeting minutes
Monday, March 1, 2010
8 p.m.
IUP Stapleton Library/Java City

In Attendance:
Mike Wilson, president
Melissa Thompson, vice president
Alycia King, secretary
Amber Grady, treasurer
Danielle Bashore, outreach coordinator
Kenny Oldham
David Loomis, faculty adviser


President Wilson called the meeting to order at 8:10 p.m.:

1. Second J Jobs

  • Tentative dates 12th or 14th of April at 5p.m.
  • VP Melissa volunteered to look through list of alumni for panelists.

2. SPJ-sponsored symposium on Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, March 31, 2010    

  • Discussion: Certification slips for extra credit to be made by Dr. Loomis
  • Dr. Loomis will look at the previous flyers for present use. 
  • Dinner arrangements made for 5pm at Breezedale.
  • Members contact Dr. Loomis ASAP if attending the dinner                                                                                                          
  • Promotional Ads in the local media are needed

3. Annual SPJ fundraiser at The Brown Hotel Saturday, March 27, 2010

  • Discussion: Arrangements with performers (bluesman Jeff Kelley, former SPJ president and blues harpist Bill Harder, with band mate bassist Dave Busch; hula-hoopist Lindsey Rodrian; musicians Mike Wilson, Dave Loomis with band mates, and others) have been made. The Brown management has agreed to host and to give the gate proceeds to SPJ, as  before.
  • Anyone wishing to perform should contact an officer
  • Treasurer Amber Grady volunteered to made the flyers
  • Suggestion that a jar for disaster relief  be set out.
  • Proceeds go to SPJ members for conferences

4. “Global Alert” radio program on WIUP-FM (90.1), sponsored by SPJ

  • The series of every-other-week Sunday shows on WIUP-FM is organizing for spring 2010.  Reporters, announcers, producers welcome. Contact Mike Wilson, Garritt Fleming or Dave Loomis.
  • Entry for Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters award for fall 2009 series is pending. (Deadline: Feb. 12, 2010)                                
  • Next show scheduled for the March 21.

5. The HawkEye online newspaper  

  • Investigative stories, feature stories, photos wanted. Contact Dr. Loomis

6. Spring 2010 SPJ membership meeting schedule: 

  • Every other Monday, 8 p.m., Stapleton Library/Java City.
  • Meeting schedule: March 15, March 29, April 12, April 26

7. Meeting adjourned:  8:42 p.m.