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NABJ Constitution Proposed Amendments for the 2019 Election Cycle

Friday, June 7, 2019   (0 Comments)
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June 7, 2019
 
NABJ Constitution Proposed Amendments for the 2019 Election Cycle
 
NABJ professional members in good standing as of June 1are eligible to vote on the followingNABJ Constitutional amendments this election year.
 
There are two proposed amendments. Members will be asked to vote yes or no on Amendment 1 as a package with multiple recommendations including Board positions and eligibility, as well asAmendment 2 as a package with specific recommendations regarding lifetime membership.
 
Amendment 1 Rationale:These proposals would implement recommendations from the Strategic Plan to streamline the Board of Directors by reducing the Board from 14 members to 11 to promote efficiency, optimize Board governance, redefine membership categories and return the organization to a two-year election cycle for all positions.

 

 
Amendment 2 Rationale: This proposal would stipulate that Lifetime members seeking election to the Board of Directors in the positions of President, Vice President (s) and Regional Directors must be journalists.
 
PROPOSED AMENDMENT 1: OFFERS CHANGES TO CHAPTERS 2 & 4 - NATIONAL OFFICER POSITIONS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS SEATS, AS WELL AS OFFICER AND MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY
 
CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 1: CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 1:
 
Article I. Elected Leaders
 
Section 1. National Officers. The officers of the organization shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and parliamentarian, effective with the 2021 election.
 
This proposal creates only one overall Vice President position, effective 2021.
 
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CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 3: CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 3:
 
Section 3. Duties and Descriptions of Officers. The duties and descriptions of the officers of the organization, to wit, the president, vice president, 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, effective with the 2021 election.
 
This proposal updates Section 3 to reflect the proposed change to have only one overall Vice President position, effective 2021.
 
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CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 4: CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 4:
 
Section 4. Board of Directors.

 

(a)The board of directors shall be 11 in number, and shall include the elected national officers, an appointed parliamentarian, four regional directors, a media-related representative, and a student representative.

 

 
(b)The size and composition of the board of directors as of August 2019 shall remain in effect, and its members then serving shall remain in office until their terms expire in August 2020 and August 2021. 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 six (6) members of the board, is present.

 

 
This proposed change reduces the number of the Board of Directors from 14-11 members and eliminates the Academic Representative position, as well as condenses the Vice President positions into one versus three. In addition, it changes the Board quorum to at least six (6) Board members instead of eight (8) members. This proposed change would be effective after terms expire in 2021 and also allows for an appointed Parliamentarian position versus an elected one.
 
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CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 2: SECTIONS 1, 2 & 4 CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
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.

 

 
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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 2: SECTIONS 1, 2 & 4:
 
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.
 
(Please note and review proposed changes below for Chapter 4.)
 
Section 2. Term of Office. 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, except the Parliamentarian, and may serve in the same office no longer than two consecutive terms. The Parliamentarian shall be a non-voting member of the board of directors, appointed by the President, subject to approval by the board of directors.

 

 
Section 4. Vacancies. In the event of an unexpired term of the President, the Vice President shall fill the vacancy. If 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.
 
This proposed change makes the Parliamentarian a non-voting member of the Board, whose nomination must be approved by the Board. This proposal also allows for the Vice President position, as proposed in the Article 1 change, to fill a vacancy resulting from an unexpired term of the President. The President will be able to appoint officers for vacated positions or unfilled positions.
 
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CHAPTER 4: ARTICLE 1: SECTIONS 4, 5 & 7 CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility.

 

 
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 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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 4: ARTICLE 1: SECTIONS 4, 5 & 7
 
Chapter 4
 
Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility.

 

 
DELETE Section 4. Emerging Professional Members classification.

 

 
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 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.
 
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 with at least three years experience in journalism may serve as the media-related representative on the board of directors. Media-related professional members are eligible to vote only for the media-related professional representative on the board of directors. Media-related professional members may not vote in any other NABJ matter.

 

 
This proposed change eliminates the emerging professional membership classification and allows members to classify under other existing categories. This proposal also eliminates language about academic members being elected to the Board, as the Academic Representative is proposed to be eliminated in CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 4. This proposal also requires individuals vying to serve as the Media-Related Representative on the Board to have at least three years of experience in journalism.
 
PROPOSED AMENDMENT 2: OFFERS CHANGES TO CHAPTER 4 -
LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
 
CHAPTER 4: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 2: CURRENT LANGUAGE:
 
Article I. Composition of the National Membership and Membership Eligibility
 
Section 2. Lifetime Members. Lifetime 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.
 
PROPOSED CHANGE TO CHAPTER 4: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 2:
 
Section 2. Lifetime Members. Lifetime 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 media-related or student representatives. Only Lifetime members who are NABJ Founders, past NABJ presidents not removed from office, NABJ Hall of Fame inductees and lifetime achievement recipients, and journalists who have paid for lifetime membership as prescribed by the operating procedures may seek election to the board of directors as constitutionally permitted.
 
This proposal removes the Academic Representative language due to the proposed change to eliminate the position in CHAPTER 2: ARTICLE 1: SECTION 4. This proposal also specifies the type of Lifetime members that are eligible to seek election to the Board, which indicates that in addition to NABJ Founders, past NABJ presidents not removed from office, NABJ Hall of Fame inductees and lifetime achievement recipients, only journalists who have paid for lifetime membership as prescribed by the operating procedures may seek election to the Board of Directors as constitutionally permitted.

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