FOR ALL POSITIONS, ELECTED AND APPOINTED
• Attend fall and spring national conventions, unless excused by the president (State directors are encouraged to attend at least one national convention each year.);
• Submit reports by Oct. 15 and March 15 for JEA’s Semiannual Report to the vice president in the format specified. The vice president will send a reminder, along with all requirements, through JEATALK, approximately 30 days prior to the deadline;
• Achieve CJE certification within the first three years on the board, and achieve MJE status in any consecutive term of office. If a board member has already achieved CJE certification at the time of becoming a board member, he/she must achieve MJE certification within the first three years on the board. Testing fees will be waived for all elected and appointed board members and state directors;
• Participate on JEATALK. Participation on JEAHELP is encouraged;
• Submit committee member names (if applicable) to the president and the executive director not later than 30 days after each national convention, if there are any changes to the committee;
• Monitor censorship cases and adviser removal cases and report to the scholastic press rights director as needed;
• Compile minutes of all formal meetings they convene and submit them to JEA headquarters for posting to the website within 30 days of each such meeting;
• Convention obligations: Attend board meeting (if required by the president – state directors normally do not attend), Thursday night reception, general membership meeting, committee meetings (if applicable), teach one session, judge a National Student Media contest or Journalist of the Year, or substitute an activity pre-approved by the president;
• Let the Nominations Committee chair know by Oct. 1 of the third year of their term if elected officers intend to run again. They should provide the chair with names of likely candidates if they do not intend to run. All those in appointed positions should notify the president by Oct. 1 of the third year of their term if they would like to continue to serve in that position again;
• Respond to JEA email messages with questions, discussion items or assignments by the deadline to be included by the sender. Members will meet deadlines and be transparent;
• Review/create/update job descriptions yearly, as directed by the president.
ELECTED BOARD POSITIONS
Duties for all
Bylaw Article IV, Section 2. It is the duty of the elected board members to carry out the programs and projects of the organization under the direction of the president.
• Serve as a JEA spokesperson;
• Introduce matters of significance at each board meeting and as they occur between conventions;
• Seek new outlets for promoting the programs and JEA, write articles and/or make public appearances to help those who request/need assistance;
• Participate in sessions at conventions, seminars and workshops locally and nationally, keeping students and advisers up to date on current curriculum and instruction trends;
• Bring issues of curricular and instructional concern to the attention of the board of directors and the executive director;
• Participate in and complete such projects and activities as needed and as directed by the president to ensure the smooth functioning of JEA.
Bylaws Article IV, Section 1, Subsection a. The president shall preside at all board meetings and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board of directors are put into effect. The president shall supervise headquarters staff and the board of directors in operating the association.
On a more pragmatic level this means:
• Appoint, guide and review standing committee chairs, editors and liaisons, and appoint and guide special committees;
• Appoint a secretary as directed in the bylaws;
• Communicate with all elected and appointed board members on a regular basis; suggest new committee members and ways to eliminate problems that meet JEA goals;
• Coordinate with executive director, social media editor and board members to communicate reminders of upcoming deadlines with members and share news about organization business;
• Oversee JEA finances with input from board members and the executive director;
• Sign necessary documents;
• Consult with the executive director on the agenda before each board meeting and general membership meeting, after asking for input from all leaders and members;
• Attend meetings of partner or potential partner organizations;
• Act as a liaison to sister, partner or potential partner organizations, as directed;
• Attend committee meetings at conventions;
• Conduct an annual performance review of the executive director;
• Conduct a review of the organization bylaws annually, proposing changes/updates when appropriate;
• Lead negotiations with sponsoring institution and partners.
Bylaws Article IV, Section 1, Subsection b. The vice president shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be assigned by the president and serve as the board’s parliamentarian. In the absence or disability of the president, the vice president shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the president.
Additionally, the vice president shall:
• Appoint state directors;
• Work with state directors to promote JEA and its programs;
• Finalize and format information received from board members, committee chairs, liaisons and state directors for the
• Meet with state directors at each convention to discuss ways to better serve JEA;
• Welcome and train new state directors;
• Perform all other duties the president requests.
