SPJ Elections: Introducing Jason Parsley, candidate for SPJ board At-Large Director

Region 3’s Jason Parsley

“I have a proven track record of success here in Florida and I am ready to take my determination and tenacity to the national level.”Jason Parsley

Jason Parsley, SPJ board At-Large Director candidate

SPJ is the largest journalist organization in the country. But our membership is declining and so my focus, if elected, will be on membership. This past year I served on the SPJ supporter task force, which led to a new member category. I also served as membership chair of my chapter and made it a priority to engage the unaffiliated list and move as many of them as I could to our roster so they would have representation. When I realized Puerto Rico and the USVI were not listed under any region online I made sure get to that changed. I also added those territories to our awards contest. During my term as president I launched the “no journalist left behind” initiative expanding our territory to include all areas in Florida, not serviced by another chapter, in order to make sure that all journalists in the state had SPJ representation. I have a proven track record of success here in Florida and I am ready to take my determination and tenacity to the national level.” – Jason Parsley

Current SPJ office: Membership Chair of SPJ Florida
Current employment: Executive Editor of South Florida Gay News
Previous SPJ experience: Served as President, Treasurer, and director of SPJ Florida.
Past work experience: Reporter
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from Florida Atlantic University

Honors, awards and activities: As President of SPJ Florida my chapter won Chapter of the Year. Many of the initiatives I spearheaded helped us achieve that goal, including my focus on diversity where we partnered with groups such as the SFBJA, NAHJ, AAJA, NAJA, and NLGJA on mixers and even a local convention. I also added a Spanish Language division to our annual awards contest in partnership with NAHJ. We also added an award for diversity and minority reporting. Over the years I’ve helped develop and nurture those relationships and we’ve been able to bring those groups on board for other programs.

Jason Parsley

Under my leadership I was able to stop the bleeding of our awards contest. I’ve increased revenues and entries, partly due to my intensive promotions via social media including Twitter, Facebook, e-blasts, emails etc. I also expanded the awards contest by opening it up to journalists from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, two areas that have no SPJ representation. Still being in charge of the contest I have further expansion plans and have other partnerships in mind.

The First Amendment was also important during my tenure. We launched a monthly First Amendment chat online with Florida’s First Amendment Foundation. We added a First Amendment award to our annual contest. We also partnered with Free Speech Week and sponsored several First Amendment Free Food Festivals.

Digital was also an important component of my term. We redesigned our website, added a new logo and appointed a social media manager. I also launched several online programs.

During my presidency I developed and nurtured relationships with our student chapters, which included adding a student from each one to our board.


You can vote even if  you are not a delegate or at the Excellence in Journalism 2016 convention in New Orleans

In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via an online voting system.

— SPJ Headquarters will send an email introducing all your candidates and directing you to their online information (if applicable).
— Candidates may have blogs or social media accounts where members can connect with them.
— During EIJ16, members can view candidate speeches online.
You’ll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section.