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Want to join the SPJWash board? Apply by May 1!

The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter is looking for qualified board members and officers. Want to help make a difference in your journalism community? Have some ideas about cool events and programming? Come work with us!

The board has the following positions available:

Treasurer — Officer; responsible for chapter finances; acts as voting member
Secretary — Officer; responsible for meeting minutes; acts as voting member
3 Board Member seats — Each acts as a voting member

If you want to join the board, please contact board president Monica Guzman ( no later than this Friday, May 1!

In your email, specify what position you are running for and include a short bio and a head shot of yourself. The election will take place online. Our chapter members will receive a link that includes the candidate information, and voting will take place in May.

Board members attend monthly meetings in Seattle, complete a variety of management and programming tasks and support the chapter’s annual awards gala, among other responsibilities. Board positions are a two-year commitment and officers serve a one-year term. Any questions? Send them to Monica. Here’s who’s currently on the board.

Please note, board members are required to be SPJ members. Click here to join.

This is a great opportunity to network within your profession, learn from your colleagues and support journalism in our community.

Here’s what our newest board members have to say about the experience:

Caley Cook, journalism professor, University of Washington

“I’m a journalist and teacher for one reason: to incite positive change by making things better. The SPJ board has surrounded me with fun, inspiring, kick-ass people who want to do the same for our Western Washington journalism community: to make it better.”

Lauren Foster, assistant editor, 425 Magazine & South Sound Magazine

“Working in media can be tough. But it’s a little easier when you see just how many people dedicate their careers to telling real stories about people whose voices need to be heard. Since joining the board I’ve made so many new contacts and friends in the industry who truly inspire me.”

Sara Lerner, reporter and news anchor, KUOW

“Truly, joining the board has been more fun than I anticipated. It’s a treat to hang out with all these fellow newsies who are passionate about promoting journalism and local media. We’re making things happen. Love it.”

Andrea Brown, features reporter, Daily Herald in Everett

“I get to meet accomplished and enthusiastic journalists who are inspiring and take me out of my comfort zone.
It’s a chance to go to new places, learn new tricks and drink exotic cocktails.
Best of all, being on the board is a lot like hanging out with friends, even though I have kids older than most of the members.”

Thanks, and good luck!

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