Leading the way in scholastic journalism & media education since 1924

Benefits

Advice/Help

A JEA email distribution list is available to members, who may subscribe free upon request. It’s a useful tool for networking and getting insight from others who advise student media. CLICK HERE for more information on the JEA email distribution list.

JEA Bookstore

The JEA Bookstore offers members special prices on more than 300 books and other items helpful for teaching journalism and advising student publications. You may order by mail, fax or online.  CLICK HERE for more information about the bookstore or visit our exhibit at JEA/NSPA national conventions.

NCTE Assembly

All JEA members are also members of the Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications, the largest assembly of National Council of Teachers of English. Meetings are held at NCTE national conventions.

Curriculum

JEA has created lesson plans — nearly 200 weeks worth — across 11 content areas, complete with learning outcomes, assessments, evaluation guides, models and alignment to standards including the Common Core and Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Each module is presented in multiple time frame options, allowing teachers to choose the configuration that best fits their circumstances and philosophies. Curriculum leaders keep curriculum current and dynamic by providing updated lesson plans and examples that reflect the newest trends and technology. They will  showcase their curriculum and lessons at national conventions and conferences. And they host online chats to not only discuss implementation of their module, but to coordinate discussion of best practices that will guide future development.

Publications

Members receive subscriptions to the quarterly journal Communication: Journalism Education Today (C:JET) and the Student Press Law Center Report (three times a year.) JEA also provides an online directory to all current members.

Certification

Qualified instructors may earn Certified Journalism Educator status through JEA. Certification validates your credibility as a journalism teacher and recognizes your commitment to journalistic training. Master Journalism Educator status recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding abilities and expertise in the journalism field through a test and a written project. A certification directory is provided to recipients and their principals.

Non-student Awards

JEA recognizes teachers, administrators and professionals who make a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. The Carl Towley Award, Medals of Merit, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Administrator of the Year, Teacher Inspiration Award, Diversity Award, Rising Star and Friend of Scholastic Journalism are presented annually. The National Yearbook Adviser of the Year and National Broadcast Adviser of the Year winners are recognized at the spring convention.

The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes schools that actively support and honor the First Amendment through their student publications.

Student Awards

National High School Journalist of the Year begins as a statewide contest conducted by JEA state directors for seniors planning to major in journalism. State finalists are entered in national competition, where top seven winners earn Sister Rita Jeanne scholarships. JEA awards $3,000 for first place and $850 each for six runners up.

The Student Journalist Impact Award recognizes students who have impacted their community through their journalistic writing or broadcast. And the Aspiring Young Journalist Award recognizes middle school or junior high school students. Student awards are presented in the spring.

Up to five $1,000 Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships are awarded to upper-level or graduate college students who are studying to teach journalism at the high school level.

JEA Advisers Institute

If you’re looking for basic survival tips or rejuvenation as an adviser, the summer JEA Advisers Institute will give you a boost. In a challenging, hands-on atmosphere, JEA offers instruction in technology, law and ethics and advising student publications. Participants may earn 12.5 contact hours of continuing education through Kansas State University.

Conventions

In conjunction with the National Scholastic Press Association, JEA hosts two national conventions — one in the West and one in the Midwest, South or East — each year. At the conventions, JEA offers competitions for students in nearly 50 categories, nearly 300 instructional sessions and many other activities fro teachers and students.