Administrator of the Year
This award is given to administrators who have demonstrated support and dedication to journalism education. JEA members are encouraged to nominate worthy administrators. Support of student press rights is of particular value.
Broadcast Adviser of the Year
The National High School Broadcast Adviser of the Year program is designed to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year, as well as throughout their careers.
Carl Towley Award
The Carl Towley Award is JEA’s highest honor and is presented to a JEA member whose work is unusually beneficial and of superior value to the national JEA and to scholastic journalism. National JEA membership is required. Since 1985, only one award is presented each year.
The Journalism Education Association’s Diversity Award honors a scholastic journalism teacher, student media adviser or scholastic journalism group demonstrating a commitment to cultural awareness and encouraging a multicultural approach with its student media staff, media production and/or community. The honoree must be in the forefront in promoting diversity in the scholastic media arena and must have taken steps to break down walls of misunderstanding and ignorance.
First Amendment Press Freedom Award
If you feel your school actively supports and honors the First Amendment through its student media, consider submitting an entry for this year’s First Amendment Press Freedom Award.
Friend of Scholastic Journalism
This award is given to a professional journalist, professional media outlet or other individual or group making a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. JEA members are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals or groups. Several awards may be presented each year.
Future Administrator Scholarship
The Journalism Education Association sponsors a $5,000 scholarship fund for current advisers who intend to earn a secondary administrator’s credential/license and seek a position in administration. Each recipient must be a current JEA member and student media adviser who is in or past their fourth year of teaching and advising. The committee may award up to five (5) $1,000 scholarships or choose larger amounts as requested. The award may be renewed one time with a total limit of $5,000 per person.
H.L. Hall National Yearbook Adviser of the Year
The National Yearbook Adviser of the Year program is designed to honor outstanding yearbook advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year, as well as throughout their careers.
Lifetime Achievement Award
JEA gives this award to retirees for lifetime dedication to journalism education in the form of advising or other contributions to the profession. Scholastic press associations and individuals who are JEA members are encouraged to submit names of retirees in their state. Multiple awards may be presented each year. Recipients will be honored at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention.
Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award
This award recognizes a teacher who, through the teaching and/or advising of journalism, inspired others to pursue journalism teaching as a career and who has made a positive difference in the teaching community. It was named after Linda S. Puntney, JEA’s executive director from 1989-2010.
Medal of Merit Award
Medals of Merit are given to JEA members who have made significant contributions to JEA. Members are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals. Several awards may be presented each year.
Rising Star Award
JEA will present each winner with trophy at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention. Members of the JEA Awards Committee or individuals designated by the awards committee chair will determine the winners.