The First Amendment is under attack. Fight back with us. Visit fight.spj.org to find out how.

Member Login | Join SPJ | Benefits | Rates

> Latest News, Blogs and Events (tap to expand)


Advertisement
— ADVERTISEMENT —
Advertise with SPJ
1

News and More
Click to Expand Instantly

SPJ News
Events and Deadlines
SPJ Blogs
Quill Online
Journalist's Toolbox

— ADVERTISEMENT —


Stay in Touch
Twitter Storify Facebook Google Plus
RSS Pinterest Pinterest Flickr


More SPJ News
Press Notes
Publications
SPJ Blogs
Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
SPJ News
Open Doors
Geneva Conventions
Annual FOI Reports

Home > SPJ News > SPJ delegates approve smaller board, changes to regional director positions

SPJ News
Latest SPJ News | RSS


SPJ delegates approve smaller board, changes to regional director positions


9/9/2017


Contacts: 
Lynn Walsh, SPJ National President, 614-579-7937, lynn.k.walsh@gmail.com
Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, jroyer@spj.org

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Society of Professional Journalists voted to change the way SPJ governs itself, including shrinking its Board of Directors to nine positions and removing regional directors from the national board.

Voting delegates approved the changes during the closing business session at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 annual conference.

The national board recommended the bylaws changes, in an effort to attract qualified leaders without barriers such as geography, job title, etc. In addition, a smaller board will be more nimble.

“These changes will help SPJ better execute its mission and serve its members,” said SPJ National President Lynn Walsh. “A smaller board will be best suited to produce shared short- and long-term strategies for SPJ’s vitality and viability into the future. This is just a first step toward those goals, but it is an important one.”

The vote comes after a year of self-examination by the current Board of Directors and a Governance Task Force that was charged with studying the issue.

With the approved bylaws changes, SPJ will be governed by a board of nine members, down from 23, to include:
• Three officers, including a president, president-elect and secretary-treasurer, each to be elected for one year.
• Four at-large directors, each to be elected for two years with staggered terms.
• Two appointed directors, each to be selected by the board to serve one-year terms, to provide specific expertise.

Regional directors, meanwhile, would continue to serve in the same capacity, but as non-board members to be known as regional coordinators.

Under this new structure, the SPJ board will continue to implement long-standing board responsibilities, as laid out in existing bylaws. Additionally, it will:
• Draft and enact a strategic plan for three to five years, setting annual goals to ensure that work toward planned priorities remain on track.
• Adopt a new organizational chart to ensure fruitful communication between board members and SPJ’s many constituencies, including chapters and communities.

The task force invited members to provide feedback and ask questions in various ways in the weeks and months leading up to the vote at EIJ17. It also created an online Frequently Asked Questions about the proposals.

SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to informing citizens; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and fights to protect First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. Support excellent journalism and fight for your right to know. Become a member, give to the Legal Defense Fund, or give to the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

-END-

Stay in Touch
Twitter Storify Facebook Google Plus RSS Pinterest Pinterest
Flickr LinkedIn Tout


More SPJ News
Press Notes
Publications
SPJ Blogs
Quill
SPJ Leads
The EIJ News
Press Notes
SPJ News
Open Doors
Geneva Conventions
Annual FOI Reports
 

Copyright © 1996-2017 Society of Professional Journalists. All Rights Reserved.

Legal | Policies

Society of Professional Journalists
Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Center
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317/927-8000 | Fax: 317/920-4789

Contact SPJ Headquarters
Employment Opportunities
Advertise with SPJ