|REFRESH. REPOSITION. REIMAGINE: A NEW NABJ CONSTITUTION|
GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP (Chapters 2,
3 and 4)
The changes in
Chapter 2, relating to the structure of the board of directors, are designed
- Address changes in the industry since NABJ’s
founding (for example, adding the position of vice president-digital to the
board of directors and executive board).
- Provide for an academic representative and a media-related
professional representative to the board of directors. The position of associate
member representative would be deleted, but its former constituency would have
more board representation in the future.
- Continue providing for geographic representation,
though it would mean four regional directors instead of six, given the mandate
for digital and academic board members.
- Provide for continuity in governance, given the
learning curve for new board members, as well as staggered terms, so that all
board seats are not contested every two years en masse; instead, half of the board
would be up for election each year. A special, one-time constitutional provision
is included for the 2015 election to facilitate the transition to staggered
terms. Note: This would necessitate having an NABJ election every year.
- Permit NABJ’s president to serve up to two two-year
terms – rather than just one two-year term – if the membership chooses to
re-elect him or her. This change recognizes the learning curve for whoever
assumes the president’s duties and responsibilities, and to afford the
association the opportunity for greater continuity.
Section 1. National Officers. The
officers of the organization shall be president, vice president
vice president-broadcast, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian. Effective with the 2015 election, the national officers
shall also include the position of vice president-digital.
Section 2. Executive Board. The
Executive Board shall consist of the organization’s national officers. In those instances in which it is impractical for the board
of directors to perform its duties because of timeliness or costs, the
executive board may undertake any action deemed for the good of the
organization. The executive board may take action when a quorum, consisting of a
majority of its members, is present. Any such action by the executive
board shall be communicated as soon as possible to
the board of directors and is subject to ratification by the full board.
The executive board cannot unduly rescind or overturn any action of the full board.
Section 3. Duties and Descriptions of Officers. The
duties and descriptions of the officers of the organization, to wit, the president,
vice president-print, vice president-broadcast, vice president-digital,
secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian shall be as specified in the organization’s operating procedures and may be amended by the board of directors as necessary.
Section 4. Board of Directors.
board of directors shall be 14 in number, and shall include the national
officers, four regional directors, a media-related
representative, an academic representative and a student representative.
(b) The size and composition of the board of directors as of
August 2014 shall remain in effect, and its members then serving shall remain
in office until their terms expire in August 2015. Thereafter, the board of
directors shall be constituted as provided in Section 4(a) above.
board of directors may act when a quorum, consisting of at least eight (8)
members of the board, is present.
Section 5. Members. The organization’s overall
governing body shall be the membership. Between national conventions, the board
of directors shall be the organization’s governing body, subject to the
constitution and the organization’s operating procedures. The board of directors shall have
no authority to alter or amend any action taken by the membership.
Eligibility for Office and Term of Office.
Section 1. Eligibility for Office. To be
eligible for office in the organization, a candidate must be a member in good
standing and abide by the stipulations provided below
in Chapters 4, Article I, Sections 2-6.
Section 2. Term of Office. Except as provided below in Section 2(a), terms of office
for the board of directors shall be two years. All officers, regional
directors and representatives of the organization shall be elected at an annual
meeting and may serve in the same office no longer than two consecutive terms.
The following special
provision shall apply for the election of members to the board of directors for
terms of office that will commence at the annual meeting of 2015:
(i) The president, vice president-broadcast, vice
president-digital, secretary, student representative and two regional directors
shall be elected to two-year terms that will commence in 2015 and expire in
(ii) The vice president-print, treasurer, parliamentarian,
academic representative, media-related representative and two regional
directors shall be elected to three-year terms that will commence in 2015 and
expire in 2018.
(iii) Thereafter, all
members of the board of directors (including officers) shall be elected to
Limitations. No member of the association
may hold more than one national office or position on the board of directors at
the same time. An incumbent may retain his or her office or position while
seeking another office or position – but must vacate the former office or
position before assuming the new one if elected.
Vacancies. In the event that a national
officer or member of the board of directors does not complete his or her term –
or if no one seeks a particular office or seat on the board – the president
shall appoint an eligible NABJ member to serve for the remainder of the term.
Section 5. Removal
From Office. The president, with the board
of directors’ approval, shall have the authority to remove from his or her seat
any officer, representative or regional director who has not been active or
devoted the time necessary to carry out his or her duties.
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