Illinois JEA

Brenda Field receives 2017 James A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education

Brenda Field, Glenbrook South High School yearbook adviser and state director for the Illinois JEA, presents a

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 12, 2017

The Glenbrook South High School yearbook adviser and state director for the IJEA encourages advisers to "Fly the J" as a reference to her beloved Cubs and scholastic press freedom in Illinois

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!

In memoriam: Laurie Bielong, 2013 IJEA Educator of the Year, longtime adviser and advocate of scholastic journalism

In memoriam: Laurie Bielong, 2013 IJEA Educator of the Year, longtime adviser and advocate of scholastic journalism

January 10, 2017

The dynamic teacher and adviser who led award-winning journalism programs and inspired fellow educators died Jan. 7. For those who didn't get a chance to know Laurie, the video of her IJEA Educator of the Year acceptance speech (check inside) will give you a sense of both her playfulness and dedication.

Cathy Wall receives 2016 James A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education

Cathy Wall receives 2016 James A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education

By Amanda Bright, IJEA Co-Secretary and Region 5 Board Member

May 4, 2016

Harrisburg High School journalism adviser Cathy Wall was pragmatic in her advice to a room packed with other publications teachers from throughout Illinois. Pull other advisers into the Illinois journalism community, she admonished. Build relationships with administrators to remind them we are on the...

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.

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.

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 .

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