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.

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: 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!

IJEA Blog: Enemy of the American people? Scholastic Journalism Week gives students a chance to prove the opposite

IJEA Blog: Enemy of the American people? Scholastic Journalism Week gives students a chance to prove the opposite

Stan Zoller, MJE, IJEA Board Member

February 20, 2017

Never before have the media and the First Amendment come under such ridicule and hatred by a sitting president. During Scholastic Journalism Week — Feb. 19 to 25 — scholastic media outlets should encourage their audiences to become civically engaged and contact lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to let them know that an assault on the First Amendment is not only an attack on professional journalists but on the nation’s students as well.

IJEA Blog: The lasting lessons of a high school journalism education

IJEA Blog: The lasting lessons of a high school journalism education

Alexandria Johnson, 2011 Illinois Journalist of the Year

February 13, 2017

As the Feb. 15 deadline nears for entering the 2017 Illinois Journalist of the Year contest, former IJOY Alexandria Johnson offers her reflections on what scholastic journalism has meant to her. Alexandria says she's still using the lessons she learned from high school journalism to help others.

IJEA Blog: Seniors, here’s how to get ready for the upcoming Illinois Journalist of the Year contest

IJEA Blog: Seniors, here’s how to get ready for the upcoming Illinois Journalist of the Year contest

Brenda Field, MJE, Illinois State Director, JEA

January 30, 2017

Who will succeed Libertyville's Hannah Boufford as Illinois Journalist of the Year? JEA State Director Brenda Field has some advice for those seniors who plan to compete for the honor: Let your passion shine through!

Congratulations to Katie Comeford, a JEA Rising Star!

Congratulations to Katie Comeford, a JEA Rising Star!

January 30, 2017

The Journalism Education Association has selected 10 scholastic media advisers to receive its 2017 Rising Star Award, and the winners include IJEA board member Katie Comeford, yearbook and digital news media adviser at Phoenix Military Academy in Chicago. Congratulations, Katie!

IJEA Blog: Entries are open for the 2017 IWPA Communications Contest

IJEA Blog: Entries are open for the 2017 IWPA Communications Contest

Cora Weisenberger, IWPA High School Contest Chair

January 27, 2017

The IWPA High School Communications Contest showcases the excellent work of Illinois students, with the winners in each category automatically advancing to the national competition. The deadline for entries is Feb. 21.

In memoriam: Laurie Bielong, 2013 IJEA Educator of the Year, longtime adviser and advocate of scholastic journalism

In memoriam: Laurie Bielong, 2013 IJEA Educator of the Year, longtime adviser and advocate of scholastic journalism

January 10, 2017

The dynamic teacher and adviser who led award-winning journalism programs and inspired fellow educators died Jan. 7. For those who didn't get a chance to know Laurie, the video of her IJEA Educator of the Year acceptance speech (check inside) will give you a sense of both her playfulness and dedication.

IJEA Blog: We’ve come a long way in Illinois scholastic journalism, but there’s still a long way to go

IJEA Blog: We’ve come a long way in Illinois scholastic journalism, but there’s still a long way to go

Stan Zoller, MJE, IJEA Board Member

December 21, 2016

As 2017 arrives, make a resolution to recognize that scholastic press rights are for every scholastic journalist and journalism educator in Illinois — and together we can make a difference!

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