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Strategic Plan > Best practices: Discussion on best practices
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Executive Committee Meeting
August 11, 2014
Present: Joe Estivill, Markus Lowe, Cleveland Dietz, Kelly Wherley (recorder).
WFHB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BOARD AGENDA FOR AUGUST 25th, 2014
Hooker Conference Room, #245, City Hall
201 N. Morton St., Bloomington, IN
The News Summit has started out marvelously with great attendance and discussion at all of our sessions! A link to the summary sheet from all meetings is available along with the session description of our Summit Website so you may review anything you’ve missed. Keep checking the website for updated handouts and notices. Feel free to browse the News Summit FAQ for more information.
Here’s a quick overview of the schedule, mark your calendars!
Present: Helen Harell, Sarah Ryterband, Maria McKinley, Alycin Bektesh, Kelly Miller and Cynthia R Hall
In preliminary comment section Maria stated that the WFHB board is reviewing governance documents which could effect the number of board members per committee * [by-laws must also be revisited]
7:14 Director’s report
Need to determine if those present wished to continue as committee members. All agreed to do so.
Sarah was unanimously selected as Chair. The decision was made to have a rotating secretary.
Cynthia took minutes to be followed next meeting by Helen.
We will not have regular meeting in July but plan to hold an open house to meet those involved with the News Summit. Tentatively suggested it be held July 11 at the Back Door. Will confirm date through email.
We were given a sneak preview of the set-up for the News Summit, Main categories are Mission, Governance, Programming, Recruitment and Training and Facilities and Equipment. Week one: Look at where we’re at, week two :What is the ideal, week 3: Action Plan, week 4: Implementation. Alycin requested that each NPAC member volunteer for at least one hour as a moderator during the summit. All present agreed
Program reviews. Voices in the Street was green lighted. It received 3.6 overall and received mostly 3′s & 4′s. There was some discussion about how to expand the role of the interviewer and the continual need for staff.
Community Public Radio received a 3.7 for quality but ranged from 2′s -5′s in overall response. It was green lighted with the suggestion to still be on the lookout for possible substitutions in the future.
We revisited Market Live and the possibility of moving out of the News Programming arena into being produced by the incoming Development director.
Next regular meeting will be August 21 at 7pm.
Submitted by Cynthia R Hall
Please see below for job description. Those interested in applying for the position should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m., June 30, 2014.
Works with General Manager, Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers to raise funds for WFHB. Contacts businesses to solicit underwriting. Identifies, contacts, and cultivates individuals to solicit multi-year pledges of annual support. Cultivation of business owners and individuals includes tours of the station, engagement of select donors and prospects with volunteer opportunities, speaks in public venues, and other public relation activities. Assist station grant writers with identification of sources and development of ideas. Works with General Manager and Board of Directors to identify, cultivate, and solicit individuals for planned gifts that will increase endowment. Prepares and processes thank you letters to underwriters and individuals. Organizes appropriate donor recognition events including lunches, dinners, annual meeting, and others.
Reports to and under the supervision of the General Manager. The Development Director provides leadership for development activities including underwriting, major gifts (multi-year pledges from individuals), and planned gifts.
1. Identifies, contacts, and solicits business for on-air underwriting.
2. Identifies, contacts, cultivates, and solicits individuals for multi-year annual gifts.
3. Works with General Manager and Board of Directors to identify, contact, cultivate, and solicit individuals for planned gifts.
4. Develops marketing materials for underwriting, individual, and planned giving.
5. Provides assistance to station grant writers in identifying possible funding sources and developing ideas.
6. Keeps accurate records of contacts with businesses and individuals.
7. Develops individualized plans to cultivate and solicit individual donors.
8. Provides recognitions for donors and stewardship over donor gifts.
9. Works in conjunction with the General Manager, Staff, and Board of Directors to ensure that all activities are implemented and that follow-up assessments are conducted.
