JEA Listserv

A JEA email distribution list (Listserv) is available to members, who may subscribe free upon request. It’s a useful tool for networking and getting insight from others who advise student media. CLICK HERE for more information on the JEAHELP-L email distribution list (Listserv).

JEA Store

The JEA Store offers members books, posters, shirts and other items helpful for teaching journalism and advising student publications. You may order by mail, fax or online. Visit our exhibit at JEA/NSPA national conventions.

NCTE Assembly

All JEA members are also members of the Assembly for Advisers of Student Publications, the largest assembly of National Council of Teachers of English. Meetings are held at NCTE national conventions.


JEA has created lesson plans — nearly 200 weeks’ worth — across 11 content areas, complete with learning outcomes, assessments, evaluation guides, models and alignment to standards including the Common Core and Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Each module is presented in multiple time frame options, allowing teachers to choose the configuration that best fits their circumstances and philosophies. Curriculum leaders keep materials current and dynamic by providing updated lesson plans and examples that reflect the newest trends and technology. They will showcase their curriculum and lessons at national conventions and conferences. And they host online chats to not only discuss implementation of their module, but to coordinate discussion of best practices that will guide future development.


Members needing advice or help with teaching journalism and advising student media may ask to be paired with a veteran teacher/adviser to mentor them.


Members receive subscriptions to the quarterly journal Communication: Journalism Education Today (C:JET) in hard copy by postal mail. JEA also provides an online directory to all current members.


Qualified instructors may earn Certified Journalism Educator status through JEA. Certification validates an adviser’s credibility as a journalism teacher and recognizes their commitment to journalistic training. Master Journalism Educator status recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding abilities and expertise in the journalism field through a test and a written project. A certification directory is provided to recipients and their principals.

Non-student Awards

JEA recognizes teachers, administrators and professionals who make a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. The Carl Towley Award, Medal of Merit, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Administrator of the Year, Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award, Diversity Award, Rising Star and Friend of Scholastic Journalism are presented annually. The H.L. Hall National High School Yearbook Adviser of the Year is honored at the spring convention and National High School Broadcast Adviser of the Year is recognized in the fall.

Current JEA member teacher/advisers who intend to earn a secondary administrator’s credential/license and seek a position in administration may apply for the $1,500 Future Administrator Scholarship.

The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes schools that actively support and honor the First Amendment through their student publications.

Student Awards

National High School Journalist of the Year begins as a statewide contest conducted by JEA state directors. State finalists are eligible for the national competition, where winners earn Sister Rita Jeanne scholarships. JEA awards $3,000 for first place and $1,000 each for four runners up.

The Student Journalist Impact Award recognizes students who have impacted their community through their journalistic writing or broadcast. And the Aspiring Young Journalist Award recognizes middle school or junior high school students. Student awards are presented in the spring.

Up to two $1,000 Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships are awarded to upper-level or graduate college students who are studying to teach journalism at the high school level.

JEA Advisers Institute

New advisers looking for basic survival tips, or veterans seeking help rejuvenating a program, the summer Advisers Institute has the answer. In a challenging, hands-on atmosphere, JEA offers instruction in technology, law and ethics and advising student publications. Participants may earn 22 clock hours or 2.2 CEU. Members receive a reduced registration rate to attend.


In conjunction with the National Scholastic Press Association, JEA hosts two national conventions each year. At the conventions, JEA offers competitions for students in nearly 50 categories, a national journalism quiz bowl, certification testing, nearly 300 instructional sessions and many other activities for teachers and students.



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