I. Call to Order
Jennifer Murray, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:15 p.m.
Other members present were: Luke Hudson, Clayton Fincher, Kayla Rott, Benjamin Shors, Rachel Wong, Lorena O’English, Matt Haugen, Matthew Winchell, and Richard Miller. Board members absent: Ana Maria Alaniz Mendoza, Latisha Jensen, Veneice Guillory-Lacy, Rebecca Goodrich, Karen Breese, Christian Shaffer, Hannah Martian, Ella Spillane, and Taylor Swanson,
II. Approval of Jan. 30, 2019, minutes
• Approved as read
Luke Hudson, editor-in-chief:
• Sex Edition went smoothly – lots of content, and pages sent well ahead of deadlines. Provides a good template for production of future special editions.
• Now planning ASWSU election coverage, including livestreaming debates.
• Working on giving sections their own occasional double-truck space.
• Working with marketing on creating a consistent brand identity.
• Red marks have been temporarily replaced with daily one-on-one sessions.
• Both new podcasts have been launched.
• Working with Jacob Jones on including Jones’ Whitman county reporting in the Evergreen.
• All of the newsroom staff has improved dramatically.
Clayton Fincher, manager, advertising:
• Sales over goal again in February, and the sales team has exceeded its goals every month.
• New ad sales include three flash ads, and two weeks of Summer Session ads.
• Has developed an excellent working relationship with the graphics team as they work together to create ads.
• Student Ad Fund is nearly all spent.
• Next up: Working on the commencement edition and Week of Welcome paper.
Kayla Rott, manager, marketing:
• Working with Luke on a branding kit.
• Polling students on the mall for Student Choice Awards, has collected about 100 responses.
• Just did first photo booth event of the semester
• Board members suggested giving away photo booth use to promote ASWSU elections and student engagement.
Hannah Martian, editor, Chinook yearbook:
• No report.
Latisha Jensen, editor, Visitor Guide (report given by Miller):
• Half of magazine is complete. 25% is assigned and 25% remains to be assigned.
Ana Maria Alaniz Mendoza, manager, creative/graphics:
• No report.
K. Denise Boyd, fiscal specialist (report given by Miller):
• Budget surplus still expected, due to the unfilled content adviser position, election ads, and increased online ad revenue. Preparing for S&A Fee hearings. Plan is to seek no increase for regular operations, but a $5,000 increase for the Student Ad Fund, so student groups can be helped the entire academic year.
• Follow-up on plan to use grad intern as content adviser: Miller reported that the Murrow grad school coordinator said all the graduate students were fully funded, and none was likely to have newsroom experience.
• Hudson asked about the purpose of the board. Miller outlined main duties, such as electing student leaders and deciding on the future of publications. Miller also said the board provides a representative cross-section of WSU students and staff who can advocate for the interests of Student Media. Murray and O’English said the board also exists to offer students general advice, and that each member can provide specific expertise.
VI. Public Comments - none
The meeting adjourned at 4:51 p.m.
Minutes taken by Richard Miller, Student Media director