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2014 NABJ Election: Chapter 2
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CHAPTER 2

Introduction

Overview


Proposed NABJ Constitution
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6


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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 to:

  • 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.

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CHAPTER 2
 

Article I. Elected Leaders.

 

Section 1. National Officers. The officers of the organization shall be president, vice president-print, 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.

(a)   The 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.

(c)   The 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.

 

Article II. 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.

(a)   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 2017.

(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 two-year terms.

 

Section 3. 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.

 

Section 4. 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.

-- Do you have questions about the proposed NABJ constitution? Send an email to membership@nabj.org.

 

 

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