SizingUpTheSouth.com staff report
Along with the SPJ Florida Sunshine State Awards each year comes chapter elections for the new board. SPJ Florida’s programming and advocacy has earned the title of Chapter of the Year four times in the last 10 years. (Photo above SPJ Florida President Christiana Lilly and Vice President Abigail Perry receive a top-rated chapter award in Baltimore at EIJ18)
The chapter states that it has an innovative and diverse board that brings out-of-the-box ideas to the table to further its mission in support of the First Amendment and educating journalists, from elementary school to retirement. SPJ Florida boasts that it doesn’t present sit-down panels—it has hosted workshops, mixers, mock press conferences, brought a drone to newsrooms and classrooms, Fake News Game Shows, speed Scrabble, and even helped budding journalists in fourth grade.
To serve on the board, the requirements include:
- Be a member of the Society of Professional Journalists in good standing (Not a member yet? Join!)
- Attend SPJ Florida board meetings, which are hosted every other month, either in person or virtually. Its bylaws state that a member who misses three meetings in a row can be voted off the board.
- Have a passion for journalism. SPJ Florida board members have been in print, digital, television, radio, freelancers, journalism/media teachers, retired journalists, college students, First Amendment advocates and more.
Positions on the board:
- Past-president (not an elected post)
- Vice President
- Vice President of Programming
- Vice President of Membership
- Board of directors (six positions)
- Student representative
The chapter’s annual election meeting is scheduled for July 20 following the Sunshine State Awards ceremony in Fort Lauderdale. Election shall be by simple majority vote of eligible chapter members. All chapter members in good standing are welcome to vote by in-person ballot at the election.
If interested in running for a position on the board, email SPJ Florida President Christiana Lilly with your intention to run, a short bio and a headshot by Saturday, July 13.