Meet the new 2017-18 SFJ board officers


haagjim2016Jim Haag

Jim is the retired features editor at The Virginian-Pilot, where he finished his career of 35-plus years in journalism. Along the way, he was a reporter, copy editor and designer. But the best part of the job was helping to tell engaging stories. He’s the co-author of the “Food Lover’s Guide to Virginia” (Globe Pequod Press, 2013). He spent time at the Salina Journal and Hays Daily News in Kansas, where he graduated from Fort Hays State University.


MyersMargaret2016Margaret Myers
1st vice president

Margaret is an editor with Atlantic Media Strategies. She previously led a team of reporters at PBS NewsHour and ESPN, and was a features editor at the Amarillo (Texas)  Globe-News. Margaret is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Sharon ChapmanSharon Chapman
2nd vice president

is features editor at the Austin American-Statesman. She leads a team of passionate writers and editors who cover the culture and lifestyle of Austin, Texas. She previously was entertainment/food editor at the Statesman, leading the launch of Austin360 in print and online. She has also been assistant features editor at The Kansas City Star and Salem (Ore.) Statesman-Journal.




Emily Spicer

Emily is the features editor and The Spice of Life columnist at the San Antonio Express-News. In the many years she has worked at the paper, she has held various titles, including travel writer, fashion editor, real estate editor, and the most recent, business editor. She also worked for a year in the middle there as the public relations manager for Neiman Marcus San Antonio. Spicer graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1998 with degrees in journalism and Plan II (a liberal arts honors program.)


Your SFJ testimonials wanted!

A scene from our awesome 2012 silent auction.

A scene from our awesome 2012 silent auction.

As we gear up for our annual conference this fall at Poynter, we want to hear from our members past and present — and from any past conference attendees — about how the Society for Features Journalism has helped you.

We would love to hear why you attended the conference and what’s the best idea you picked up at a recent SFJ conference that you put to use in your newsroom?

As the features editor of The Roanoke Times, I’ve attended five conferences and have felt recharged at each one. It’s a great way to network and meet other features editors and learn from one another. It’s also nice to have the time away from the daily pressures of the office to evaluate our jobs and challenges, and get advice if needed.

Thanks to the Show & Steal sessions, I’ve brought back great ideas to reproduce at my paper, including asking readers for their hilarious Scared of Santa photos. And you’ll never fail to find something amazing at our annual silent auction to benefit our diversity fellows program.

Now it’s time for you to share your testimonial. How did the conference help you in your job? Leave your comments below or tweet us at @WeareSFJ. We may share some of your thoughts in our conference program this year.

— Kathy Lu