Members of the Community Advisory Board seek to
assist WTTW in fulfilling its goal to inform, inspire, educate and
entertain its viewing audience by presenting distinctive television
programming for diverse audiences throughout Chicago, the region
and the nation.
Board members continue to explore how they might better discern
and communicate emerging needs of various publics to station management.
Within the past year, they completed a very successful new member
recruitment drive which utilized on-air announcements, as well as
articles in various print outlets to solicit candidates for consideration.
Consistent with its operating rules and bylaws, the meetings are
open to the public; and public comment is solicited.
WTTW COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
6 - 8 PM
The following persons currently serve on WTTW's Community Advisory
Thom Clark, Chairman
Gary Durochik, Vice Chairman
Riva Feshbach, Secretary
Barbara Proctor, WWCI Trustee Chair, Television Committee
Elizabeth Forkins Harano
Mary Lou Mockus
Janet Joyce Nelson
FINAL REPORT - WTTW CAB BYLAW REVIEW COMMITTEE
Gary Durochik, Chairman
Eileen Durkin, Ex-Officio
The following is the reference in the WTTW Community Advisory Board
Bylaws; Adopted February 10, 2004 that governs the establishment
activities of the Bylaw Review Committee.
Section 1 Standing and Special Committees. All committees shall
have a minimum of three members. All committee chairpersons and
shall be appointed by the Chairman and approved by the members.
committees shall adhere to the WTTW CAB's Bylaws and standing rules.
All committees shall report at each regularly scheduled meeting.
members shall approve all committee work products before release.
Chairman shall be an ex-officio, nonvoting, member of all committees.
Section 5 Other Committees. Such other committees, standing or
special (e.g., Bylaw Review Committee), shall be appointed by the
Chairman and approved by the membership as the Chairman shall from
to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the WTTW CAB.
Bylaw Review Committee Objective (presented to the WTTW CAB leadership
team on October 28, 2004):
Objective: Review the current mission statement and bylaws, as published
on the WTTW CAB web page, and propose bylaw changes consistent with
practices such as Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, tenth edition.
Models to be used:
- WTTW CAB web page
- Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, tenth edition.
- Best Practices
- Initial and ongoing participation by committee members
- Initial and ongoing support from all stakeholders
Bylaw Review Committee Activities and Accomplishments:
October 14, 2004 - The Bylaw Review Committee was
chartered and the
committee chairman and members were appointed by WTTW CAB Chairman,
Ms. Eileen Durkin, and approved by the general membership in attendance.
October 28, 2004 - Ms. Eileen Durkin convened a WTTW CAB leadership
meeting to discuss committee objectives and to provide direction
guidance to the committees. Gary Durochik and Chris Bassi participated.
December 9, 2003 - WTTW CAB presentation summary:
- Handed out copies of Bylaws Draft #2
- Lead general discussion with regard to Bylaws
- Solicited additional comments by 1/10/2004
- Meeting minutes posted on WTTW CAB web page reflected comment
solicitation and procedure
January 13, 2004
- Closed comment period
- Developed Draft #3 using input from Chris Bassi, Carolyn Aguila,
Wexman, Renee Summers, and Brian Bartoz.
- Requested legal review through Ms. Eileen Durkin
January 27, 2004
- E-mail distributed to WTTW CAB leadership team asking various
questions with regard to disposition of Bylaws and legal review
January 28, 2004
- Draft #3 distributed to WTTW CAB members by Ms. Eileen Durkin
legal review complete and up or down vote at February 10, 2004 meeting)
January 29, 2004
- Meeting with Todd Wexman to discuss additional changes to Bylaws
#3. The distribution on January 28, 2004 prevented any additional
changes to Draft #3. The amendment process in Article VIII should
exercised as a tool for continuous improvement.
January 31, 2004
- E-mail to Ms. Eileen Durkin that included questions relevant to
Review Comm. work
February 10, 2004 - Project Closeout:
- Final report and present the Bylaws for an up or down vote at
February 10, 2004 WTTW CAB meeting.
- Legal review was requested but not provided.
- The bylaws were discussed, updated, and approved by the general
- A clean final approved copy of the Bylaws is attached for your
- Any additional changes to the Bylaws must be handled through the
provision in the Bylaws under Article VIII, Amendment to Bylaws.
- The objective of the Bylaw Review Committee has been achieved.
- The Bylaw Review Committee is released.
Gary M. Durochik
Chairman, Bylaw Review Committee
WTTW Community Advisory Board (CAB)
Meeting Report for Regular Meeting Tuesday, February 8, 2005
**NOTE: Next CAB meeting Tuesday,
April 12, 2005
Thom Clark called the meeting to order at 6 pm. The reports for
the two previous CAB meetings (10/10/04 and 12/14/04) were approved.
Reports of Officers and Committees
Responding to requests from CAB members, Thom Clark asked the CAB
to vote on whether e-mail or regular mail should be the primary
means for communicating with the CAB. The CAB voted for continuing
to use regular mail. Thom Clark offered to handle the outgoing mailings
until our new support person at WTTW was able to take care of it.
Thom Clark reported briefly on the meeting that he, Gary Durochik,
and David Nelson had with members of the WTTW management, and commented
that it was a positive meeting and cleared up many concerns (see
New Business for additional discussion of this meeting).
Thom Clark, speaking on behalf of the Program Committee, said that
Gary Durochik would review his notes of the meeting with management
at the next the Program Committee. As part of an ongoing effort
to clarify the role of the Program Committee, the committee will
present a revised mission statement at the April 12 meeting.
David Nelson reported from the Membership Committee. He reminded
people to send in suggestions for new CAB members to replace outgoing
members. Note: Officers and Committee chairs will be voted on at
the April meeting.
Bruce Beckman presented proposed revisions to the CAB by-laws. The
revisions clarify the relationship of the CAB to the WTTW Board
of Trustees; and address CAB access to station operating information.
Other revisions mean that the by-laws now more completely reflect
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) statement of CAB objectives.
The changes to the by-laws were voted on and approved. Counsel for
WTTW will review the by-laws.
Bruce Beckman also provided an update on his research into CABs
at other community licensed stations (about have of public stations
are community licensed). A complete report will be made at April
Thom Clark reported on meeting with WTTW management. He, Gary Durochik,
and David Nelson met with Dan Schmidt (president, CEO), Randy King
(Exec. VP for Television), and Paul Buckner (V.P. of Production).
He then introduced VJ McAleer (director of community partnership
programming) who will be the new CAB/WTTW liaison. He has been at
the station for 18 years, in various positions including as producer
of "Chicago Matters." In his position, which involves
managing existing partnerships and developing new ones, he sees
the role of the CAB as being an important link into the community.
Several CAB members had questions for VJ McAleer. Bruce Beckman
asked about developing locally produced children's programming.
VJ McAleer said that WTTW doesn't produce children's
programming, and in general a local focus is more important for
adult programming than for children's programming and the
station's "ready to learn" initiatives. There
was a follow up question about what kinds of community partnerships
the station is developing. VJ McAleer talked about a project with
CHS to get Chicago history programming (including "Chicago
Stories") into the public schools; a project with Chicago
Lighthouse for the Blind; a project to develop TV courses for high
schools; and "Hoops High," a project in which students
produce shows for local access programming.
There were other questions for VJ McAleer. Will WTTW broadcast
with the controversial "Postcards from Buster" episode?
Yes, but he couldn't comment further since he wasn't
involved in that decision. There were also suggestions for locally
produced kids programming, especially the young adult after school
audience, such as news programming. There was some discussion of
"interstitial" programming (fills gaps between shows
that don't run the full hour). The programming used by Twin
Cities Public Television or WYCC coverage of local community leaders
might be a model for getting more community involvement.
In response to a question about the status of the "Network
Chicago" strategy, VJ McAleer commented on original goal of
creating a branding identity. But in the end, this kind of branding
didn't turn out to be important to the viewers. He will report
further at the April meeting.
In an effort to increase community input, at the December 2004
meeting, the CAB decided to begin inviting community members to
talk about their organizations and how WTTW might be able to address
their communities' needs. Kevin Jackson, director of the Chicago
Rehab Network, was the first one. He talked about housing issues
in general, and how the "Chicago Matters" series "Housing
is Fundamental" helped people understand how housing integrates
all kinds of policy and advocacy issues (education, transportation,
etc.), and is not just a issue for the city of Chicago, but for
the entire region (and WTTW service area).
