Never been a member of JEA? Let’s change that with some membership giveaways!

Over the course of the next few weeks, we are going to give away 25 one-year memberships to the Journalism Education Association (winners will even be able to renew the second year for a discounted price). As long as you have never been a member of JEA you are eligible to snag one of these memberships. We will be letting people know how they can win one on on Twitter and Facebook. So, if you haven’t liked us or don’t follow us and you qualify for one of these, you are going to want to start.

If you already are a member or have been a member in the past, pass this information along to someone who does qualify. I’ll go ahead and post some more information about JEA and member benefits below, but make sure to Follow and Like us before you forget. Good luck!

JEA: Who we are; What we do

Journalism Education Association Inc. is the only independent national scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers.

Founded in 1924, JEA is a volunteer organization. Members of the Board of Directors, including the officers, are current or retired journalism teachers who have obtained their positions through national membership elections.

The headquarters office, located at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., is maintained as a clearinghouse for JEA members and programs, and provides essential office services. It also houses the JEA Bookstore and membership records and is the site of the summer JEA Advisers Institute.

State adviser organizations are encouraged to affiliate with JEA. Press associations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, broadcast media and college departments of journalism are offered institutional memberships.

The organization has much to offer those interested in journalism education. Your membership includes publications, consultation service, books at discounted prices and all other services listed in this brochure.

Member Benefits

Publications — Members receive subscriptions to the quarterly journal Communication: Journalism Education Today, the online JEA Membership Directory and Scholastic Journalism Week materials.

Listserv — Join the JEAHelp listserv and ask questions or offer help to others facing advising challenges. Discussions range from curriculum ideas to censorship problems. An e-mail address and JEA membership are required.

JEA Bookstore — The JEA Bookstore offers members reduced prices on about 300 books and other items helpful for teaching journalism and advising. Order by phone, mail, fax, e-mail or visit our exhibit at JEA/NSPA national conventions. Bookstore catalogs and order forms are available from JEA Headquarters or on the JEA website. When it comes to Fax, you should know these tips as explained by eGoldFax.

Certification — Qualified instructors may earn Certified Journalism Educator status. JEA Certification validates your credibility as a journalism teacher recognizes your commitment to journalistic training. Master Journalism Educator status recognizes teachers who demonstrate outstanding abilities and expertise in journalism through a test and a written project. A certification directory is provided to those who qualify.

Mentoring — New advisers needing advice or help with teaching and advising student media may ask to be paired with a veteran teacher/adviser to mentor them. Find out more about this and other JEA programs and services on our website at

NCTE Assembly — All JEA members are 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 Advisers Institute — If you’re looking for basic survival tips or rejuvenation as an adviser, the summer JEA Advisers Institute held at JEA Headquarters in Manhattan, Kan., and other off-site locations will give you a boost. Advising Student Publications; Multimedia Bootcamp and Advising in the 21st Century are sequences offered and in a challenging, hands-on atmosphere. Dorothy McPhillips Tuition Scholarships and college credit are available.

Adviser Awards — JEA recognizes teachers, administrators and professionals who make a significant contribution to scholastic journalism. The Carl Towley Award, Medal of Merit, Administrator of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award are presented annually in the fall. National Yearbook Adviser of the Year, Rising Star Award, Teacher Inspiration Award and Diversity Award winners are recognized at the spring convention.

School Awards — The First Amendment Press Freedom Award and the Cornerstone Award recognize schools that actively support and honor the First Amendment through their student media, policies and activities.

Student Awards — The National High School Journalist of the Year competition begins as a statewide contest for high school seniors planning to major in journalism in college. State winners are entered in the national competition where the top five winners earn Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships. JEA awards $5,000 to the National Journalist of the Year and $2,000 each to six runners-up. The $1,000 Student Investigative Journalism Award recognizes students who have influenced their community through their journalistic work. Three $1,000 Future Journalism Teacher Scholarships are presented annually to a college seniors or graduate students pursuing a career in teaching. The Aspiring Young Journalist Award encourages a junior high/middle school student to continue journalism studies in high school.

Conventions — Two national conventions are offered to members each year. At the conventions, activities include an Outreach Academy for teachers, more than 300 instructional sessions for students and teachers, on-site publication critiques and competitions for students in more than 40 categories. Future convention sites include:

April 14-17, 2011 Anaheim
Nov. 18-21, 2011 Minneapolis
April 12-15, 2012 Seattle
Nov. 15-18, 2012 San Antonio

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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