It’s hard to write something that hasn’t already been expressed here so articulately by fellow AAJAers who’ve also known Janet over many many years…Janet Cho is AAJA’s truest of true believers. She says what she means, she does what she says, and, quite literally, consistently puts her own money where her mouth is. (She’d never tout this herself, but Janet [a Midwestern newspaper reporter!] has donated many thousands of personal dollars to AAJA, not to mention countless hours of her superwoman life.)
There are multiple terrific, energetic, fascinating candidates in this exciting race, but to me what puts Janet in a league all her own is her quiet but relentless dedication to AAJA over the course of multiple decades. She has a very long and truly invaluable institutional memory, but is always wide-open to new ideas and gracefully adapts to fast-changing environments.
It’s a strange time for the media industry, and a stressful time for journalism organizations like AAJA. This is why someone like Janet — who invariably puts the organization’s needs well ahead of her own, who was an integral part of AAJA’s history but still has great visions for a new and different future, and is, well, that rarest of people who perfectly blends aggressive resourcefulness with the purity of integrity that most mere humans can only admire — this is why Janet Cho is *the* candidate to be AAJA’s next national president. #VoteCHO