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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes March 15, 2018

New Hampshire Press Association Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes — March 15, 2018


Board of Directors: Thursday, March 15, 2018, a regular board meeting was called to order via phone conference call by President Vanessa Palange at 1:05 p.m.


In Attendance: In addition to Ms. Palange and Executive Director Phil Kincade, the following board members were in attendance: Howard Altschiller, David Brooks, Chuck Douglas, Heather Henline, Carol Robidoux, David Saad, and David Tirrell-Wysocki participating for portions or all of the call, as individual schedules permitted.


Absent: Trent Spiner


A quorum of membership was present.


Approval of Minutes: The previous meeting’s minutes were submitted for approval by Ms. Henline, secretary, pending any corrections from the board. Mr. Douglas made a motion to approve, and it was seconded by Ms. Robidoux. The motion carried unanimously, and any submitted changes would be made by Ms. Henline prior to the final filing of the minutes.


Treasurer’s Report by David Brooks: Mr. Brooks was delayed in joining the call, but he provided an update prior to the meeting adjourning. He indicated we have a balance of $5,700 in the account. Mr. Brooks reported he and Mr. Kincade still were discussing dues and payments methodology to work on a plan to move that process forward.


Executive Director’s Report by Phil Kincade: Mr. Kincade discussed the following agenda items:

  • Right to Know/Sunshine Week — Mr. Kincade will utilize the press association website to post work of this theme by members throughout the week. Also, he mentioned a panel discussion about the topic that had occurred Tuesday at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.
  • New Member — Harrison Thorpe of the Rochester Voice is actively seeking membership, and Ms. Henline put him in contact with Mr. Kincade. He will reach out to Mr. Thorpe. In addition, Mr. Kincade set a meeting for 1 p.m. March 30 at WMUR for the purposes of discussing membership with NHPA and collaboration with regard to Right to Know law. Board members were encouraged to attend that meeting, schedule permitting.
  • Seminar Opportunity — Mr. Kincade presented the board with an opportunity to participate in an upcoming seminar/workshop with journalism students at Londonderry High School. This likely would be in partnership with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, similar to what has been done historically for Oyster River High School. The difference is this workshop would take place at the high school versus an off-site location and there would be no lunch speaker. The focus would be on hands-on opportunities for the students to actively produce articles or coverage packages throughout the day.


Committee Reports:

Legislative — Trent Spiner, chair: Mr. Spiner was unable to join the call, but there was a robust discussion by the board with regard to five pieces of pending Right to Know legislation in the state House and the Senate. This included access to electronic records, the fees for copies and a change in support for  Senate Bill 395, which would amend New Hampshire’s Right to Know law. A change in wording for that amendment called into question access and accommodation.


Content Sharing — Vanessa Palange, chair: Ms. Palange indicated there weren’t new updates at this time.


Contest — Heather Henline, chair: Ms. Henline shared with the board the progress made by the committee at its Feb. 15 meeting at The Telegraph. Attending the meeting were: Ms. Palange; Matthew Burdette, Telegraph; Tony Schinella, Patch; and Michael Casey, AP. Two online contest management platforms were reviewed, one through the Illinois Press Association and one through BNC. Based upon the assessment and review of the committee, the recommendation was going to be made to the board to proceed with the press association option because of cost, convenience, judging contacts, flexibility of scheduling and that we could launch the initiative this year.


However, after the contest meeting, Ms. Henline was contacted by Dwayne Desaulniers with AP. He wanted the opportunity to explain AP’s contest platform. Ms. Henline sought the board’s direction. Consensus was to delay making any decision until AP, a member organization, had the opportunity to present its contest structure. Ms. Henline was going to pursue this route and report back to the board.   


Motion to Accept Committee and Other Reports: This was made by Ms. Robidoux and seconded by Mr. Douglas. It carried unanimously.


Old Business:

  • Contest Judging — Ms. Palange reported she had served as a judge for Texas with collegiate categories and they were very thankful for assistance from New Hampshire with that endeavor.

New Business:

  • Seminar/Workshop — Mr. Tirrell-Wysocki referred back to the topic of assisting with or providing industry experts for the Londonderry High School workshop for journalism students. This initially came up during the legislative committee discussion about Right to Know laws. The target would be to model this experience after a similar venture for Oyster River. The workshop would be funded through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Ewing Fund, and the target date would be early May. This would be prior to the end of the school year and graduation season.


Board members expressed their interest in participating. More details will follow, as they become available.


Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:40 p.m., on a motion by Mr. Douglas. It was seconded by Mr. Brooks and carried unanimously.


Next meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled for a conference call at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12. An agenda will be forthcoming.


Respectfully submitted,

Heather Henline

New Hampshire Press Association



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