The Association for Women in Sports Media has a list of candidates who are running for open executive board positions in June 2014.
Elections will be held via an online form. Click here for the link or paste this URL in your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/33HDQ5M.
The deadline to submit your ballot — one per active AWSM member — is Wednesday, June 4 by 5 p.m. ET.
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Please review the candidates’ bio information below. Also, here are the full job descriptions.
I’ve been a studio news editor at ESPN for more than five years, and before ESPN, I spent 14 years in print journalism, as a reporter, editor, page designer and special sections editor. For almost 11 of those years I worked at The Hartford Courant, where I started my career in sports journalism. I first became aware of AWSM shortly after graduation from James Madison University, from a woman who had been an AWSM intern, and that conversation opened a new world for me. I attended my first AWSM convention in 1999, where I met many lifelong friends. I have been actively involved in AWSM, including a number of years on the board in various roles, ever since.
Given both my real-world and AWSM experience, I feel now is the right time for me to serve as AWSM’s president. AWSM continues to evolve and adapt, and I believe that with my work in both print and television, and specifically in a cross-platform newsgathering operation, I can bring knowledge and experience to the position. I have a long history with and strong affinity for AWSM, and am committed to doing my best to make sure AWSM continues to be successful.
Vice president, convention
* Both Jill Ann Bouffard and Jim Jenks are running on one ticket as co-vice presidents of convention
As Senior Production Coordinator for ESPN’s Content Associate Program, I manage all college relations and recruiting initiatives, coordinate and conduct candidate interviews as part of our hiring team, design and facilitate training seminars, and oversee long-term scheduling initiatives for approximately 290 employees. I also assist ESPN’s Talent Office as a booker for “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines” and as an escort for athlete/celebrity guests.
Since becoming an AWSM member and attending last year’s convention in Phoenix, it has been a desire of mine to contribute to this organization on a larger scale. As someone with passion and enthusiasm for event planning, along with experience in coordinating high-profile sports television productions, such as the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Game, etc., I am extremely excited about the possibility of utilizing my skill set to serve on the AWSM Board as VP/Conventions.
My goal is to continue to make AWSM’s annual convention an educational, entertaining, and memorable experience for all attendees from all media platforms. In an effort to do so, we must provide valuable networking opportunities, engaging speakers/panelists, and a variety of breakout sessions designed for both personal and professional growth and development. Throughout my career, I have had the chance to connect with many inspiring individuals not only in the sports industry, but in the corporate world as well. With that said, I am eager to reach out to those connections and invite them to speak in Denver next year!
As former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE), I see how valuable professional organizations are to help members not only network, but understand and learn all facets of the sports media industry. AWSM is an outstanding organization from its college programs all the way through those pioneers that have paved the way for so many.
I have been involved in some way with AWSM, including as a speaker and member for the better part of 10 years. Given my career has covered more than 30 years — 19 with newspaper companies, 14 with Internet and three with television, I am looking to give back by sharing my experiences and expertise with the AWSM community. One of the best opportunities to do that would be as VP/Conventions for AWSM.
I ran the 2007 APSE convention in St. Louis and have served on numerous convention and fund raising committees in and out of the industry. A good convention should be a mix of learning and social opportunities. In learning, there should not only be a focus on personal growth, but on the growth and success of the businesses we have chosen. What is our role in the success and failures of our companies?
I believe AWSM’s success over time has come from its experienced members and how each of them has shared their stories. It is great to see them interact not only as speakers, but in the social settings that are so important. It was something I really took away from last year in Phoenix on the final night, the mix of “old and new” in groups sharing knowledge only gained by experience. It served as the inspiration for me to seek this position and have a greater role within AWSM.
Vice president, digital
I started my career in the sports media business in college, serving as the sports editor for Duke’s student newspaper, and I worked in the sports departments at the Kansas City Star and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I spent 7.5 years at MLB.com as editorial director, and two years at ESPN helping to start the espnW brand. I now work at a startup in New York City.
I’m currently serving as a Digital Coordinator on the AWSM Board, and I’d like to build on that experience and take on the role of VP Digital. As VP of Digital for AWSM, I’d like to do some strategic thinking about how we’re using different digital communication methods. Do we send enough email newsletters a year? Do we send too many? How can our website serve as more of a resource for our members? How can we get more of our members involved in producing and sharing content, whether that’s through social media or producing content for the website? There’s lots of potential, and I’d like to have the chance to analyze what we should be doing, rather than necessarily continue things the way they’ve always been done.
Vice president, fundraising
I have been with the Houston Chronicle for nine years now as a reporter for six and an editor. I spent the past year covering the NBA and Houston Rockets for the Chronicle.
I also teach journalism a couple of times a year at Columbia University. I am running for the VP-Fundraising 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 two conventions in Orlando and Phoenix, and am looking forward to raising funds and making Denver another rewarding trip for all of our members.
Vice president, student development
I first became involved with AWSM because of the way this organization embraced me as a student and, essentially, helped launch my career. That road has included two college football beat reporter jobs so far — first covering Oklahoma State for The Oklahoman for three seasons and now covering Oregon State for The Oregonian — and one of the neat parts of working in that type of environment is observing and interacting with a variety of students. That’s why I want to continue to give back to aspiring female sports journalists as AWSM’s VP/Student Development.
As a former AWSM intern and current student chapter coordinator, I have an understanding of both components of the student development branch of AWSM — and the passion to ensure both programs continue to thrive.
If elected, my first goal for the internship program would be to maintain the strong relationships we already have with the top-notch media outlets that have employed our interns for years, as well as the sponsors who have generously donated the funds for our scholarships. Then I would work diligently to foster new relationships with additional employers and sponsors, so we can give even more students the type of unforgettable opportunity that will prepare them to work in this field.
I’ve been involved with AWSM’s student chapter program since the beginning, both as AWSM@Oklahoma State’s professional mentor and in overseeing the entire nationwide program. I want to keep guiding those chapters already in existence, then continue to launch more groups at the campuses across the country that have the student and faculty interest and leadership in place to be successful. The communication and collaboration between the student chapters and national AWSM can certainly be stronger, and I look forward to leading the continued development of that partnership.
It would be an honor to take that next step as a board member and move up to the VP/Student Development position.