NAJA Board of Directors candidacy declarations due May 28

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 03/10/2015

The Native American Journalists Association is calling for candidates to serve on the NAJA Board of Directors. There will be two vacancies for 3-year terms, beginning in July 2015.

Current members of in good standing may seek candidacy by submitting a photo, biography, and short explanation of what they wish to achieve while serving on the board to NAJA Election Board Chair Jolene Schonchin. To declare candidacy, members should send required materials by email at [email protected] by 5 p.m., May 28, 2015.

Election guidelines:

The Native American Journalists Association charter states, under Article VII, Section 1, that the membership shall determine the election process.

In 1996, the NAJA membership voted to establish an Election Committee to organize and facilitate annual board elections. The following guidelines were adopted on June 22, 1996 in Bangor, Maine. It was later revised and adopted by the board in March 26, 2006, and updated in March 2009.

Declaration of board candidacy:

  1. Candidates must declare their intention to run for the board between Jan. 1 and six weeks (May 28, 2015) before the election (July 11, 2015).
  2. After their eligibility to run for the board has been determined, candidates shall submit a photo, bio and brief summary of what the candidate hopes to achieve through service on the board.

In addition, the NAJA Board of Directors has adopted the following definition of "media professional" and recommended procedure for the Election Board to follow:

"A media professional is defined as a journalist who works for either tribal media or mainstream media and earns 51 percent of his or her annual income through journalism. A journalist is someone who works in the gathering, writing, editing, photographing, publishing and disseminating of news as through, but not limited to, a newspaper, magazine, radio, television station, or World Wide Web publication owned and operated by a news media outlet. (Native educators and students are exempt.)”

"Determining whether a board candidate is eligible to hold office shall be the responsibility of the Election Committee. When the NAJA office receives written notification that a NAJA member has declared his or her candidacy for office, the Election Committee has 21 days to notify the candidate in writing whether he or she is eligible to run for the NAJA board. The written determination of eligibility will be sent to the candidate, with copies to the NAJA President and Executive Director. Any candidate determined ineligible will receive an explanation for the ruling within the notification letter.”

"An election report shall be prepared and distributed during the annual membership meeting. The report shall include the list of board candidates and any explanations why a candidate was determined ineligible to run, along with general procedures followed during that year's election process."

(Note: This policy shall be published in every document that NAJA releases concerning board candidates)

Candidates must declare their intention to run for the NAJA Board before May 28, 2015.

For more information on the specific requirements of board members, click here to read Article VII of the NAJA bylaws: