As APSE celebrates its 50th anniversary, we asked former presidents to discuss the past and the future of the organization. In today’s spotlight is Garry D. Howard, who was president from 2009-10.
What did you do as president of APSE?
“I was responsible for building the ASPE Red Smith Hall of Fame, which includes all the previous Red Smith Award winners and all Past Presidents of APSE. It is housed on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is a testament to all of the wonderful work provided on behalf of APSE over its existence. I remain so very proud of this achievement.”
What advice would you give to APSE and its presidents for the next 10 years? 50 years?
“Please focus on improving your personal managerial skill set. It is most important for the simple fact that you have the lives and careers of your respective staff literally in the palm of your hand. You must make calculated, smart decisions on their behalf in an effort to increase the productivity of your section. And it makes you a better person in the process.”
Should APSE meet twice or once a year?
“Getting together twice a year is still the way to go, in my humble estimation. The contest is most important and the convention is still a great learning tool for rising sports editors.”
Should the contest judge writing only or continue as is – writing and sections?
“You have to continue to judge both the writing and the sections. Individual awards are important to our writing staff and the section awards are for the entire department, Editors, writers, copy editors, photographers, agate clerks and everyone else.”