Illinois JEA

Former Colleagues, Students Mourn Passing of Rodney Lowe

Rodney Lowe

Linda Jones, IJEA Executive Director

August 29, 2020

The retired educator died Aug. 25. During his three decades of teaching and advising at Evanston Township High School, Rodney Lowe built a widely admired journalism program but more importantly influenced generations of students with his dedication to excellence and the rights student journalists.

Remembering Bill Colosimo

Remembering Bill Colosimo

John J. Gonczy, CJE, Illinois JEA President

June 10, 2020

One of IJEA's founding members, William Colosimo, died on May 29 at the age of 81. He taught English and journalism at Addison Trail for three decades, retiring in 2003. As adviser of the school newspaper, the Torch, Bill was the consummate advocate for his students and for scholastic journalism.

Congratulations to our 2020 All-State Journalism Team!

2020 All-State Team Members

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

May 20, 2020

The IJEA is proud to announce the members of the 2020 All-State Journalism Team. The 12 students selected for the honor were nominated by their respective advisers in recognition of the indispensable contributions they made to their publications during the 2019-20 school year.

Congratulations to our 2020 Newspaper & Digital News winners!

Congratulations to our 2020 Newspaper & Digital News winners!

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

May 14, 2020

Whether it was dealing with a Chicago teachers strike in the fall or a statewide closure of schools in the spring, Illinois high school journalists have overcome one challenge after another this year. Check out the best of their work as we announce the winners of our 2020 Newspaper & Digital News Contest!

“NSPA Live from Minneapolis”: Illinois students honored at virtual ceremony

NSPA awards

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

April 19, 2020

Even though the 2020 Spring National High School Journalism Conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois student journalists nonetheless received national recognition for their work thanks to a virtual ceremony held April 17. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to our 2019 Yearbook Contest winners!

Congratulations to our 2019 Yearbook Contest winners!

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

January 6, 2020

Throughout Illinois, no matter the size of the school or program, yearbook staffs and advisers created wonderful journalism as they told the stories of their 2018-19 school year. In recognition of that work, the IJEA is proud to announce the winners of our 2019 Yearbook Contest!

Illinois students take home national awards from JEA/NSPA Fall Convention

NSPA awards

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

December 5, 2019

Nearly 90 awards went to Illinois student journalists and publications at the Nov. 21-24 event in Washington, D.C., including two first-place awards. One of those top honors came in the 2019 Digital Story of the Year contest and the other in Best of Show. Congrats to all of the winners and their advisers!

IJEA State Director Brenda Field honored at 2019 National Journalism Convention

JEA Awards logo

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member

December 3, 2019

Brenda Field, MJE, Glenbrook South yearbook adviser and IJEA board member, has been named one of this year’s five recipients of the Journalism Education Association’s Medal of Merit. She received the award at the 2019 JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.

A new era begins for IJEA

A new era begins for IJEA

John Gonczy, Prof. Linda Jones, and Dr. Sally Renaud

May 15, 2019

Effective June 1, the IJEA will have a new headquarters and a new executive director. Earlier this year the IJEA board voted unanimously to relocate its headquarters to the Illinois Press Association/Illinois Press Foundation office in Springfield, with Prof. Linda Jones as IJEA’s new executive director.

Richwoods High School principal named 2019 Administrator of the Year

TOP ADMINISTRATOR: Principal Brett Elliott and students from the Richwoods High School broadcasting, newspaper and yearbook programs celebrate Mr. Elliott's selection as the IJEA's 2019 Administrator of the Year. (Photo by Dr. Dan Kerns)

Dave Porreca, CJE, Elmwood Park School District 401

April 5, 2019

Students from the Peoria school's broadcasting, newspaper and yearbook programs surprised Principal Brett Elliott with news of the award, which he received for his support of scholastic journalism. "He allows students the freedom, with responsibility, to be the best they can be,” IJEA said.

Prospect High School student named 2019 Illinois Journalist of the Year

IJOY WINNER: State Director Brenda Field recently visited Prospect High School senior Ayse Eldes in her journalism classroom to deliver the good news that she had been selected as IJEA's 2019 Illinois Journalist of the Year. From left: Prospect journalism teacher and adviser Jason Block, 2019 IJOY Ayse Eldes and Brenda Field. (Photo courtesy of Jason Block)

March 4, 2019

Ayse Eldes, a senior at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, has been named the 2019 Illinois Journalist of the Year. She is IJEA’s 30th Journalist of the Year since 1989 and the first Prospect student to be named the state’s top scholastic journalist. Congratulations to Ayse and adviser Jason Block!

Congratulations to our 2018 Yearbook Contest winners!

Congratulations to our 2018 Yearbook Contest winners!

January 26, 2019

Throughout Illinois, no matter the size of the school or program, yearbook staffs and advisers created wonderful journalism as they told the stories of their 2017-18 school year. In recognition of that work, the IJEA is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 Yearbook Contest!

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