Since Master Journalism Educators should contribute to the development and enhancement of scholastic journalism education, the Certification Committee requires each applicant to demonstrate an ability to do so by submitting a project.
What type of project is required?
An MJE project should address a need you want to fill in your role as a journalism educator, as a student media adviser, as a leader and mentor for other journalism educators or as a volunteer for a local, state or national journalism education organization. In addition, the project should be sharable with fellow journalism educators, which is the hallmark of a Master Journalism Educator. Here is a list of project suggestions, but feel free to contact the Certification Committee chair with questions or ideas.
- Publishable article(s) should be written for a scholastic publication such as C:JET, Quill & Scroll magazine or a regional publication. Content should offer advice to journalism teachers/advisers or students regarding an area of scholastic journalism. Articles for other professional publications concerning scholastic journalism will also be considered. Articles should include a related list of sources for further study. Articles that are strictly news or interviews will not be considered, except those based on research or surveys (see below). Minimum length is 1,500 words (may be more than one article).
- Research that contributes to the development of scholastic journalism could involve such areas as a historical perspective, an update of First Amendment issues, a comparison of equipment or prices regarding production in scholastic journalism, an analysis of new technology applicable to the field. Results of the research should be written in a form that is usable by others in scholastic journalism.
- Surveys could gauge the opinions of students, teachers, administrators or others regarding scholastic journalism. The results should be tabulated and written in publishable form.
- Textbook or text booklet for scholastic journalism would be considered.
- A teaching unit for scholastic journalism covering a minimum of 10 days must be an original design, though use of reference materials, AV aids and texts is acceptable. Suggested rubrics for scoring, answer keys, or other specific suggestions for evaluation are required. You may use your school corporation template or the units in the JEA Curriculum Initiative as a template.
- A project related to a special scholastic journalism event or activity in your school, district, state, region or country would be considered. Documentation must show the applicant’s involvement in the project, which could include letters, schedules, photos, a website, brochures, etc. Student work may be submitted as an example of the outcome of the project, but student work does not count toward the project completion.
What if I have already completed a similar project?
The Certification Committee is aware that many potential Master Journalism Educators have already contributed significantly to scholastic journalism. The Certification Committee will consider any project completed within the past five years that fits within the parameters of this requirement. All project submissions require a personal reflection, which includes a discussion of project goals, an explanation of how those goals were achieved, the project’s overall impact on scholastic journalism and how the project can continue to be influential in the future. Projects that were previously completed will still need to meet the requirements of the reflection.
Why is a project proposal required, and where may I find it to prepare?
The project proposal helps you think through your project idea and is included as part of the MJE application along with an integrity statement certifying that your project is your own work. It also helps the Certification Committee determine if the proposed project meets the rigor of an MJE project. The proposal questions are available on the JEA Certification website. It is recommended that applicants read the questions before starting the application. If an applicant changes the project, the applicant should notify the certification chair before submitting.
How long will it take to have my project reviewed?
The Certification Chair will respond to your project proposal within four weeks. Projects are kept on file by the Certification Chair. If your abstract or project is not approved, the reviewer will send specific suggestions you may consider to make it approvable.
When should I submit my project?
You may send your completed project at any time after your project proposal has been officially approved. If all other requirements are complete, including an acceptable score on the MJE exam, completed projects submitted before Feb. 1 will be considered in time to determine your MJE status by the spring convention and Sept. 1 for the fall convention. Your MJE application is valid for one year, so you will want to take the exam and complete the project within that timeframe to receive your MJE.
How should I submit my project?
All projects should be shared via Google Drive or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are multiple files, all files should be contained within one shared folder. Naming conventions should be used to make the order of documents clear.
How will my project be assessed?
The certification chair will assess your project using the MJE_Project_Rubric. In order to pass the MJE project, applicants must earn at least 15 points on the rubric with no more than two areas scored as Adequate or lower.