Partner Project

Schools selected for the 2020-21 Partner Project will shift to an online model. The health and safety of our members, their students and our trainers is our primary concern, so we will spend this school year developing virtual relationships with our Partner Project advisers and students. We hope to resume on-site instruction in 2021 and the schools completing the virtual training this school year will be eligible for additional on-site instruction the following year.

JEA is entering its fifth year of the Partner Project in its continued outreach effort to deliver on-site training to journalism programs in need.

All journalism teachers and their students deserve support and training regardless of factors like location, funding and available resources. The National High School Journalism Convention offers fantastic programming for attendees, but the bottom line is that some of the teachers and students most in need are unable to attend.

Teachers sometimes are thrown into the journalism classroom to teach and advise with little or no training, and despite their best efforts, they are unable to get things rolling. Programs may not have money to print or host a website, and students quickly lose interest when their work has no audience. Or worse, they may get a publication up and running only to come under fire because students didn’t have the necessary training in terms of law and ethics.

The Partner Project is designed to help journalism teachers and their students develop sufficient skills necessary for producing student media and to connect them to the greater scholastic journalism community in a professional learning community with three veteran journalism teachers and their students.

How it works:

Teachers will apply in the spring, and those selected will undergo pre-training conferences online to establish goals and develop a relationship with the trainers. New this year advisers will have a choice of a fall or spring training during which students and teachers will benefit from direct instruction, hands-on practice and personal guidance from all three teacher-trainers. The focus will be reporting/writing, law and ethics, visual presentation and leadership. 

During the same week as the customized training, participants will be part of a free Saturday workshop hosted by JEA and open to all scholastic media programs within driving distance. In addition to breakout sessions, the workshop will include activities designed to form or strengthen local connections and professional learning communities.

After the classroom training and Saturday workshop, participants will collaborate as part of an ongoing professional learning community with the three teacher-trainers and their students.

Virtual workshops continue this year:

Schools who aren’t selected for the on-site partner project experience will be eligible for a virtual workshop. Advisers will choose a convenient time and topics they would like to have covered. JEA will find experts on those topics and organize a virtual experience for you and your students. All advisers need is a space, an internet connection and the desire to improve the student media they advise!

How to apply:

The online application process has two separate forms, one for the teacher and one for the principal. Both are due by April 1. (Candidates will receive a link to the principal form after submitting their initial application.) Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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