10. Inputs data and maintains data on underwriting and individuals in computer tracking system.
11. Assists the General Manager in developing, implementing, and tracking semiannual fund drives.
12. Keeps the General Manager informed of progress, problems, and possible areas of improvement in fundraising.
13. Other duties as assigned by the General Manager.
Skills, knowledge, and abilities.
1. Evidence of broad knowledge, understanding, and well-developed skills in fundraising.
2. Computer literate. Strong computer skills a plus.
3. Proven ability to communicate effectively through oral presentation, written word, and graphic displays.
4. Mature judgment in analyzing and interpreting financial potential and evaluating prospective donors.
5. Ability to effectively prioritize tasks.
6. Ability to accomplish objectives through individual and cooperative efforts.
Training or Equivalent Qualifying Experience
Bachelor degree in nonprofit management or related field and either 1 year work experience in fundraising or 2 years work experience in related area; or combination of education and experience that provides the equivalent.
WFHB Bloomington Community Radio
Annual Volunteer Meeting, June 7, 2014
Monroe County Historical Society Conference Room
The annual volunteer meeting of WFHB Community Radio is called to order at 12:27 p.m. by General Manager Cleveland Dietz. The number of participating members present is 54 with an additional 29 represented in absentia for a total of 83 participating members in attendance. According to the station’s bylaws, 34 participating members need to be present for a quorum based on the percentage of total members. These numbers are provided by Carolyn VandeWiele who is tracking attendance and will be counting votes. A quorum is established at the 2014 annual meeting.
Cleveland thanks everyone for their attendance today and also their level of engagement at the station this past year. He states each Board candidate will be given three minutes to make a statement and then questions will be taken if directed to a particular candidate. He asks Markus Lowe to begin.
Markus Lowe: I’ve been a long time volunteer and a former general manager. I work in IT support at Cook Medical which is really a customer service job. This is how I come to the Board. How can I help? How can we make it better? I look forward to engaging volunteers on that level of participation. I want to be a representative for the volunteers, to be a voice for the volunteers. I will be an active advocate for positive change and a voice for the volunteers.
William Morris: You know me as Brother William - I came to WFHB 5 years ago. I work with international students at IU and was looking for places to have these students volunteer. I started volunteering as a desk jockey. The station means a lot to me. I treat my volunteering as a job, like a wonderful job. I would take my duties as a Board director as a job, being accountable. I am an encourager and I believe in the station, in volunteering, in inclusiveness. I will give the station the best three years of my life.
Maryll Jones: I am no longer involved with the Friends of WFHB. I am a recording analyst for Pearson Education. My biggest strength has been establishing better customer relations when people come for support issues. I have been able to establish a rapport with customers that didn’t exist before. I would like to utilize those skills in this role as a Board member. It would be a huge mistake if Markus Lowe and Kelly Wherley were not put in their positions.
Benjamin Loudermilk: I am a Bloomington native. I work in the public school system as an educator at North High School. My wife is a teacher at University Elementary and my kids are students at MCCSC. I have been involved with the arts community for over 30 years. I’m an IU alumnus. I’m excited for the opportunity to be on the Board. WFHB is part of the community and part of the arts community.
Kelly Wherley: (out of town, Cathi Norton reads his statement which are excerpts from his bio) I have volunteered for WFHB for over ten years, as a DLN anchor, as a producer for Voices in the Street and am now the volunteer coordinator since 2011. I’m seeking election to the Board of Directors because I care about the station. I’ve seen quite a few changes at the station over the course of my time here and feel ready to assume a more integral and influential role in the discussions, plans and actions that will impact the course of WFHB.
Questions from the audience to specific candidates:
For Brother William: With over 200 volunteers, we’re not all the same. If a change was going to be made, could we tailor the volunteer tasks, can we fine tune the volunteerism business? I’ve sent a lot of younger people to the station to volunteer and they have a different interest in the station than I do. I wonder if there is a way of accountability, to create teams of volunteers to work together that have the same interests instead of such a large group.
