Communication: Journalism Education Today provides educational perspectives to JEA members on a wide variety of topics, such as teaching/advising issues, scholastic media strategy, pedagogical updates, current journalism research and other professional and technological concerns.
High school journalism educators make up the majority of the 2,500 members, from the newest to the most experienced, of the national Journalism Education Association. A secondary audience includes professionals — college librarians (more than 200 library subscriptions), yearbook printing companies, college journalism education leaders, state and regional association directors, etc. — assisting in the development and in the training of journalism teachers and advisers.
Communication: Journalism Education Today promotes lifelong professional learning as the norm and as the expectation for all journalism teachers/advisers, from the newest to the most experienced.
The quarterly JEA magazine, which is 32 to 48 pages and includes an online bonus, presents articles and packages about reporting, writing, editing, photography, design, typography, trends, advertising, fundraising, public relations and ethical standards as well as articles and packages about technology and pedagogy pertinent for journalism educators. Editors seek articles that value originality, thorough research, knowledgeable sources, fact checking and Associated Press style — all in ways that speak to journalism advisers.
To serve multiple readers and to present a wide range of content, each issue showcases an individual pattern. Usually there is diverse subject matter. Occasionally, an issue highlights an in-depth consideration that builds on current journalism needs or on JEA activities or programs. Other presentations present personal commentary, photography or page galleries, original educational exercises or feature shorts highlighting technical innovations.
JEA members and other journalism professionals may submit original articles and packages as well as photographs and other visuals that advance magazine goals, as described above. Always the goal for writing is a length that is appropriate for the subject and/or the package. Articles are often 1,500 – 3,500 words, but they may be shorter or longer if the subject requires a special length to achieve effective communication. Packages with multiple stories and visuals are also a way to present diverse perspectives and to focus on complex issues.
Writers are encouraged to present new perspectives on subjects that have journalism education appeal. Writers may include quotations from authoritative or pertinent sources, such as professional journalists (broadcasters, photographers, writers, designers, and the like), students, advisers, administrators or reputable experts. All copyrighted material and other sources must be properly cited. Features should be written either in magazine style (with quotations attributed in the text) or in journal style (with footnotes). For packages, authors should also supply sidebars and visuals (or suggested sources for visuals or photographs). Both the editor and the assistant editor work with writers to help develop thorough and responsible content.
As a result of the collaborative efforts, the magazine strives to make it easier for teachers/advisers to be up-to-date in their skills and to have confidence in their classrooms as they provide the best multimedia journalism education possible for their students.
Each author is responsible for providing the editor with a photograph of themself, a short biography (maximum, 100 words) and contact information (mailing address, email address and phone number(s). Each author will receive two copies of the finished publication.
|Issue||Copy deadline||To printer||To members|
|Fall||July 20||Aug. 20||Sept. 10|
|Winter||Sept. 7||Oct. 8||Oct. 29|
|Spring||Nov. 23||Jan. 23||Feb. 13|
|Summer||Feb. 8||March 11||April 8|