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Citizens Editorial Advisory Board seeks new members

Empire editorial

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

A year has passed since the Juneau Empire reconvened its Citizens Editorial Advisory Board. The citizen board serves in a variety of capacities. In addition to simply serving as a sounding board for the newspaper, the group acts as a conduit to the community and provides another dozen and a half perspectives on the stories and issues of the day.

The board also hears presentations on various topics from visiting speakers from time to time. One of the most valuable functions of the board is to critique the work of the Juneau Empire. The board's participation in the Empire's repackaging project (mentioned below) has been invaluable.

Its easy for our news decision-makers to become so immersed in the daily challenge of chronicling and packaging the events of the day that we tend to miss the deep connection to the community that is required for a newspaper to become truly centered.

The Citizens Editorial Advisory Board, therefore, plays a vital role in advancing the news and editorial mission of the Juneau Empire.

To Bruce Abel, Dixie Hood, Paul Grant, Dave Palmer, Jamie Parsons, Kirby Day, Marjorie Menzi, Richard Stitt, Marie Olson and Carl Rosier, we say thank you for your time, insight and participation. We are seeking seven new members to join our remaining board members, Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, Becky Carls, Todd Antioquia, Win Gruening, Laurie Ferguson Craig, Robert L. Garrison, Dale Anderson and Bob Martin. We are planning to add seven new members, which will give us a total of 15 people on the board, down slightly from the 18 members on the last board.

The board meets the second Wednesday of each month over the noon hour. Members are asked to serve two-year terms, which allow us to rotate new people onto the board each year. This structure helps us to maintain continuity while allowing new people to serve each year.

Our goal is to achieve the broadest possible representation of the various sectors of our community in the composition of the board. We are now seeking participants who will help us achieve balance in political ideology, ethnic diversity and other demographic norms.

We are seeking candidates with affiliations in the following sectors: tourism, business, law enforcement, education, religion, and Native and other ethnic communities. We are also interested in having a high-school or college-age student participate on the board.

If you have a strong interest in community building, and believe that you can speak for one of the categories mentioned above or some other area of interest not identified, please respond in writing to the address mentioned below. We ask that you provide some background on your interests and activities, and include a brief statement on what you hope to contribute to the Citizens Editorial Advisory Board.

Volunteers will find the experience rewarding as they participate in interesting, lively discussions on a wide range of topics.

The only hard standard we hold our board members to is regular monthly attendance. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10.

To apply for one of the board seats respond to: Citizen Volunteer c/o Don Smith, Juneau Empire, 3100 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 or e-mail to: dssmith@juneauempire.com.



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