Advisers Institute

Advisers Institute

July 8-11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Check out the new program for the 2018 JEA Advisers Institute.


JEA Advisers Institute brings journalism teachers from across the country together for a week of adviser-specific training and networking.

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Regardless of your experience level or the type of publications you advise, the Journalism Education Association Advisers Institute has programming specifically for you:

  • differentiated instruction strategies
  • technology in the classroom
  • subject-specific professional learning community participation
  • curriculum alignment to state and national standards
  • essential learner outcomes in a 21st-century classroom
  • media literacy, ethical journalism
  • best practices in creating formative and summative assessment tools
  • preparation and testing for Certified Journalism Educator and Master Journalism Educator status

*New at the 2018 Advisers Institute*

JEA will offer a New Voices preconvention workshop at Advisers Institute from 1-5 p.m. July 9. The hands-on workshop will be responsive to the needs identified in advance by participants. Topics can range from the first steps of finding a sponsor to the final steps of educating stakeholders following passage.

After the workshop, this community will continue as a supportive component for those working to pass legislation.

The workshop is of no cost to those registered for Advisers Institute, however, preregistration is required. One person per state group will be contacted prior to the beginning of the workshop. Please, no more than four participants per state. Please contact Lori Keekley with questions.


The 2018 JEA Advisers Institute runs Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12. Monday’s events include registration from 6-6:30 p.m. with the first conference session starting at 6:30 p.m. On Tuesday, breakout sessions begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:50 p.m. On Wednesday, all attendees will participate in Team Storytelling. This all-day event gets everyone out of the hotel to experience Vegas and learn new media skills. Instruction ends at noon on Thursday.




Team Storytelling Workshop at the 2017 Advisers Institute

In July 2018, attendees of the Advisers Institute placed themselves in the shoes of their students and participated in a day-long team storytelling workshop. The hands-on experience guided advisers through the process of story package planning, content gathering and production to complete multimedia projects by day’s end. The subject of their stories were from a five-stop food tour of some of the best cuisine in Las Vegas. Here is their experience.


Sarah Nichols coordinated the groups and explained the schedule of when each group will depart for the food tour during the introduction session at the beginning of the day. This intro included advisers gathered to hear the plan and get organized. Groups worked as a team to fill out a story-planning sheet to prepare for the day’s coverage. Then breakout sessions were offered to help build specific skills so as to practice those skills on the food tour. Skill sessions included video, photo and social media.


170712-Team_Storytelling-0138<| Kaitlin Edgerton raises her hand to ask a question of Linda Puntney before the groups gather to collaborate on story ideas during the introduction session of the team storytelling workshop.


<| Kaitlin Edgerton and Sergio Yanes walk the strip in Las Vegas on their way to the first stop of the food tour. The idea behind this hands-on experience was to get advisers out of the hotel and place them in the shoes of their students, charged with covering an event and bring back publishable material.


One of the first stops on the tour was the Glass Flower Ceiling by Dale Chihuly in the Bellagio Hotel lobby. Armed with cameras, phones and notepads, advisers gathered content and asked questions keeping in mind their plan for coverage.

Not only did attendees learn new skills, but they got an exclusive look at some of the strip’s most iconic places.


<| Anna Marshall interviews the food tour organizer, Kathy, at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.


<| Margie Raper stops to take photos along the passage to Secret Pizza, a popular restaurant with no signs or guidances to their entrance.


<| MaryKate Cragg collaborates with her group during the team storytelling workshop at the 2017 Advisers Institute.


<| David Gold shoots video as Bradley Wilson takes photos during the team storytelling workshop at the Linq hotel. Teams created unique projects and became more familiar with the tools used by their students.



By the end of the day, each group presented their work. The goals was for each group to completed multiple projects with each group member taking the lead one one. The results were impressive. Here are some examples of their work.

Total Experience




Articleapp – Photo essay


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