ICONN Bylaws

INTERCOLLEGIATE ONLINE NEWS NETWORK

ADOPTED AUGUST 2010

ARTICLE I – DEFINITIONS
Section 1

“Intercollegiate Online News Network” or “ICONN” refers to the national organization for which these bylaws have been written. ICONN also includes the Interscholastic Online News Network (ISONN), and all sections of these bylaws apply to ISONN as well as ICONN.
ARTICLE II – MISSON STATEMENT
Section 1

The Intercollegiate Online News Network is a set of individuals, academic programs and professional organizations dedicated to connecting student web journalists and campus news websites and to advancing education in web and online journalism.

Section 2
One goal of ICONN is to foster and encourage good journalism and high standards of journalism education through campus news web sites where students are free to learn, experiment, fail and succeed in constructing the future of journalism.

Section 3

We want to assist faculty and journalism programs as they make the shift in their curricula from heavy or exclusive emphasis on traditional news media to the emerging online environments in which journalism is increasingly being practiced.

Section 4

We seek to be inclusive and supportive, believing that no individual or group has all the answers or all the good ideas. We believe the future holds great promise and exciting opportunities for all who will embrace it.

Section 5

ICONN is an organization dedicated to free expression and the rights and ideals embodied by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1

Membership is open to any individual or organization that shares in the goals of ICONN.
Section 2

Full membership in ICONN must be approved by the Board of Directors.
Section 3

Membership categories and privileges are established by the ICONN Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IV – DUES AND FEES
Section 1

The Board of Directors sets the rate for dues and other fees associated with membership.
Section 2

The Board of Directors sets fees for conferences and events.

ARTICLE V – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1 Membership

The Board of Directors is made up of no more than 12 voting members who are elected by the membership.

Section 2 Officers

Section 2.1

The Chapter officers are the President, Secretary and Treasurer, and Executive Director.

Section 2.2

The officers serve as the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and perform the functions customarily associated with their titles. The President is responsible for producing the Chapter’s annual report and any other reports required by National Headquarters, with assistance from the other officers and other members of the Board of Directors. In addition, the President appoints such committee chairs and/or committees as are required by National Headquarters and others he/she deems necessary; supervises committee chairs; and prepares the chapter’s annual budget. The Secretary and Treasurer records and distributes the minutes of the meetings, records votes taken electronically or by phone, and maintains the Chapter’s records; this officer is responsible for receiving payments, managing financial records and cooperating with other officers in all matters related to financial reporting. The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and is charged with informing other officers and members about the activities of the organization.

Section 3 Other Board Members

The Board of Directors sets the rules and procedures for the election of members to the board. It also establishes and assigns committee memberships as necessary.

Section 4 Terms of Office

Section 4.1

Officers will serve a 1-year term. The term of office for all other board members is 2 years.

Section 4.2

Members of the Board of Directors serve from August 1 until July 31 or until successors are elected.

Section 5 Annual Elections

The Board of Directors will establish procedures, dates and deadlines for elections of officers and board members each year.

Section 6 Other Vacancies

Vacancies that occur during a Board member’s term of office will be filled by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Board members appointed to fill vacancies will serve the remainder of the unexpired term and will be eligible for re-election at the end of that term. The Board may vote to leave a position vacant until the next annual election.

ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS

Section 1

There will be at least one national conference of ICONN each year. The times and places will be set by the Board of Directors.

Section 2

The Board of Directors will hold at least one regularly scheduled meeting each year. The President may call a meeting of the Board of Directors when requested by a majority of Board members. The times and places for regularly scheduled meetings will be set by the Board of Directors; special meetings will be held with at least 48 hours notice.

Section 3

A quorum for transacting official business will consist of the votes of half the number of official board members, either present in person at a scheduled meeting, or by e-mail or phone if they are unable to attend that meeting.

Section 4

All Board meetings are open meetings. Any member and others invited by the Board of Directors may participate in the discussions of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VII – ORGANIZATION DISSOLUTION

Section 1

A two-thirds majority vote of the members who respond to a written ballot distributed by mail with a two-week response period is required to disband the organization.

Section 2

Any funds that remain at the time the organization disbands, after all debts are satisfied, will be distributed according to a vote of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENTS

Section 1

Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed at any meeting of the Board of Directors or of the general membership.

Section 2

If proposed at a Board meeting, an amendment may be referred to the general membership by a simple majority vote of the Board members present, or passed by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board members present.

Section 3

If proposed at a general membership, meeting or referred to the general membership by the Board of Directors, an amendment may be put to a vote by mail ballot with a 2-week response period or voted on at a subsequent meeting of the general membership, called with at least a 2-week notice. When the vote is put to the general membership, a simple majority of those who respond by mail or those present at the meeting is required for the amendment to pass.

ARTICLE IX – PROCEDURE

Section 1

Robert’s Rules of Order is the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not covered by these bylaws.