Starting in April, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors and for judges for the IRE Awards. This year, six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. Two Contest Committee members, who judge the IRE Awards, also will be elected. Board seats are two-year terms while contest committee seats are one-year terms.
The initial filing period for candidates is April 6 – May 7. All candidates filing by this time will appear on the initial ballot when voting begins the week of May 17. Information and video statements from each candidate will be posted online.
Ahead of declaring candidacy, interested candidates will participate in an onboarding webinar to better understand the responsibilities of a board member, the dos and don'ts of being a board member, and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A. The live webinar will feature past board members.
As in the past, candidates may join the campaign after the initial filing period. However, voting will have already begun, which could diminish a late-filing candidate’s chances of being elected. Candidates filing after the initial deadline will have their materials posted online two business days after submitting all of the required information. Candidates for the IRE board and the contest committee have the option of joining the race up to 5 p.m. EDT on June 18.
In addition to candidates for the board of directors, the ballot also will include candidates for IRE’s Contest Committee (one-year term), which judges the IRE Awards. Those interested in judging will apply using the same procedure as IRE Board candidates and will be selected on the same ballot. Contest Committee candidates’ information will also be available on the IRE website, but they do not participate in the board candidates forum.
About the Board of Directors
The board serves as the governing body of IRE and generally meets in person two times a year to discuss and vote on IRE business. One of the meetings is at the annual IRE Conference. The board periodically has conference calls.
Directors serve on committees and task forces made up of board members and appointed non-board IRE members.
The seats are for two-year terms, and incumbents may seek re-election to the board. A board position is unpaid; board members and their news organizations are expected to pay all, or a substantial amount, of travel expenses to board meetings. IRE will provide limited help in cases of need. Candidates must be IRE members in the professional or academic category.
Board members are expected to help raise funds and contribute financial or other resources to the organization.
Board Election Schedule
Six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election
- April 6 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins
- May 7 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot
- Week of May 17 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online
- June 19 – Voting results are announced; newly elected board members take office immediately and participate in election of officers