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When schools take free speech seriously, so do students

Free Speech

By Randy Swikle, IJEA Board Member

October 23, 2015

That's what Randy Swikle learned during his 25 years at Johnsburg High School. Sure, free speech is risky, but when a school builds a culture of trust, students show time and again that they'll live up to the responsibilities they're given.

Who better to celebrate Free Speech Week than journalism teachers and advisers?

Who better to celebrate Free Speech Week than journalism teachers and advisers?

By Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director

October 21, 2015

Thanks to their time in student media, many young people learn firsthand the true power of free expression: how to communicate with strength, passion and logical rigor.

Lessons from ASNE, a summer program that left an impact

Institute fellows and faculty members assemble for a photo at the 2015 ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute at Kent State University in July. Faculty for the Kent State program included IJEA board member Susan Tantillo and former board member Candace Perkins Bowen, now director of Kent State's Center for Scholastic Journalism.

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

September 4, 2015

After 15 years, the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute has come to an end, but not before helping more than 2,340 teachers — including 101 from Illinois — become better educators and advisers.

Remembering Georgia Stohr: A tribute from her students

LaSalle-Peru yearbook adviser Georgia Stohr attends a benefit in her honor organized in December by

By Stephanie Bias, LaSalle-Peru High School

June 16, 2015

When LaSalle-Peru yearbook adviser Georgia Stohr died in late May from cancer, her students grieved, but they also did what Stohr would have insisted on — they soldiered through the remainder of their school year. Now they pay tribute to their beloved teacher.

What would Queen Latifah do? Advice for the next generation of journalists

Carla Jimenez of The State Journal-Register discusses her philosophy of

By Carla Jimenez

June 10, 2015

One of the highlights of Saturday's IJEA awards luncheon was the inspiring speech by Carla Jimenez. Read on to find out what Queen Latifah has to do with great journalism!

Visit our new gallery of Illinois student publications!

This collage displays just a few of the 126 Illinois student publications and media sites that you'll find in IJEA's new gallery of links. Top row from left: University of Chicago Laboratory High School's U-High Midway; Antioch High's Sequoit Media; Minooka High's Peace Pipe Chatter; Taft High's Taft Today. Bottom row from left: Fremd High's Viking Logue; Oswego East High's The Edge; Deerfield High's DHS Media; Glenbard North High's North Current.

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

May 22, 2015

With links to more than 120 high school publications from around the state, our gallery is the go-to place to see the work of Illinois student journalists. Is your publication not in the gallery? Send us your links — we want to include you!

Encouraging words: Reasons to be optimistic going into Friday’s IHSA state journalism final!

Members of the Mattoon High School journalism team await the start of last week's IHSA sectional at Illinois State University in Normal. Mattoon students qualified for seven events in Friday's state final at Eastern Illinois University.

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

April 29, 2015

Even if your school is small or you didn’t win your sectional, IHSA history says you have ample grounds to be positive!

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