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Vote for next year’s executive board

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Election season is upon us! While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye, we can’t wait to welcome a new executive board to lead Mizzou Women in Media next year. We need you to help pick our new executive board by voting for the candidates. Answers to our application questions are below so you can get to know the candidates. Our newsletter subscribers will be sent a link to an online survey to vote, so look for an email on Thursday, April 20 at noon.

Here are our candidates:

President

Christy Prust — Junior, Strat Comm (Art Direction)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I am running for President because I want to continue serving on the WIM Executive Board and I think this position gives me the opportunity to achieve the long term goals I have for the organization. WIM is a relatively new student org, and the first 5 years are the most important for finding a membership base, faculty allies and introducing events we want continue year to year. I have a lot of ideas that I wanted to implement this year, but simply didn’t have enough time so I think planning ahead is key. I would also like to actually listen to members about what they want to see events on and hopefully we can build a stronger membership base and have larger event turnout. I care about women and journalism and I want Women in Media to be a place that underclassmen journalism students can find their voice, gain knowledge, meet friends and feel like they are part of a community bigger than themselves.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I was WIM Secretary from May 2016-December 2016 and WIM Vice President January 2017 – Present. As secretary I handled weekly email communication to members, pairing for mentorship program and publicity and promotion for events. As vice president I have continued to handle publicity and promotion for events, help with collaboration with other student orgs, help to plan our first media tour to Kansas City, and was apart of all the regular events throughout the semester.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I would like to put out a calendar of planned events at the beginning of the semester, and focus on long term planning instead of week-to-week. I would also like to get our blog back up and running and post weekly blogs/guest blogs talking about important topics in media that involve women. Additionally I think another media tour, maybe to St Louis, would be a great opportunity for Fall 2017 members. For workshops, I think we should have a “Let’s Get Hired” event that included mock job interviews, cover letter writing, resume building, interview attire, personal branding and LinkedIn photos. It might be cool to run as like a series throughout the fall semester, bi-weekly events.

 

Vice-President

Tessa Weinberg — Sophomore, Print and Digital (Investigative)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
Mizzou Women in Media was something I knew I was interested in before I even set foot on Mizzou’s campus. The summer before my freshman year I filled out an interest form for the org, and since then Mizzou WIM has become a huge part of my college experience as I went from a member freshman year to Treasurer during my sophomore year. I want to keep being involved in Mizzou WIM and I’m ready to take on a larger role as Vice President. After having been on the executive board for a year, I’m familiar with our annual events such as our Honor Medalists panel and our mentorship program, and I want to continue to plan more opportunities for women on campus. My involvement with Mizzou WIM since it’s inception helps give me an intimate knowledge of the organization that makes me a good fit to be Vice President.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
Treasurer on executive board, Mentor/Mentee in mentorship program, run Mizzou WIM social media, applied for funding and helped plan our first media tour.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
We received a ton of positive feedback after our first media tour this semester to Kansas City. As Vice President I would like to coordinate a media tour each semester where we could visit nearby cities such as Kansas City and St. Louis, increasing the amount of connections between students and industry professionals. With my experience planning our first media tour, I can help the Treasurer in the application process for funding and reaching out to newsrooms early to plan. Another idea I would like to implement next year would be bringing a speaker to Mizzou. Mizzou WIM has never tried to bring a speaker before, but with funding available from ORG and reaching out to potential speakers early, we could host a large event with a keynote and master classes for the spring semester. My experience helping bring a speaker to campus with ONA Mizzou gives me insight into how the process works. Lastly, in addition to our workshops, I would love to work to create more casual, social events for women within the Journalism school to get to know each other more.

Adianis Contreras — Junior, Multimedia Producing

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I would like to take on a leadership role of some sort to get hands-on experience of what it’s like to manage an organization on campus. I would like to be a part of the brainstorming process in deciding which speakers to bring to campus and how we can get more students to attend. I really enjoyed the few workshops I was able to go to. As a first year transfer student, I felt a bit of a disconnect from myself and other female journalists, so becoming more actively involved in the program would be essential for me in establishing those connections.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
Mentorship program (as a mentee), I attended workshops such as “Stalking in the Digital Age,” and your collaboration with NABJ Unity Conference on November 5.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I would like to maybe incorporate a blog or discussion board online of some sort, in which WIM mentors and mentees can express their concerns about the field or seek advice from each other outside of their mentorships. I also think it’d be cool to have our own snapchat (if we don’t already) and invite MU journalism students on twitter to ask us questions about advice or current event topics that we could talk about on a snapchat story.

