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IJEA Blog: Reflections on winning the James A. Tidwell Award

IJEA Blog: Reflections on winning the James A. Tidwell Award

Mike Doyle, CJE, Former IJEA Board Member

February 21, 2017

The IJEA's annual James A. Tidwell Award recognizes our state's top journalism educators. With the March 1 deadline for 2017 nominations quickly approaching, we asked a recent Tidwell honoree, Mike Doyle, to discuss what winning the award has meant to him. "It means that every day I know I made a difference in the lives of so many students and that I was able to teach the values of fairness, ethics and integrity to so many of them," he writes.

Know of a deserving colleague? Deadlines are drawing near for IJEA educator and friend awards

From left, the IHSA's Matt Troha, Tidwell award recipient Cathy Wall, IJEA President Sarah Doerner, and former SISPA leader and journalism adviser Herman Albers celebrate after Wall's acceptance speech.

Dr. Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director

February 21, 2017

Although we love to honor student journalists, we also strive to recognize their elders — the teachers, advisers, administrators and friends who make outstanding scholastic journalism possible with their guidance and support. Do you know of deserving candidates? Submit your nominations — or your own applications — today!

National JEA honors three IJEA members

National JEA honors three IJEA members

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

August 28, 2015

Retired advisers Deb Buttleman Malcolm and Tom Winski have won Lifetime Achievement awards, and Phoenix Military Academy adviser Katie Comeford has earned a Future Teacher Scholarship. Check out the details inside.

Innovation pays off for first-year adviser Kristen DiGiorgio

Kristen DiGiorgio works with senior John Gordon in her journalism class at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School. The first-year adviser recently won an award of $1,000 from the 1 For All First Amendment Challenge for her innovative instructional unit on media law and ethics.

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

May 27, 2015

The Bradley-Bourbonnais teacher (and IJEA member) was a national winner in the 1 For All First Amendment Challenge, which recognized inventive approaches to teaching the five foundational freedoms of American democracy.

Video: Watch Janet Levin’s acceptance speech for the 2015 James A. Tidwell Award

Video: Watch Janet Levin's acceptance speech for the 2015 James A. Tidwell Award

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

May 4, 2015

The longtime Hersey High newspaper adviser was honored May 1 at the IHSA state final, and she had some insights and advice for her peers.

Illinois publications, student journalists win honors at JEA/NSPA spring convention

Illinois publications, student journalists win honors at JEA/NSPA spring convention

By Dave Porreca, IJEA Website Editor

April 22, 2015

In a strong showing at the 2015 Spring National High School Journalism Convention, Illinois students and advisers brought home Pacemakers, Best of Show honors and Write-Off awards.

Hersey adviser Janet Levin receives honor

Janet Levin, who has advised The Correspondent newspaper at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights for 30 years, receives the news that she has won the IJEA's highest honor for a journalism educator: the James A Tidwell Award.

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Board Member

April 17, 2015

The long-time journalism educator has earned the 2015 James A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education.

IJEA’s Stan Zoller selected for NSPA’s top honor to journalism educators

IJEA's Stan Zoller selected for NSPA's top honor to journalism educators

September 29, 2014

The former Rolling Meadows adviser and tireless scholastic journalism advocate will receive the Pioneer Award in November at the JEA/NSPA Fall National Convention.

Mike Doyle: Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

August 26, 2014

The newly retired Belvidere North adviser is one of 13 to be recognized with a 2014 JEA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Video: Mike Doyle reflects on career as he accepts 2014 James A. Tidwell Award

Mike Doyle talks about his own student days during his speech accepting the 2014 James A. Tidwell Award as top Illinois scholastic journalism educator of the year.

May 16, 2014

The Belvidere fixture is retiring after 15 years of working with high school journalists — and fittingly he's the recipient of IJEA's highest teaching award .

Video: Top 10 great things about advising from Educator of the Year Laurie Bielong

Laurie Bielong adds sound effects to her 2013 IJEA Educator of the Year acceptance speech via the use of some nifty greeting cards.

April 29, 2013

CHARLESTON — Belleville West newspaper adviser Laurie Bielong, along with sound effects, gave a fantastic acceptance speech for the 2013 Illinois Scholastic Journalism Educator of the Year award at the IJEA adviser breakfast held in conjunction with the IHSA journalism state final April 26 at Eastern...

Bielong named Illinois Scholastic Journalism Educator of the Year

April 11, 2013

Laurie Bielong, longtime adviser of the Hy News at Belleville West, was surprised Wednesday, April 10, at a faculty meeting by being named IJEA's 2013 Illinois Scholastic Journalism Educator of the Year. Carol Smith of the IJEA Board of Directors and Sally Renaud, IJEA executive director, presented...

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