2012 Resolution 7

WHEREAS, the NPPA has an interest in utilizing mutually beneficial partnerships with regional state, and local visual journalism organizations for the purposes of education, advocacy, marketing, and recruitment;

Be it RESOLVED, “Professional Chapters” in NPPA’s Policies and Procedures document shall be rewritten to read:

2012 Resolution 6

This resolution aims to ensure that our organization is properly and consistently marketed and branded in communications and at its events. NPPA currently lacks established standards in these areas. Consistency in these areas does matter to the success of an organization, whether a for-profit firm or 501-type organizations. In an organization with many volunteers involved in it’s governance in many corners of the country, efforts should be made to keep them on the same page and appearing cohesive.

2012 Resolution 5

WHEREAS, student outreach is a high priority of the National Press Photographers Association; and

WHEREAS, student chapters are NPPA’s primary means of performing such outreach and recruiting members; and

WHEREAS, faculty advisors of such student chapters are deserving of the organization’s consideration for sacrificing their time to start chapters, maintain chapters, and increase student membership and participation; and

WHEREAS, these faculty advisors are vital links between NPPA and students themselves;

2012 Resolution 4

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors (the board) of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) holds elections for National Officers annually; and

WHEREAS, in any election it is important for voters to make informed and deliberated decisions; and

WHEREAS, the current wording of NPPA’s Policies and Procedures document is unclear regarding the nomination process for such elections;

Be it RESOLVED, paragraph 2 of “Election of National Officers” in NPPA’s Policies and Procedures shall be rewritten to read:

2012 Resolution 3

There should be an across-the-board consistent approach to issuing plaques for winners of contests.

There has been no plaque issued for the winner of the Best Use of Photography contest for the past two years. In the past we had issued plaques for the top three winners; three years ago, to save money, we issued a plaque only to the first place winner.

2012 Resolution 2

The Regional Representative shall to appoint a proxy associate that would be able to stand-in for the Regional Representative, and be able to step forward to take over the work of the Regional Rep should he be unable to fulfill his responsibilities.

The “proxy” associate shall be privy to all Regional Rep communications and information should it be necessary for him or her to step forward and therefore be bound by the rules of the National Board.

2012 Resolution 1

I propose we grant the student representative to the NPPA board the right to vote during the board meetings.

Students make up 12% of our membership. We value our student members enough to identify a student representative to the board, and bring that person to the annual board meeting - we should also give those student members the respect they deserve, and give that representative the right to vote!

2012 Annual Report of NPPA Vice President Mike Borland

In 2011 I attended the Annual Board Meeting in January in Durham, NC. At that meeting I was nominated and then elected Vice President. Throughout the year I attended monthly conference call meetings of the Executive Committee, taking notes and distributing them to the rest of the Board as a part of my role as Liaison between the Executive Committee and the Board. I also served as sort of a liaison with the TV BOP Photography and Editing contests as budget constraints forced changes in the judging of the contest. The 2012 BOP will feature online entries for the first time.

NPPA Secretary’s Annual Report

January 2012
Submitted by Denise McGill

As Secretary, I am a member of the Board of Directors, Governance Committee and Executive Committee.

The list of my activities, detailed below, is dry. In carrying out these duties, I have strived to increase transparency, to create a structure that makes it easy for members to access services and find places to volunteer. I’ve unofficially served as a point person for volunteers and elected leaders at all levels.