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Press Association Meetings & Minutes

The Rhode Island Press Association meets once per month from September-June at the offices of our member organizations. In addition to covering the business of the press association, including discussing matters related to the annual awards contest and banquet, these meetings serve as an opportunity for our orginzations to touch base with one another to discuss all of the issues they are currently facing in the world of Rhode Island journalism. 

Meetings typically last 90 minutes, with coffee and refreshments provided by the press association. Our meetings are open to all active, associate and honorary members of the press association. 

Active members of the press association are individuals who are active employees of publications qualified for membership in the Association. Associate membership is available to individuals from newsgathering organizations, feature syndicates, public relations and advertising agencies; and individuals, firms or corporations engaged in servicing or supplying the Rhode Island print media. Associate membership is also open to faculty members in journalism, writers, graphic artists and photographers, whether active or retired. 

Lastly, honorary members may be elected at any regular meeting for reasons deemed appropriate. Persons inducted into the R.I. Journalism Hall of Fame are automatically made honorary members for life. 

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2008 Meeting Minutes

November 21, 2008 - Rhode Island Monthly

Attending: Scott Pickering, East Bay Newspapers, president; Mark Murphy, Providence Business News, vice president; Bryan Lucier, Northeast Independent, treasurer; Linda Levin, URI, secretary; Sarah Francis, R.I. Monthly, and Christopher Barrett, Block Island Times.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Lucier said the organization has a treasury of $11,990.07. Cost for student lunches at Journalism Day at URI was $152, and dinner cost for guest speakers was $120. Hotel costs are to come. Board approved paying Journalism Day expenses.

Web/Blog Legal Issues Program: Pickering reported on a NEPA-sponsored meeting he attended in Worcester that focused on legal problems editors and publishers might confront when posting copyrighted materials; reporter blogs, or citizen writings on their newspaper websites.

Journalism Day at URI: Levin said the morning panel on 24-hour news cycles and the evening panel on the recent presidential election were well attended. About 20 or more students enjoyed lunch and meeting panelists and RIPA members in the Ram’s Den in the Memorial Union, but she suggested that next year RIPA might consider having pizza and soda in a more private room near the Ram’s Den.

Contest: Pickering said the board will need to discuss contest rules that affect the Providence Journal’s entries because the Journal has closed the last of its local bureaus. The board agreed not to consider changes for the upcoming contest and asked that Pickering meet with Tom Heslin, a board member and the new executive editor of the Journal, or his representative. The board agreed to put back into the contest the Election Coverage category for this year. The board briefly discussed Websites as a new category. Murphy asked board members to send their thoughts on this to him before the December meeting when the board will again talk about a Website category. Lucier will begin to look at venues for the annual May event.

R.I. Interscholastic League: Pickering said reporters and photographers now are required to have credentials from the League to cover games on the sidelines or on the field. He said he will talk to Peter Phipps, the Journal’s online editor, to see how that newspaper is handling online photos from the games and with League officials for an explanation of new online photos rules.

Next Meeting: December 12 at Providence Business News, 9 a.m. The January meeting will be on the 16th at CCRI in Warwick at 9 a.m.

Submitted by: Linda Lotridge Levin, secretary

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