For Benjamin: What do you see yourself doing for the station? I think fundraising specifically. I would be excited to work through that process. And facilities management is a traditional fit where I could also help out.
For Brother Morris: What would be your way of reaching out to the IU campus when the students come back in August? Interviewing freshman students as they come onto campus. Can we give out some of those free CDs? Set up a table, have informational booklets, send that around the community. We can do a better job of getting WFHB on the minds of those students. An ad in the paper.
For Markus: How can you reach out to the volunteers who do not come to the volunteer meetings? Participation. If you want to be heard and your input received and respected, please participate, speak up.
Cleveland reminds the PMs, that, at this time, if you have not signed in, please do so at the back table and pick up a ballot. We’ll go ahead and vote now. We will proceed with the regular meeting and will interrupt when they’re done counting.
Board President Joe Estivill Board Report:
Thank you for your attendance today and thank you to all the volunteers. We have an incredible News Department and Music Department. Thank you to all the people who work on the committees that make the decisions that affect our organization. We have 3 Board members moving on: Richard Fish, Carolyn VandeWiele, and Matt Pierce. Thank you to all of you for your service.
About the Development Director, this is someone who’s job will be to develop our fundraising base. The job is posted, interviews will start in July and hopefully we will have them on board in August. We have found three angel donors to donate $5,000 each for 2 years of support. Please forward to us the names of other donors you think would help with this type of support.
It’s going to be a big year here at the station. There is new energy, we’re working toward our strategic plan, part of which is hiring a new Development Director. We would like to have more social events so our participating members can get together, can get to know each other better.
Financial report from Cleveland Dietz:
Fiscal year 2013, we made $255,000 - $103,000 came from membership donations, $75,000 from grants, underwriting brought in $47,000, $16,000 from special events, CATS $10,000 and $3,000 came in randomly throughout the year. We also spent $255,000 so we pretty much broke even. For expenses: wages are a little more than half our budget, then health insurance and property insurance, workmen’s comp which covers all of you. Other expenses come from fundraising, programming, supplies, utilities, and special events.
I’m excited about getting a Development Director. We’ve been stagnating in terms of revenue for the last five years, hovering around $250,000. Clearly we need help to get over that hump somehow A Development Director will be of significant help. The good news is that over the last 5 years, we’ve spent about the same.
Our CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) grant – it’s a government grant that supplies a little less than 1/3 of our total revenue. It’s a significant grant which we rely on and it’s going to be getting a little harder each year to get that money from the government.
We want this year to be an investment year to get us over the $300,000 hump (revenue). We’re planning our first WFHB independent audit from a third party. This is good practice but also a really common question when pursuing grants. A Development Director will provide us an individual who is a constant presence that can follow up with leads and contacts and give us some underwriting stability.
You’ll be glad to know that the furnace and air conditioning unit will be replaced this week and it should be 25% more efficient than what we currently had.
Looking forward, we have an ambitious budget but it allows us to be flexible.
We will be posting on the website my GM reports and the finance reports each month as part of the Board Minutes.
General Manager Cleveland Dietz:
Looking back over this past year, we’ve made some serious efforts on the Board of Directors front. We have drafted a Board of Directors Handbook. There is a Board of Directors Commitment Form we’ve worked on and was just voted and approved at the last Board meeting. We filled the remaining three seats on the Board in January so we’re back up to nine Board members.
We’ve made communication changes with the help of Markus and Kelly by re- instituting the volunteer monthly meetings that provide an outlet for volunteer voices, and we’ve seen the launch of our new quarterly eNewsletter. We’re into the final launch of our new website design. Board and committee meeting minutes are being posted on the website and soon, our financial reports will also be posted as a public display for what WFHB is doing and how we are spending our money.
