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 Societys processes for bylaws amendments and resolutions have not changed. The chapter delegate voting system (link coming soon) is still in place for such actions.
Positions up for election in 2020
Positions on SPJ's Board of Directors
– President-elect (elected every year)
– Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
– Two At-Large Directors (two-year position)
Positions not on SPJ's Board of Directors
– Regional Coordinators for Regions 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 (each a two-year position)
Please note: Regional Coordinators no longer serve on SPJ's Board of Directors. For more information about this change, consult SPJ's bylaws.
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 nations most broad-based journalism association, which is a statement to the professional and personal attributes of our membership.
How to run
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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 youll 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 EIJ20, members can view candidate speeches online.
You'll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section.
How youll 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 Matthew Kent.
Over the next few months, you'll be able to learn about the candidates through the Meet the Candidates section, 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 2020 conference, Sept. 10-12. Additional instructions will arrive via email, so make sure that information is up to date!
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Call the Election Hotline, 317-920-4788, or send us an email.