Illinois JEA

We’re looking for a new home

We’re looking for a new home

October 9, 2018

After enjoying Eastern Illinois University's hospitality for the past 30 years, the IJEA is looking for a new home and a new executive director. If your university or college is interested in being the site of IJEA's new headquarters, check inside for more information.

Well deserved! IJEA’s Sally Renaud named a 2018 NSPA Pioneer Award winner

Well deserved! IJEA’s Sally Renaud named a 2018 NSPA Pioneer Award winner

September 20, 2018

The National Scholastic Press Association has honored IJEA's long-time executive director with its highest award for journalism educators. Congratulations, Sally!

Broadcast journalist Ted Land to headline IJEA Fall Conference Sept. 14

Broadcast journalist Ted Land to headline IJEA Fall Conference Sept. 14

August 1, 2018

Join us Friday, Sept. 14, for the 2018 IJEA Fall Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ted Land, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast reporter and video journalist for KING 5 News in Seattle, will be our keynote speaker.

Congratulations, 2017 IJEA Yearbook Contest winners!

Congratulations, 2017 IJEA Yearbook Contest winners!

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and At-Large Board Member

January 10, 2018

Whether it was copy writing, sports coverage, photography, graphics, layout and design, divider pages, theme development or overall coverage of the 2016-17 school year, Illinois high school journalists shined in IJEA's 2017 Yearbook Contest. Check out the complete results inside.

IJEA Blog: Don’t stay on your island alone — help us get ready for JEA/NSPA Chicago ’18

IJEA Blog: Don’t stay on your island alone — help us get ready for JEA/NSPA Chicago ’18

Brenda Field, MJE, Illinois State Director, JEA

October 24, 2017

Hall of Famer Brenda Field is the local chair for the JEA/NSPA Fall Convention scheduled for Chicago in 2018. It's not too late to get involved, she says — and what you put in now will pay dividends throughout your career.

IJEA Blog: Here’s how you can help student media programs hit by Hurricane Harvey

IJEA Blog: Here’s how you can help student media programs hit by Hurricane Harvey

Katie Comeford Fernandez, IJEA Board Member

September 25, 2017

Scholastic journalism programs around the country have united to assist their Texas counterparts affected by Hurricane Harvey. Check inside to learn how you and your students can join this nationwide effort.

IJEA Blog: Encourage your news and feature writers to compete at the IJEA Fall Conference!

IJEA Blog: Encourage your news and feature writers to compete at the IJEA Fall Conference!

Dr. Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director

September 12, 2017

Do you have a couple of writers on your staff whose talents you would like to showcase at this Friday's IJEA Fall Conference? Here's an opportunity for them to refine their skills under real-world conditions — and perhaps even win an award. Read on to learn more!

Chicago-area advisers learn from each other at 2017 Teach-In

Chicago-area advisers learn from each other at 2017 Teach-In

By Amanda Bright, Co-Secretary and At-Large Board Member

August 21, 2017

Scholastic media advisers gathered in a high rise on Wacker Drive on Aug. 8 to not only enjoy the Chicago newsroom of Northwestern University's Medill School and its view of Lake Michigan, but also to learn more about the pressing issues in student media advising for the new school year. The 2017...

Meet our 2017 Illinois Journalist of the Year: Downers Grove North’s Abigail “Abbe” Murphy

Meet our 2017 Illinois Journalist of the Year: Downers Grove North’s Abigail “Abbe” Murphy

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

March 4, 2017

The editor-in-chief of the awarding-winning Omega newspaper of Downers Grove North High School is our choice for top high school journalist in Illinois. Check inside for more about Abbe and runner-up, Marissa Martinez!

IJEA Blog: It’s OK to cheat! Use this to ID your deserving All-State Journalism Team member(s)

IJEA Blog: It’s OK to cheat! Use this to ID your deserving All-State Journalism Team member(s)

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

February 27, 2017

Did that just say "Cheat"? Is that legal if I'm a teacher and adviser? Turns out, it is — especially if it's rewarding the most driven and passionate students in your newsroom with the honor of being on the IJEA All-State Journalism Team for 2017.

IJEA Blog: Reflections on winning the James A. Tidwell Award

IJEA Blog: Reflections on winning the James A. Tidwell Award

Mike Doyle, CJE, Former IJEA Board Member

February 21, 2017

The IJEA's annual James A. Tidwell Award recognizes our state's top journalism educators. With the March 1 deadline for 2017 nominations quickly approaching, we asked a recent Tidwell honoree, Mike Doyle, to discuss what winning the award has meant to him. "It means that every day I know I made a difference in the lives of so many students and that I was able to teach the values of fairness, ethics and integrity to so many of them," he writes.

Know of a deserving colleague? Deadlines are drawing near for IJEA educator and friend awards

Know of a deserving colleague? Deadlines are drawing near for IJEA educator and friend awards

Dr. Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director

February 21, 2017

Although we love to honor student journalists, we also strive to recognize their elders — the teachers, advisers, administrators and friends who make outstanding scholastic journalism possible with their guidance and support. Do you know of deserving candidates? Submit your nominations — or your own applications — today!

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