We partnered with a SPEA class to write a grant proposing a new health show to replace Zorba. We are still looking for angel donors to support the new Development Director. Having a Development Director will provide us with significant progress on regular grant writing. SPEA offers a fellowship program which would give us a 10 hour/week IU student at no cost to us once we employ a professional Development Director. The new Development Director will give us a constant presence with underwriting sales. We’ll have better management and use of our donor database and we’ll be able to provide consistent promotion and outreach.
We will be adding upgrades to our facilities this next week – HVAC replacement including AC, and significant technical upgrades for the Internet and the network.
We will be initiating an independent audit from a third party accounting firm. This is a good practice and it’s been too long since this has happened. This also better enables us to pursue grants.
Music Director Jim Manion:
(Jim reads the names of all 90 volunteer DJs).
Thank you DJs! Special thanks to all who sub for their fellow DJs! Thanks to all genre directors and CD reviewers. Thanks to the desk jockeys who open the mail daily.
Thank you Acoustic Roots Festival volunteers!
Hondo Thompson, Rick Fettig, Sarah Ryterband , Mike McAfee Jim Manion, Kelsey Lynn Wagoner, Dan Withered, Reina Wong, Erin Tobey, Ryder Timberlake, Joe Crawford, William Morris, Kelly Kish, Reina Wong, Linda Cajigas, Darin Bagley, Dan Young, Kathy Romy, WFHB MC: Hondo Thompson; Festival Income Manager: Emily Jackson (cash); Cleveland Dietz (online); Merch Area Manager: Catherine Anders; Shift Volunteer Coordinator: Sheryl Mitchell; Recording Manager: Jim Lang; Volunteer Coordinator: Kelly Wherley; Green Room Manager: Tracy Johnson
The latest edition of our DJ guidelines is ready along with the annual DJ contract which needs to be signed. Copies will be available at the Station and for those who are not here today, they will receive them digitally. These contracts are due back to me. They need to be filled out and signed as part of our FCC and federal guidelines.
Besides the constant adventure of daily operations…. Since last June… Lotus CD 3 was completed with the help of Michael McDowell. Lotus 2014 brought us an unprecedented 11 Lotus Live sessions, great back line and engineering. All sessions were posted to the website. Local Live CD 4 was completed with the help of Nicole O’Neal.
There was quite a contentious period last fall and thanks to all, the air time remained positive. We don’t put our dirty laundry on the air. I attended 2 powerhouse conferences this year – South by Southwest which has good potential for a live show here; And the WXPN Non-Comm meeting.
Looking ahead: Lotus CD 4 is in production, Adriane Pontecorvo as co- producer.
I am producing a split benefit for WFHB and Community Kitchen to be held on July 18th at the Bluebird called, “Tim and Jim’s Most Excellent Birthday Party.” Come on out and help us celebrate our birthdays.
This summer’s Library Project – we’ll be doing serious purging and maintenance in the WFHB Music Library. This is way overdue. We can use some help with this.
Fall Fund Drive 2014 and Lotus 2014 are coming up.
A technical goal: Find the best way to time-shift 2 hr mp3 recordings of all WFHB Music programs, available to stream for 2 weeks at program schedule page of the website. I heard talk at the meeting about on-air tip jars which brings in $2,000 to $3,000 for some stations. We should look into this.
A few overall comments: huge outpouring of support last fall, seems like we had a lot of bad weather friends, you know, the ones who show up in bad times, but – we need you every day. I would like to see more engagement and less email flame wars and more of an appreciation for our daily station operations. “I don’t care about the station, I only care about my show.” I’ve heard that some DJs have said this. But without the station, they wouldn’t have a show. We need to improve the general lack of understanding and appreciation of the environment of daily broadcast operations. Better advance planning is needed while maintaining spontaneous air sound qualities.
I am looking forward to how our efforts will be supported by a full-time Development Director, which I think is an important priority. I hope this includes a hard look at our HR policies and finding ways to improve the employment environment at WFHB.
