Whether you’re an SPJ newcomer or veteran, you all have an important duty to fulfill as members this coming week. For the first time, all SPJ members will get the chance to vote for national board officers. In the next day or so, you will receive an email ballot with the candidates running for SPJ’s board. You may have seen messages from the various candidates, read about the candidates in Quill Magazine, or visited www.spj.org to learn about their positions on various issues. This is all part of the process to inform you about who is running for positions on SPJ’s national board.
When you see that ballot pop into your inbox this week, please take a few moments and fill it out. Voting will open Thursday afternoon when SPJ delegates convene in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for the Excellence in Journalism convention. At that time, candidates will give their final speeches to members. Voting closes Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m. and the vote totals will be totaled shortly afterwards.
If you have any questions regarding the SPJ voting process, please visit the SPJ Election Center: https://www.spj.org/elections.
September is also SPJ’s National Membership month. One of our big goals is to get each SPJ member to reach out to at least one journalist currently not involved in the organization and encourage them to join. So take a moment to invite a co-worker to an upcoming SPJ event in your region, encourage a fellow student to join the campus chapter, or find out how to get a chapter started or revived in your region. Whatever you can do to spread the mission and purpose of SPJ will only make our organization stronger in the long run.
If you have any questions regarding SPJ or your local chapter, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with your chapter this year and making your experience in SPJ great!