The meeting was adjourned at 8 pm.
WTTW Community Advisory Board (CAB)
Meeting Report for Regular Meeting Tuesday December 14, 2004
Thom Clark called the meeting to order at 6 pm. The report for
the October 10, 2004 CAB meeting were not circulated, therefore,
the vote to approve the minutes was postponed to the next meeting.
Thom Clark asked for additions to the agenda. There were none.
Hand-outs for the meeting: Community Advisory Boards Statutory
Language; the Community Advisory Board's conclusions regarding
Chicago Media Action's Recent PBS/WTTW Study; summary of University
of Chicago's conference on public television; a list of current
WTTW television staffing; letter from Richard Reinauer to Bob Sirot;
Motion regarding view mail.
Reports of Officers and Committees.
Gary Durochik, CAB Vice-Chairman, has been reviewing the Federal
guidelines regarding the formation and role of the CABs for community-licensed
broadcasters, and recommended modifying the WTTW CAB by-laws to
reflect this language. The CAB voted to support this. A special
meeting of the By-laws committee will be held in late January. Bruce
Beckman will chair this meeting and contact committee members to
Riva Feshbach, CAB secretary, recommended that the CAB return to
distributing all official CAB mail (meeting notices, agendas, and
reports) via regular mail to accommodate the fact that not all CAB
members have internet access. She also pointed out that this was
one way to make sure that WTTW fulfilled its obligations to support
Renee Summers, Chair of the Programming Committee, addressed the
Chicago Media Action's analysis of "Chicago Tonight."
She read a statement prepared by the Programming Committee identifying
areas of the study that warrant further examination. The CAB discussed
the statement and reiterated that despite the reputations of some
members of CMA, their report supports the general impressions of
the CAB. Therefore, the CAB voted to accept the Programming Committee's
statement, and requested that Thom Clark submit it to Dan Schmidt,
WTTW President and CEO; Randy King, Exec. VP of Television; and
Barbara Proctor, WCCI Board of Trustees, and CAB liaison, by December
24, 2004. The report can be found at www.chicagomediaaction.org.
In the box "The Activism," click on "Public Television,"
scroll down to "Round Three," and click on "download
study." Or: http://www.chicagomediaaction.org/pdffiles/CMA_WTTW.pdf
Thom Clark spoke to Randy King about the process for handling letters
regarding programming when the CAB gets them from the public. This
was prompted by receipt of a letter about the British sitcom "Coupling."
Randy King said, yes the CAB should write back to acknowledge receipt
for such letters.
Although Randy King notified Thom Clark that he would be attending
this CAB meeting and would begin addressing questions about WTTW's
process for setting programming that the CAB first submitted in
May, 2004, he cancelled at the last minute. Dan Soles, VP for Programming,
attended in his place. When the CAB asked Dan Soles if he could
speak to the issues that we expected Randy King to address, Dan
Soles said that Randy had not prepped him in anyway for this, and
so he couldn't speak to the CAB's questions.
General discussion followed in which the CAB expressed its ongoing
frustration with trying to get basic information from WTTW regarding
how the station operates. This discussion included: The CAB understands
that Randy King often has last minute obligations that prevent him
from attending CAB meetings, but wonders why he can't prep
another member of his staff to attend and keep the process of educating
the CAB moving forward; The CAB pointed out that the Board's
role is as a bridge between the community and the station, and that
if properly educated about the station's operations, they
can help educate the community, and also be advocates for the station.
Thom Clark reported on the conference "The Future of Public
Television," held by the University of Chicago's Harris
School of Public Policy (December 2-3, 2004). Bruce Beckman also
attended and commented. They discussed some of the ideas being pursed
by other public televisions, and asked what we can do to encourage
WTTW to look at these models. For example, Minneapolis Public Television
has developed some innovative approaches to additional local programming.
Thom Clark distributed a brief written summary of the topics discussed
at the conference.
Related to this discussion, Dan Soles offered insight into the
different kinds of "public" television (ex. University-owned
vs. community-licensed), and information about the European system
of funding public television.
