Important SPJ San Diego Election Updates

SPJ San Diego’s election results are in and we need your help – again.

We’ve got a tie. Board candidates Tom Jones and Erin Siegal McIntyre received the same number of votes in our recent election and our bylaws require that we schedule a runoff. Our runoff election starts Thursday, June 27 and runs through Saturday, July 7 and we’d encourage you to vote ASAP. Check your email registered with SD-SPJ for login information.

If there is another tie, the sitting SPJ board has voted to flip a coin but we’re hoping you’ll vote and help us avoid that outcome.

To help you learn more about the two candidates, we’ve asked Jones and McIntyre to answer a few questions about themselves. You can check out their responses here.

We’ve also got some exciting news.

Andrew Bowen and Brooke Binkowski have been elected to join our SPJ board. Kelly Davis, Andrew Kleske, Elliot Spagat and Megan Wood were re-elected. Learn more about Bowen, Binkowski and all our board members here.

Update on Voice of San Diego Lawsuit Fighting San Diego Unified’s New Email Policy

On May 31, Voice of San Diego filed a temporary restraining order against the San Diego Unified School District to stop a scheduled June 1 email purge, the result of a new records retention policy. On Friday, June 22, Superior Court Judge Ronald Styn heard arguments from attorneys for the school district, Voice of San Diego, and from San Diegans for Open Government, which had also sued over the policy.

The judge’s tentative ruling, issued the day before, was in favor of Voice of San Diego’s argument that the district’s records retention policy violates state law. On Friday, in order to give SDUSD the chance to respond to arguments filed by San Diegans for Open Government, Styn continued the hearing to Aug. 24, when he expects to have a final decision.

San Diego SPJ is encouraged by Styn’s tentative ruling. As we’ve noted, other large school districts in California retain emails for at least two years, and we have concerns that San Diego Unified’s email retention policy will result in the deletion of vital public records.

RSVP for the awards banquet

SPJ San Diego Pro Chapter’s annual awards banquet is coming up in a couple weeks.

We’re proud to honor 2018 Journalist of the Year: Andrew Keatts, assistant editor and senior investigative reporter for Voice of San Diego, and our region’s many talented journalists. Check out our complete list of winners here. You’ll have to wait until the banquet to find out who won what!

Please join us to celebrate Keatts and all of this year’s award winners at our annual banquet on Tuesday, July 17, at Kona Kai.

What: SD-SPJ 2018 awards banquet

When: Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program starts at 7 p.m.

Where: The Kona Kai Resort & Spa, 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106. Cocktail hour on the Point Loma Terrace, banquet in the Ballroom.

Cost: $60 per person, $50 for students, $480 for reserved tables of eight

Registration: Please register and pay here.

The event usually sells out, so don’t delay. Register and purchase your tickets today!


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