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IJEA Blog: Three life lessons from Room 216

IJEA Blog: Three life lessons from Room 216

Lauren Lawley Head, 1994 IJEA Journalist of the Year

December 5, 2016


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More than 20 years after earning IJEA's top individual honor, former Illinois Journalist of the Year Lauren Lawley Head is still putting into practice the lessons she learned as a high school reporter and editor.

IJEA Blog: In praise of journalism conferences and conventions

IJEA Blog: In praise of journalism conferences and conventions

Brenda Field, MJE, Illinois State Director, JEA

November 21, 2016


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Brenda Field attended her first JEA/NSPA convention in 1996. More than 30 conventions later, she's still attending — and still learning! Whether you go with or without students, conventions will always leave you feeling inspired, refreshed and renewed.

IJEA Blog: Use social media to maintain your extended family of students

IJEA Blog: Use social media to maintain your extended family of students

Dr. Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director

November 15, 2016


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One of the best parts of being a publications adviser is building a camaraderie with students that will endure long after graduation. Using social media to stay in touch is a great way to make those bonds even stronger!

IJEA Blog: High school journalism gave me my voice

IJEA Blog: High school journalism gave me my voice

Solomon Davis, 2016 IJEA All-State Journalist

November 1, 2016


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Solomon Davis, a 2016 graduate of Marist High School, can say with confidence that high school journalism did indeed give him his voice. Now active as a collegiate journalist, Solomon looks back on what he learned from his days on the staff of Marist's newspaper, The Sentinel.

IJEA Blog: It’s never too early to give back

IJEA Blog: It’s never too early to give back

Greg Bilbrey, CJE, Managing Editor, Robinson Daily News

October 29, 2016


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Newspaper editor Greg Bilbrey knows from experience that good things happen when journalism professionals mentor young people: "You CAN make a difference — starting now."

IJEA Blog: What is RIGHT in journalism? Actually, quite a lot.

IJEA Blog: What is RIGHT in journalism? Actually, quite a lot.

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

October 17, 2016


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Whenever people despair over the sensational and unethical aspects of journalism, Amanda Bright likes to point out what's working in our craft. And that's exactly what she does in the first video contribution to our blog!

IJEA Blog: Becoming a CJE is well worth the effort

IJEA Blog: Becoming a CJE is well worth the effort

Trudy Hurd, CJE, Retired Journalism Educator

October 10, 2016


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A decade ago, Trudy Hurd put in the hard work to pass JEA's Certified Journalism Educator exam. The now-retired yearbook adviser explains why all advisers should embark on the journey to becoming certified.

IJEA Blog: Say “Yes” to scholastic journalism!

IJEA Blog: Say “Yes” to scholastic journalism!

Sarah Foster, 2014 IJOY Runner-up

October 2, 2016


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The responsibilities journalism students shoulder allow them to produce something far bigger than themselves, as 2014 IJOY runner-up Sarah Foster knows from experience.

IJEA Blog: IWPA encourages future communicators

IJEA Blog: IWPA encourages future communicators

Cora Weisenberger, IWPA High School Contest Chair

September 26, 2016


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In 1885 a group of female journalists in Chicago created the Illinois Woman's Press Association. More than 130 years later, IWPA is still going strong. Read on to find out how IWPA can help you and your students!

IJEA Blog: Fall Conference offered ideal venue to connect and inspire

IJEA Blog: Fall Conference offered ideal venue to connect and inspire

Carol Smith, IJEA Board Member

September 19, 2016


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Yet another reason to get involved in scholastic journalism organizations was on display Sept. 16 at IJEA's Fall Conference. Kirkwood High adviser Mitch Eden (shown here at a different event with Mary Beth Tinker) led the way with his motivational advice, as IJEA board member Carol Smith recounts.

IJEA Blog: We are stronger together, so join a journalism organization today!

IJEA Blog: We are stronger together, so join a journalism organization today!

Brad Bennewitz, IJEA President

September 12, 2016


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Whether it's students bonding at a conference or advisers talking shop over lunch, scholastic journalism associations can provide support in all kinds of ways.

Why it matters that a journalist has won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Why it matters that a journalist has won the Nobel Prize in Literature

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

October 9, 2015


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Journalism has long existed on the periphery of the Nobel Prize in Literature. With Svetlana Alexievich's 2015 award, journalism takes center stage. What can we learn from the new Nobel laureate and her victory?

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