Paul Buckner, the new Production Manager, was introduced. In answer
to questions from the CAB, he briefly described his job (producing
existing programs, developing new shows); he has come from Fox TV;
WTTW staff is deeply committed to their work; funding is the most
serious ongoing problem.
Thom Clark noted that there have been some changes at WTTW. Renee
Weingard will no longer be providing staff support to the CAB, Thom
will find out who will be taking her place. Thom will also ask that
the meeting reports be posted on the WTTW website in reverse chronological
order to make it easier for the general public to stay updated on
CAB activities. The CAB also expressed concern that Barbara Proctor
has not be in regular attendance at CAB meetings. Given the importance
of her role as liaison the WWCI Board of Trustees, it would be appreciated
if she could send someone in her place when she is unable to attend.
Thom Clark will pursue.
Dave Nelson, Chair of the Nominating Committee, said that it is
time to submit names of people who might be interested in joining
the CAB to fill empty spots. The CAB will encourage members with
one year terms to sign up for another term. The nominating committee
will contact members who have not been attending regularly to confirm
their status. Names of nominees should be sent via e-mail to Dave
Nelson, along with contact information and other relevant information.
The CAB reiterated its desire to increase the diversity of its membership
to more accurately reflect the Chicago viewing area, and to bring
younger people (under 40) into the CAB.
The CAB notes that members of the public only rarely attend CAB
meetings and speak up during the public comment period. It was suggested
that we follow the WBEZ model and invite members of different organizations
around the Chicago area to address the questions: Is WTTW successfully
serving their constituents? And how might WTTW better serve them?
The CAB will purse this. Ideas, organizations, and contact information
should be sent to Thom Clark. Some topics mentioned are: housing,
youth, minority business, social service organizations like DuPage
United, Mental Health Association of the North Shore.
Bruce Beckman brought up his research on what other CABs do. In
an ongoing effort to figure out how to have a positive impact on
WTTW (and in the absence of direction from the station) the CAB
formed an ad hoc committee to expand this investigation: Bruce Beckman,
Riva Feshbach, Howard Denton.
Gary Durochik took the chair. Thom Clark raised the following motion:
"The Community Advisory Board strongly recommends that in
the interest of promoting sound journalistic practice, WTTW program
management institute a policy regarding on-air use of viewer mail:
that, said viewer be notified in advance when such mail is to be
read on air."
General discussion focusing on "Chicago Tonight" followed.
Thom reiterated that the point was not to revisit specific examples,
but to recommend that the station adopt and articulate a policy
regarding viewer mail. The CAB asked Dan Soles about the station's
policy and the policy at "Chicago Tonight." He is not
aware of the policies, but will report at the next meeting. Members
of the CAB asked whether or not Bob Sirot has been informed about
The motion regarding viewer mail was passed. Thom Clark will submit
the recommendation to Dan Schmidt.
The meeting was adjourned at 8 pm.
MINUTES OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
WTTW- CHANNEL 11 - COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
Meeting was held Thursday, February 5 at Saint John's Lutheran
1. Bringing Board into compliance with new bylaws.
The by-laws state:
- The WTTW Television Community Advisory Board (CAB) shall consist
of 27 members.
- Members shall serve three-year terms.
- Terms shall be staggered so that nine members are selected every
- No member shall serve more than two full terms.
- Partial terms shall not be considered toward length of service.
Difficulty finding any records as to who came on the board and when.
Using the honor system we will pass out cards at the 2/10/04 meeting
(and mail cards to CAB members not present asking for only the following
- When you remember attending your first board meeting. (Honor system)
Then we will have some information as to how to structure terms
- Exactly how that structuring will be accomplished will be decided
at the next committee meeting and presented to the CAB for its approval.
2. Helping the CAB match the demographics of the
In order to do this we request the following information from WTTW
- Demographic data for Chicago television
- Demographic data for WTTW viewers.
- We will develop a survey instrument to determine if and how the
CAB can better reflect Chicago and WTTW Demographics.
3. Remind the CAB of this by-law:
At its Spring meeting of every year, the CAB shall elect the following
- chair, vice-chair and secretary.
- The term of office for officers shall be one year.
Please submit your nominations to me either by mail, phone or preferably
e-mail to CrumsNDave@aol.com.
