Monthly archive May, 2010

Mentors assist in making the right connections: Veteran adviser Rick Brown created a variety of networks to assist his mentees

by Rick Brown California mentor A few weeks ago a group of newspaper advisers, their editors, a professional journalist, and I sat down for an end-of-the-year dinner.  The event was hosted by the Auburn Journal, and we were seated in a room where editors and the AJ staff make daily, occasionally agonizing, news judgments. The...

School board member supports JEA mentor’s efforts to promote student press rights in Vance County, N.C.

Editor’s note: This editorial was published in The Daily Dispatch (Henderson, N.C.) on May 5, 2010. The editorial follows up on the saga of JEA mentor Kay Phillips (NC) and her mentoring work at Southern Vance High School. The Mentoring Committee applaudes the efforts of Vance County school board member Ruth Hartness and the school...

Kelly Furnas named JEA executive director, will assume duties Aug. 1

Editor’s note: This announcement was posted on the JEA homepage on May 17. Kelly Furnas, editorial adviser at Virginia Tech University has accepted the position of JEA executive director, instructor/associate director of Student Publications at Kansas State and adviser to the Royal Purple yearbook. He should begin in the position Aug. 1. Kelly is a graduate...

Auburn Journal (Calif.) editor and staff recognized for outstanding work with scholastic journalism programs

Mentor Rick Brown (CA) shares this story and photo from the Auburn Journal. Rick and Steve O’Donoghue recognized Deric Rothe, Auburn Journal editor and general manager, with the “Champion of Journalism Education” award for the work he and his staff have done with high school journalism students.

Thanking our JEA mentees and mentors during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. This is a good time to say how much those of us working with the Journalism Education Association’s mentoring program appreciate the work being done by the journalism teachers participating in the program and their mentors. We know that new teachers have...

2010 Teacher of the Year: English teacher who considers herself the ‘lead learner’ in her classroom and develops curriculum that appeals to students

by Julie Dodd JEA Mentoring Committee co-chair I read with interest that the 2010 Teacher of the Year is a high school English teacher — Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston High School in Iowa. Many of us who are or have been high school media advisers also were high school English teachers. So we can...