NAJA calls for board of directors candidacy declarations through Aug. 30

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 07/08/2016

The Native American Journalist Association is now accepting candidate nominations and declarations for four seats on the NAJA Board of Directors.

NAJA members may submit declarations of candidacy through Aug. 30, 2016.

The election will be Tuesday, Sept. 20 in coordination with the 2016 Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans. Members will vote on-site at the NAJA table located in the Napoleon Ballroom hallway on Tuesday, Sept 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Election results will be announced at the NAJA Media Awards Banquet.  

In 2016, there are four open seats, including one seat for a two-year term and three seats for three-year terms. Candidates must be determined to be NAJA members in good standing and associate members are not eligible to run for the board. 

After the NAJA Election Committee has determined eligibility, candidates must then submit a biography, photo and brief summary of what he or she hopes to achieve through service on the board (no more than 500 words) to NAJA Election Chair, Jolene Schonchin, by 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at [email protected]. Submitting a resume is also encouraged, however, not required.


A. Requirements

1. Candidates shall be verified as a NAJA member in good standing. In the event that a declared candidate is found not to be in good standing by the election committee, the committee shall notify the candidate of the decision and the reasons within seven (7) calendar days of the declaration deadline. The candidate then has seven (7) calendar days to appeal the decision to the NAJA board. The board shall rule within seven (7) calendar days of receiving the appeal.

2. Candidates must be at least 18 years old on the day of the election.

3. Candidates must meet the definition of media professional (as approved by the NAJA Board in March 1998).

4. According to the NAJA Charter, board members shall not serve more than two consecutive terms.

"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.)