The three directors-at-large will be elected nationally from nominees of each membership region. All three will carry out the programs and projects of the organization under the direction of the president. In particular, directors shall:
• Communicate with new members and review membership benefits and events;
• Identify projects and initiatives that align with their strengths and skills, and serve as a board-level advocate to bring those projects and initiatives to fruition;
• As needed, act as a layer of support for state directors in fulfilling their duties to reach underserved membership groups.
Educational Initiatives Director
The educational initiatives director shall:
• Work with teachers, organizations, corporations and governmental agencies regarding Common Core and other state and national standards as they relate to journalism education;
• Work with teachers, organizations, corporations and governmental agencies regarding Partnership for 21st Century Skills as it relates to journalism education;
• Work with teachers, organizations, corporations and governmental agencies regarding Career and Technical Education as it relates to journalism education;
• Build relationships with institutions of higher education and other organizations with shared interests to explore potential partnerships;
• Work with board to monitor and address changes in education policy and funding across the country;
• Advocate through publishing on the organization’s website and in other media for JEA’s role as a leader in pedagogy and authentic 21st-century learning;
• Offer advice and input to school authorities at district/state/national levels on maintaining and promoting successful student media;
• Oversee curriculum initiative, including working with curriculum coordinators to select curriculum leaders and implement revisions and additions to the curriculum.
Scholastic Press Rights Director
The scholastic press rights director shall:
• Publicly maintain a strong and vocal position opposing censorship and prior review of scholastic media;
• Actively create alternatives to prior review and restraint as educational tools;
• Assist advisers, students, administrators and communities with First Amendment issues as needed or requested;
• Keep in close contact with the Student Press Law Center and other organizations concerned with student and adviser freedom of expression;
• Keep the JEA board and membership up to date on legal and ethical issues needing their attention and propose positions on these issues;
• Submit articles to professional journals and other appropriate media on JEA’s position on the rights and responsibilities of scholastic media;
• Recommend policies, positions and actions on scholastic media law and ethics to JEA and its members;
• Assume responsibility for maintaining a regular SPRC Web presence, including up-to-date and archived resources; the SPR Director could delegate this responsibility to a committee member;
• Serve as chair of the First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognition committee and coordinate (or delegate) its awards selection process;
• Participate in all Panic Button requests and respond as needed;
• Participate in sessions at conventions, seminars and workshops locally and nationally, keeping students and advisers up-to-date on current legal situations, opinions and trends;
• Support, through actions and words, the free expression rights and responsibilities of all groups;
• Work with committee members to carry out their obligations and ensure collaboration;
In addition, the scholastic press rights director will select interested and informed individuals to serve on the committee. These committee members will all do the following;
• Contribute to the committee blog on a regular basis and/or as required by the committee director;
• Gather information on press rights for national distribution;
• Monitor scholastic media legal and ethical issues, cases and incidents across the country and in their regions;
• Offer advice and support to advisers, administrators and students through regular submissions to a committee blog, website or other media as requested by the committee chair;
• Submit articles to professional journals and other appropriate media on JEA’s position on the rights and responsibilities of scholastic media;
• Lead SPRC initiatives as designated by the director.
Bylaw Article IV, Section 1, Subsection e. The executive director shall be the association’s chief administrative officer. The executive director shall have powers and perform duties assigned by the president and/or the board of directors.
• Oversee JEA employees and student help;
• Maintain archives and legal documents;
• Coordinate preparation/printing/mailings of publications and other materials;
• Maintain inventory of membership materials, including directories and databases;
• Coordinate the preparation of income tax and insurance coverage reports;
• Review and analyze financial reports and send to appropriate JEA personnel;
• Aid board in preparing budget;
• Oversee organization’s funds and pay bills.
• Slot convention speakers and schedules, convention activities;
• Oversee production of program;
• Participate with NSPA director in site selection;
• Appoint local chair with NSPA director;
• Assist National Student Media Contests committee with production of contest materials;
• Organize housing arrangements for board members and others whose attendance is mandated by the board.
• Work with committee chairs to oversee all JEA-sanctioned awards programs.
