MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIR
Texture. Photos. The written word. These are the things that I love about Speaker magazine. The Internet is exciting, but there’s nothing like
making a cup of coffee and immersing
yourself in a magazine.
That’s why I accepted the challenge
to serve as the 2009-2010 Speaker
magazine editorial advisory board
chair. And because NSA President
Phillip Van Hooser, MBA, CSP, CPAE,
is a smooth talker.
I’m hooked on reading the magazine. Correction: the award-winning
magazine. It recently won a bronze
award for the second consecutive
year in the category of “General
Excellence” for magazines in the prestigious Society of National Publications
(SNAP) EXCEL Awards, which attracts
approximately 1,000 entries from
associations nationwide. This honor
encompasses best writing, content,
design and overall packaging, with no
small thanks to Barbara Parus, managing editor, whose creativity, eagle eyes
and attention to timelines produce a
standard of excellence that is, well,
The Speaker editorial advisory
board members are Jill Konrath, Terri
Langhans, CSP, Eileen McDargh, CSP,
CPAE, Gina Shreck, CSP, and Dennis
Stauffer, who worked together to
deliver 10 interesting and content-packed issues. Each team member
brought something different to the
table, including connections and expertise as individual as they are.
• Deadline actually
• I’m not nearly as
organized as I claim
• I really do know a lot
• If the e-mails between Barbara Parus
and me are ever published, we are
• When the magazine mailings went
from white envelopes to poly bags,
it was tantamount to moving from
eight-track tapes to HD TV.
• Some people do not have a sense
• My team was right: There was no
place in Speaker for a scratch-and-sniff section.
• There are more opinions about
the magazine than about health
• All of the articles that are
submitted by members are
reviewed and discussed.
• Some people think they’re better
writers than they are. Others are
better writers than they think they
are. Everyone should write.
• Copy and artwork are inextricably
• Most NSA members are brilliant,
creative and giving people.
• My background in improvisation
was very helpful in this position.
• An editor is a writer’s best friend.
Molly Cox, 2009-10 Speaker magazine ditorial advisory board chair
Here are a few lessons
I learned as an editorial
advisory board chair:
These lessons illustrate that we
can learn so much by volunteering.
By expanding our comfort zones and
reaching out to help, we benefit and
change in ways we never anticipated.
I hope you enjoyed reading the magazine during my 2009-10 term. But if
you haven’t, then, um, contact Pamela
Jett, the 2010-11 Speaker editorial advisory board chair, who will be happy to
talk to you. I’m confident that she is
going to be very good in this position.
Speaker will continue to flourish as
long as members continue to offer their
advice and expertise. If you have an idea
for an article, please email it to Barbara
Parus at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Pamela Jett at Pamela@jettct.com.
It’s your magazine.
2009-10 Speaker Editorial Advisory