Next week is our Firehouse fundraiser at the Back Door.
News Department Alycin Bektesh:
Today, I’m also talking on behalf of Joe Crawford, the assistant News Director, and Jar Turner who works for the whole station. Jar posts to the website all of the shows to get beyond their live broadcast times. I want to thank them for all their hard work this past year. Last year: Brown County Hour, Bloomington Beware, The Porch Swing and Books Unbound – all came under the News Department. These shows are all doing better than ever. Taking on those four additional shows have added an extra load but I’m proud as these shows are at the top of their game. Brown County Hour is monthly and doing well. Bloomington Beware has a staff of three writers who are getting their show “in” a week ahead of time. The Porch Swing is on summer break. We had two great events at The Bishop and we’ll be setting up a booth for 1st Friday gallery walks, inviting people to stop by to tell a story. Books Unbound is now an hour long show on every Sunday. It’s hard to get engaged in the reading when it’s a 30 minute show with all the commercial and announcement breaks so the hour format works much better. PRX picks up this show more often than any other show we produce.
We were winners at the Indiana SPJ Awards again – for best newscast, best breaking news (Todd Young and climate change), best continuing coverage (shelter and homelessness in Bloomington, no low barrier summer shelter for substance abuse users), best public affairs (Trayvon Martin discussion on Bring It On), best documentary (Hoagy Carmichael special on Interchange).
About the new website & camera – love it! The video camera allows us to distribute our content in another format. The website is awesome. Now, you can “pin” it, “like” it, “love” it, “share” it, watch it, read it, and listen to it. You need to share WFHB programming. Use social media to get the word out about our amazing product.
Looking Forward: The News Summit will be held during all of July. I have lots of ideas like how to get more exposure on campus, recruitment and training. Are we representing our community? There is not any time to evaluate the shows while we’re still producing them so we needed to suspend all 20 NPA shows. We will answer the questions “what do we want to do and how can we do it best?”
A committee has been meeting to plan the organization of the Summit and what we want to happen during the Summit. Week 1 will be about introductions and to gather information; Week 2 will be our brainstorming week; Week 3 we’ll be discussing the practicalities of the ideas we talked about the previous week; Week 4 we’ll start the “doing”, the implementation of the ideas. Going forward, the News Summit can be a week long project that we implement each year to evaluate ourselves.
News Department: Legacy Award - Lucille Bertuccio
News Rookie of the year - Doug Storm
Newshound of the year – Drew Daudelin
Music Department: Distinguished Service Award – Mike Kelsey
Legacy Award – Nicole O’Neal
DJ of the year - Liza Pavelich
Genre of the year – Cathi Norton
Board Member of the year - Joe Estivill
Volunteer of the year - Dan Withered
Congratulations to the new Board Members: William Morris, Markus Lowe, Kelly Wherley
When are we going to get a new digital Board?
Cleveland: One of my goals with the Raymond Foundation Grant is to engage Harmony School students and to connect them with Industry Standard Equipment
Markus: Reminder, the 2nd Friday of the month: 6-10 pm at the BackDoor (volunteer meetings are held from 6-7 pm)
Richard Fish: We’ll be running some new wiring at the station – I’m on the IT committee, next Saturday, June 14th, we could use volunteers to help with this project.
Alycin: Volunteers are needed to moderate discussions during News Summit.
Have you come up with a method to log in volunteer hours:
Cleveland: The volunteer committee has worked to come up with a solution as to how to log in volunteer hours. We’re going to place a laptop in the lobby that has a spreadsheet to log in your hours. You can also log in your time remotely.
On Sunday mornings, I would like to have a little less “live” reads. And can we take a look at how we do our regularly scheduled items, i.e. calendar, PSAs?
Cleveland: We can take a look at that towards the end of the year.
Can we change the wording from the underwriting scripts as there can be awkward phrasing and word choices?
