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Vance_Wagener
04-08-2012, 08:03 PM
Does the article on page 44 of the April PPA mag qualify for a speaking merit even though it was originated on the forum and later picked up and edited by the magazine?

The original: http://www.ppa.com/community/forums/showthread.php?t=23609&highlight=line

Linda_Gregory
04-08-2012, 08:18 PM
I'd say give them a call Monday morning.

Cheri_MacCallum
04-08-2012, 08:20 PM
I think it would be service merits.

Jeff_Dachowski
04-09-2012, 12:33 AM
Vance,
You can get service merits for writing articles for PP. They are not speaking merits however.

Jeff

Christine_Walsh-Newton
04-09-2012, 01:12 AM
I would beg to differ. A PPA Magazine article DOES qualify as a "speaking" merit.

The Craftsman Degree is awarded for service as an orator, author or mentor. (see http://www.ppa.com/degrees/degrees.html),

According to http://www.ppa.com/findaphotographer/degrees.php#SpeakingMerit


Speaking merits—instruct and contribute:


Lecture at an affiliate convention or seminar (1-2 merits per program).
Give a program at a PPA convention or conference (5 merits per program).
Serve as an instructor for a weeklong affiliate school (5 merits).
Host a Super Monday class as an instructor (2 merits).
Publish an article in the Professional Photographer magazine or other PPA publications.
Serve as the affiliate newsletter editor or Webmaster and submit publication or Web site to the annual Affiliate Communications Competition. Earn an additional merit if you win in your category.


Vance, whether your information, garnered from a forum post and used in the PPA Mag qualifies, would be up to the PPA office. I wish you luck.

Vance_Wagener
04-09-2012, 01:14 AM
Thanks Christine,
I'm going to check with the PPA Monday.
It would be nice...

Rick_Massarini
04-09-2012, 01:23 AM
It's listed under both Service and Speaking Merits on the website - I believe that might be a mistake...
I believe that Jeff is correct - for many years, an article in the magazine has always earned a Service Merit and not a Speaking merit... unless they've changed things recently ???

Service merits—volunteer, serve, and learn:

Affiliate level

Complete courses at PPA approved schools as student, instructor assistant, or trustee.
Serve as print juror, jury chairman, or affiliate chairman of a PPA Affiliated Exhibition (judging) and/or Specialist
Exhibition of state or regional affiliate conventions.
Serve as convention chairman of state, regional, national or international affiliate conventions.
Serve as president of a local, state, chapter, regional, national or international affiliate.

PPA level

Serve as a convention chairman or volunteer worker.
Serve as a juror or jury chairman in the PPA Annual Judging for the International Print Competition.
Serve as PEC volunteer.
Serve as president, member of the board of directors, committee chairman, committee member, or as an elected or non-elected councilor.
Serve as chairman of a seminar (under 6 hours of programming = 1 merit; over 6 hours = 2 merits).
Photograph used for the cover of Professional Photographer.
Publish an article in the Professional Photographer magazine or other PPA publication.
Attend PPA conventions, conferences, and seminars (i.e., Super Monday, Make More Money in Photography, and Chicks Who Click).

Speaking merits—instruct and contribute:

Lecture at an affiliate convention or seminar (1-2 merits per program).
Give a program at a PPA convention or conference (5 merits per program).
Serve as an instructor for a week long affiliate school (5 merits).
Host a Super Monday class as an instructor (2 merits).
Publish an article in the Professional Photographer magazine or other PPA publications.
Serve as the affiliate newsletter editor or Webmaster and submit publication or Web site to the annual Affiliate Communications Competition. Earn an additional merit if you win in your category.

Jeff_Dachowski
04-09-2012, 01:30 AM
I have written at least 10 things for PP, and have never to my knowledge received a speaker merit. I would understand the rational behind an article receiving one as it is educational. FWIW, When you teach an approved PPA cont ed program you only get a service merit, not a speaker. Now...that being said.....I could be wrong....

Vance,
Where did they use it? In the magazine or somewhere else?
Jeff

Christine_Walsh-Newton
04-09-2012, 01:44 AM
I'm confused as to why the description of the Craftsman Degree would include "author" if no credit or recognition (ie Craftsman-specific merit) was given for authoring.

Rick_Massarini
04-09-2012, 01:50 AM
I'm confused as to why the description of the Craftsman Degree would include "author" if no credit or recognition (ie Craftsman-specific merit) was given for authoring.

That could be a website error too...

Vance_Wagener
04-09-2012, 02:21 AM
Please let me be clear if PPA Mag happens to be reading this thread.

Thank you! I am honored that you picked anything of mine to be worthy of placing in the magazine. My name and website are correct and I'm a happy camper. :)




Vance,
Where did they use it? In the magazine or somewhere else?
Jeff

Jeff,
It originated on the forum and was later picked up by the magazine on page 44 of the April PPA mag.

The original: http://www.ppa.com/community/forums/showthread.php?t=23609&highlight=line

I also found this:

http://www.ppa.com/degrees/Merits.html

Speaking Merits
These merits can be earned through PPA and PPA Affiliates.

PPA Level
Instruct a class (or serve on a program panel) at Imaging USA.
Host a Super Monday class (as an instructor).
Instruct a PPA online class as a PPA webinar presenter.
Publish an article in Professional Photographer magazine, a PPA publication, or the PPA.com website.

Jeff_Dachowski
04-09-2012, 02:34 AM
Vance,
Ok...so..I checked my merit report, and I do have two speaker merits for articles I have written. I also have service merits for some of the other things I have written or done for the mag. So....you might be able to get a speaker merit from the article.
Jeff

Mark_Levesque
04-09-2012, 02:49 AM
You definitely can get speaker merits for writing for PPA mag (I've got plenty). That being said, I am not sure that being quoted in PPA mag qualifies as writing an article. But it would seem to at least qualify as a service merit.

Christine_Walsh-Newton
04-09-2012, 10:00 AM
Perhaps the article writing is listed in both service merit and speaking merit lists because it depends on the content of the article in question as to which merit it qualifies for. (Just a random guess on my part -not based on anything I've read).

Vance_Wagener
04-09-2012, 10:29 PM
PPA got back to me today and it is going to be credited as a speakers merit. Thanks for the info.

Linda_Gregory
04-09-2012, 11:19 PM
LIKE! good going!

Amy_Hall
04-10-2012, 02:24 AM
PPA got back to me today and it is going to be credited as a speakers merit. Thanks for the info.

That's great!

Stephanie_Millner
04-10-2012, 10:47 AM
I believe that was changed a year or two ago. My first article was not a speaker merit, but others were.