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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 (link coming soon) is still in place for such actions.

For candidates and prospective candidates

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.

In order to appear on the ballot, candidates must declare at least six weeks before voting opens in the fall (date TBA). Candidates should declare by August 10 to ensure their candidacy will be featured on SPJ's Election Central website.

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Everything you wanted to know about running for an SPJ elected position

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The deadline to declare for this year's election is August 10, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No exceptions will be made for candidates who wish to declare after the deadline has passed.

Positions up for election in 2024

Positions on SPJ's Board of Directors
– Vice President (elected every year)
– Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
– Two At-Large Directors (each serving two-year terms)

Positions not on SPJ's Board of Directors
– Regional Coordinators for Regions 1, 4, 5 and 9 (each serving two-year terms)

Please note: Regional Coordinators no longer serve on SPJ's Board of Directors. For more information about this change, consult SPJ's bylaws. Also note that members running for regional coordinator positions must reside in a state in the corresponding region.

Get all the details here on how to declare your candidacy and what to do next.

Everything you wanted to know about running for an SPJ elected position

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.
— Members can view candidate speeches online.
— Candidates will deliver speeches on SPJ.org before voting opens. You'll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section.

Frequently asked questions

When is voting open? When does it close?

Because there is no convention in 2024, we are still working these details out and will announce them soon.

Who is eligible to vote?

All members of the Society in good standing seven days prior to the date and time balloting begins are eligible to vote.

Will I cast a ballot for other regions besides my own?

All members will vote for the board officers and the at-large board positions. Members will only be able to cast a ballot for the Regional Coordinator in their own region.

Can I change my vote after it is cast and before voting officially closes?

Votes cannot be changed once they are cast and before voting officially closes. Once your selections have been made and finalized, they cannot be modified.

When will the results be announced?

Election results will be announced in the fall (date and time TBA).

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