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November 2010 Press Club board minutes

Nov. 10, 2010 — Board Room, San Mateo Daily Journal

Present: Jon Mays, Micki Carter, Antonia Ehlers, Melissa McRobbie,
Darryl Compton, Ed Remitz, Marshall Wilson. Absent: Kristy Blackburn, Peter Cleaveland, Dave Price

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m.

Minutes of October were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Darryl reported no change since October.

Professional Journalism Contest: Darryl reported that smalltownnewspapers.com would charge an $1,120 one-time set-up fee and $2,875 annually to use their contest server. Darryl is going to investigate if perhaps the Radio and Television News Directors Association could use it for their contest and share our tab. Micki moved that the board authorize Darryl to investigate, negotiate and sign a contract with smalltownnewspapers.com for the use of their Better Newspaper Contest server. The motion was seconded and passed.

The board then reviewed the Call for Entries for the 34th annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Competition. After a discussion on ways to draw more participation in the Broadband/Web category, it was decided to offer the following categories for that division: Overall excellence, breaking news, general news, features, entertainment, sports and continuing coverage.

The categories open to newspapers and magazines will combine technology and business categories and add graphic design as a category.

Marshall will take responsibility for publicizing the contest with the help of the rest of the board.

Professional development workshop: No further discussion on this topic

Christmas Party and Annual Meeting: For the Christmas Party, the SFPPC will join the San Mateo County offices in its annual holiday party at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdsay, Dec. 8, in the Janet Parker Beck Press Room in the Hall of Justice in Redwood City. The event will be BYOB and the county cafeteria will cater. Marshall and Darryl will arrange the catering. County officials and the working press will be encouraged to attend.

2011 Ballot: Marshall agreed to be placed on the ballot as president, and Melissa agreed to run for vice president. Jamie wishes to continue as a director.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Micki Carter, Secretary

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