Illinois JEA

2021 All-State Team

Congratulations to our 2021 All-State Journalism Team!

The IJEA is proud to announce the members of the 2021 All-State Journalism Team. The 11 students selected for this year's honor were nominated by their advisers in recognition of the indispensable contributions they made to their publications during 2020-21. Congratulations to these MVPs who rose to the occasion in this most challenging of years!
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Congratulations to our 2021 Newspaper & Digital News winners!

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member June 21, 2021
From the the initial lockdown to the arrival of multiple vaccines, Illinois high school journalists saw it all during the 12 months covered by our 2021 competition. Facing one challenge after another, IJEA student journalists and their advisers truly rose to the occasion! Check inside for links to the winning entries.
Sam Bull interviews Mary Beth Tinker

Downers Grove North student named 2021 Illinois Journalist of the Year

John J. Gonczy, CJE, IJEA President March 2, 2021
Sam Bull, a senior at Downers Grove North H.S., has been named the 2021 Illinois Journalist of the Year. He is IJEA’s 32nd Journalist of the Year, and he will now compete for national honors against the top high school journalists from other states. Congratulations to Sam and his adviser, Elizabeth Levin!
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.
2020 Yearbook Contest winners

Congratulations to our 2020 Yearbook Contest winners!

Dave Porreca, CJE, Illinois JEA Board Member 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

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.
2020 All-State Team Members

Congratulations to our 2020 All-State Journalism Team!

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 awards

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

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!
NSPA awards

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

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!
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