Please write the words WTTW - CAB in the subject line.
DAVID C. NELSON
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BYLAWS
The name of the Organization shall be: WTTW Community Advisory Board
The objective of the WTTW Community Advisory Board (WTTW CAB) is
to assist WTTW Television in fulfilling its mission to inform, inspire,
educate and entertain its viewing audience by providing distinctive
television programming for the Chicago metropolitan area and the
nation. The WTTW CAB fulfills the objective by representing diverse
constituencies within the Chicago metropolitan area, monitoring
and evaluating programs, giving voice to underserved segments of
the community, serving as a sounding board for ideas presented by
WTTW staff and bringing issues of community concern to the attention
of the WTTW station management.
The WTTW CAB shall be a diverse group with regard to race, gender,
age, and community of residence.
The WTTW CAB membership shall be limited to 27 members.
Members shall serve three-year terms. Terms shall be staggered to
facilitate the selection of nine members every year. No member shall
serve more than two consecutive terms.
Membership Eligibility and Admission Procedure
Members shall be recruited from the WTTW viewing area by the Membership
Committee. All persons interested in being nominated for membership
shall complete an application.
Initiation Fees and Dues
The WTTW CAB shall not assess an initiation fee or annual dues.
Resignation from Membership
Any member desiring to resign from the WTTW CAB shall submit their
resignation in writing to the secretary of the WTTW CAB.
Any Member that fails to attend more than two regularly scheduled
meetings of the WTTW CAB over a one year period that coincides with
their term commitment shall be deemed no longer a Member in good
standing and is ineligible to continue as a WTTW CAB Member and
shall be replaced by the Membership Committee.
Each Member shall:
- Be responsible for determining policies and priorities for the
organization, ensuring effective operations, and providing leadership,
advice, and directions to the staff and management of WTTW Television.
- Approve the policies and operation plans of the WTTW CAB.
- Elect the WTTW CAB Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary.
- Delegate authority for the proper implementation of policy and
- Attend, annually, at least four (4) regularly scheduled meetings
of the WTTW CAB.
- Serve on committees and actively participate in committee activities.
- Support the objectives of the WTTW CAB.
The officers of the WTTW CAB shall be Chairman, Vice-Chairman and
Secretary. The officers shall be elected at the annual meeting.
The term of office shall be one year. Individuals are eligible for
nomination to hold office after their first full year as a member.
The Chairman shall:
- Coordinate all WTTW CAB activities under the direction of the
- Preside over all regular WTTW CAB meetings.
- Prepare agendas for all regular WTTW CAB meetings.
- Be the primary spokesperson for the WTTW CAB, although this duty
may be delegated.
- Appoint committee members as necessary.
- Ensure that all commitments between the WTTW CAB and WTTW management
- Assist in orientation of new WTTW CAB members.
- Report after each regular WTTW CAB meeting to the Chairman of
the WTTW - Community Engagement Committee of Window To The World
Communications, Inc. Copies of report shall be made available to
WTTW CAB members, as well as WTTW management.
The Vice-Chairman shall:
- Assume the duties of the Chairman, in the case of the Chairman's
absence or inability to act.
- Report at regular WTTW CAB meetings on activities by standing
and/or special committees in the absence of the committee chairman.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Chairman.
The Secretary shall:
- Oversee WTTW CAB record keeping and ensuring compliance with relevant
provisions of the Bylaws.
- Keep or arrange for the keeping of the minutes of the regular
meetings of the WTTW CAB in one (1) or more books provided for that
- Ensure that the regular meeting minutes are posted on the WTTW
CAB web page in a timely manner and distributed to the members.
- Ensure that notices are given in accordance with the provisions
of the Bylaws or as required by law.
- Maintain regular meeting attendance.
- Establish and maintain systems and controls to ensure that WTTW
CAB records are protected for long-term safekeeping.
- Maintain member contact information.
- Certify all WTTW CAB documents as true and correct copies thereof.
- Sign WTTW CAB documents and correspondence, as required.
- Monitor parliamentary procedure, as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Chairman.
The WTTW CAB shall meet at 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of February,
April, June, August, October and December. All regular meetings
will be held at the WTTW
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