AAJA Seeks New Officers for 2021-2022

AAJA will be seeking a slate of new officers for the 2021-2022 term. We will be electing a President, a Vice President of Finance, and a Vice President of Civic Engagement. Nominations are due no later than Monday July 20, no later than 8 p.m. ET. Electronic voting will begin Wednesday, July 22, with the final results announced at AAJA Fest.

Candidates for national office can be nominated by any full member in good standing. The role of each officer is below:

1. President: The president shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the Governing Board, have general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers or of the corporation. S/he shall preside at all meetings of the membership and at all meetings of the Governing Board and Advisory Board. The president shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees, including the executive committee, if any. S/he shall have the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of president of a corporation and shall be vested with such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or the By-laws. The holder of this office shall be a member of the corporation’s Governing Board.

2. Vice President of Civic Engagement: The vice president of civic engagement shall be dedicated to providing outreach to AAPI communities and leading AAJA’s media awareness efforts as well as fulfilling the following two tenets of AAJA’s mission:

-Provide the AAPI community an awareness of the news media and an understanding of how to gain fair access.

-Inform when news media organizations stray from accuracy and fairness in the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and AAPI issues.

3. Vice President of Finance: The treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital and earnings. The books of accounts shall be at all times open to inspection by any Governing Board member.

The VP of Finance shall deposit all moneys and other valuables in the name of, and to the credit of, the corporation with such depositories as may be designated by the Governing Board. The treasurer and/or the president shall have signatory powers over such depositories and disburse the funds of the corporation as may be ordered by the Governing Board; shall render to the president and the Governing Board whenever they request it an account of transactions and of the financial condition of the corporation; and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Governing Board or the by-laws. This officer must be a member of the board’s Finance Committee. The holder of this office shall be a member of the corporation’s Governing Board.

This year’s election schedule is as follows: 

Friday July 3 – Nomination period starts, 10 a.m. ET

Monday, July 20 – Nomination period ends, 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday, July 22 – Announcement of candidates & voting begins

Friday, August 7 – Voter eligibility deadline, 11 a.m. ET

Friday August 7 – Accept ballots until/Voting ends 8 p.m. ET

TBA – Announcement of Officers-Elect at AAJA Fest 



ELIGIBILITY: Only active AAJA members are eligible to nominate a candidate according to the by-laws. If you have any questions about your membership, please contact the AAJA National Office at membership@aaja.org.

ELECTION RESULTS: Election results will be announced during AAJA Fest.

For questions about the election, please contact Shirley Qiu, VP of Communications, at shirleysqiu@gmail.com.

A reminder regarding AAJA elections and social media:

AAJA encourages and expects an active presence by candidates via social media over the next few months. We strongly discourage the candidates and their supporters from exploiting the national AAJA and chapter websites and social media platforms, as well as other journalism alliance sites, for campaign purposes of any kind. This includes promoting candidates in the user comments. These sites represent all members of AAJA and other groups and should remain politically neutral. AAJA’s staff and board of directors continue to work to ensure that our national and local chapter sites remain independent and inclusive to all members and journalists.   

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