Article 1 – Name
Section 1: The name of the Association shall be the Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance (APCA).
Article 2 – Purposes and Functions
Section 1: The Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance (APCA) exists to promote best practices in journalism and communication studies, provide training, and encourage cooperation among communication and journalism associations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Section 2: To fulfill its mission, APCA shall organize events and activities, including but not limited to, joint conferences held with a member organization, trainings, workshops, projects, or independent seminars at least every two years.
Article 3- Membership
Section 1: Member organizations shall be interested journalism, communication, media, and cultural studies associations in the Asia-Pacific region. A list of initial member organizations is appended here. Member organizations can be added or removed by a vote of the council; all council members should be invited to vote, but a plurality of members who choose to vote by a set date shall be sufficient to add or remove an organization. Voting may take place in the most convenient way, including but not limited to, in-person voting or online voting.
Article 4 – Council, Steering Committee
Section 1: APCA’s council shall consist of three types of council members. All majordecisions shall be made based on a plurality of council members who choose to vote by a given time. Each council member gets one vote, regardless of how many representatives come from his/her home association.
Section 2: Association Delegates
Each association shall have the privilege to appoint, in whatever ways it deems appropriate, two delegates to the council. These delegates act as representatives from the association. Each member organization shall be responsible for notifying the APCA president and secretary general of their delegates or any changes to their delegates.
Delegates may be consulted on any matter and may vote on matters such as membership organization changes, steering committee member changes, or any other matter that the steering committee requests. Voting may take place in the most convenient way, as determined by the president. Each delegate shall be able to cast a vote independently.
Section 3: Steering Committee
The steering committee shall consist of the officers who will manage the day-to- day business of APCA. Initial officers were determined at the October 2018 meeting. Their term shall begin with the ratification of this constitution and they shall serve a three-year term, with the president’s term ending December 31, 2021. Steeringcommittee members shall continue to serve on the steering committee until their replacement is appointed and confirmed. Officers may be re-elected/re-appointed. If additional positions are needed or if a position becomes vacant for any reason, the president may appoint such a person with the approval of a plurality of the other council members who vote within a given timeframe.
At least three months prior to the end of a president’s three-year term, the council will elect the next president and secretary general. The president-elect and secretary general-elect shall join the steering committee at that time and take office on January 1 of the following year. Voting may take place in the most convenient way.
The president shall appoint the other steering committee members, with the consent of the council. The only other directly elected Steering Committee position is the Secretary General.
Section 4: Special Council Members
Additional council members may be appointed by the president with the consent of the council. Initially, all members of the task force for planning the meeting that resulted in the founding of APCA and those who participated in the foundation meeting shall continue to serve as members of the council for a four-year term.
Special council members may vote on council matters. Voting may take place using the most convenient method as decided by the steering committee.
Section 5: Secretary General
The Secretary General is responsible for the administration of the day-to-day affairs of APCA as the President may prescribe. The Secretary General is assisted by the
Secretary. The President, in consultation with the Council, shall determine the duties and the responsibilities of the General Secretary. The Secretary General and Secretary have to be members of the council.
Article 5: Languages
Section 1: The official language of APCA shall be in English. The Council can decide on the working language or languages for all meetings.
Article 6 - Amendments
Section 1: Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by a petition from any three council members. Amendments to the Constitution may be made by a vote of 2/3 of council members who vote by a set date.
Article 7 - Establishment
Section 1: This Constitution shall take effect immediately upon its acceptance by a majority of the delegates and committee members listed in the Appendices below.
Appendix 1: Founding Member Organizations and Their Delegates ( 29 Delegates from 18 Associations)
All India Communication and Media Association (AICMA)
· President, Biswajit Das
· Secretary, Gopalan Ravindran
Asian Network for Public Opinion Research (ANPOR)
· President, Jantima Kheokao
Association of Development Communication Educators and Practitioners of the Philippines (ADCEP Philippines)
· President, Rotacio Gravoso
Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
· Former president, Donald Matheson
· Former president, Terry Flew (also President-elect of ICA, International Communication Association)
· Past president, Atwar Bajari
· Delegate, Dorien Kartikawangi (also former Secretary)
Chinese Association for the History of Journalism and Communication (CAHJC)
· President, Chen Changfeng
· Vice-president, Wang Runze
Chinese Communication Association (CCA)
· President, Shuhua Zhou
· Vice-president, Jack Linchuan Qiu
Chinese Journalism Education & Research Society, affiliate to Higher Education Association
· President, Zhou Yong
Chinese Communication Research Society, Affiliate of Chinese Culture Promotion Association
· President, Tang Xujun
Indonesian Communication Scholars Association(ISKI)
· President, Dadang Rahmat Hidayat
· Delegate, Herlina Agustin (International Relations Vice President) Japan Communication Association
Japan Communication Association
· President, Jiro Takai
Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication
· Board member, Watanabe Takesato
· Board member, Naito Tagayasu
Korean American Communication Association (KACA)
· President, Eyun-Jung Ki
· Former Vice-president, Kwan Min Lee
Korean Association for Broadcasting and Telecommunication Studies (KABS)
· President, Chungmin Joo
· Vice-president, Ju-Yong Ha
Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (KSJCS)
· Vice-president, Hyo-Seong Lee
· President-elect, Chunsik Kim
Malaysian Association of Communication Educators (MACE)
· President, Adnan Hussein
Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE)
· President, Rowena Capulong Reyes
University Mass Communication Teachers’ Association (UMTA) [Sri Lanka]
· Delegate, Raguram Sivasubramaniam
· Delegate, Wijayananda Rupasinghe
Appendix 2: Initial Steering Committee Members (8)
Chen Chang Feng, President
Shuhua Zhou, Vice President
Eyun-Jung Ki, Vice President
Jantima Kheokao, Vice President
Dadang Rahmat Hidayat, Advisory Committee Member Terry Flew, Scientific Committee Member
Sung Kyum Cho, Secretary General
Jack Qiu, Secretary
Appendix 3: Special Council Members (20)
Deb Aikat, The South Asia Communication association, from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism
Ang Peng Hwa, Past President of ICA and Past President of AMIC (Asian Media Information and Communication Center), from NTU in Singapore
Chang Jiang, Tsinghua University
Guo-Ming Chen, Past President of ACCS (The Association for Chinese Communication Studies), from the University of Rhode Island
Chen Xianhong, Huazhong Univeristy of Science and Technology
Sung Kyum Cho, Past President of KSJCS, Past President of ANPOR and Director of CAPORCI
Clifford Christians, University of Illinois-Urbana
Fritz Cropps, Associate Dean for Global Programs, Missouri School of Journalism
Prabu David, Dean of College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University
Deng Shaogen, Secretary of CAHJC
Louisa Shu-Ying Ha, Editor, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Bowling Green State University
Hang Min, Associate Dean of International Develoment of Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication
Hu Yu, Administrative Dean of Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication
Kyu-Ho Youm, Past President of AEMC, and Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair
Yu-li Liu, Dean of Research & Development, National Chengchi University (Taiwan), Past President of CCA President
Akira Miyahara, ex-officio of Japan Communication Association, from Seinan Gakuin University
Shi Anbin, Associate Dean of Research of Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication Lars Willnut, Syracuse University
Bu Zhong, Past President of CCA, from Penn State University
Zhou Qing’an, Associate Dean of Pedagogy at Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication
Drafted on Nov. 6 by Secretary General
Modified on Nov. 20 by Steering Committee
Reviewed by members till Dec 10
Modified on Dec 23 by Steering Committee
Ratified on Jan 22 by council
New member (KABS) joined on Feb 4 2019