• Serve as spokesperson for the organization when needed;
• Provide assistance to members as needed;
• Handle media requests;
• Prepare responses to issues related to scholastic journalism;
• Organize and carry out elections electronically;
• Work with Nominations Committee to provide candidate statements for website;
• Arrange for tabulation of results and notify all candidates
• Organize summer Advisers Institute;
• Maintain organization’s website;
APPOINTED BOARD POSITIONS
Bylaw Article V, Section 1, Subsection c. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of all regular general membership and board meetings and shall perform such additional duties as are incident to the office and any other duties which the board of directors may assign.
To do this, the secretary must:
• Take minutes during the board, general membership and special meetings;
• Send copies of the minutes of each meeting to all board members, committee chairs and headquarters within seven days following the meeting;
• Provide copies of the minutes of each meeting for posting to JEA’s website within seven days following the meeting;
• Update the document entitled “Motions by Category” and provide this document to board members via email when directed to do so.
Bylaw Article VII, Section 4. Editors of the JEA editorial publications shall be directly responsible to the president. Editor are selected by the president and confirmed by the board of directors. The editors, upon the discretion of the president, may serve more than one term. The editors may be removed from the publication by the president pending approval of the board of directors.
• The editor of Communication: Journalism Education Today is responsible for the publishing of four magazines each school year. The editor will encourage board members to coordinate various issues, taking responsibility for securing articles for that particular issue;
• Receive content submissions for publication to edit, plan article “lineup” in the magazine and design the publication;
• Send material to JEA headquarters for proofing prior to publication;
• Send copies of the publication and notes of appreciation to authors after each issue. Maintain Communication: Journalism Education Today issues. Exchange copies with other editors of professional journalism and communication publications;
• Provide copies of all digital files of all issues to JEA headquarters for our electronic archives, possible online publication, bookstore, etc.
Bylaw Article VIII.
State directors are appointed by the vice president and assist state scholastic media association directors and other conference organizers in state workshops, conventions, meetings, conferences and activities by:
• Providing members with access to JEA membership and information materials;
• Endorsing JEA’s First Amendment and educational philosophy and policy;
• Promoting the efforts of JEA’s various committees;
• Promoting the JEA High School Journalist of the Year contest in their state;
• Seeking concerns, needs and desires of journalism teachers and advisers in the state with a goal of increasing the outreach of JEA committees and programs;
• Promoting JEA certification;
• Communicating with each JEA member in the state at least once per year, welcoming new members and encouraging retention of current members;
• Offering a “What JEA Can Do for You” session at state or area workshops so advisers not already involved in JEA can become knowledgeable about the organization;
• Submitting updated email addresses of members to JEA headquarters.
In order to receive a national convention stipend, the state director must:
• Attend the general membership and state directors meetings at each convention;
• Teach at least one session, and moderate or judge National Student Media Contests each convention or judge Journalist of the Year selection at the spring conventions.
STANDING COMMITTEE POSITIONS
Bylaw Article VII, Section 1. This section specifies seven standing committees.
Digital Media Committee Chair
The Digital Media chair shall:
• Develop programs supporting the membership in all forms of digital media, including coordination of convention sessions on digital media techniques and issues;
• Coordinate maintenance of www.jeadigitalmedia.org as a digital media resource for JEA.
Publications/Public Relations Committee Chair
The Publications/Public Relations committee chair shall:
• Consult with editors, help contact contributors and maintain official publications that meet the needs of the JEA membership;
• Coordinate with the executive director and the president to ensure JEA’s voice is heard on educational issues.