Cleveland: Let me know if you’re having a problem so I can take a look at it and possibly fix it.
Nicole O’Neal thanks everyone for helping her throughout her time at the station.
Joe Estivill asks for a round of applause for our new GM Cleveland Dietz.
A volunteer asks for a round of applause for the awesome WFHB staff.
The June 2014 annual meeting ends at 2:15 pm.
WFHB’s Annual Meeting (June 7th, Monroe County History Center, 12:15PM) signals a time of reflection for me. It is the first anniversary of my time as general manager of the station, the first meeting following the end of WFHB’s fiscal year, and a time to look back at the year’s progress and plan for the next.
I announced a number of goals I wanted to work toward last November in addition to those outlined in the station’s strategic plan: expanding the staff, creating or taking advantage of opportunities for WFHB to gain exposure in the broader listening area, and establishing more avenues for communication among volunteers and to the public.
We launched the Firehouse News, our quarterly e-newsletter, as part of that effort, which would not have been possible without a capable volunteer staff (Carol Fischer, Helen Harrell, Karen Roszkowski, Maryll Jones and Mike Glab). We hope you’ve enjoyed the product so far and will continue to do so.
With help from former WFHB general manager Markus Lowe and Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Wherley, we also reinstituted monthly meetings using a round table format. These meetings are led by volunteers and serve as an excellent delivery mechanism for ideas and discussion, as well as a way for volunteers and staff to meet each other and celebrate their love for community radio together.
Again with significant help from Markus Lowe, we launched the new website in August. Since then, we’ve been uploading most organization meeting minutes for transparency. You can find them here. Articles from the previous newsletters and much, much more can be found there, as well.
Brian Kearney helped us raise funds to hire a full-time development director in the coming fiscal year. The station made tremendous headway in many respects over the last 10 years, but annual revenues have remained relatively flat. It is our hope that a development director will help grow the station’s finances and create new relationships in the wider community moving forward. We expect this person to be hired by August 2014. You can read the job description here. If you would like to apply for the position, or know someone who would, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WFHB partnered with agencies outside of Bloomington whenever possible. Last month alone, we were in the Spring Blossom Parade in Nashville and at the 4th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom. Over the last year, we also partnered with Salt Creek Brewery for the 1st Annual Bedford Blues and Brews, the Indiana Boys for a CD release show at the Brown County Playhouse in Nashville, the Village Arts Walk in Nashville, and Tim Grimm’s CD release shows at Russian Recording in Bloomington and The Commons in Columbus.
Establishing a strong presence in the communities WFHB broadcasts to will continue to be a major goal for the foreseeable future.
We will also work to strengthen our partnership with Community Access Television Services, lay the groundwork for the regular pursuit of grants, and review and revise our bylaws and governance document. To learn more about these plans, attend WFHB’s Annual Meeting or look out for the minutes on our website.
By Helen Harrell
Institutions are contained in buildings and these structures usually have cornerstones as a designation of their beginning. Seems that can also be true of community radio stations as WFHB has a true cornerstone in engineer, historian, original visionary and overall man of all trades Jeffrey Morris. To say that Morris has been instrumental in not only the founding of WFHB but its ongoing existence is merely an understatement. While many folks were around in the beginning (and some still are) and played significant roles in establishing what is now a leader in Southern Indiana Community Radio, Morris has been there from the beginning. Not only did he submit required paperwork, applications, licensing and other government documents and forms to ensure a spot on the radio dial but he also saw to the purchasing, erecting and maintaining of the main signal tower. Acquiring the firehouse location, designing air rooms, purchasing and maintaining equipment all came under his purview. And yes, he had lots of help and support along the way but after speaking with him for an hour or so it’s obvious that his dream for a real community supported and operated, democratically representative radio station has been his motivation regardless of other associations and assistance. It’s prudent to note that Morris was always a volunteer and received little if no compensation for his many years and hours of work to bring WFHB to the reality it is today.
