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February 2012 Press Club board minutes

Feb. 8, 2012, San Mateo Daily Journal offices

PRESENT: Darryl Compton, Ed Remitz, Melissa McRobbie, Marshall Wilson, Antonia Ehlers, Jon Mays. Absent: Kristy Blackburn, Dave Price, Laura Dudnick, Peter Cleaveland.

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by Marshall. Because we had six people, we did not have a quorum. Nothing was approved, although there was ample discussion about various topics.

MINUTES: Were not approved.

FINANCE AND MEMBERSHIPS: Darryl reported we are setting up systems for the journalism awards. A new feature this year will be a “buy now” button. In addition, we are looking into a feature that would enable the High School Journalism Awards entries to be submitted online this year.

GREATER BAY AREA JOURNALISM AWARDS: Antonia reported that Manny Fernandez from the New York Times is moving his schedule to try to be our guest speaker. We will know by this weekend.

If, for some reason, Manny is unable to attend, a back-up choice to consider is Greg Vistica, author and former investigative journalist. He was a correspondent for Newsweek, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a staff writer for The Washington Post, a staff producer for “60 Minutes II” and a military affairs writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for exposing Senator Bob Kerrey’s role in a Vietnam massacre. In addition, he won a George Polk award for breaking the Tailhook scandal, which led to historic reforms in the military.

NATIONAL SCHOLASTIC PRESS ASSOCIATION/JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE: The board discussed sponsoring San Mateo High students for this contest. The general consensus was to open it up to other schools and possibly creating a grant fund. It might or might not be based on financial need. We also discussed partnering with possible donors for journalism class equipment.

OCCUPY OAKLAND: Board members agreed that a letter is sufficient support of Occupy Oakland/Guild Support.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Antonia Ehlers, Secretary

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