Certification Committee Chair
The Certification committee chair must promote and oversee JEA’s Certification Program with two levels of certification available — Certified Journalism Educator and Master Journalism Educator — in the following ways:
• Seek new outlets for promoting the program and write articles or make public appearances to help those inside and outside the JEA membership learn about the program;
• Work with the Communication: Journalism Education Today editor as needed to promote the program and showcase MJE projects to members;
• Review promotional and study guide materials with committee members and JEA staff at least annually and arrange for modifications if necessary;
• Receive from headquarters and review all CJE and MJE applications;
• Contact individuals who have a deficiency in qualifying for CJE under Option A and offer solutions to earn certification;
• Inform headquarters of the status of each application. The chair should keep his/her own detailed records as a double check;
• Process all waivers from certificate requirements, and present to the committee as necessary;
• Review all MJE project abstracts and projects, supporting candidates until completion. Inform headquarters of the status of each;
• Administer the CJE and MJE exams at each national convention;
• Arrange for two committee members to review each exam. Reviewers are chosen from current (and sometimes former) committee members. Keep a list of who reviews so that responsibility can be rotated. Reviewers will return tests to headquarters for processing. Headquarters will notify the Certification chair of the outcome of the tests;
• Notify anyone who failed the test and indicate areas of weakness and invite them to retest;
• With the approval of the executive director, travel to administer the exam in a location other than a national convention if there are five or more candidates, or arrange for other designees, provided these individuals are MJEs, to do so;
• Attend the Saturday luncheon of each JEA/NSPA national convention to recognize new and renewal CJEs and MJEs;
• Conduct a Certification committee meeting at each JEA/NSPA national convention;
• Oversee the question bank for both CJE and MJE tests. When necessary, call special meetings of the committee to write new questions;
• When necessary, seek and appoint new members of the Certification committee through an application process. The committee consists of eight members, plus the appointed chair. All must be MJEs. Committee members are appointed initially for a four-year term and may serve a second consecutive four-year term. The exception to this is when an appointee fills out a term of a member who resigns before his/her term is over. The new appointee first serves the remainder of the original term and then may serve an additional four years;
• Work with fellow committee chairs to explore areas for collaboration;
• Maintain detailed records of committee meetings, candidate applications and work produced;
• Communicate with committee members and executive director on issues of importance related to the committee.
Professional Outreach Committee Chair
The Professional Outreach committee chair oversees a committee tasked with the organization’s mentoring program, working with state/regional scholastic media associations and working with the National Council of Teachers of English. The chair may select subcommittee chairs as needed to fill these roles.
With respect to the mentoring committee, the Professional Outreach committee chair or designee will:
• Administrative responsibilities
• Create and update program description, policies, grants, scholarships;
• Update, review and accept applications to the program and to the scholarship stipend fund;
• Hold committee meetings each year at fall convention and spring convention; create agendas, maintain minutes;
• Collect, file and analyze mentors’ monthly reports and end-of-year reports;
• Collect principal agreements, mentor contracts with JEA, mentee profiles and mentee photos;
• Maintain list of mentors with their biographies and contact information;
• Maintain list of funders and state oversight people with their contact information.
• Financial responsibilities
• Develop and monitor the yearly budget, including approval and reimbursement of expenses for mentors and committee members;
• Monitor mentors’ completion of responsibilities and request payment of their stipends twice yearly;
• Pursue increased funding as possible;
• Monitor funders’ payment of stipend funds to JEA;
• Create financial reports for JEA board and program funder(s).
• Communication/public relations responsibilities
• Maintain regular contact with the committee members, the mentors and the JEA executive director and officers;
• Create semiannual reports for the JEA board for each convention and share those reports with state and national funders;
• Meet twice a year with national and state funders who attend each convention and maintain regular communication;
• Write articles about the program for Communication: Journalism Education Today or the JEA website as often as possible;
• Monitor and participate in the mentor Listserv; troubleshoot problems and provide advice when appropriate;
• Provide information about the program through the JEAHELP Listserv;
• Publicize the program at each convention at the state directors meeting and/or a scheduled session;
• Communicate with those interested in learning more about the program;
• Help facilitate coordination between JEA committees and programs and the JEA mentoring committee.
• Program development responsibilities
• Actively recruit new states/mentors to join the program.
• Continue to develop ways to assist new or nearly new advisers, e.g., a bank of podcast lessons, mentors presenting convention sessions for new or nearly new advisers, etc.
• Training responsibilities (training and mentor forums)
• Develop housing lists for mentors and committee members attending training and the mentor forum(s) and communicate this to the executive director.
• Coordinate with the executive director the training room arrangements and food for the mentor forum.
• Work with other members of the committee and with current mentors to develop the training program, including materials, and present parts of the training.
