Board meeting – March 7, 2019 – 6pm at Serra High
Call to order. Jim Kirkland called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.
Attendance: Jim Kirkland, Antonia Ehlers, Ed Remitz, Dan Brown Jane Northrop, Dave Price, Bill Parks, Juan Gonzales
Minutes: There were no new minutes presented. Everyone had read the minutes from the January phone meeting (distributed via email).
Financial report: Dave Price reported that the club has a balance of $12,000, which means we’re financially healthier than we were at the same point a year ago. The only check to date for 2019 was a $500 payment to Terry Williams as the last of three installments.
Do we have a Secretary? Dan Brown will serve as secretary and keep the minutes.
All New board members intro/vote: None of the potential new board members were able to attend this meeting, so the item was tables.
New awards: Jim Kirkland said he will take charge of getting new winner certificates designed for the 2019 Annual Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards Dinner.
Board members discussed the potential parameters of the an internship program that would take the place of our traditional scholarship program.
The consensus was that this should be a paid internship, and that he winners should be placed with media outlet partner.
The internships will be named after Herb Caen (print) and Jack Russell (broadcast).
The stipend is to be determined, but the range will probably be in the $500 to $1,000 range program lasting one semester. It’s possible that we will seek a sponsor to cover the cost of the internship.
We will probably start with a small pilot program, perhaps just two winning students, as something as a trial run.
Ed Remitz is going to run some of our preliminary ideas past the Journalism Education Association for Northern California (JEANC) and report back with their suggestions.
Panel discussions/guest speakers
Board members discussed the best format for potential panel discussion and/or guest speaker event.
The most popular idea was hosting a panel discussion that focuses on how to keep reporters and photographers safe in an increasingly hostile environment. Violence at events, social media stalkers and the political climate have all conspired to make news gathering more dangerous.
The goal would be to convene a panel that included reporters, law enforcement officials, editors and legal experts. Hopefully board members can suggest potential candidates.
Depending on the scope of the panel, the club can then consider potential dates and venues. Potential sights include the San Francisco City Library and the City College of San Francisco.
The club is poised to pay $500 to Terry Williams to launch a membership drive but wants to get more details first on what the drive entails.
The next meeting will take place on a phone conference and is scheduled for April 4.
The next in-person meeting is scheduled for May 2.
The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.