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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Online submission materials for Fall 2020 NSMC available

Online submission materials are made available for use in preparing entries for selected JEA National Student Media Contests.  Each zip file contains contest instructions and all materials needed to complete[…]

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First-time convention grant

First-time attendee grant makes JEA/NSPA convention experience more accessible

New advisers eager for professional development and veteran advisers who have shied away from the convention price tag can get assistance to attend the Fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism[…]

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Carl Towley Award

Fulkerson receives Carl Towley Award, JEA’s highest honor

By Erinn Harris, MJE, awards committee chair The Journalism Education Association has named Connie Fulkerson, CJE, of Manhattan, Kansas, its 2020 Carl Towley Award recipient. “Connie knows JEA like no[…]

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We educate teachers on how to educate students

Among JEA’s more than 2,900 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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Sept. 1, 2020

Application deadline for CJE/MJE testing at Orlando convention

Sept. 4, 2020

Winter C:JET ad and copy deadline

Sept. 7, 2020

Labor Day, JEA headquarters closed

Sept. 14, 2020

Registration opens for Fall National Student Media Contests

Sept. 15, 2020

Registration opens for the Fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, Nov. 19-21, 2020

Sept. 15, 2020

Deadline for submitting applications for first-time convention attendee grants for the Fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention

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 our first virtual national convention

The Fall 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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Sept. 17, 2020

Constitution Day

Sept. 27-Oct 3, 2020

Banned Books Week

Oct. 26-30, 2020

Media Literacy Week

Nov. 19-21, 2020

Fall JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention, virtual


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 2020 National Student Media Contests is closed because the convention was canceled. Look here for more information about the fall convention in Orlando.

Washington, D.C. NSMC Winners

More than 2,000 students competed in the National Student Media Contests in Washington, D.C.


Our Team

Meet some of the faces behind the Journalism Education Association

Kelly Glasscock, CJE

Executive Director

Sarah Nichols, MJE


Valerie Kibler, MJE

Vice President

Kristin Taylor, CJE

Director, Scholastic Press Rights

Shari Adwers, MJE

Director, Educational Initiatives

Brenda Field, MJE


Katie Merritt, MJE


Sarah Verpooten, MJE


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