A message from chapter president Frank Barrows:
The year 2014 is an important one for your Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
We’ll have our first meeting Wednesday (January 8) at 6:30 p.m. at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, and we’ll spend our time discussing our three major goals.
As organization, it is critical that we increase our membership. This will be our third full year of operation; and we haven’t grown much at all — whether measured by actual dues-paying members of the national Society of Professional Journalists or by the number of people who show up for our monthly programs and get-togethers.
While we will continue to try to gain new professional members, we’re going to target one particular area that our national organization is also focusing on for growth — college journalists. Keith Cannon, our new vice president, who teaches journalism at Wingate University, will lead our efforts to involve more students. He’s got some good ideas that we’ll hear about Wednesday.
To grow, in either our professional or student ranks, we’ll also need to raise our profile and become more visible. Toward that end, April Bethea (our new secretary) has taken charge of expanding and refining our website and our Twitter communications, and Corey Inscoe (treasurer) is leading a committee that has been working on a plan in which our chapter will begin awarding journalism awards for the Charlotte metropolitan area.
We need your best thinking on those goals, and we’ll also need your energy and time. Keith, April and Corey will seek volunteers to work with them as the year unfolds. I think it’s going to be an exciting one.
Mark your calendars: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Food, drink, fellowship, and the start of a big year.
— Frank Barrows