• Based on the amount of work involved in the oversight of this committee, the current co-chairs strongly recommend that the mentoring committee continue to have co-chairs. This is too much work for one person.
With respect to liaising with scholastic media associations, the Professional Outreach committee chair or designee will:
• Plan and conduct or moderate sessions at the JEA convention for scholastic media association directors and advisers active in state and regional scholastic press associations;
• Promote communication and information distribution among association directors;
• Assist new scholastic media association directors in meeting other directors;
• Send the president and the executive director copies of all newsletters or memos sent to SPA directors.
• Maintain email file of scholastic media association directors.
With respect to liaising with the National Council of Teachers of English, the Professional Outreach committee chair or designee will:
• Chair the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications/JEA, with the JEA president and vice president listed as board members on the assembly roster;
• Organize the assembly programs for the fall NCTE convention;
• Conduct the annual assembly meeting at the NCTE fall convention;
• Attend JEA board meetings, general informational meetings, and Thursday night’s reception;
• Write periodic articles for JEA and NCTE documents each year, including the semiannual report and assembly program;
• Develop strong journalism program proposals with qualified speakers and submit these to NCTE for its conventions;
• Seek other ways to help NCTE and JEA achieve their mutual scholastic journalism goals;
• Present at least one instructional session at each JEA/NSPA convention.
Awards Committee Chair
• Provide president and executive director with a list of committee members and addresses. This should be done immediately following the spring convention. Committee members include current JEA members expressing an interest in serving on the committee. The committee’s term coincides with the organization’s fiscal year: July 1-June 30. The committee does not have a fixed number of members, but the chair shall attempt to include committee members from all parts of the country, representing the range of student media. In the summer, the committee selects recipients of JEA’s Medal of Merit, Lifetime Achievement, Carl Towley, Friend of Scholastic Journalism and Administrator of the Year awards. These recipients are honored in November. In the winter, the committee selects the Teacher Inspiration and Rising Star award recipients, who are honored in April;
• Coordinate or appoint subcommittee chairs to coordinate the receipt of nominations and selection for other JEA awards programs including Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships, Student Journalist Impact Award, Yearbook Adviser of the Year, Cornerstone, Diversity, Aspiring Young Journalist and First Amendment Press Freedom awards;
• Communicate with award recipients as soon as possible after selections have been made. This is the responsibility of a subcommittee chair when one exists;
• Write and distribute press releases for award winners, including sending copies of releases to the Communication: Journalism Education Today editor, as well as to headquarters (to post on the website and through social media). This is the responsibility of a subcommittee chair when one exists;
• Prepare written comments about each award winner to be read at the awards presentation. This is the responsibility of a subcommittee chair when one exists;
• Assist in the presentation of awards at the awards luncheon at both the spring and fall national conventions;
• Conduct an Awards committee meeting at each spring and fall convention;
• Work with JEA headquarters to keep awards information up to date on JEA’s website;
Nominations Committee Chair
Nominations are announced at the general membership meeting at the fall convention and in compliance with the bylaws.
Elected board members are required to let the Nominations chair know by Oct. 1 at the latest if they intend to run again. An early indication of their intent would help the committee;
• Candidates must be regular members in good standing. The committee is charged with evaluating interest and willingness on the part of candidates to serve the organization as an elected officer;
• All nomination materials from candidates will be sent directly to the committee chair. The chair will assemble the nomination materials, contact the final candidates for their willingness to serve, and make the presentation at the fall board and general membership meetings. The Nominations committee chair has the final responsibility for the content of the report. The chair shall communicate requirements for each office to committee members and potential candidates. The most recent JEA Job Descriptions document will function as the basis for these requirements;
• The committee should provide all candidates with the bylaws and a description of the responsibilities of the office. This information will be posted on the JEA website;
• The committee should seek nominees who represent gender, ethnic, racial and cultural diversity and prepare a slate to present to the membership that includes such diversity;
• The chair will be responsible for compiling the candidates’ biographies and goal statements to be included in an informational piece sent to all voting members before the election. It is strongly recommended that the nomination form states specifically the total number of words each candidate may include, and that all candidates present positions on issues provided by the committee;
• The chair will provide the biographies and goal statements with photos of the candidates for inclusion in the election materials for posting on the JEA website;
• The Nominations committee is not required to meet or be in attendance at either a board or membership meeting. Contacts can be made through the mail, email and/or by phone. The chair will keep track of any expenses incurred by the chair or committee members in preparation of the final slate of officers. These will be properly reimbursed;
• The chair will contact all candidates who lose elections and encourage them to continue to find ways to support JEA;
• The chair will take advantage of all opportunities to contact and encourage possible office holders throughout the three-year term, not just prior to the presentation of election slates, and should encourage candidates to get involved at all levels of JEA, but particularly as committee members;
• Provide president and executive director with names, addresses and email addresses of committee members soon after being appointed.
