SPJ Georgia announces positions, candidates for 2020 Board of Directors

As required by our chapter bylaws, SPJ Georgia will be hosting an annual election this fall in order to fill our board of directors for the 2020 calendar year. Candidates for each position are below, with a description of each person along with the office they seek.

Officers

President Charlotte Norsworthy: A graduate student at the University of Georgia, Charlotte Norsworthy is an experienced journalist with a demonstrated history and interest in multimedia storytelling and giving voices to under-covered communities. She is also an academic researcher and teaching assistant within the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked at NPR and Turner. She is also SPJ Georgia’s student representative, a role she has filled since January 2019. Last but not least, Norsworthy is a self-described dog lover and (UGA) Dawg lover.

Term: 2020. Immediate past president 2021.

Vice President Ross Terrell: Ross Terrell is a reporter in Atlanta for Georgia Public Broadcasting. He covers the 13-county metro region and issues across the state ranging from public transit expansion to food access, inequality and politics. Terrell is an AIR Media New Voices Scholar and has contributed to award-winning coverage both in Milwaukee- as the Second Century Fellow for Wisconsin Public Radio- and in Atlanta. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri and is always up for a challenger in Connect Four.

Term: Vice President 2020. President 2021.

Treasurer Pam Dorsett: Pam Dorsett, Ph.D. is a freelance journalist and licensed psychologist in practice at the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta (BIA), where she is a partner. As a clinician of 30 years, her areas of specialization are anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder throughout the lifespan. Prior to joining BIA, Dr. Dorsett held positions in university and medical school settings. She says she loves her work as a psychologist, but her first love was journalism. Dorsett began her role as treasurer in 2019, filling an unexpired term. She served on the planning committee for the 2019 SPJ Region 3 conference and is co-chair of the SPJ Georgia freelance committee

Term: 2020 and 2021.

At Large Board Members

Jennifer Parks: Jennifer Parks is a 2007 graduate of Georgia Southern University (Hail Southern!), where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed a summer internship at the Waycross Journal-Herald, and began working for The Albany Herald in September 2008 as a reporter. During her time at The Herald, Parks covered a number of different beats and gained experience in copy editing. She resigned from the position in October 2019, and now works as a public affairs specialist at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

Term: 2020 and 2021.

Curt Yeomans: Curt Yeomans is a county government reporter at the Gwinnett Daily Post. A native of Marietta, he holds a journalism degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been a professional journalist since 2005. Yeomans previously served on the SPJ Georgia board in 2015 and 2016.

Term: 2020 and 2021.

Ashlyn Webb: Ashlyn Webb is a journalism and international affairs major at the University of Georgia and is graduating with honors in December. Beginning this January, Webb will work full time as a multiskilled journalist at 13WMAZ in Macon. Webb currently reports for WMAZ on weekends and is a feature reporter for Flagpole Magazine in Athens.

Previously, she interned at WMAZ and FOX 5 Atlanta with their investigative unit. Webb has been a member of Society of Professional Journalists since her sophomore year of college and serves as the UGA chapter president of Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

Term: 2020 and 2021.

Continuing on the Board for 2020, and not up for election, will be:

Secretary KC Wildmoon

At-Large Member Stell Simonton

At-Large Member Brenda Goodman

To our professional journalists in the Peach State, soon it will be your turn to personally help further shape the direction of the Society of Professional Journalists Georgia Pro Chapter.  Every member of this young, dynamic organization matters, so it follows then, YOUR vote counts if you are a paid member.

There’s plenty of time to join and support the work of the Society of Professional Journalists! We’re here to support you, connect you with other journalists and freelance jobs opportunities and provide advice if needed.

FOUR important things our professional membership should know: 

  1. The election WILL be held for a three-day period, from Monday,  Dec. 02 through Wednesday, Dec. 04, 2019 at midnight EST.  Any journalist who is a paid SPJ Georgia member as of Dec. 02, 2019, can vote.
  2. Members will be voting on open board positions as described above.
  3. Board positions are for a two-year term. The president and vice president each serve one-year terms, though the president stays on for an additional year as immediate past president and the vice president ideally serves as president the following term.
  4. All nominations will be final as of midnight on Dec. 04.

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