Stephen Silha was elected president of the Washington News Council at the WNC’s board meeting on July 23, 2005. Silha, a writer and communications consultant, had been vice president of the council.
The Christian Science Monitor published his op-ed piece, “News councils: a meeting place for communities and their storytellers,” on Aug. 29, 2005. Click HERE:
“News councils provide a nonthreatening, neutral way to explore citizen complaints about media coverage, to examine ethics, and to communicate more clearly about the purpose and techniques of journalism,” Silha wrote. He described the WNC’s Knight Foundation-funded project to create two more news councils in other states (see next item below).
Silha replaces Cyrus Krohn, who stepped down as WNC president when he took a new job at Yahoo! Krohn, who is maintaining his residence in Issaquah, will remain as a media member of the Council.
Steve Boyer and Dave Schaefer were also elected vice presidents of the News Council. Boyer is Senior Vice President of Rockey Hill & Knowlton, and a Public Member of the WNC. Schaefer is Assistant Director of Public Affairs at the Port of Seattle and a Media Member of the WNC.
Sandy Schoolfield is now Treasurer of the WNC and Suzie Burke is Secretary.
The News Council has received other national publicity. Mark Jurkowitz‘s recent piece in the Boston Phoenix
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/medialog_2/ (second item) also described the Knight Foundation grant project.
Both Silha’s and Jurkowitz’s pieces were posted on Jim Romenesko’s widely read national media website.