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Asia-Pacific Communication Alliance Constitution

By Updated 2019-04-09


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)

ASPIKOM [Indonesia]

    · 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