Journalism Education Association

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Journalism Education Association
Journalism Education Association logo.jpg
Formation 1924
Headquarters Manhattan, Kansas, United States
2,100 (2009) [1]
Mark Newton, MJE
Vice President
Sarah Nichols, MJE
Mitch Eden, MJE
Executive Director
Kelly Furnas, CJE

The US Journalism Education Association (JEA) is a US-based national organization for teachers and advisers of journalism. National organisations of the same name exist in Australia and New Zealand.

History[edit] was established April 19, 1996.[2] As of 2009, JEA has been in operation for 85 years. It is a private organization with a yearly income of about $74,000 and it employs about 4 workers.[3]


The purposes of the JEA are:[4]

  • Support[ing] free and responsible scholastic journalism.
  • Promot[ing] professionalism for journalism teachers and journalism teachers/advisers.
  • Encourag[ing] and reward[ing] student excellence and teacher achievement.
  • Foster[ing] an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.



JEA sponsors the magazine, C:JET (Communication: Journalism Education Today), which is available to members of the association. C:JET focuses on subjects pertinent to journalism in schools, and provides a variety of resources to teachers and advisers.

The C:JET staff includes Publications Editor Bradley Wilson, Copy Editor Howard Spanogle, and Advertising Coordinator Pam Boller. JEA accepts electronic submissions to C:JET.[5]


The Journalism Education Association previously sponsored the newspaper, NewsWire. NewsWire covered news pertaining to the organization, but the production was terminated in the 2002-2003 school year. The JEA Board of Directors decided to convert to electronic journalism (via their website) for the convenience of their members.

The final editor of NewsWire, Bradley Wilson, claims this decision was not based on financial reasons. NewsWire had annual expenses of approximately $9,750 with an advertising revenue of approximately $2,500 per year. Wilson explained that convention fees and membership dues also generated a significant amount of income for JEA. [6][edit]

This website is a source of information, tips and teaching insights for online, multimedia and broadcast journalism. It is a branch of the Digital Media committee that was formed to address the growing need to support "convergence" of multiple forms of journalism, particularly the move toward online publications.


In 1987, the Journalism Education Association's "Committee on the Role of Journalism in Secondary Education" published "High School Journalism Confronts Critical Deadline," a 138-page journalism research report. The research indicated that recipients of secondary journalism education are more academically successful. The article cites high school grades, college grades, and American College Testing scores as evidence.[7]

First Amendment advocacy[edit]

The Journalism Education Association released an official statement regarding the practice of prior review of a school publication on April 16, 2009.[8] As quoted from the Student Press Law Center, the statement says: "Prior review by administrators undermines critical thinking, encourages students to dismiss the role of a free press in society and provides no greater likelihood of increased quality of student media."[9]

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