Why I’m seeking this SPJ office
Ever since I was in the sixth grade and toured the newsroom of my regional daily newspaper, journalism has been my passion.
I was honored to serve the Society as a Director at Large from 2010-2012. It’s disconcerting that many of the same issues facing journalists at that time have become even more critical today. And now the industry is facing attacks for “fake news,” making the need for the Society greater than ever.
My broad experience in SPJ, which includes campus chapter president, pro chapter president, national committee chair and national board member, uniquely qualifies me to help the Society achieve its goals.
If elected, I would:
Increase public education about what journalists do on behalf of the Society. Partnerships with other journalism organizations and a strong push for media literacy will help us achieve that goal.
Continue SPJ’s good work enhancing our standing nationally among journalists and the public as THE authority on journalism matters.
Keep the spotlight on the importance of ethics, which are crucial in our ever-changing media landscape.
I would like to return to the national board and use my knowledge of what works and what doesn’t to achieve the Society’s goals. If delegates this year approve a proposal for a smaller, more strategic national board, I would apply my experience toward the most effective transition possible.
As a great admirer of Walt Disney’s creative accomplishments, I take to heart one of his company’s most popular maxims: if you can dream it, you can do it.
I ask for your vote to enable me to serve the Society with the enthusiasm I have brought to the organization since my college days.
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"Lauren's extensive experience at the national as well as local and regional levels of our Society make her well qualified to serve as director at large. During my tenure as a leader, first of SPJ and later of the SDX Foundation, Lauren provided me with her thoughts, ideas, energy and advice about important matters for journalism. I value that kind of participation. Lauren's voice on national board is vital, especially now, as the Society and in fact all of journalism faces the challenges ahead. My vote — from afar — goes to Lauren in this year's election."
— Steve Geimann
SPJ national president, 1996-1997 | SDX Foundation president, 2002-2012 | Wells Memorial Key winner, 2001
"Lauren Bartlett will again make an outstanding Director At Large.
During her previous stint as Director At Large, she came to learn and understand the pathways and dynamics of SPJ in a way that will serve her well should she win another term on the board.
She has the ability to cut through complex problems and offer solutions.
While I was president, Lauren was an invaluable source of good advice.
At a time when SPJ has made strides to better represent the members who live outside of traditional chapters, she is just the person the Society needs to advocate for those folks."
— John Ensslin
National President, 2011-12 | Former Sigma Delta Chi Board Member
"Lauren Bartlett has been a longtime champion of SPJ's mission and beliefs. She is a dedicated volunteer and strong leader.
I look forward to voting for her for board director at large, where she will serve journalists and the Society with passion and honor.
She is the perfect person to lead the society into an uncertain future. "
— Dave Aeikens
National President 2008-2009 | Former Sigma Delta Chi Board Member | Two-time Regional Director of the Year | Former Legal Defense Fund Chairman 2005-2007 | President's Award Winner 2008
"Especially today when our free press needs defending more than ever, SPJ needs leaders with the right combination of knowledge, experience, energy and commitment to not only undertake that work, but to succeed at it.
You can be assured that Lauren Bartlett has those qualities. I have known Lauren for 20 years. She cares about SPJ and its future.
Your vote for her is your assurance that the work will be done and done right without giving it a second thought. "
— Mark Scarp
Two-time Regional Director of the Year | Former Member, SPJ Executive Committee | Howard Dubin Chapter Member of the Year Award Recipient | Former Ethics Committee Member | Former Communications Committee Vice Chair
"This year has thrust journalism into a life and death struggle for press freedom. At the heart of the battle will be dedicated SPJ leaders. One of those people should be Lauren Bartlett, who has the passion for the SPJ mission of preserving freedom of the press. I have known Lauren since she arrived as a young reporter at The Associated Press and have followed her career and her involvement in the work of SPJ.
She has the experience and knowledge of the organization to make things happen. She will definitely be an asset to the national leadership of SPJ."
— Linda Deutsch
Retired AP Special Correspondent | Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists
"As a photojournalist during the Vietnam War and for over 50 years, I see the need to protect the role of our journalists and the free press being more important than ever.
I have known Lauren since she came to work as a reporter at The AP.
Her leadership, extensive experience, and strong dedication to the SPJ makes her the right candidate to serve as Director at Large. I know she will be a strong advocate for journalists and SPJ in protecting and enhancing the critical role that journalism plays today."
— Nick Ut
Photographer (retired), The Associated Press | 1973 Pulitzer Prize Winner | Sigma Delta Chi Award Winner | SPJ/LA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Lauren is a dedicated and passionate advocate of journalism and SPJ. She is thoughtful, strong and gets things done. We need people like Lauren in SPJ's leadership to keep moving it forward in these fast-changing times.
— Carl Corry
Director At Large, 2012-2014 | Region 1 Director, 2004-2006