JEA National Contest Chair
The national chair oversees the National Student Media Contests (the contest materials, forms and all the computer-generated lists and labels and serves as liaison with all key local and national individuals), the National Journalism Quiz Bowl and the Junior High/Middle School National Media Contest. The chair is assisted by a Contest Office Manager, a national photography contest coordinator, a national broadcast contest coordinator, a quiz bowl coordinator, a junior high/middle school coordinator and a technology coordinator. Some of these positions may be shared. All committee members should be active JEA members.
The JEA National Contest chair must:
• Plan and coordinate all aspects of the national contests (Quiz Bowl, National Student Media Contests, Junior High/Middle School Contests);
• Revise/edit all contest materials adding new contests when needed, and update rules and regulations as necessary;
• Work with JEA/NSPA to be sure the registration booklet is accurate for the contests offered at each convention;
• Work with JEA staff to be sure website and social media are updated with contest materials and announcements;
• Approve all locally prepared contests and see that all material is sent to JEA Headquarters for reproduction for each convention;
• Approve the material for all contests and see that it is sent to JEA Headquarters for reproduction for each convention. Other reproduced material essential to the smooth running of the contest (i.e. critique forms, etc.) must be sent to JEA prior to each contest;
• Acquire lead judges to confirm availability for the convention (ensure broadcast lead judges are recruited by the broadcast coordinators);
• Recruit judges to complete critiques for online submissions ahead of the convention and judges to judge on-site contest;
• Pull online design submissions from the JEA database and provide them for judges in those categories and ensure broadcast coordinator pulls online submissions for those judges;
• Ensure an appropriate number of judges/moderators have been secured;
• From a computer-generated database provided by JEA Headquarters, produce the necessary entry IDs and contest lists for each contest;
• Update these lists as substitutions and corrections as brought to the JEA Contests desk;
• Plan room assignments for each contest in conjunction with the hotel and JEA Headquarters who supply the numbers entered in each contest. This may also be assigned to the executive director;
• Plan work schedule for JEA NSMC team;
• Work with the hotel and JEA to provide any special table setups, AV equipment, etc. needed for the contests. This also may be assigned to the executive director;
• Cover the JEA Contest desk for schools to pick up their materials and make substitutions and corrections to the contestant list during the published hours of registration;
• Prior to the contests, give instructions and material to lead judges/moderators for contests;
• Prior to the contests, ensure that all rooms are checked for seating numbers/AV/wi-fi if needed;
• During the contest, have team members circulate among contest rooms to make sure everything is running smoothly;
• Immediately following the contests, assist with checking in judges for the dinner prior to judging.
• Welcome the judges and give instructions;
• As judging is being done, be available for questions from the groups and approve all DQs;
• After the contests are judged, organize the entries, enter the winning numbers on the database;
• Generate certificates and winners’ lists. A digital copy of the database should then be provided to JEA Headquarters for the website manager;
• Prepare a binder with all the winners and judges’ comments for the speaker at the awards ceremony and provide a database for the presentation;
• Handle post-convention concerns/questions from entrants/advisers;
• Assist Junior High/Middle School Contest coordinators with obtaining judges;
• Assist the Quiz Bowl coordinator with communications, generating questions and obtaining volunteers.
SPECIAL COMMITTEE POSITIONS
Bylaw Article VII, Section 2. This section defines special committees appointed by the president.
