Have a say in editorial board decisions
Are you interested in serving on The Olympian’s editorial board? Do you want to help set the newspaper’s Opinion page agenda?
The time has come to select two new members of the community to serve on the board from January through June, including the all-important 2010 legislative session.
If you are interested in serving as a community representative, please submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. Friday.
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The editorial board provides the official voice of the newspaper through daily editorials appearing in this column.
All editorial board members have an equal say in shaping the newspaper’s official editorial position – including candidate endorsements.
Publisher George Le Masurier, managing editor Jerry Wakefield and editorial page editor Mike Oakland are the three permanent members of the board. Finishing out their terms as community representatives are Peter Stroble, sales manager for a family-owned fencing manufacturing company and Karen Bierdeman a parent coach and former school teacher.
Community representatives are invited to sit in on editorial board meetings, ask questions of guests, review and comment on draft editorials before they are published and bring suggestions for editorials to the board. They also participate in the selection of each month’s top letter to the editor.
For most of the year, the editorial board meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Usually, guests, elected officials or community leaders are there to share information about issues of importance in South Sound. Guests might be city council members updating the board about community projects or controversies. Gov. Chris Gregoire might talk about her budget proposal, or Intercity Transit officials might discuss plans for expanded bus routes.
After the guests leave, board members discuss editorial topics and positions the newspaper will take on those issues. It is a simple, democratic process.
The coming term on the board will include the legislative session where lawmakers and the governor will have to balance a two-year state budget that’s $2.6 billion short.
At the end of their service, citizen representatives routinely say they know much more about the people and issues of South Sound and the internal workings of the newspaper.
Anyone interested in serving as a community representative on the board during the coming six-month term should send a self-nomination letter to The Olympian. Include information about your ethnic heritage, educational background, work experience and community involvement. Explain why you want to serve on the board and what you would bring to the board’s deliberations.
A journalism background is not necessary. Men and women of all ages, experience and ethnic backgrounds who are active in their community are encouraged to apply.
Send self-nominations to Editorial Board, The Olympian, P.O. Box 407, Olympia, WA 98507. The fax number is 360-357-0202, and the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember the deadline: 5 p.m. Friday.