The AWSM Board has a list of candidates who are running for open vice president positions.
Elections will be held via an online form. Click here for the link or paste this URL in your browser: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8KPLLWB.
The deadline to submit your ballot — one per active AWSM member — is Monday, July 29 by 5 p.m. ET.
Also, AWSM is seeking a vice president for fundraising. If you’re interested in this position, please email Stefanie Loh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review the candidates’ bio information below. Also, here are the full job descriptions.
Vice president, Student Development
As a former preps writer and collegiate sports information director, my passion has always been working with students in the 16-22 year old range. I am a big believer in the power and importance of internships and preparing for your career years before it even begins. I became involved in AWSM in 2004 when I was awarded an AWSM internship at the Arizona Republic. After attending the AWSM convention that summer, I knew this organization was something special and one I wanted to continue to be involved in for years to come. I have been a member ever since.
In 2009, I became the co-internship coordinator for AWSM. Two years later, I took a one-year break and returned this year to be part of the executive board and help the organization with its social media and online presence. This past fall, I became the AWSM adviser for the Boston University AWSM student chapter.
Being elected the VP of student development would be a perfect fit for me considering my extensive background with the internship program and involvement in the early days of our thriving student chapter program. My institutional knowledge and enthusiasm to continue these programs moving forward will be an asset to ensure the strength of student programming and our transition to two new coordinators in the student programming area.
I’m currently an NBA writer with FOX Sports in Los Angeles, covering the Lakers primarily. I did an AWSM internship in the summer of 2011 at Sports Illustrated, and I’ve always wanted to get more involved in the organization since. I also had such a great experience with the internship that I thought getting more involved with that portion of AWSM would be really interesting and rewarding.
In terms of a “platform,” I’m not sure how much improvement the internship program needs, but I’d love to be able to better advertise that it exists by working with editors and other people on campuses with strong journalism programs. In addition, I think it would be great to get former interns to speak at their schools about the internship program, because that could be another great way to spread awareness. I’d also love to be able to put the women who receive the internships in contact with former interns who worked at the same place in order for them to share tips and stories.
Vice President, Professional Development
My name is Kelly Burke, and I’m a sports anchor/reporter at WSIL-TV, the ABC affiliate in Carbondale, Ill. I joined AWSM three years ago and have been a regular at every convention since Charlotte. This year, I helped secure donations for the Phoenix Silent Auction. Now, I’d like to take my involvement a step further, so I’m running for VP of Professional Development.
I feel I’d be well-suited for this position for a variety of reasons. My background in TV would help with AWSM’s goal of getting more ‘broadcast’ members to join and get involved in our organization, specifically in the areas of professional development. I’d like to develop a professional mentorship program pairing some of our ‘pioneers’ and experts/role models in the business with up-and-coming professionals in print, radio, TV, P.R., etc. I also feel my past experience doing Spreecasts and Google Hangouts for sportsnetworker.com and other websites would be valuable in starting online seminars and workshops. I have great passion and enthusiasm for this organization and am a tireless worker, so I know I would represent AWSM at it’s finest.
Vice President, Administration
I have been a general assignment sports reporter at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune in my hometown of New Orleans since September 2012, and I joined AWSM in 2009 as a student at LSU.
I would love to take an increased role in the organization this year by becoming a member of the Board, as I am passionate about the mission of AWSM to connect women in sports media and advance the growth of women in the field.
Vice President, Convention
I have been with the Houston Chronicle for eight years now as a reporter for six and an editor for the last two. I also teach journalism a couple of times a year at Columbia University. I am running for the VP-Conventions position. I have been helping put together journalism workshops and conventions at Columbia University for several years.
I am enthusiastic and organized, and really got a lot out of the past convention in Phoenix and am looking forward to making Orlando in 2014 another inspiring, rewarding and entertaining trip for all of our members.
Vice President, Digital
My name is Alisha Puckett, and I am running for the vice president of digital for AWSM. After time spent as AWSM’s VP of administration for the past year, I’ve learned many of the nuances and organizational processes that go into volunteering for this organization. My work with ESPN.com, Sporting News, the Charlotte Observer and SportsBusiness Journal have all prepared me to take on many of the duties required of the VP of digital.
As a team player, I’m excited about disseminating information and getting more AWSM members involved by utilizing various social media outlets, frequent newsletters, email blasts and AWSM’s own website.