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Membership survey

June 15, 2009

Dear Capitolbeat members:

Last year, the board began to revise our bylaws to help our organization survive and thrive in what has become a very challenging news and philanthropic environment. With your input, we approved the majority of those changes at our meeting in November.

One item that was left outstanding was the question of membership standards – who can be a member of Capitolbeat and should we create a class of affiliate members. As you may recall, this point provoked a wide ranging and sometimes strong discussion about what Capitolbeat should look like going forward.

You may also recall we wanted to come back with a proposal for you early in 2009. Well, we’re not exactly early in the year but we would like some more input on this front. If you have ten minutes, please take the following survey:

Click Here to take survey

In essence, the board is trying to figure out where consensus might exist – in the positive or negative – and where there are divisions within the current membership. The options we present in this survey are just that, options. The board has not taken a position on any of them. There are a couple where that we think will have pretty broad support/opposition, but we don’t want to guess and want to let y’all make up your own minds.

Responses are due by June 28 at 11 p.m. eastern time.

Thanks in advance for your time and thoughtful consideration.

– mark binker
Capitolbeat VP

P.S. If you have questions about the survey or concerns that you don’t want to address over the list-serv, you can send them along to

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