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JEA Membership Categories


Teacher/Adviser Member – $60

Teacher/adviser members shall be media advisers and educators of public, private and parochial schools, community colleges, schools or departments of journalism in universities or teachers’ colleges.

Teacher/adviser members may vote on election of officers, regional directors and commission chairs, and on referendums, shall receive all publications of the association and are entitled to all services provided by the association.

Associate Member – $75

Associate Members shall be individuals outside the field of education who have a strong personal interest in journalism and a bond of sympathy with its aims including, but not limited to, professional practicing journalists in all media. Associate members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings or conferences, but shall not vote nor hold office nor nominate candidates for office nor propose actions or programs.

College Student Member – $25

College student members shall be students majoring or minoring in journalism or related fields. Student members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings or conferences, but shall not vote nor hold office nor nominate candidates for office nor propose actions or programs.

Honorary Member

Honorary members shall be persons devoted to the interest of successfully promoting secondary school journalism and its related fields. All presidents, upon completion of one full term of office, and all Carl Towley award winners shall become honorary members for life. Other honorary members may be elected for life by the board of directors. Honorary members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings and conferences, but shall not vote nor hold office nor nominate candidates, actions or programs, except that those who were previously teacher/adviser members shall retain all rights of that membership.

Institutional Member – $100

Institutional Members shall be:

  • All public and private libraries
  • State, regional or national scholastic press associations
  • Departments of journalism in secondary schools, community colleges and universities whether public, private or parochial.
  • Commercial press associations, book, yearbook, magazine or newspaper publishers.
  • All firms, organizations and agencies engaged in the production of graphic arts or advertising.
  • Television and radio stations.
  • Educational or philanthropic foundations.

Representatives of institutional members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings or conferences, but shall not vote nor hold office nor nominate candidates for office nor propose actions or programs.

Affiliate Organization Member – $100

Affiliate Members shall be state or regional scholastic press or adviser associations or student collegiate chapters. Representatives of affiliate organization members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings or conferences, but shall not vote nor hold office nor nominate candidates for office nor propose actions or programs.

Emeritus Teacher/Adviser – $30

This category includes retired teachers or advisers who are still interested in scholastic journalism, unless they are employed by commercial firms providing sales and services to journalism teachers and publications advisers or are engaged in other commercial enterprises, which might represent a conflict of interest.

Retired Teacher/Adviser members shall receive all JEA publications, may participate in meetings or conferences, vote, hold office, nominate, candidates for office and propose actions or programs.

Lifetime – $600

A money saver for a long-term teacher/adviser membership.

Please note that an additional postage charge of $15 will be added to the membership fee for Canada and U.S. Territories.

Please note that an additional postage charge of $20 will be added to the membership fee for countries other than United States and Canada.