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Sonny Albarado
Projects Editor
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
121 E. Capitol Ave.
Little Rock, Ark. 72201
Bio (click to expand) Sonny Albarado is projects editor at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, a statewide, family-owned daily newspaper based in Little Rock. As projects editor, he supervises a staff of two reporters and assists other editors and reporters in long-term investigative and explanatory journalism.

Albarado has worked as a journalist since 1970, when he became editor of his college newspaper. His first professional newspaper job began in December 1972 in Houma, La. Except for an 18-month period when he helped a couple of friends start a monthly trade magazine in New Orleans, he has worked in newspapers all of his professional life.

He doesn’t count the year he was a part-time disc jockey as work.

He has been an SPJ member since March 1979, joining in hopes of starting a chapter in the rural area he covered for the daily paper in Baton Rouge, La. Baton Rouge had an active press club but no SPJ chapter. He was president of the press club in 1988-89 and received the local PRSA chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” award in 1988.

After moving to Memphis in 1989, he joined the Mid-South Pro SPJ Chapter. He became chapter president in 1992 and remained president throughout most of the 1990s. He also served as secretary-treasurer and chairman of the chapter’s contest committee in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Albarado became SPJ Region 12 director at the 2006 convention. As regional director, he also became co-director with Region 3’s director of the annual Green Eyeshade Awards program, which recognizes excellence among journalists in 11 southeastern states.

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Call for Candidates

Run for office | Participate as a voting SPJ member | Meet the candidates

Delegates at the 2011 national convention approved a bylaws change that transforms the way SPJ elects members of its national board. In the past, candidates were selected by chapter delegates. Now, elections are inclusive of all members — one member, one vote.

Below, find everything you need to know to participate in this process — both as a voting SPJ member and a candidate for office.

The information provided on these pages focuses on the election of officers. The Society’s processes for bylaws amendments and resolutions have not changed. The chapter delegate voting system is still in place for such actions.

For candidates and prospective candidates

Positions up for election

— President-elect (elected every year)
— Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
— At-Large Director (two-year position)
— Campus Adviser At-Large (two-year position)
— Student Representative (two positions, elected every year)
— Directors for Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9
— Director for Region 11 (one-year term to fill vacancy)

For more information and to find out how you can run, follow this link.

Board members help define the Society. As an organization that values diversity, SPJ is looking for candidates who represent and encompass differing backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, geography, media discipline and professional status. SPJ is branded as the nation’s most broad-based journalism association, which is a statement to the professional and personal attributes of our membership.

Additional information
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How to participate as a voting SPJ member

In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via an online voting system.

How you’ll hear from them

Because each member, near and far, has the ability to vote for officers, candidates have a few ways to spread their message:

— SPJ Headquarters will send an email introducing all your candidates and directing you to their online information (if applicable).
— Candidates may have blogs or social media accounts where members can connect with them.
— During EIJ14, members can view candidate speeches online.

You'll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section, which will be available shortly.

How you’ll hear from us

Because the system requires electronic voting, we need to make sure we can reach every member via email. Make sure your email address is current by logging on or by contacting Tara Puckey, Chapter Coordinator.

Then what?

Over the next few months, you'll be able to learn about the candidates through the Meet the Candidates section (coming soon), which will contain bios, video speeches and links to blogs or social media accounts where you can connect with them further.

Voting will take place electronically during the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference, Sept. 4-6. Additional instructions will arrive via email, so make sure that information is up to date!

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Call the Election Hotline, 317-920-4784, or send us an e-mail.

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