I’d like to serve you as your president elect because I think my management skills, my consensus-building abilities, and my unflappable confidence in the future will be valuable in guiding SATW through these difficult times. Today I work as an editor, supervising travel coverage in seven AAA publications with a combined circulation of more than 6 million from Hawai‘i to New England. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve fought hard to maintain fees of $1 a word and more and payment on acceptance.
I previously earned my living as a freelancer, so I understand the needs of both groups. I’ve also been involved in the digital world since putting up a travel website including audio in 1994, and I’ve been active in travel reporting on radio and television since the early 90s, so I have a perspective on digital and broadcast media as well. Because I’ve worked closely with public relations professionals over the years, I recognize the enormous value our Associates bring to our industry and to SATW.
And I’m so grateful the Society has welcomed independent publishers, whose spirit of entrepreneurship has re-energized the organization. We all need each other and benefit from each others’ skills and perspectives. For two years, I served on the SATW Board as Editors Council Chair and worked on the committee that developed a simple, workable re-qualification process. I later served on the Ethics Committee, and have worked extensively on professional development.
I applaud the progress that the current Board and recent Boards have made to simplify processes, embrace new technologies, and engage new members. When the current crisis is over, I believe people will have renewed appreciation and respect for travel, and responsible travel journalism will be more important than ever. Strong professional development will be critical, to ensure that our members have the skills we all need to survive and thrive in today’s continually evolving media landscape. SATW faces unprecedented challenges, but by working together, sharing insights, and thinking creatively, we’ll all get through this crisis and come out stronger. Stay safe and well. We’ll conquer this – no question.
Being asked to run for SATW President-Elect was an honor. Saying ‘yes’, a commitment. My decision was based on much thought, many discussions, and the endorsement of several past presidents. It was also based on a desire to continue to give back to the society that has given me so much. Before you vote, – and please be sure to vote – here’s what I would like you to know about my experience, my priorities and my commitment.
For now, this is ‘listening and learning’ time for me when I would like to hear from members who wants to share thoughts and ideas. I believe that with enormous challenges come exciting opportunities.
#SATW stronger together.