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IJEA endorses JEA statement condemning attack on Capitol, reaffirming importance of journalism to protection of democracy

IJEA endorses JEA statement condemning attack on Capitol, reaffirming importance of journalism to protection of democracy
January 14, 2021
In the wake of the events on Jan. 6 in our nation's capital, the IJEA wishes to express its wholehearted support of the recent statement by JEA President Sarah Nichols on this topic. We are proud to stand with JEA in this and all matters regarding the role of a free press in the defense of democratic values.

Congratulations to our 2020 Yearbook Contest winners!

2020 Yearbook Contest winners
January 10, 2021
Throughout Illinois, high school yearbook staffs large and small overcame numerous obstacles to meet the challenge of doing great journalism during the time of COVID. In recognition of that work, the IJEA is proud to announce the winners of our 2020 Yearbook Contest!

Former colleagues, students mourn passing of Rodney Lowe

Watch the video above from the 2018 IJEA James A. Tidwell Award ceremony to see the passion and commitment that drove the late Rodney Lowe during his 30-plus years as a journalism educator
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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
After 30 years, IJEA says goodbye to Eastern Illinois University as board approves new headquarters, new executive director
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)
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.
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