Journalism Education Association



JEA has created lesson plans — nearly 200 weeks worth — across 11 content areas, complete with classroom materials, learning outcomes, assessments and models.


JEA awards and contests offer members and their students a platform to showcase excellence and receive the recognition they deserve.


In partnership with the National Scholastic Press Association, JEA hosts two National High School Journalism Conventions each year. Join as many as 6,000 students and peers at our next event.

Latest News

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Manfull to receive Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award

By Erinn Harris, MJE, JEA awards chair The Journalism Education Association has named Aaron Manfull, MJE, media adviser at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri, as its[…]

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14 advisers honored with 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

By Erinn Harris, MJE, JEA award chair Fourteen individuals who have contributed significantly throughout their scholastic journalism careers have been named Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. They will be honored[…]

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Alicia Merrifield, CJE, to lead JEA Mentoring Program

By Sarah Nichols, MJE, JEA president Alicia Merrifield, CJE, will serve as JEA Mentoring Program Chair beginning Feb. 1, 2023. Appointed by JEA President Sarah Nichols, MJE, she replaces Jane[…]

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We educate teachers on how to educate students

Among JEA’s more than 2,600 members are journalism teachers and publications advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and
departments of journalism.


Upcoming Dates to Remember

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March 15, 2023

Journalist of the Year application deadline

May 15, 2023

Broadcast Adviser of the Year applications due

June 1, 2023

CJE/MJE certification application deadline for summer testing

July 15, 2023

Administrator of the Year Award application deadline

July 15, 2023

Adviser awards application deadline: Carl Towley, Medal of Merit, Friend of Scholastic Journalism, Rising Star

July 15, 2023

Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships application deadline

JEA programs you should know about

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CJE validates your credibility as a journalism teacher and recognizes your commitment to journalistic training. MJE recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding abilities and expertise in the journalism field through a
test and a written project.


JEA’s SPRC works to empower and educate students and advisers concerning legal and ethical issues. The Committee provides lesson plans, commentary and support through the Panic Button, and assists in New Voices legislation.


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.


JEA’s curriculum offers hundreds of lessons in areas including writing, multimedia, design and law and ethics. Each lesson includes standards, learning objectives, materials and assessment guides.

Join us for the spring national convention

The Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups.


Join a national community of journalism advisers

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our members say:

JEA gave me footing when I was a fresh newspaper adviser, and it grew into a trusted friendship, a place I go to celebrate milestones, practice my journalistic craft, and make lifetime bonds with peers whom I rely on for support.
Come on in, there’s room for you, too!


Boise, Idaho

I love being a member of JEA because as an adviser of media, sometimes it’s like being on an island all by yourself at school. Networking with JEA, attending the Advisers Institute and conferences, being able to access
curriculum, and building
relationships have all helped me become a better adviser and educator.


Las Vegas, Nevada

Simply put, the best professional organization available for journalism educators. From the conventions to the curriculum to the listserv, there is no better source for information about teaching journalism. If you’re not a
member you’re doing
yourself, and your students, a disservice.


Wilmington, Delaware

Upcoming Events

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Spring JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention

April 20, 2023 April 22, 2023

San Francisco Hilton Union Square

The nation’s largest spring gathering of scholastic journalists, advisers and journalism teachers.


Need Help? You found it.

If you are a JEA member or students of a JEA member who need assistance concerning censorship issues, use the panic button below to generate an online form to explain your situation. This will go to a Scholastic Press Rights Committee member who will assist you quickly and notify others in your state so they can offer assistance. This outreach capability is a direct result of JEA’s Adviser Assistance Program and is designed to combat censorship issues advisers and students might face.



JEA National Student Media Contests

Registration for the spring 2023 National Student Media Contests opens Feb. 20, 2023. Online submissions are due by 6 p.m. CDT March 27.


Fall 2022 NSMC Winners

More than 1,100 students competed in the fall National Student Media Contests in St. Louis.


Our Team

Meet some of the faces behind the Journalism Education Association

Veronica Purvis, MSM, CAE

Executive Director

Sarah Nichols, MJE


Valerie Kibler, MJE

Vice President

Kristin Taylor, MJE

Director, Scholastic Press Rights

Shari Adwers, MJE

Director, Educational Initiatives

Brenda Field, MJE


Sergio Yanes, CJE


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