Many years later Morris has become a partially paid employee and while the compensation is hardly comparable to his expertise it is well deserved. As an example, much of the station operating equipment is old and not only can’t be replaced/repaired but parts are no longer available. Just call on Morris and he will find a way to fix it!!! The power is out, the furnace or A/C stops working just call Morris! An electrician by professional trade Morris brings an expertise to the station that would just be impossible to replace even though that thought does not occur to those who understand what’s what with electronics, equipment and dedication.
Even though Morris is older than most of the current volunteers he is comfortable in the digital age and has had little difficulty moving the station in the modern direction of digitization. The only stumbling block is one that has always been an issue and that is enough funding for new equipment and facilities updates. While making do with little is frequently a mantra at the station Morris knows that many updates are needed if WFHB is to continue competing in the local radio market. Some of his wish list items are for appearance and comfort which are valid needs as well as new updated broadcasting equipment. Many community members stepped up in the beginning to launch WFHB including such icons as Herman B Wells, Sarkes Tarzian and the Waldron family. However those resources have long been spent and new funding is needed to purchase items such as a new 98.1 transmitter HD, a new airboard and audioarts IP-12, audio network IO interfaces, 3/rewire cat 5/6 cables and codecs for remote broadcasts for an estimated total of $36,500. Other items on the wish list are cleaning and painting the studio tower and remounting of the Marti antenna, repair, paint gate, new fence and grading and driveway stone at the transmitter building and finish the ‘cage’ (editing room) with wiring, drywall, trim and door. These latter expenses total $11,500. So for a grand total of $47,000 many needed improvements and advancements could be made.
Morris hopes folks will step forward and help with fundraising but in the meantime he will continue to repair and maintain. But one man’s dream has become the reality for so many and that is reason alone to contribute to and support WFHB.
By Helen Harrell
The news department at WFHB is ever growing and evolving under the tutelage of WFHB Director Alycin Bektesh, and the upcoming News Summit to be held in July is no exception to her creative planning. What’s a news summit you wonder? While summits can of course vary in intent and purpose this one is intended to improve and enhance the WFHB News department. Many folks including Bektesh and Assistant News Director Joe Crawford have expressed concerns that the news department operates beyond capacity to produce its 20 in-house programs along with managing the traffic for an additional 13 syndicated programs, recruiting and training new volunteers, participating in community outreach, fundraising and keeping updated content on the website and social media. Bektesh feels that “because we don’t have time enough to allow us to focus on a departmental strategy, any discussion of changes and improvements ends up being superficial.”
In a desire to seriously address the various aspects for needed change, Bektesh has received both WFHB Board of Directors and News and Public Affairs Committee (NPAC) approval to suspend news programming throughout the month of July for a News Summit, allowing four weeks for daily meetings to narrow focus in brainstorming to action plans. This effort is also seen as significant by other WFHB staff and long time show producers all of whom will be involved with various workshops throughout the month. A combination of re-runs and short seasonal programs will be used to fill programming time while the Summit is underway.
All WFHB listeners, supporters and volunteers are invited and encouraged to become involved and provide suggestions, new ideas and energy directed toward issues that affect everyone. Bektesh hopes the result of this major summit will lead to a better trained, more collaborative News Department, a standard system of recruitment and training for incoming volunteers, job descriptions for news staff and producers that accurately match needs and expectations and a clear line of action to increase overall quality.
So folks, this is the time to step up and become involved. Any and all suggestions will be considered and your participation will be greatly appreciated (and needed). The time commitment expectation is similar to that of any given volunteer’s current responsibilities and duties. Bektesh said, “I want our declaration of being a community newsroom to be absolutely genuine and this is the opportunity to make it so!” Hope to hear from all of you and see you in July!!
Here is the link to submit a workshop idea:
For questions and/or further information email: email@example.com