Nov. 1, 2010  

Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 Chapter Board

Are you concerned about promoting high standards and ethical behavior in our profession? Do you want to be part of shaping the future of journalism in this time of sweeping change and be on the front line of ensuring that accountable, truth-seeking and independent reporting remains the hallmark of a professional journalist? Do you believe in encouraging diversity and inspiring talented students to become journalists? Do you want to pursue cost-effective educational, networking and leadership opportunities to advance your own career?

If so, the Society of Professional Journalists’ South Florida Professional Chapter is looking for you. We are now accepting nominations to fill positions on the 2011 chapter board. You may nominate yourself or others.

To be eligible to serve, candidates must:

  • be SPJ professional members in good standing;
  • work or reside in the chapter’s service area (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties); and
  • be available to attend chapter events and bimonthly board meetings. (Board meetings are usually held in the evening in Broward County.)

The chapter board consists of the following positions, all of which are open for a one-year term effective January 1, 2011

  • President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President for Membership
  • Vice President for Programming
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Six (6) Directors at Large

The Immediate Past President also serves on the board, bringing the total board count to 13.

Review the chapter constitution and bylaws to learn more about chapter operations, the nomination and election process, and the duties of those elected to the board.

To nominate yourself or others, please send an e-mail including the nominee’s name and resume to Chapter Administrator Tim Dodson,, by Friday, Nov. 5. All nominations will be reviewed by 2011 Nominating Chair Lillian Kopenhaver, Ph.D., professor and dean of the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As specified by the bylaws, the nominating chair will confirm each candidate’s eligibility to serve and submit an official slate to chapter members by Thursday, Nov. 9 (30 days prior to the election).

In addition to the above nominating process, any eligible chapter member may submit a nomination by providing his/her name and resume to the chapter president at least 14 days in advance of the annual election meeting. Upon verification that the candidate is qualified to hold the seat being sought, the chapter shall publish the names of these candidates and their qualifications by the same method used to publish the official slate.

The chapter’s annual election meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Maguires Hill 16, a traditional Irish pub and restaurant near downtown Fort Lauderdale. Election shall be by simple majority vote of eligible chapter members, cast by ballot either in person and/or through electronic means and/or through absentee ballots. A chapter mixer follows the election.

If your membership has lapsed, or will end before the annual election, renew online.

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