Some good news

I don’t ordinarily blog about the specifics of my work. I can talk a blue streak about social media and whatnot, which just happens to be what I do for a living, but I generally keep my work self and my self self pretty separate in the blogosphere.

But I would just like to mention that I have been appointed acting managing editor of the publication I do social media work for, effective later this month. 😀 It’s a temporary step back into print media editing that should be interesting. I’m a little nervous, though, because I still have to do my regular job.

I’m weighing how this will affect my volunteer gigs.


Yay of the day!

Temple at some point in the past year or so has restored its online archives for the Temple Times, of which I was associate editor between 2000 and 2004. I’m so happy about this, because it means I can restore that portion of my online clip file.

I discovered this when I had this random notion to Google an amazing student I interviewed back in the early days of my writing career. I wasn’t surprised to find that she indeed went on to Harvard Law School, and I believe we’ll be seeing more of her in years to come. I hit her up on LinkedIn, and hope she writes back, because I’d love to hear what track she’s on now that she’s out of school.

I should note that there was a story I wrote in 2001 that has been tickling around the back of my mind as being an influence on my faith journey, but I didn’t have a copy of it — I found it here. I was pretty much a nontheistic, nonpracticing Buddhist at the time.


So, I’ve been working in association publications and communications for three years, and before that I was in university communications for four years. I really want to get my CAE designation, but I’m pretty sure I’m not eligible yet–and won’t be til I’m almost 40. I’m in the middle of applying for my MPA in nonprofit and association management from George Mason, which is another “before-40” goal of mine.

Yet I see people younger than me who have the credential, and clearly, I’m sensitive about the under-35-to-watch moniker because, well, I was born in 1970 and kinda missed being the under-35 anything by virtue of graduating college, finally, in 2004. (Whether or not I’m someone to watch is moot. I was a lot cuter when I was under 35, though.)

The CAE isn’t my goal as much as the MPA is, but it seems like picking up the association management certificate, being only 6 additional credits after the nonprofit track, is a good idea. I mean, when you look at the organizations I do work for—churches, associations, and higher-ed institutions—they all have related focuses and I find the strategies that work for one can often be applied across all three.

But I wish I could get the CAE first somehow, even though I’ll hit 5 years in association staff around the same time I actually finish the MPA.

Thoughts? Is the credential worth fretting over?

The winning story

So, tonight I won a Bronze SNAP Excel Award, which is pretty prestigious in Association Publications world, for this story, published last May.

You can read it here.

Another Yay!

Crossposted from my livejournal:

I’ve just found out that one of my feature stories from last year, “Serving Up Success,” has won a prestigious EXCEL award from the Society of National Association Publications. This is a very competitive contest, and I will find out on June 14 whether I’ve won the gold, silver or bronze award for that category.

All you journalists show your faces

As chance would have it, my AP style guide fell open to “religious movements.”

liberal In general, avoid this word as a descriptive
classification in religion. It has objectionable implications to many

I object!!!

Acceptable alternate descriptions include activist, more flexible,
and broadview.

No wonder we don't get any press coverage. The AP has no idea what to
do with us.

That said, lowercase such words as … goddamn