GSLABJ to meet, elect officers on March 11

The GSLABJ will hold its second general body meeting of 2017 at 2 p.m. March 11 at the Ferguson Public Library,  at 35 North Florissant Road in Ferguson, MO (314-521-4820).

It’s election time! We need dedicated leaders and active members, so please make plans to come and vote on our future leaders and upcoming plans.

If you still need to pay dues, you can do that a couple of ways:

1. Mail a check to GSLABJ at PO Box 771662, St. Louis, MO 63177
2. Pay at our second meeting of 2017

Feel free to reach out to us here at gslabj@gmail.com or join the Facebook group for regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/GSLABJ/.

GSLABJ’s 40th anniversary celebration is stunning success!

The GSLABJ’s 40th anniversary event, held on December 3, 2016, at Nine Network of Public Media, was a wonderful evening of celebration, connection and re-connection, with colleagues coming back to St. Louis from DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, upstate New York and more. The event began with a reception and continued to a lively program to honor outstanding colleagues and achievements in local journalism. More details to come shortly.

Kudos Linda Lockhart for her outstanding work in coordinating the event.

For the event press release, click here.

Thank you to our valued sponsors!

Thank you to our valued sponsors!

People news

Congratulations to long-time GSLABJ member Sharon Stevens, retired KSDK-TV education reporter, who was named a 2016 Media Person of the Year by the St. Louis Press Club. The awards event will be held on November 30, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m., at the Edward Jones Corp. Headquarters (12555 Manchester at Highway 270). Cost: individual - $125 Press Club member; $150, nonmember (to save $25 on each of two tickets, join the Press Club, $85). To RSVP, click here

  • The GSLABJ is deeply saddened to report that co-founder George E. Curry, a widely respected journalist who worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1972–1983 before becoming DC correspondent and then NY bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, has died of a heart attack at age 69. In addition to leading the charge for the GSLABJ, George was the moving force behind our High School Journalism Workshop, now approaching its 40th year of service to aspiring young minority journalists and the model for similar programs in several other cities. He was a strong voice for civil rights who worked for the National Newspaper Publishers Association and edited Emerge magazine. It is difficult to fully state the scope of his many contributions to journalism, civil rights and the GSLABJ.
Linda Lockhart (center) at 2015 GSLABJ Living Legends event.

Linda Lockhart (center) at 2015 GSLABJ Living Legends event.

  • The GSLABJ is proud to have presented chapter co-founder and longtime member Linda Lockhart with its 2015 Living Legend Award. Lockhart was nearly moved to tears as GSLABJ members and friends offered congratulations for her many years of excellent service to the journalism profession in general and to the GSLABJ in particular.
  • GSLABJ webmaster Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is one of the “Inspiring Women of Our Community” profiled in the October issue of Brighton Connections magazine. She's in the back row, next to the pillar, in the print dress.
  • In November 2015, Thaler-Carter received a Big Pencil Award from the Writers and Books literary center of her hometown, Rochester, NY, for service to the local literary community. 

Scholarship opportunity

A $10,000 scholarship from Hallmark to undergraduate students pursuing a career in the writing arts may still be available. Hallmark offers scholarships each year for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university of the student's choice.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university for fall 2016. Up to two (2) awards will be granted in 2016. For more information, click here.