Aims and Objectives

According to the By-Laws and Policies of the CAJ

Goals of the Corporation

The Corporation exists to promote excellence in journalism. The Corporation is the national voice of Canadian journalists and upholds the public’s right to know. The Corporation encourages and promotes investigative journalism.

Bilingualism

The Corporation is a bilingual organization and its services are provided in both official languages of Canada.

Qualification of Members

Membership shall be extended to any person whose application has been accepted and who has paid the required annual membership fee.

Privileges of Membership

All active members of the Corporation shall be qualified to be elected as a director or an officer of the Corporation and its Chapters and to vote at all annual or special general meetings of the Corporation and its Chapters.
Active members of the Corporation shall be students or working journalists whose salary comes primarily from, or time goes principally into, journalism, including the managers of media enterprises and teachers of journalism, as determined by the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Students shall be considered those who work in the student media on a regular basis during the academic year and have paid the active member’s fee as determined by the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
All other members of the Corporation shall be associate members.

Chapters

The Board of Directors of the Corporation may grant permission to members of the Corporation in a defined geographic area to form a Chapter of the Corporation, (referred to herein as a “Chapter”). (The CAJ has, at present, ten such Chapters across Canada)
All members living in the geographic area as defined by the Board of Directors shall, (automatically) be members of that respective Chapter.
A Chapter is expected to hold at least 2 activities in each calendar year.

Caucuses

The Board of Directors of the Corporation may grant permission to members of the Corporation with a common interest to form a national caucus of the Corporation (referred to herein as a “Caucus”). All members of the Corporation shall be eligible to join a Caucus, and all members of a Caucus must be members of the Corporation. Caucuses are formed to provide activities and information of a special interest. (The CAJ has two Caucuses at present.)

Meetings of Members

Annual General Meeting
The annual general meeting of all classes of members of the Corporation shall be held at the head office of the Corporation or at such other place in Canada (the AGM is usually held at the CAJ’s National Conference in the Spring of each year) for the purpose of receiving the reports and statements required by the Canada Corporations Act to be placed before the Meeting, electing Directors, appointing an auditor or auditors, and fixing or authorizing the Board of Directors to fix his or their remuneration, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the meeting.

Board of Directors

Number of Directors
The affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by a Board of Directors of not fewer than 3 Directors and not more than 24 Directors. From time to time, the Board of Directors may fix the number of directors.

Qualification of Directors
Directors shall be either Chapter Directors, Regional Directors or National Directors. (1 Chapter Director per Chapter is elected at the Chapter’s annual meeting each year, while Regional Directors are elected to 2-year terms by mail-in ballot in those regions not represented by Chapters. National Directors, four in total, are elected to two-year terms, on a rotating basis, 2 at a time, at each CAJ annual conference)

Executive Committee
Whenever the number of directors of the Corporation exceeds five, the Board of Directors may provide for the creation of an executive committee comprising the president or co-presidents and other officers of the Corporation, who shall be appointed by the Board of Directors.

Chairperson of the Board
The chairperson of the board shall, if appointed, preside at all meeting of the Board of Directors and of the members, and shall exercise such other powers and authority and perform such other duties as the Directors may from time to time prescribe.

President or Co-Presidents
The president or co-presidents shall be the chief executive officer(s) of the Corporation and, subject to the control of the Directors, shall supervise, administer and manage the affairs of the Corporation generally. Only the president or co-presidents, or any person designated by them, shall be empowered to act and/or make statements and commitments in the name of the corporation.

Vice-president
The vice-president or, if more than one, the vice-presidents, shall if elected or appointed, exercise such powers and authority and perform such duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Directors or by the president or co-presidents.

Executive Director
The executive director, if appointed, shall, subject to the control of the president, or co-presidents, manage the operations of the Corporation generally.

Secretary
The secretary shall be subject to the control of the president or co-presidents of the Corporation and shall exercise such other powers and authority and perform such other duties as may be from time to time prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Treasurer
The treasurer shall have general charge of the finance of the Corporation. He/she shall be subject to the control of the president and shall exercise such other powers and authority and perform such other duties as may from time to time be prescribed by the Directors or by the president.

Committees
The Board of Directors may, from time to time, appoint such committee or committees, as it deems necessary or appropriate for such purposes and with such power as it shall see fit. (The CAJ presently has several Board Committees in place, including: The CAJ Awards Committee, The Special Projects Committee, Budget Committee, Conference Committee, Membership Committee, Caucus Committee and Advocacy Committee)

Advertising / Fund Raising

The Corporation may raise money by selling advertising. Ads may be exchanged for goods or services instead of cash.
The Corporation may not accept contributions from any source other than media corporations unless specifically approved by the Board of Directors. The Corporation may, however, accept donated services from individuals, corporations, foundations, associations, educational institutions, governments and their agencies. The Corporation shall neither provide nor promise any endorsement or support in return for such services. All co-sponsorships of events staged by the Corporation must be approved in advance by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee, if it exists.

Off-The-Record Policy

No events or activities sponsored in whole or in part by the CAJ shall be off-the-record except with the prior approval of the president.

Media Policy

  • Media is a publication of the Canadian Association of Journalists. The board of directors of the CAJ is ultimately responsible for this as well as other aspects of the CAJ.

  • The board of directors appoints the Media board of directors. Members of this board will be reviewed every three years, however, members may be removed by the board at any time.

  • It is the policy of the CAJ board to guarantee editorial freedom for the editor or editors. This means the CAJ board does not intervene in decisions on content, presentation, style, design or the use of funds within the normal Media budget.