About the Award
The Journalism Education Association’s Diversity Award honors a scholastic journalism teacher, student media adviser or scholastic journalism group demonstrating a commitment to cultural awareness and encouraging a multicultural approach with its student media staff, media production and/or community. The honoree must be in the forefront in promoting diversity in the scholastic media arena and must have taken steps to break down walls of misunderstanding and ignorance.
This is a juried award. Entries are evaluated by a national panel of journalism educators consisting of members of the Multicultural Commission and/or individuals designated by the Multicultural Commission chair. The award program will include one winner. If the winner is a group, a representative of that group should receive the award. Honorable mentions may be given. The winner and honorable mentions, if any, will be recognized at the spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention awards luncheon.
Application and Deadlines
Entry must be received by Dec. 15.
A narrative of up to 500 words should explain how the nominee has demonstrated and encouraged a multicultural approach with student media staff, media production and/or community. Retired journalism teachers and advisers, along with those currently teaching or advising may be nominated and JEA members may nominate themselves or their own programs. Organizations supportive of scholastic journalism also may be nominated. The nomination must be from a JEA member. Three letters of support from other individuals who know the nominee or group are required.
To nominate an individual for the Diversity Award, please fill out this form and submit to JEA Headquarters by Dec. 15.
Barbara Bateman, CJE, Murphy High School, Mobile, Ala.
Camille Respess and Erin Castellano, CJE, Clayton (Mo.) High School
Thomas Kaup, MJE, Auburn (Wash.) High School
The Teen Appeal and Elle Perry, coordinator, Memphis, Tenn.
Arrow newsmagazine, Renton (Wash.) High School (Vanessa Abenojar, editor; Derek Smith, adviser)
Honorable Mention: PGTV NEWS Prince George (Va.) High School (Chris Waugaman, adviser)
Arrow newsmagazine, Renton (Wash.) High School (Queenelle Gazmen, editor; Derek Smith, adviser)
Honorable Mention: J Camp for High School Students, Asian American Journalists Association
Multicultural Journalism Program, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Honorable Mention: Ron Booth, principal, Arapahoe High School, Littleton, Colo.
Don Bott, Stagg High School (Stockton, Calif)
Honorable Mention: Annandale (Va.) High SchoolAnnandale Antenna yearbook advised by Niki Holmes