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2014 NABJ Election: Chapter 4
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CHAPTER 4

Introduction

Overview


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


Frequently Asked Questions

Constitutional 
Commission


Election Rules & Timeline

NABJ Constitution

NABJ Operating Procedures

VOTE 



REFRESH. REPOSITION. REIMAGINE: A NEW NABJ CONSTITUTION

GOVERNANCE AND MEMBERSHIP (Chapters 2, 3 and 4)

The changes in Chapter 4, relating to NABJ membership categories, are designed to:

  • Reflect the new patterns of employment, business models and technology in media since the association was founded in 1975, while retaining flexibility for the future.
  • Create an overarching membership dynamic that embraces anyone who is creating, producing or supervising the creation of journalism, whether one works for traditional or legacy media companies, or as an independent journalist or media entrepreneur.
  • Enhance membership opportunities for journalists, journalism educators, those former journalists who have served NABJ and the industry significantly, and those new in the business but who are not yet able to afford the costs of professional membership.
  • Remove the “class” concept that certain members are “full” and others are not, particularly with respect to voting on the association’s leaders and initiatives, by creating, for example, such categories as “professional” and “emerging professional.”
  • Provide the board of directors with the flexibility to extend “honorary” membership to those who may not be actively engaged in creating, producing or supervising the creation of journalism, but whose work supports NABJ’s mission.
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CHAPTER 4

Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility.

 

Section 1. Membership Composition. The organization shall be composed of journalists, journalism educators, students interested in pursuing a career in journalism and people or entities that support the organization’s vision and goals.

 

Section 2. Lifetime MembersLifetime membership shall be open to all NABJ founders, past NABJ presidents not removed from office, NABJ Hall of Fame inductees and lifetime achievement recipients, and those who have paid for lifetime membership as prescribed by the operating procedures. Lifetime members may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide except for the election of the academic, media-related or student representatives. Lifetime members may also seek election to the board of directors as constitutionally permitted.

 

Section 3. Professional Members. Professional membership shall be open to any person whose principal livelihood comes from creating, producing or supervising the creation of journalism. Professional members may serve on the board of directors and vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the academic, media-related or student representatives to the board of directors.

 

Section 4. Emerging Professional Members. Emerging professional membership shall be open to anyone who otherwise meets the criteria for professional membership as provided above, but is also within the first five years of his or her journalism career. Emerging professionals may not serve on the board of directors, but may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the academic, media-related or student representatives to the board of directors.

 

Section 5. Academic Members. Academic membership shall be open to high school, college and university faculty and other academic professionals, including administrators and trainers, with research and or teaching interests in journalism. Academic members with at least five years prior experience in journalism may serve in the academic seat on the board of directors, and may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the media-related or student representatives on the board of directors. And only such academic members are eligible to serve as – or to vote for – the academic representative to the board of directors.

Section 6. Alumni Members. Alumni membership shall be open to anyone who had been a professional or academic member of NABJ for not less than 25 years, and who has either retired or otherwise no longer works within journalism or academia. Alumni members may not serve on the board of directors, but may vote in any NABJ matter calling on the entire membership to decide, except for the election of the academic, media-related or student board representatives.

Section 7. Media-Related Professional Members. Media-related professional membership shall be open to an individual working primarily in a field related to journalism – such as public relations, public information, marketing, communications, advocacy, legal, etc. – and whose work supports the mission of NABJ. Media-related professional members shall be admitted to national membership sessions, may voice a non-binding opinion at such meetings and may serve on committees, provided they do not comprise more than one-third of any committee. Only media-related professional members are eligible to serve as – or to vote for – the media-related professional representative on the board of directors. Media-related professional members may not vote in any other NABJ matter.

Section 8. Student Members. Student membership shall be open to high school, college or university students – including undergraduate, graduate and associate degree students – who have a demonstrated interest in journalism. Student members shall be admitted to national membership sessions, may voice a non-binding opinion and may serve on committees, provided they do not comprise more than one-third of any committee. Only college or university student members are eligible to serve as – or to vote for – the student representative on the board of directors. Student members may not vote in any other NABJ matter.

Section 9. Honorary or Corporate Members. The board of directors shall have the authority to establish additional categories of non-voting memberships, such as honorary or corporate memberships, to corporate sponsors and community members who support NABJ’s mission. Such categories shall be considered honorary, and no individual or sponsor granted such designation may vote or is eligible for any of the rights afforded members as defined above.

Section 10. Membership Dues. To be a member in good standing in any membership category provided in this article, an individual must meet the eligibility requirements – and pay to NABJ the required membership dues pursuant to the organization’s operating procedures. The board of directors shall determine the dues structure and the due dates for payment.

 

Section 11. Status prior to 2014. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any individual who once held full member status between August 2009 and August 2014 may become a lifetime or professional member provided he or she seeks lifetime or professional member status by Dec. 31, 2014. Any individual deemed a lifetime or professional member by such date may retain such status indefinitely, provided his or her membership dues never lapses. If his or her dues lapse, the individual must reapply for membership status in accordance with the guidelines prescribed and may be re-admitted to membership, but only in the category for which he or she is then currently eligible as defined in Sections 2-9 above.  

Section 12. Membership Committee. All applications for any NABJ membership category as provided above shall be subject to the membership committee’s review. Anyone wishing to appeal a related committee decision may do so to the board of directors, which may endorse or overrule the committee’s decision.

Section 13. Disclaimer. Nothing in this constitution or in this article shall be construed as limiting the right of the organization to refer to persons or entities associated with it as “members,” even though such persons or entities are not members as defined in Sections 2-6 above, and no such reference shall constitute anyone a member, within the meaning of the District of Columbia Code or the foregoing provisions of this article, unless such persons shall have qualified for and be a member in good standing as defined in Sections 2-6 above. All references in this constitution, the NABJ bylaws, or in the Law, to “approval by the members” or “approval by a majority of members” or a “quorum of the members” shall be deemed to apply to the membership categories specified in Chapter 4, Article I, Sections 2-6 only.

Article II. Membership Meeting, Powers and Voting.

 

Section 1. Purpose. The national membership shall assemble at least once a year at such times and places as the board of directors may determine for the purposes of:

(a) Hearing and acting upon the reports of the national officers and board of directors.

(b) Providing education and professional development workshops at a national convention.

(c) Providing a job fair primarily for those journalists seeking job opportunities.

(d) Hearing and acting on such business that may be presented to and by the membership.

 

Section 2. Powers. The national membership shall have the power to:

(a) Adopt amendments to the constitution.

(b) Elect national officers as prescribed above in Chapter 2, Articles I and II.

(c) Do such other things as may be necessary or appropriate for the good of the organization and its members.

 
Section 3. Voting and Voting Eligibility. Any member as defined in Chapter 4, Article I, Sections 2 through 6, can vote in accordance with this constitution, the operating procedures and election committee guidelines. A quorum of 51 percent of a majority of the voting membership must be registered at the convention. The membership shall have the authority to adopt, subject to ratification by simple majority of those members voting at a duly called and authorized annual meeting, any appropriate resolution, including, without limit, any emergency resolution.

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

 

 

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