JEA adds four new members to curriculum development team

JEA adds four new members to curriculum development team

The Journalism Education Association is pleased to announce four additions to its curriculum initiative team who will help lead a national journalism professional learning community and maintain full-fledged curriculum materials for the association’s members.

Elizabeth Levin, MJE, will lead JEA’s writing module. She teaches journalism and advises The Omega at Downers Grove (Illinois) North High School. Her students have won a number of regional, state and national awards, including the Pacemaker, NSPA Best of Show recognition four years in a row, and a team state championship win. She presents at local and national conventions and has led journalism curriculum teams and professional learning communities in her district. She earned her Master in the Arts in Teaching English from the University of Chicago.

Tim Morley, CJE, will lead the photojournalism module. He is adviser of the Nexus yearbook at Inland Lakes High School in Indian River, Michigan. The Nexus has grown from a paste-up scrapbook to a fully digital, journalistically strong yearbook. His students’ books have won six Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Spartans, been named a Pacemaker finalist three times, and earned a Pacemaker and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crown. Numerous Nexus photographers have earned Superior rankings in JEA Write-off photography competitions. Morley was named a JEA Rising Star in 2006 and a Distinguished Adviser in 2009. His journalism program has grown to include a second class that publishes He is celebrating his 20th year running his studio, Inland Lakes Images, in his spare time. Inland Lakes Images functions as a fundraiser for the Nexus, sending more than 60 students to camp and conferences in the past 11 years.

Brian Hayes, MJE, will lead the design module. Hayes  joined the Ball State journalism faculty in 2005 and serves as interim assistant department chair and academic adviser to all news, magazine media, journalism graphics, photojournalism and journalism education majors. Prior to joining Ball State’s faculty, Hayes worked as a designer and editor at multiple newspapers and taught journalism, photography and graphic communications at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis. Hayes serves on JEA’s certification committee and has been recognized by the Society for News Design, JEA, NSPA, Indiana High School Press Association, Ball State, Fort Wayne Newspapers and Lawrence North High School for his service to the profession and accomplishments as an educator, adviser and news designer.

Justin Raisner will lead the Web module. Raisner is in his eighth year advising student media at Carlmont High School. His staff won an Online Pacemaker in 2014 and was selected as the top high school website by the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club in 2015. In addition to advising, Raisner has worked as a writer and managing editor for several local publications.

Levin, Morley, Hayes and Raisner join six other continuing members of JEA’s Curriculum Initiative. To learn more about the team, the initiative — or browse lesson plans — please visit

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