Monthly archive November, 2009

Mentor Forum starts with problem posting and problem solving

by Peggy Gregory JEA Mentoring Committee After an initial Ice Breaker (pieces of which continued after breaks and after lunch until everyone was able to briefly share personal bits of information in “headline” form), mentors got to work. The day began with a large group activity called Problem Posing/Problem Solving. Nick Ferentinos set mentors up...

Sharing highlights, comments and photos from the Mentor Forum in Washington, D.C.

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Just two weeks ago, more than 25 of us in the mentoring program — mentors and Mentor Committee members — were in Washington, D.C. for the JEA/NSPA convetion. We’ve asked Peggy Gregory, who was one of the coordinators for the Mentor Forum, to share a summary of the...

NC mentor and former instructor for UNC’s Grammar Slammer wanted to make sure every apostrophe was in its (not it’s) place

by Julie Dodd We missed Kay Phillips (NC) at the Mentor Forum in Washington, D.C. Kay had planned to attend. She had made her airline reservation and was on the program to present a session. Kay had to cancel the trip on her doctor’s advice. Instead of making the trip to Washington, Kay and her...

Mentor Forum provides new ideas and problem-solving strategies

by Julie Dodd Peggy Gregory, Bill Fletchner and Nick Ferentinos are the leaders for the Mentor Forums that have been held at three JEA/NSPA conventions — St. Louis, Phoenix, and last week in Washington, D.C. The funding to bring the mentors to the conventions for the forums has been provided by Yellow Chair Foundation. Starting...

Latest Issue of JEA Mentoring Matters: PDF Available

Thanks to Linda Barrington for getting our JEA Mentoring Matters newsletter together. You may download the pdf by clicking on the image to the left or you may find it, with the previous issues, under the “Newsletter” tab at the top of this page. – Judy

Mentor Committee leaders recognized at Awards Banquet

by Julie Dodd from my iPhone Nick Ferentinos and Steve O’Donoghue are receiving the JEA Lifetime Award. They have been such leaders in scholastic journalism in California and nationally. In addition, Nick and Steve were part of the team that created the JEA mentoring program. Congratulations to two who have contributed a lifetime of journalism...

Promoting JEA mentoring at awards luncheon

by Julie Dodd from my iPhone Linda Barrington and I are just off the speakers’ platform where we spoke briefly about the mentoring program. We read the names of the 13 states our mentors are working and asked mentors, mentees, funders and the Mentor Committee to stand and be recognized. Very exciting to see how...

Outreach Academy identifies and helps new advisers

by Julie Dodd from my iPhone The JEA Multicultural Commission partners with the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund and the Newspaper Association of America Foundation to run a day-long workshop during each JEA convention for new advisers. The emphasis for the academy is for advisers who teach in schools with a large minority population and/or minority...

JEA mentor shares censorship battle

by Julie Dodd from my iPhone Konnie Krislock shared the story of the censorship battle at the private school where she is working part-time as newspaper adviser. Her final comment was: “Build your network.” Konnie was able to mobilize professional joumalists, her students and their parents, the SPLC, and more. The following discussion included that...

JEA Mentoring Committee meeting

by Julie Dodd from my iPhone We’re almost into the third hour of our Mentoring Committee meeting here at the Marriott Wardman Hotel in Washington, DC. So many topics to discuss. Planning for next summer’s mentor training. Reviewing finances. Collecting data. Lots of good ideas. But we need to wrap up as we have the...

Mentors participate in Mentor Forum and other activities at JEA/NSPA convention in Washington, D.C.

by Julie Dodd More than 6,100 high school and middle school journalism/media students and teachers will be in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-15, for the JEA/NSPA convention. Twenty-one of the JEA mentors will be there, too. The mentors will participate in a day-long Mentor Forum on Thursday, led by mentor committee members Nick Ferentinos, Bill Fletchner...

State Support Needed for Successful Mentoring

Having a broad base of support in your state is important in allowing the mentoring program to develop and be well received. Although financial support is essential to provide a yearly stipend to each mentor, networking is equally important to give the program visibility and credibility as broadly as possible. In Wisconsin we began by...