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Certification Commission Goals

  • To promote professionalism in scholastic journalism.
  • To offer national certification to scholastic journalism teachers and advisers.
  • To designate as master teachers educators whose experience and expertise make them outstanding professionals.
  • To recognize educators who possess the education or experience to teach scholastic journalism and advise student publications.
  • To encourage those who are teaching scholastic journalism or advising student publications without an adequate background to increase their knowledge of journalism and to provide a model for their continuing education.
  • To increase the availability of courses and workshops appropriate for the scholastic journalism teacher and adviser.
  • To provide model certification requirements for scholastic journalism teachers in states that do not offer licensing in this field.
  • To improve public and school district perceptions of certified scholastic journalism teachers as professionals.

JEA Development/Curriculum Commission

  • To enrich teachers’ educational atmosphere by providing resources,
    examples and development opportunities.
  • To be a clearinghouse of best practices in scholastic journalism education.
  • To foster an environment of sharing and collaboration among the
    teaching community.
  • To showcase exemplary teacher activities and student engagement.

Junior High / Middle School Commission

The Commission, led by an elected chair, has five goals:

  • Maintain a strong and visible position concerning the place of journalism in junior high/middle school;
  • Seek more junior high/middle school advisers, administrators and students;
  • Recommend policies, positions and actions to JEA and its members on junior high/middle school;
  • Initiate and maintain channels of information and communication with all educational groups related to junior high/middle school teachers;
  • Help Headquarters develop a junior high/middle school strand for each convention and present a session at conventions.

Multicultural Commission

  • Brings together minority and nonminority high school journalism teachers, college teachers and journalism professors from across the country who have an interest in promoting diversity in scholastic and professional staffs and media.
  • Furthers journalism education among minority students through a commitment to teacher and adviser education.
  • Fosters minority attendance at conventions by increasing the number of registration-fee waivers for minority students who live in the convention city.
  • Encourages minority advisers to attend national conventions through the JEA Outreach program.
  • Develops curriculum materials that encourage awareness of diverse populations in student media and multicultural approach to coverage. A curriculum guide, Newswriting in the 1990s, has been published, and members are now working on a stylebook outlining preferred ethnic and racial references.
  • Promotes cultural awareness by staffing a multicultural booth at national high school journalism convention.
  • Networks with other journalism teachers and advises through out the year to encourage a multicultural approach to staff recruiting and media production.

Scholastic Press Rights Commission

The Commission, led by an elected chair, is charged with:

  • Reporting on current legal situations;
    1. Selecting commissioners who will:

    2. Maintain a strong and vocal position opposing censorship and prior review of scholastic media.
    3. Be spokespeople for student decision making and direction of student media;
    4. Keep in close contact with the Student Press Law Center and other organizations concerned with student and adviser freedom of expression;
    5. Gather information on press rights for national distribution;
    6. Monitor scholastic media legal and ethical issues, cases and incidents across the country and in their regions;
    7. Offer advise and support to advisers, administrators and students through the establishment of a press rights Web page and other direct and indirect means;
    8. Recommend policies, positions and actions to JEA and its members on scholastic law and ethics;
    9. Submit articles to professional journals on JEA’s position on the rights and responsibilities of scholastic media;
    10. Initiate and maintain channels of information and communication among all educational groups.
  • Participating in sessions at conventions, seminars and workshops locally and nationally, keeping students and advisers up to date on current legal situations, opinions and trends;
  • Supporting, through actions and words, the free expression rights of all groups;
  • Recognizing schools through the First Amendment Press Freedom Award.