The 2018 RABJ Elections

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists is calling for local journalists who want to serve on its executive board. 
Per the NABJ Constitution and the RABJ bylaws, please be informed that RABJ will hold its elections from Dec. 4 through Dec. 8. Results will be announced on Dec. 9. 

This year, RABJ will be coordinating its election results with ElectionRunner.com. 
Click here to visit the page where you can cast your ballot for RABJ executive board. All members who are current with their dues in RABJ are eligible to vote. 

Below is a list of the leadership positions open for the 2018-2019 term. 

President

The President shall be the chief administrative office of the chapter. The president shall preside at the general meetings as well as meetings of the Board of Directors. The president shall chair the Executive Committee, and have the authority to appoint the chair of all Board committees with the approval of the Executive Committee. The President may create and dissolve chapter committees and appoint chairs of the committees as needed to carry out the mission of the chapter with the approval of the Executive Committee. The President shall be informed of all Board and Association Committee activities by the committee chairs. The President shall perform other duties as directed by the Board.

RABJ's current president is Richard J. McCollough, M. Ed. He became Rochester's first African-American Chief Metereologist when he was hired by WHEC-TV 10NBC in 1994.

Vice President of Digital Media 

The current vice president of digital media is Khristopher J. Brooks, a reporter on Long Island at Newsday. He is a former Rochester Democrat and Chronicle business reporter. 
The Vice-President for Social Media & Marketing
shall oversee the chapter's website and social media channels. He/she shall serve as a conduit through which community development related information and resources are shared between the Board, committees, and the membership. He/she shall also undertake other duties as assigned by the President.

HOW TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A SEAT ON THE RABJ BOARD:

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has set a deadline of November 17th for candidates interested in holding office from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019. Our governing organization - the National Association of Black Journalists - requires that anyone contending for a chapter leadership position must also be a member of NABJ. This means that in order to contest a position, you must be a paid member in RABJ and within thirty days become a member of the national organization. 

Any candidate can nominate him or herself or be nominated by another member by submitting a nomination letter or e-mail to Secretary Rhonda Austin (rhonda.rabj@gmail.com). The nomination period will be from November 17th 7 a.m. to November 30th 5 p.m. Each candidate will be announced as soon as the eligibility is established.

To become a member in RABJ go to our website here; http://www.rabjournalists.org/full-member

Full Membership is $40 + $2 service charge thru paypal for a full membership.
Associate Membership is $30 +$2 service charge thru paypal for an associate membership.
Student Membership is $20 +$2 service charge thru paypal for a student membership.

RABJ's membership levels will be going up beginning January 1, 2018 so now's the time to join!

Vice President of Print

RABJ's current vice president of print is freelance journalist Kevin Hicks, who is a former reporter and editorial assistant at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
The Vice President for Print shall oversee chapter activities related to RABJ social events, the RABJ newsletter, press releases, community relations and networking. He/she shall serve as a conduit through which the public information and resources are shared between the Board, committees, and the membership. He/she shall also undertake other duties as assigned by the President.

Vice President of Broadcast

RABJ's current vice president of broadcast is Joanne Gordon, a senior video editor for WXXI in Rochester. 
The Vice President of Broadcast shall oversee communication with chapter membership, plan RABJ special events and awards given out. He/she shall serve as a conduit through which communications related information and resources are shared between the Board, committees, and the membership. He/she shall also undertake other duties assigned by the President

Treasurer 

The Treasurer shall oversee the maintenance of the financial records of the chapter. The Treasurer shall participate in the development of the chapter's budget, all fundraising, and follow all guidelines set forth in those budgets. The Treasurer shall maintain all bank accounts, sign checks, apply for grants and advise the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the financial standing of the chapter. The Treasurer shall be responsible for arranging an annual audit of the books for the national office and the filing of all appropriate tax forms. He/she shall also undertake other duties as assigned by the President.
RABJ has a vacancy in the treasurer position. Interested in running for the role? Contact any chapter leader at rabj@rabjournalist.org

Secretary

RABJ has a vacancy in the secretary position. Interested in running for the role? Contact any chapter leader at rabj@rabjournalist.org
The Secretary shall keep a roll of the membership of the chapter, and shall notify members of the monthly meeting, and any special business meetings of the general membership that may be called. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all business meetings of the Board of Directors and the general membership. He/she shall also undertake other duties as assigned by the President. 

Parliamentarian

RABJ's current vice Dolores Orman, a retired Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reporter. 
The Parliamentarian shall oversee all aspects of public relations for the chapter. Also, have thorough knowledge of the By-Laws, Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised (current edition), and any other rules and regulations of the chapter; furthermore, the Parliamentarian shall act as sergeant-at-arms of meetings and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Board.