Leadership Committees

CPA Leadership Committees structure

Committees provide guidance to the CPA staff and make recommendations to the CPA Board of Directors. Committee meetings dates are determined by the committees at the start of each year, and are typically no more than quarterly, with the exception of the Legisliative Committee that meets more frequently. The meetings are conducted remotely and the dates below are for 2017 only. 

Legislative Committee 

What it does:

  • Look at current issues newspapers face and help create and propose legislation on newspapers’ behalf
  • Look at proposals and legislation coming from other entities to decide the Press Association stance
  • Advocate for CPA legislative priorities with decision makers and the public

When it meets:

  • 4th Friday every month during session, also August and November

Who is on it:

  • CPA CEO & membership and projects specialist
  • CPA lobbyist
  • Colorado Freedom of Information executive director
  • Three board members as selected by the board president; board members of this committee would not be on other committees due to the number of times it meets
  • Two-four members of CPA membership either volunteering or selected through outreach by president/staff

 Convention and Contest Committee

What it does:

  • Help set the standards and expectations of the upcoming convention including, but not limited to, the focal point of that year's convention, events and speakers
  • Help craft convention budget
  • Help set categories and rules for the annual Better Newspaper Contest
  • Help plan future conventions and other trainings beyond the convention
  • Look at possible new venues and new ways to approach the convention and contest.

When it meets:

  • 2 p.m. 2nd Friday of February, May, July, September and December

Who is on it:

  • CPA CEO, membership and projects specialist, and office manager
  • Two board members as selected by the board president
  • Two-four members of CPA membership either volunteering or selected through outreach by president/staff

Membership and Bylaws Committee

What it does:

  • Look at current member benefits and see what is valued. Help create new member benefits to continue value in membership
  • Conduct outreach so members understand the benefits
  • Review and evaluate membership dues structure

When it meets:

  • 1 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of March, July and October

Who is on it:

  • CPA CEO, membership and projects specialist, and office manager
  • Executive Committee
  • 1-2 former board members
  • 2-4 members of CPA membership either volunteering or selected through outreach by president/staff

Journalism Foundation Committee

What it does:

  • Works as the charitable arm of the CPA, focused on educational opportunities that enhance the industry
  • Establish fundraising mechanisms and projects to be funded
  • Encourage members and the public to participate in fundraising activities

When it meets:

  • 2 pm 2nd Thursday of February, May, September and November

Who is on it:

  • CPA CEO & membership and projects specialist
  • 1-2 CPA board members as selected by the board president
  • 5-8 members of the CPA membership either volunteering or selected through outreach by president/staff

Ethics and Media Literacy Committee

What it does

  • Discuss current ethical situations faced by newspapers and provide guidance to address those situations
  • Guide CPA strategies and tactics in support of ethical journalism

When it meets:

  • Twice a year, TBD in June and November

Who is on it:

  • CPA CEO & membership and projects specialist
  • 1-2 CPA board members as selected by the board president
  • 2-3 members of the CPA membership either volunteering or selected through outreach by president/staff