Illinois JEA

About Us


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Promoting and Supporting Excellence in Scholastic Journalism Since 1988


Illinois Journalism Education Association
900 Community Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
(312) 341-6761
[email protected]


The Illinois Journalism Education Association, founded in 1988, is dedicated to fostering excellence in the teaching and practice of high school journalism. We are based in Springfield, where we are headquartered in the Illinois Press Association/Illinois Press Foundation building.

Prior to June 1, 2019, we had been located for more than 30 years in the Journalism Department at Eastern Illinois University.

Our executive director is Prof. Linda Jones, associate professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago and ex officio member of the IJEA Board of Directors. A complete list of our board members can be found here. We invite you to learn more about our organization by visiting the sections listed below.


Our Purpose: What is IJEA?


Our Background: IJEA History


Our Structure and Rules: IJEA Bylaws


Our Leadership: IJEA Officers and Directors


Official site of the Illinois Journalism Education Association, 900 Community Drive, Springfield
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