|REFRESH. REPOSITION. REIMAGINE: A NEW NABJ CONSTITUTION|
CHAPTERS AND REGIONS (Chapter 5)
in Chapter 5 relating to NABJ chapters are designed to more accurately reflect
that NABJ chapters are separately incorporated 501(c)(3) organizations.
in Chapter 5 relating to NABJ regions reflect the recommendation that the board
of directors continue to include regional representation within the current
total of 14 members. To ensure internal consistency, the proposed change in
Chapter 5 to designate four regions instead of the current six is tied to and
dependent upon the proposed changes to the structure of the board of directors
in Chapter 2.
Article I. Chapters.
Section 1. Type of Chapters. NABJ will
align itself with two types of organizations for the
purposes of extending its mission into local communities and to journalists.
(a) Professional chapters shall be located in such
cities, municipalities or areas the board of directors may approve.
(b) Student chapters shall be made up
principally of college or university students interested in pursuing a career
Section 2. Chapter Organization. An
organization of five or more NABJ professional members may be considered for
professional chapter status if all of the following occur:
membership committee determines the applying organization’s constitution aligns
with this constitution. Any person wishing to appeal a related committee
decision may do so to the board of directors, which may endorse or overrule the
(b) The applying organization, at the
time of its application for alignment with NABJ, and at the time of the annual
renewal of that status, submits to NABJ a membership list showing that
two-thirds of the organization’s members are eligible for NABJ status as provided in Chapter 4, Article I, Sections 2-6 of this
(c) The president and vice president(s)
of the applying organization are lifetime or professional NABJ members as provided in Chapter 4, Article I, Section 2 or 3
and the remaining officers are NABJ members.
Section 3. Student Chapter Organization.
An organization of five or more NABJ student members may seek student chapter
status if it meets the criteria in the above section and has as its advisor an
NABJ member as defined in Chapter 4, Article I,
Sections 2-6 of this constitution.
Section 1. Regions. NABJ shall be composed of four
geographic regions, each of which shall elect a regional director to represent
it on the board of directors, pursuant to guidelines
prescribed in this constitution, the organization’s operating procedures and election
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