The RTDNA board has approved a change to the Association by-laws, pending a vote by the membership, related to student chapters. At present, the by-laws allow RTDNA student chapters to form at schools that teach radio and television journalism. A change in wording would allow schools with digital journalism programs to also be eligible.
The board approved the change in language at its June meeting, and will ask the membership of the Association to vote on the new wording at the national convention. The change will be put to a voice vote of members at RTNDA's opening business meeting on September 4 at Excellence in Journalism 2014.
"Adding the word 'digital' to the by-laws pertaining to student chapters reflects the ever-changing nature of journalism and is consistent with our mission to represent all electronic journalists," said Chris Carl, RTDNA Chairman. "The amendment was drafted and approved by the governance committee and approved by the full board of directors, and board members felt it was important to include the full membership on this decision."
The Association's by-laws require informing members of upcoming by-law changes in advance. We are posting this information on our website, and alerting members via our email newsletter and social media channels. The Association's full constitution and by-laws can be found here.
The proposed change in wording is below:
Section 1. Recognition
(a) The Board of Directors may recognize as Student Chapters of the Association groups of students at universities and colleges offering instruction in radio and television, television and digital journalism, provided such groups shall adopt bylaws which the board determines will promote the purposes of the Association and are consistent with the bylaws of the Association.