Download and print out this chart for a quick view about joining the Mentor Program.  This is good information for a scholastic press association interested in joining the program.

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Becoming a JEA Mentor

Becomimg a JEA Mentee  / How to find a mentor

Applying for free JEA membership for JEA Mentees


Becoming a JEA mentor

Contact your state scholastic press association to see if it already participates in the JEA Mentor Program.  If it does, explain that you are interested in becoming a JEA mentor in your state.  The association will let you know if it can afford to support an additional mentor and will examine your qualification to determine if you will meet the needs in your state.  (See bulleted list below.)

If your state scholastic press association doesn’t participate, contact the Mentor Program chair, Patrick Johnson, at mentoring@jea.org.  He will contact the state association about joining the program.

JEA mentors should:

  • Be outstanding, knowledgeable advisers who are retired or near retirement
  • Be recognized as outstanding teachers who maintain positive peer relations
  • Understand beginning teacher development
  • Be able to share instructional ideas and materials with mentees and to discuss assessment information
  • Be committed to their own professional growth and learning
  • Possess effective interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Be in good enough health to travel to schools and national conventions
  • Be JEA certified as CJE or MJE; or become certified within one year of becoming a mentor
  • Recommended by their state scholastic press association
  • Establish open communication and honor confidentiality


Becoming a JEA Mentee  / How to find a mentor

If you meet the following requirements, contact the Mentor Program chair, Patrick Johnson, at mentoring@jea.org and he will let you know if there is a mentor in your state.  If your state scholastic press association does not participate, he will offer you the option of having a long-distance mentor from another state.

JEA mentees should:

  • Be the newly assigned media adviser on campus
  • Have little or no experience with journalism or advising
  • Be willing to commit to two years of mentoring.
  • Be open to receiving suggestions, support, guidance, and constructive criticism
  • Have true commitment to the mentoring program
  • Establish professional goals with assistance from mentor
  • Be willing to take risks, ask questions, and try new ideas
  • Establish open communication and honor confidentiality
  • Be determined to remain in a journalism position and improve the quality of the media being advised

Applying for free JEA membership for JEA Mentees

Procedures for Mentors:

  1. Email JEA at membership@jea.org a list of your mentees’ names and schools throughout the academic year. As you sign up more mentees, email their names, mentee email and school contact information right away.
  2. Have the mentees complete the online membership registration (see below), then contact JEA by email or phone so membership can be activated.

Procedures for Mentees

  1. Complete the JEA online membership form at one of the following links.
    • New mentees will complete a new membership registration where they will choose a user name and password for your account at this link: http://jea.org/home/membership/registration/
    • Returning or current mentees will need to log in to renew their memberships by going to this link: http://jea.org/home/membership/member-login/
    • If you are a current or renewing JEA member and do not remember your login email and password, the JEA staff may be able to retrieve that during business hours. Email staff@jea.org or call 785-532-5532.
  2. When you reach the payment options at the bottom of the shopping cart select PO or check. Click the check out button to go to the payment form and in the comment box please put your mentor’s name.
  3. Send an email to membership@jea.org so JEA is aware you have completed the form and your membership can be activated. You will be sent an email notification when your account is activated.

If you have any questions, please contact us at any time.

Journalism Education Association, 105 Kedzie Hall, 828 Mid Campus Dr S, Manhattan KS 66506

785-532-5532   1-866-532-5532 toll free  Fax 785-532-5563


Updated May 2018