Illinois JEA

Fall Conference

Save the Date: Friday, Sept. 22, 2023!

We are delighted to announce that our
2023 IJEA Fall Conference will be held Friday, Sept. 22. 
However, due to construction on campus, this year’s conference WILL NOT
be held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
We will announce details about the new location as soon as possible.

Although the location of this year’s conference will be new, we will continue to feature a keynote speech by a noted figure in the profession, as well as multiple breakout sessions throughout the day covering all aspects of journalism. Students will also have the opportunity to compete in our popular on-site competitions.

Stay tuned for more information about the conference offerings as well as fees and how to register. We look forward to seeing everyone in September!


What You Can Expect: Here Is the Program We Offered in 2022

The day began with our keynote speaker, followed by breakout sessions, lunch and more breakout sessions:

• Keynote speaker — 9:15 a.m.
• Session I — 10:15 to 11 a.m.
• Session II — 11:15 to noon
• Lunch — noon to 1:15 p.m.
• Session III — 1:15 to 2 p.m.

Sessions included tips and advice on:

• Broadcast Journalism
• Print and Editorial Journalism
• Yearbook Design and Writing
• Digital Reporting
• Journalism Preparation for College


Fees in 2022

For the 2022 conference, the following fee schedule applied:

Advisers: $20 attendance fee. Additional advisers attending who were from the same school (not district) were free. This included an invitation to the Advisers Luncheon (students were on their own for lunch).

Students: $5 attendance fee.

Bus Parking: $35 per bus. This included mini-buses.

Payment: Checks were accepted at the registration table during check-in at the conference. Checks were made out to Illinois Journalism Education Association.


More Information

Questions about the conference? Please contact:

Kenneth R. Erdey
College of Media
Department of Journalism
Instructor/Tech Coordinator of Broadcast Operations
[email protected]
(217) 244-6276 – Office
(217) 390-5036 – Mobile


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