Official site of the Illinois Journalism Education Association, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

Illinois JEA

What is IJEA?

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A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE ILLINOIS JOURNALISM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

IJEA, founded in 1988, is recognized as the state organization in Illinois that serves to assist scholastic journalism teachers and media advisers in promoting high standards in scholastic media and to elevate the status of scholastic media programs in secondary schools across the state.

Now in its 27th year, the IJEA is headquartered in the Department of Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. The IJEA executive director is Dr. Sally Renaud. She can be contacted by email at [email protected].

IJEA serves as an umbrella organization for the following Illinois secondary school regional groups: IJEA Fall Conference (successor to the Illinois State High School Press Association), Kettle Moraine Press Association (as it pertains to Illinois schools), Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association, Scholastic Press Association of Chicago and Southern Illinois School Press Association. It also works in conjunction with the Illinois Press Foundation to promote scholastic media programs.

Membership with IJEA includes various benefits, including access to a large network of scholastic journalism advisers in Illinois, the IJEA newsletter, entry into state yearbook and newspaper contests, and professional development opportunities and conferences.

To join IJEA, submit our online membership form or fill out the PDF version and send it to Susan Tantillo, IJEA treasurer, at the address at the bottom of the PDF form.

As stated in our bylaws, the purpose of the association shall be to assist scholastic media advisers and teachers in promoting high standards in scholastic media and to elevate the status of scholastic media programs in secondary schools across the state. The association will assist scholastic media advisers and teachers in all phases of advising and teaching. To do so, it will:

  • Actively seek to connect with new advisers and teachers.
  • Communicate with intermediately experienced advisers and teachers.
  • Provide ongoing educational support for veteran advisers and teachers.
  • Act as a clearinghouse for sharing ideas and maintaining data relevant to media education.
  • Support opportunities for interaction of student staffs, advisers and teachers.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive working relations with those in professional media operations.
  • Foster an ongoing awareness of educational and career opportunities in journalism and mass communications.
  • Recognize outstanding performance in and outstanding support for the field of scholastic media.
Official site of the Illinois Journalism Education Association, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
What is IJEA?