NAHJ Elections Hub

The National Board of Directors has created the NAHJ Elections Hub landing page as part of our commitment to remain transparent about the election process. This page contains important information for members about the 2020 NAHJ elections.

The 2020 NAHJ elections will take place between September 28 and October 2, 2020..

Nominations for the 2020 elections are now open! To submit a nomination [CLICK HERE]

To submit a nomination for a STUDENT  [CLICK HERE]

The deadline to submit your nominations for a board position is 11:59 p.m. PT, August 12, 2020.

NAHJ Elections Frequently Asked Questions

NAHJ members are able to nominate candidates for the following positions:

President
The President shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, generally supervise, direct, and control the business and the officers of the corporation. They shall preside at all meetings of the members and at all meetings of the Board of Directors. They shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the bylaws.
Note: A candidate is only eligible to run for president if they have previously served on the board.

Vice President for Print; Vice President for Broadcast; Vice President for Digital
In the absence or disability of the president, the Vice Presidents shall perform all the duties of the president, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions upon, the president. The vice president receiving the most votes from the general membership during the most recent election shall be the first to succeed the president in case of absence or vacancy. The vice presidents shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as from time-to-time may be prescribed for them, respectively, by the Board of Directors.

Financial Officer
The Financial Officer shall keep and maintain the organization's accounts, including its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital, retained earnings, and other matters customarily included in financial statements; shall be responsible for depositing and disbursing the organization's money and valuables; shall keep a record of all of their transactions as financial officer and of the financial condition of the corporation; and shall have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the bylaws.

Secretary
The Secretary shall keep and maintain the minutes of all the meetings and actions of directors, the names of those present at such meetings, the number of members present or represented at members’ meetings, and the proceedings of such meetings; shall keep a record of the corporation’s members, showing the names of all members, their addresses, and the class of membership held by each; and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the bylaws.

Spanish Language At-Large Officer
The Spanish Language At-Large Officer is the board's liaison for members who work for Spanish language media outlets, or who write or communicate primarily in Spanish. They shall keep abreast of the concerns and activities of those members, and advise on programming and other courses of action.

Academic At-Large Officer
The Academic At-Large officer is the board's liaison for academic members who are at institutes of higher education. They shall keep abreast of the concerns and activities of those members, and advise on programming and other courses of action.

General At-Large Officer
The General At-Large Officer is the board's liaison for NAHJ's general membership. They shall keep abreast of the concerns and activities of the general membership, and advise on programming and other courses of action.

Student Representative
The Student Representative is the board liaison for NAHJ's student members. They should keep abreast of student member concerns and activities and relay them to the board, and advise on programming for student members and other courses of action.

To submit a nomination [ CLICK HERE ]

To submit a student nomination [ CLICK HERE ]

Each potential candidate must receive 25 nomination signatures by August 12, 2020 in order to be eligible for the ballot.

2020 NAHJ Elections Timeline:

  • Monday, July 13: Call for nominations and call for candidates.
  • Thursday, July 30: The date of record.
    Members must be in good standing by this date to be eligible to vote (That means you must pay your dues by this date to vote!). Click here to renew your dues.
  • Wednesday, August 12: Deadline to receive nominations. Candidates send in their materials.
  • August 13-31: Vetting period. To be completed by the Elections Committee.
  • Friday, August 28: Deadline to qualify for the ballot.
  • Monday, August 31: NAHJ announces candidates.
  • Monday, August 31 to Sunday, September 27: Campaign period.
  • Monday, September 28: Election begins. Polls are open for one week.
  • Monday, October 2: Elections close at 5 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, October 3: NAHJ announces winners.

To read the full guidelines about NAHJ’s election process, you can follow this link.

Interested in serving on the board?
Here’s how you can qualify to appear on the ballot:

  • Make sure you’re a member in good standing, which means your dues must be up-to-date. Need to renew? Click here to renew your dues.
  • All the officer candidates must collect 25 nominations from NAHJ members in good standing. NOTE: Only Regular, Academic, and Lifetime members are eligible to sign nominations and vote for all board positions.

For more information on eligibility requirements, you can read the full NAHJ election guidelines by following this link.

To submit a nomination for yourself [ CLICK HERE ]

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the 2020 elections -- we want to hear from you! Please email [email protected].

The 2020 Election Committee
Financial Officer Geraldine Cols Azócar, Region 3 Director Melissa Macaya and Region 8 Director Cristy Fajardo.

The 2020 Election Advisory Committee*
Cindy E. Rodríguez, Court Passant, Michelle Faust Raghavan, Tomás Harmon, Wil Cruz, Melanie Gonzalez and Brandon Benavides.

*The 2020 Election Advisory Committee was created by the Board of Directors on July 3, 2020 to support the activities of the Election Committee. Per NAHJ bylaw 9.2, “The Board of Directors may create one or more advisory committees whose members need not be directors. Advisory committees are not Board Committees and shall not exercise any of the powers of the Board.”