Tess Vrbin — Sophomore, Convergence (Investigative)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
WIM’s first semester at Mizzou was also my first semester, so I immediately knew upon arriving here that I had a support system as a woman in a male-dominated field. I’ve watched WIM grow for two years and can’t wait to see where it goes next. I’m running for Vice President because I see WIM continuing to blossom by forming connections with other orgs at Mizzou and creating symbiotic relationships. I have a list of ideas for which orgs to connect with and how they can help us continue to support women in media.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I went on the media tour in KC, and I have been involved with the mentorship program for a year. I came to the #MyVoiceBC event, the Good Girls Revolt watch party, and the mental health panel WIM hosted with ONA.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
WIM has placed a lot of emphasis on being women as a whole in media as a whole, and in the future it would be great to focus on specific groups because I think we can do that without losing our sense of unity. I would love for WIM to hold events/panels focusing on women’s experiences doing different kinds of reporting (such as sports, crime and politics) and other media (advertising and PR). We could also look at experiences pertaining specifically to women of color, queer women, and women with disabilities in the field. We could reach out to organizations on campus such as the Multicultural Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center to connect us with panelists. I interviewed the first WIM exec board for a story for The Maneater in August 2015 (which is how I was introduced to WIM), and someone told me that working with these organizations was a long-term plan. I haven’t seen that happen yet (maybe it has and I’m unaware), but I think WIM and these orgs would all really benefit from these partnerships coming to fruition.

 

Secretary

Emily Powers — Freshman, Documentary Journalism

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I really love the organization and would like to become more involved.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I was involved with the mentorship program and I attended the media tour.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I think there could be a few more interactive events to have people meet each other within the group throughout the year. This is an awesome support for women entering the different media fields and I would like to help better build connections.

Kaelyn Adix — Sophomore, Magazine Editing

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I love what Mizzou WIM stands for and would love to be a part of bringing future journalists together in understanding what life for women is like in the professional field.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I attended some events, such as the Good Girls Revolt screening, but with a more open schedule next semester, I am looking forward to getting more involved.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I love that WIM had a media tour in Kansas City and I think it would be great to have more events like that, where students can hear from professionals about their experiences, whether its through tours outside of Columbia or panels on campus.

Makayla Looney — Sophomore, Broadcast (Sports)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I am running for secretary because I know that I’m dependable and will show up to everything, I want to help the Exec. Board and the organization run as smooth as possible and I have so many ideas that I want to implement, if I’m in the position.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I was a part of the mentorship program, I’ve been to all of the events and meetings hosted this year and I went on the KC Media Tour.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I think it would be cool to have different mentor events throughout the year or even bonding events for all WIM members. For example, there could be a bonfire or ice cream night or something along those lines. Another idea that I have is getting women in our field to come and talk to us. Whether that be through Skype or in person at a meeting or a weekend conference. It would be beneficial for everyone, instead of only the people picked for the Media Tour.  Also with the Media Tour, I would want to help arrange for WIM to go to print publications as well as the advertising agency, news and radio station, just so every going can visit a company that has their future occupation.

Magdaline Duncan — Sophomore, Convergence

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I have been a feminist for as long as I can remember, since before I learned what the word meant. Something often mentioned in feminist circles and during the media tour is that women tend to see each other as competitors, when we should be building each other up. Female empowerment and solidarity is very dear to my heart, and I would love to use my position to build up my fellow women and help to further their careers.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I was involve with the mentorship program and the media tour. I have J2150 from 5:30-6:45 Monday and Wednesday, and this prevented me from coming to many of the meetings.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I would love to continue the mentorship program and expand it. We could do presentations in both undergrad and graduate classes at the beginning of the year about it. We could also do some collaborations with the Women’s Center and the Multicultural Center on how to create socially responsible journalism, and combatting unconscious biases in the media we create.

Kaleigh Feldkamp — Freshman, Undeclared

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I had a fantastic experience with Women in Media this year. It helped me meet people and become involved in the J-school as a freshmen, and I learned a lot about journalism as well. I want to help incoming freshmen and new members have the same positive experience I had. I believe I would make a good secretary for WIM because of my organizational and communication skills.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I tried to be as involved in WIM as possible. I attended the monthly events, was a part of the mentorship program, and participated in the media tour.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
One of my favorite WIM events of the year was the joint event with ONA about mental health and journalism. I think it would be a good idea for WIM to have more of these joint events and to work with more groups on campus, such as Mizzou Feminists.

 

Social Media/PR
Melanie Katz — Sophomore, Strat Comm

Why are you running for this executive board position?
As a current member of the WIM Executive Board, I have not only been able to learn what makes this organization run, but also help to execute and develop ideas to expand the horizons of Women In Media. What makes this organization so special, to me, is how we, as women breaking into the industry, can connect and inspire one another through learning and participating in WIM events. I have extensive knowledge and experience with many social media platforms and would love to give WIM a more active voice and online presence. Women In Media has so much potential for outreach, public education and promotion and I hope to bring that to life by developing this new position.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
Current Executive Board member, Mentorship program, Media Tour, Managing the News (And Your Mental Health).

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
Social Media/PR is a new position and I would love to dedicate myself to developing the role. While we currently have an active presence on Twitter and Facebook, I plan to broaden WIM’s reach onto other platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram where we will be able to not only tell the public what we’re doing, but also show them. To attract more members (current and new) to the Mentor Program, I would like to do features on Mentor/Mentee pairings. I would like to keep a more consistent blog on our website to discuss news in the industry, spotlight women in and outside our community and recap WIM events. I want to be able to help brand WIM online using new platforms and tactics to boost membership and attendance.

Dani Damario — Sophomore, Strat Comm (Digital Strategy)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I want to see Mizzou WIM grow and I believe one of the best ways to do that is through social media. I believe communities are so powerful and I want Mizzou WIM to become the go-to for women journalism students on campus seeking genuine support and knowledge.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
Mentorship program, meetings, ONAxWIM events.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
Recruiting! I’m talking cutely designed flyers all over campus about meetings, promotional Twitter, Facebook, website with helpful infographics and resources, stronger mentorship program and seeking out people who would be passionate about what Mizzou WIM is.

Natalie Tatum — Sophomore, Strat Comm

Why are you running for this executive board position?
This is my first semester within Journalism and I’m really loving everything that I’ve experienced. I’m interning with a baseball team for Media and PR this summer and would love to continue working with Media and PR into the school year as well to gain as much experience in the field as possible. I love all kinds of social media and think a lot can be said about a person’s online image and I would love to be able to represent Women In Media through my different online tactics.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
Media Tour.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
I think we should improve our online footprint by being more active on different social media sites. I believe it would be both fun and impactful if we were able to share more about what WIM does on social media as well as incorporate our community into our WIM goals and activities.

Hannah Simon — Freshman, Journalism (Undecided)

Why are you running for this executive board position?
Women in Media is my favorite club, not only for the events it hosts, but also for the positive message it instills. Society has taught women to tear each other down, but WIM reteaches women to build each other up. Because of this, I want to become more active in the group, not just attending the meetings and events, but also helping it grow and influence students, and hopefully the media for years to come. This message has meant a lot to me, and I want it to mean a lot to other women as well. By holding the position of Social Media/PR I would be able to spread WIM’s message to both members and non-members. This position would be a powerful learning experience for something that I am passionate about. As social media becomes more prevalent in today’s society, I want to help the club make an impact not only through the meetings and events, but also through other channels where it can reach a wider audience.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
I am involved in the mentorship program, went on the media tour and I attended events such as the Good Girls Revolt screening, Managing the News (And Your Mental Health) event, Why Our Voices Matter, Women in Media Honor Medal Panel and Meet Mizzou Women in Media.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
It would be great if WIM had a monthly newsletter highlighting successful women in the media, promoting future events, and sharing highlights of past events for members who could not make them. This way, members continue to stay connected, even if there is a lull in meetings. It also advocates powerful women, and it would be great if there could be a Q and A with one of the featured women each newsletter. In addition, the media tour was extremely informative and encouraging, but it would have been better if the companies we visited were more varied, as KCPT and KSHB were very similar. Next year, visiting a magazine, an online publication or a newspaper would be very informative and interesting, in addition to visiting companies such as VML and KCPT or KSHB. Lastly, bringing in successful women to speak to the group is not easy, but they might be willing to Skype with the group, tell WIM about themselves and take questions. We could bring in a range of women, not just reporters, but women in all realms of the media. I would actively search for women, both alumni and not alumni, who would be willing to share their experiences with us. To help promote events and advocate for the club, all channels of social media would be utilized–not just Twitter and Facebook, but Snapchat and Instagram as well.

 

Treasurer

Christiáne-Trésor Crawford — Freshman, Journalism (Broadcast) and Political Science 

Why are you running for this executive board position?
I’m running for this executive board position because even though my interest area won’t be Strategic Communications – PR, I believe that I am the jack of all trades, therefore, coming up with events and managing those events is something that I’ve always enjoyed, even in high school. Also, having a panel of diverse speakers who’ll come and share their experiences or to elaborate on a certain topic is one thing that was done well this year, so I will like to continue this.

In conclusion, I will work closely with ORG so that next year’s media tour will be just as successful as this year’s. I’ll take into consideration the feedback that was received about this year’s trip and even go to St. Louis this time around.

What part of Mizzou WIM were you involved with this year?
This year, I was a part of the mentorship program, the recent media tour, and also I attended as many meetings as possible such as the ones where we watched and discussed ‘Good Girls Revolt’, talked about stalking in the digital age, and revealed why journalism needs our voice.

What ideas do you have for improving Mizzou WIM?
The main issue that I saw throughout the year was that the number of members who attended the meetings began to wane over time as well as keeping those members active within the organization. Therefore, teaming up with more organizations, like we did with ONA this year, will help recruit other members from these organizations who share the same interest and in return will continue to support both.

Also, holding fundraisers for different causes will help get WIM’s name out there as well as setting up a table in Speaker’s Circle every once in a while to recruit more members.

 

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