Revised Aug. 30, 2013, these bylaws become effective with the 2013-14 election cycle. To view the previous version of the bylaws, click here.
Article I: Name of Organization
The name of this organization shall be the Journalism Education Association.
Article II: Purpose of the Organization
The Journalism Education Association exists to protect and enhance scholastic journalism education.
Article III: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility
JEA shall have both individual (teacher/adviser, associate, college student) and organizational (institutional and affiliate) memberships.
a. Teacher/adviser members shall be (1) media advisers and educators of public, private and parochial schools, community colleges, schools or departments of journalism in universities or teachers’ colleges; (2) emeritus teachers/advisers unless their primary employment involves sales and services to schools. (3) lifetime members.
b. Associate members shall be professionals involved in scholastic journalism not otherwise defined in this section.
c. College student members shall be majoring or minoring in journalism, education or related fields.
d. Institutional members shall be (1) all public and private libraries; (2) departments of journalism in secondary schools, colleges and universities; (3) commercial press associations, book, yearbook, magazine or newspaper publishers; (4) all firms, organizations and agencies engaged in the development or sales of software, graphic arts, advertising or media production; (5) other professional media; (6) educational or philanthropic foundations.
e. Affiliate members shall be state, regional or national scholastic press or adviser associations or student collegiate chapters.
Section 2: Dues
The board of directors, by a majority vote, shall have the authority to set annual dues for each membership category. Non-payment of dues or other charges may be grounds for suspension of any member. Membership covers one calendar year from the month dues are received.
Article IV: Board of Directors
Voting members of the board of directors shall consist of the president, vice president, immediate past president, scholastic press rights director, professional support director and two regional directors.
Section 1: Officers
Officers of the association shall consist of the president, vice president, immediate past president and the executive director.
a. The president shall preside at all meetings and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board of directors are put into effect. The president shall supervise headquarters staff and the board of directors in the implementation of general policies.
b. The vice president shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be assigned by the president and/or the board of directors. In the absence or disability of the president, the vice president shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the president.
c. The immediate past president shall serve as a parliamentarian to the association’s board of directors. In the absence or disability of both the president and vice president, the immediate past president shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the president.
e. The executive director shall be the association’s chief administrative officer. The executive director shall have powers and perform duties assigned by the president and/or the board of directors.
Section 2: Directors
It is the duty of the directors to carry out the programs and projects of the organization under the direction of the president.
Article V: Elections, Appointments and Removals
Section 1: Elections
The president, vice president and directors shall be elected to three-year terms and shall serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same capacity. After two consecutive terms, the individual may run again for a different office or for the same office again after one term. Appointed positions are three-year commitments with no term limits.
To qualify for an office, a candidate must be a teacher/adviser member in good standing and be proposed by the nominations committee or be placed in nomination by any voting member at the general membership meeting when the slate is offered. Terms of office will begin May 1 of each election year.
Voting members are teachers/advisers as defined in Article III, Section 1, current as of Jan. 15 of the election year. The election will take place over a 10-day period in February.
a. The general membership shall elect the president, vice president, scholastic press rights director and professional support director.
b. The east region director shall be elected by members with mailing addresses in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin. The west region director shall be elected by members with mailing addresses in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
c. Members of the board of directors shall name a secretary after May 1 of each election year. The secretary need not be an elected member of the board of directors and will not vote nor be considered an organization officer if not a member of the board. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all regular general information and board meetings and shall perform such additional duties as are incident to the position and any other duties the president and/or board of directors may assign.
Section 2: Office Vacancies
In case of death or resignation, inability to perform the functions of a board member, or disqualification from the board, the president shall appoint a new board member. A vacancy of a regional director position must be filled by a qualified candidate with mailing address specified in Article V, Section 1, Subsection B. The vacancy of the immediate past president position may be filled by any qualified past president. The appointment of the board member-designate shall be of such length as to fill the remainder of the unfulfilled board term. Should the office of the president be vacated by death, resignation, removal or otherwise, the vice president shall assume the position unless he/she is unable to do so then the immediate past president shall do so.
A member of the board of directors may step down at any time with a written letter of resignation to the president.
Section 3: Removal from Office
All officers and directors of the association may be removed or suspended for cause at any time by a two-thirds vote of the board of directors. Appointees of the president may be removed by her or him at any time or by a two-thirds vote of the board of directors.
Article VI Meetings
Section 1: Board Meetings
The board shall meet at least twice annually at such time and place as designated by the board. A quorum for the board of directors shall consist of a simple majority of the board.
a. The board will give 72-hour notice of any meeting.
Section 2: General Membership Meetings
a. A general membership meeting shall be held at all national conventions and is open to all.
b. All regular JEA members attending a general membership meeting shall each have one vote. A vote on non-budgetary items may be called for by the president either by voice, show of hands or ballot. Budgetary motions made at the general membership meeting must be approved by the board of directors.
Section 3: Virtual Meetings
The board may conduct virtual meetings. The president will determine the length and manner of virtual meetings. Asynchronous virtual meetings may be called only by the president, who will establish rules concerning the time and manner of the discussion and voting. The board will discuss the motion for the predetermined and limited length of time, after which the motion cannot be amended. Motions introduced at asynchronous virtual meetings can be passed only with approval of two-thirds of the board.
Article VII: Committees, Liaisons and Editors
Terms of office for all the following commence May 1 of each election year. They are appointed and can be removed by the president for due cause. All committee members, liaisons and editors must be JEA members in good standing.
Section 1: Standing Committees
Standing committees shall be Digital Media, Publications/Public Relations, Certification, Professional Outreach, Awards, Nominations and Contests. Standing committee chairs are appointed by and responsible to the president. The president shall select the committee chair and may select committee members or delegate the responsibility to the chair.
Section 2: Special Committees
Special committees may be appointed by the president and do not require approval of the board of directors. Such committees shall be directly responsible to the president or his or her designee. The president shall select the committee chair and may select committee members or delegate the responsibility to the chair. Subcommittees may be appointed by any board member and shall be directly responsible to that board member and do not require board approval.
Section 3: Liaisons
Liaisons may be appointed by the president to create a link between JEA and other organizations. Such liaisons shall be directly responsible to the president and do not require approval of the board of directors.
Section 4: Editors
Editors of JEA publications shall be appointed by and directly responsible to the president. Editors, upon the discretion of the president, may serve more than one term and may be removed from the publication for cause by the president pending approval by the board of directors.
Article VIII: State Directors
Section 1: Qualifications
State directors must be teacher/adviser JEA members. Each state and the District of Columbia will have one state director. They shall be elected by JEA members of the state organization, appointed by the state organization or appointed by the vice president.
Section 2: Removal from Office
State directors may be removed from office upon the request of the vice president.
Article IX: Rules of Order
The president shall be allowed to speak to and vote on all motions. All other rules shall be those contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, most recent copyrighted edition.
Article X: Bylaw Amendment
These bylaws may be amended or new bylaws may be adopted by a majority vote of the board of directors at any meeting. A 10-day notice must be given to the board of specifically worded changes desired, unless the vote by the board is unanimous to approve a change. No action shall be taken that would in any way adversely affect the association’s qualifications under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or any successor thereto.