JOHNSON CITY — New officers have been elected for the
Greater Tri-Cities Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the
only organization for working journalists in Northeast Tennessee.
Incoming SPJ officers for 2013-2014 are: president, Mark
A. Stevens, publisher and CEO of the Elizabethton Star; secretary/treasurer,
Kayla Carter, staff writer for the Johnson City Press; programs chairman,
Christine Utoff, opinion editor with the Bristol Herald Courier;
membership chairman, Andrew Dunn, assistant professor of journalism at East
Tennessee State University.
Past President Mary Alice Basconi, an ETSU journalism
lecturer, will serve as chapter adviser, and Deborah Lowery, communications director
for Mountain States Health Alliance, will continue as vice president for a
The Greater Tri-Cities Pro Chapter of SPJ provides
networking, skill-sharing and resources to help journalists do their jobs, and
reaches out to local journalism students to offer mentoring opportunities.
Earlier this year, the chapter held a free resume review at Dick Nelson
Art Gallery for Milligan College and East Tennessee State University journalism
students, matching them with local journalists for networking and advice.
As a national organization, the Society of Professional
Journalists is a recognized leader in protecting the public's right to know.
The society is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press in America.