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Meeting Minutes — Oct. 11, 2018


New Hampshire Press Association Board of Directors

Meeting Minutes — Oct. 11, 2018


Board of Directors: Thursday, Oct.. 11, 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, Chuck Douglas, Heather Henline, David Saad and Trent Spiner, participating for portions or all of the call, as individual schedules permitted.


Absent: David Brooks, Carol Robidoux and David Tirrell-Wysocki.


A quorum of membership was present, after some delay.


Approval of Minutes: Approval of the previous meeting’s minutes was delayed until the Nov. 8 meeting.


Treasurer’s Report by David Brooks: There were no new updates. A new total was expected at the upcoming Oct. 25 annual meeting.


Executive Director’s Report Phil Kincade:

  • New Members — Mr. Kincade reported the following new members have joined NHPA: E-ticker News of Claremont and Lawrence Eagle Tribune-Derry News.


  • Annual Meeting Update — Mr. Kincade indicted the annual meeting is set for noon Oct. 25 at the Nackey Loeb School of Journalism, 749 E. Industrial Park Dr. Manchester, N.H. Pizza will be served along with light refreshments.


He indicated there will be proposed bylaw changes on the agenda along with the annual vote to elect the next slate of officers. Mr. Kincade said he also planned to send another reminder to members and to get a final count to order pizza for lunch, as task being handled by Mr. Spiner.


Committee Reports:

Legislative — Trent Spiner, chair: Mr. Spiner mentioned there wasn’t much to report, since the Legislature was not in session. However, he had been made aware of a new outlet for audio plug-in service at Merrimack County Superior Court. He said the outlet was there for use by all media, during coverage of court proceedings.

Ms. Henline and Mr. Spiner also updated the board about a Right to Know fight involving several member organizations. The Nashua Telegraph and six other news organizations in New Hampshire have teamed up with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire in a Right-to-Know lawsuit calling for the release of an unredacted version of the Exculpatory Evidence Schedule, also known as the Laurie List.

The lawsuit, calling the access of public records into question, was filed Oct. 5 in the Hillsborough County Superior Court’s Southern Division. The redacted version of the EES has existed since at least 2004.

Content Sharing — Vanessa Palange, chair: There were no new updates to report.


Contest — Heather Henline, chair: Ms. Henline deferred to Mr. Kincade, who had been working with content platform ACES earlier in the week. He indicated the contest site went live for a beta test Oct. 10. Everything continues to move forward to open the site to participating members before the end of the year for the 2019 contest cycle and spring 2019 awards for the body of work from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2018.


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


Old Business:

  • None pending Oct. 25 annual meeting.


New Business:

  • None pending Oct. 25 annual meeting.


Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:31 p.m., on a motion by Mr. Altschiller. It was seconded by Ms. Palange and carried unanimously.


Next meeting: Our next meeting is scheduled for the annual meeting of the full membership noon Oct. 25 at the Nackey Loeb School of Journalism, 749 E. Industrial Park Dr. Manchester, N.H. An agenda will be forthcoming.


Respectfully submitted,

Heather Henline

New Hampshire Press Association



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