It’s time to elect a new SPJ board!

A message from current Greater Charlotte SPJ president Frank Barrows:

It’s time to elect officers for the next year for the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Because I’m not running for reelection as president, Stuart Watson and I served as the nominating committee to put together a slate of candidates, as outlined in our bylaws.

If you’re interested in nominating yourself or someone else, you must let me know by September 24. Voting will begin October 13 and last for one week. The winners will be elected shortly thereafter.

To vote or to run for an office you must be a dues-paying member of SPJ’s national organization.


Here are the candidates:

For president: Keith Cannon is a professor of journalism and chair of the department of communication at Wingate University, where he has been on the faculty and advised the student newspaper since 1994. He has written for publication for more than 40 years, for newspapers in both Carolinas, Florida, Alabama, Texas and Pennsylvania. His work has been recognized with awards from the South Carolina Press Association, the Keystone Press Association, the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association, the National School Public Relations Association and the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications. He is currently vice president of the Greater Charlotte chapter and is a graduate of SPJ’s Ted Scripps Leadership Institute.

For vice-president: April Bethea is an online producer at The Charlotte Observer. She joined the online team in 2013 after more than eight years as a reporter covering county government, education and breaking news. She currently is secretary of the Greater Charlotte chapter of SPJ and a nominee for chair of the organization’s national diversity committee. Bethea has received Terry Harper and Diversity Leadership scholarships to SPJ conferences and attended the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. She also is a member of National Association of Black Journalists and served as president of its Charlotte chapter when it relaunched in 2005.

For secretary: Tricia Couture graduated with a degree in journalism from Eastern Michigan University. After a post-grad internship at Rodale, she moved to New York City where she had stints at Stagebill Media (now Playbill), Parenting magazine, the Syfy Channel website (a division of NBC Universal), (a division of Nielsen), American Lawyer Media and Waterfront Media. Before moving to Charlotte, she was Web Editor for Since moving to Charlotte she has worked primarily as a freelance writer for Charlotte Viewpoint and She has been an active member of the Charlotte SPJ chapter.

For treasurer: Corey Inscoe is a 2009 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and started working for The Observer’s community publications in August of the same year. He currently serves as de facto sports editor of the newspaper’s community publications and also covers high school sports. He has been a member of the Greater Charlotte SPJ chapter since its founding in 2011 and has been treasurer since 2012.


I was honored when the founders of our chapter — Susan Stabley and Andria Krewson — asked me to serve as its first president in 2011. Since then, we’ve grown to more than 40 dues-paying members, established our monthly gatherings as a constant on the Charlotte journalism landscape, won an SPJ national award for the quality of our professional-development programming, secured grant funding for a Freedom of Information battle, and more.

Thank you for granting me the privilege of serving you for the past three years. It has been a lot of fun.

— Frank Barrows


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