Delegate Analysis Task Force Report
The Delegate Analysis Task Force was formed via a resolution passed by the delegates at the SPJ 2021 virtual convention in September 2021. The genesis of the task force came out of a long discussion ahead of the delegate meeting at the convention around a proposal that would have, among other things, given delegate representation to communities. Community and chapter leaders disagreed on whether communities should be given community delegates akin to chapter delegates, and the language was removed from the proposed language to amend SPJ’s bylaws during the delegate meeting. However, the delegates thought it was important to continue exploring whether the delegate system was providing equitable representation to its members and formed the task force to continue this important work.
The mandate of the task force was to “study the method by which the Society conducts business and whether its methods provide equitable representation to chapters, communities and members who are not affiliated with either.”
SPJ President Rebecca Aguilar appointed SPJ New England President Adam Sennott to chair the task force. Sennott put together the rest of the task force, which consisted of Freelance Community Vice Chair Stacie Overton Johnson, International Community Co-Chair Dan Kubiske, SPJ board members Daniela Ibarra and Israel Balderas, as well as SPJ-LA President Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins and Press Club of Long Island President Brendan O'Reilly.
Download the full report here
You are invited to attend one of two town hall sessions to discuss the recommendations from the task force. The board will vote on June 4 to decide if the recommendations should be brought to the SPJ convention for a vote by delegates.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. EDT