Saturday, May 17, 2014

Notice of Election

The following message regarding upcoming elections was sent out to SPJ San Antonio members on May 17. If you would like to join our club, please visit the following link, and make sure you specify that you'd like to become a member of the San Antonio Pro chapter.

Dear SPJ members:

Thank you for your continued support of the San Antonio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Since revitalizing the chapter in 2012, we have celebrated great milestones, including growing membership, hosting the 2013 Region 8 Conference and a Grid Iron show that raised money for three scholarships, the first awarded by this chapter in five years, and the selection process has begun to award scholarships this year.

Before our two-term limits expire, the board members have approved new bylaws to govern going forward.

On June 8, you will receive an electronic ballot to elect new board members and approve or reject the bylaws. The deadline for voting is June 18. New officers will be inducted and scholarships will be awarded on July 1.

Here is a link to the bylaws: 

The positions/nominees are:
President -
Jacqueline Jordan

Vice President for Membership -
Sue Merkner

Vice President of Communications -
Kat Duncan

Vice President of Finance -
Jerry Townsend

Vice President of Programming -
Jason Buch

Board Member at Large (choose two) -
Lakendra Lewis
Michael Drudge


Eva Ruth Moravec, president
Vianna Davila, VP for Membership
Jennifer McInnis, VP of Programming
Jerry Townsend, Treasurer
Jackie Jordan, Member at Large-Freelance

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bylaws, by the way....

We hope everyone is reveling in confetti-crazed Fiesta madness (and still getting work done at the same time...the ultimate challenge).

Since we reactivated the chapter a couple of years ago, we've been busy planning programming, such as a membership drive, the 2013 Region 8 conference and Grid Iron. We've made decisions as a committee, and although we searched high and low for San Antonio SPJ's bylaws, none were to be found.

So, we've created our own. The next step is membership ratification in June. We'll be asking you all to cast ballots electronically, via email. Instructions on that are to come. Please take time to read through these and to send us an email with any comments/questions/complaints (


In July, we'll be awarding scholarships funded by our successful 2013 Gridiron show, and we'll also be electing new board members. If serving on this fantastic board and bringing together journalists in San Antonio interests you, email us ASAP. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
We appreciate your continued involvement with our SPJ chapter and invite all of your ideas as we begin the transition to a new board. With your help, the organization will only get better.

Some important dates:
May 17: Notice of election
June 8-18: Online voting opens
July 1: Scholarship awards AND new board member luncheon

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Share your experience from the Speed Networking event

Thanks for hosting SPJ and PRSA, Univision!
Earlier this month, SPJ joined forces with Public Relations Society of America's San Antonio chapter for something we called "Speed Networking." About two-dozen journalists and public relations professionals convened at Univision's fabulous new digs and, after snacking, we settled down to business and asked each other questions relative to our roles.

We could not have imagined how successful the evening would be, and really appreciate everyone who made it a great success! Turns out, we actually enjoyed the much so that it was hard to get everyone to stop talking and move on to the next question.

Treasurer Jerry Townsend emceed the event, and started us off with this question, directed towards public relations personnel: How do you choose which reporters to work with?

Here's the answer I got from a PR person seated across from me who works with food and beverage purveyors:
Group photo of Speed Networkers at Univision studios 
"I look at a reporter’s blogs and tweets to see where his or her interests lie. If I have a particular angle I want to work -- like for beverages, it might be craft beers, I look for reporters who focus on that aspect. Or if I want to pitch the health properties of a food product, I'll look for someone who writes on parent issues, something that appeals to moms."

I found this answer insightful and helpful, and wanted to share for anyone else who might have been curious about our event. For those who attended - What did you learn about the "other side?" Please share your experience in the comments section.

-SPJ San Antonio board member Jackie Jordan