Magazine article The Quill

Delegates Consider Controversial Resolutions, Change Bylaws to Allow "One Member, One Vote"

Magazine article The Quill

Delegates Consider Controversial Resolutions, Change Bylaws to Allow "One Member, One Vote"

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Chapter delegates considered 11 resolutions and accepted proposed bylaws amendments during the dosing business Session Sept. 27.

Two resolutions were put forth, one by the Ft. Worth chapter and another by a group of SPJ members throughout the country, regarding the retired Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award. Both resolutions sought to reinstate the award, which the SPJ board of directors retired in January 2011 after controversial statements by Helen Thomas about Israel. Both resolutions failed.

Delegates approved a resolution calling on newsrooms and journalists to stop using the phrase "illegal alien" in news stories. (See the related Diversity Toolbox on page 13.)

The text and outcomes of all resolutions are at spj.org/res2011.asp.

Because of an approved bylaws change, all duespaid member of SPJ will have the option of voting for national board members beginning in 2012. …

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