Social Media Editor
JEA’s social media is a key component of the organization’s brand. It is the social media editor’s responsibility to plan, produce and post content across platforms in a consistent and professional manner. The editor will:
• Coordinate with the headquarters staff, awards chair and president regarding timing of news and announcements;
• Plan, generate and publish on JEA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts on a regular basis to share information, announce news, connect members to opportunities, recognize excellence and/or generate dialogue about timely and relevant topics of interest in the scholastic media education community;
• Proof and edit carefully prior to posting and remove or correct any errors as necessary;
• Maintain careful records in communication with the executive director to ensure password security and login credentials;
• Coordinate social media coverage of National High School Journalism Convention and Advisers Institute activities;
• Attend board meetings to gain awareness of projects, initiatives and committee work underway;
• Support Scholastic Journalism Week and Journalist of the Year chairs to coordinate timing of specific posts and announcements with emphasis on these signature programs.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Committee Chair
The CTE committee will play a critical role in helping members navigate Career and Technical Education guidelines, standards, funding and state/federal requirements as well as exploring opportunities for journalism program participation in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs). The committee chair will:
• Coordinate CTE committee projects and communication through online dialogue with committee members and by hosting a meeting at each spring and fall convention;
• Oversee development of materials to be housed at JEA.org regarding CTE pathways, grants, course outlines, industry partnerships and other related resources;
• Consult with state and national leaders on CTE issues in attempt to connect members to the best sources for current information;
• Represent JEA at CTE-related conferences and conventions, including Business Professionals of America;
• Coordinate with the executive director and the president to ensure JEA’s voice is heard on CTE issues and CTSO partnership opportunities.
Journalist of the Year Chair
The Journalist of the Year chair shall:
• Oversee the National High School Journalist of the Year contest, including scheduling information to state directors;
• Organize the judging of the contest by contacting judges and reviewing standards with judges at the spring convention;
• Deliver a speech at the Sunday morning awards ceremony about the top winners;
• After spring convention, notify and send certificates to all the participants in the contest and their journalism advisers;
• Notify top winners with a letter;
• Package portfolios for return to headquarters from the convention; headquarters will then mail the portfolios if the student provided an return envelope;
• Coordinate with headquarters all press releases regarding JOY contest;
• Present a workshop at national conventions on how to put together a portfolio;
• Talk with state directors and help to coordinate efforts regarding this contest.
Scholastic Journalism Week Chair
• Plan activities and develop materials for the annual Scholastic Journalism Week the last full week of February each year;
• Coordinate with scholastic press rights director to include press rights and First Amendment topics specifically in suggested SJW activities;
• Coordinate with headquarters and social media editor regarding publicity and marketing materials for SJW each year.
Scholastic Press Association Liaison
In order to maintain strong positive relationships with scholastic media associations, the liaison will:
• Plan and conduct or moderate sessions at the spring and fall national conventions for scholastic media directors and advisers active in state and regional scholastic press associations;
• Promote communication and information distribution among association directors;
• Assist new scholastic media association directors in meeting other directors;
• Send the president and executive director copies of all newsletters or memos sent to SPA directors.
• Maintain an electronic file of scholastic media association directors.
Higher Education Liaison
The role of the higher education liaison is to increase collaboration and research between JEA and the higher education institutions (through both universities and professional academic organizations) and to connect these networks to facilitate growth and understanding. Under the supervision and coordination of the educational initiatives director, the higher education liaison will develop ways to further develop JEA’s presence in higher education efforts and initiatives for student journalists and their advisers.
The liaison will take on responsibilities which include — but are not limited to — the following:
• Attend, network and/or present at academic conferences that align with JEA’s educational initiatives mission (i.e. AESA, AERA, AEJMC, NAMLE, etc);
• Collaborate in research efforts to address questions and issues in academic involving student journalism;
• Facilitate a streamlined method for high school journalism advisers to access current research about student media issues;
• Maintain a regular column or section in C:JET with briefings on current and proposed research initiatives in higher education regarding student media;
• Stay current on all research that has been and is being written about scholastic journalism and look for gaps in the literature where JEA might provide additional research.