JEA Membership Benefits
Benefits of Membership
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An instant Hotline Service is offered to members needing advice or help with problems they face in teaching and advising student publications. A JEA 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 JEA e-mail distribution list.
The JEA Bookstore offers members special prices on more than 300 books and other items helpful for teaching journalism and advising student publications. Bookstore catalogs and order forms are available from JEA Headquarters. You may order by mail, fax or online. CLICK HERE for more information on the bookstore or visit our exhibit at JEA/NSPA national conventions.
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.
Members receive subscriptions to the quarterly journal Communication: Journalism Education Today (C:JET) and the Student Press Law Center Report (three times a year.) CLICK HERE for more information on the publications. JEA also provides an online directory to all current members.
Qualified instructors may earn Certified Journalism Educator status through JEA. Certification validates your credibility as a journalism teacher and recognizes your 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. CLICK HERE for more information.
JEA recognizes teachers, administrators and professionals who make a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. The Carl Towley Award, Medals of Merit, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Administrator of the Year, Teacher Inspiration Award, Diversity Award, Cornerstone Award Rising Star, and Friend of Scholastic Journalism are presented annually. The National Yearbook Adviser of the Year winners are recognized at the spring convention.
The First Amendment Press Freedom Award recognizes schools that actively support and honor the First Amendment through their student publications.
National High School Journalist of the Year begins as a statewide contest conducted by JEA state directors for seniors planning to major in journalism. State finalists are entered in national competition, where top five winners earn Sister Rita Jeanne scholarships. JEA awards $5,000 for first place and $2,000 each for six runners up. CLICK HERE for more information about awards.
The $1,000 Student Investigative Reporting Award recognizes students who have impacted their community through their journalistic writing or broadcast. The Ryan White Award honors helath-related written and broadcast feature stories, editorials and commentaries. Students may win $500, $300 or a $50 JEA Bookstore gift certificate. And the Aspiring Young Journalist Award recognizes middle school or junior high school students. Student awards are presented in the spring.
The $1,000 Future Journalism Teacher Scholarship is awarded to an upper-level or graduate college student who is studying to teach journalism at the high school level.
JEA Advisers Institute
If you’re looking for basic survival tips or rejuvenation as an adviser, the summer JEA Advisers Institute will give you a boost. In a challenging, hands-on atmosphere, JEA offers sequences in desktop publishing, law and ethics and advising student publications as well as an advisers’ retreat at a site in one of the JEA regions. College credit and Dorothy McPhillips Scholarships to the Institute are available. CLICK HERE
In conjunction with the National Scholastic Press Association, JEA hosts two national conventions — one in the West and one in the Midwest, South or East — each year. At the conventions, JEA offers competitions for students in more than 40 categories and offers on-site media critiques.