WJEA provides advisers with the necessary tools to teach their students how to become better journalists. Our offerings…


WJEA provides workshops and a summer camp where students and advisers can learn and compete. COMING UP: J-Day…


This organization is committed to diversity of thought and amplifying voices in underserved communities.

Awards & Scholarships

WJEA awards and contests offer members and their students a platform to receive the recognition they deserve.


WJEA awards and contests offer members and their students a platform to showcase excellence and receive the recognition they deserve.

WJEA Journalist of the Year

WJEA Journalist of the Year WJEA’s Student Journalist of the Year winner will be the Washington state entry…

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Administrator of the Year

The WJEA Administrator of the Year Award publicly acknowledges educational leaders who distinguish themselves through their exemplary support…

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Adviser of the Year

Adviser of the Year Dear students: Let’s be honest. Your journalism adviser does a lot for you. All…

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Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award

Fern Valentine Freedom of Expression Award This award is presented to a WJEA member who has advocated student…

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Lu Flannery Outstanding Journalist Award

Lu Flannery Outstanding Journalist Award This award recognizes one Washington state senior who has made significant contributions to…

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Grants & Scholarships

Grants & Scholarships WJEA offers several opportunities for both students and advisers to attend summer workshop for free…

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Want to stay informed about what is happening behind the scenes of WJEA? Need help with technology? Here is the latest news.

A surprise classroom visit by principal Robert Aguilar brought excitement to media teacher Cathy Mebes’ morning “Talon” yearbook…

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WJEA will participate in this week’s 2021 GIVE BIG effort, hoping to raise funds to help support WJEA’s…

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Five publications from around the state of Washington have earned recognition in the 2019-2020 WJEA Emerald Award competition….

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For several years, I ignored the WJEA fliers in my school mailbox because I thought “I’m only a…

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Nolan DeGarlais, Editor in Chief of the Mountlake Terrace Hawkeye, was named WJEA’s 2020 Journalist of the Year….

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Whether you call it a cutout, a knockout or any other crazy name, images with a transparent background…

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WJEA announced its 2020-2022 executive board members after an election where two of the fields had multiple candidates…

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Sandra Coyer is a high school journalism teacher, not a soothsayer. But she has her moments. Four years…

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Learning Opportunities

From one-day workshops to a four-day summer camp, WJEA offers several ways for advisers and their students to prepare for the year.

Journalism Day varies

 WJEA Journalism Day 2021 — Monday, Nov. 1 WJEA will hold a hybrid J-DAY, in-person and virtual,  hosted by Whitworth…

Adobe Software Workshops $20

ADOBE VIRTUAL REFRESHER SESSIONS: MAY 10-13, 2021 REGISTER ONLINE HERE or use this form if you need an invoice…

Professional Development $10

Earn clock hours while fine-tuning or learning new skills. All sessions are virtual and taught by top-notch teachers…

August 1-4, 2021 Adviser Workshop @ WSU: Information | Registration Virtual Student Workshop Cost: $100 (through 6/15), $120…

WJEA State Conference $12

Newspaper, yearbook and broadcast learning sessions presented by professionals, and student contests in a range of journalistic skills…


By joining WJEA, you are connected with other journalism educators throughout the state


Provides a summer workshop for high school journalists, teachers and advisers.


Assistance from experienced advisers and journalism professionals.


Journalism programs can showcase their excellence and receive recognition.

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WJEA Executive Board Members

Meet some of the faces behind the Washington Journalism Education Association

Anne Hayman, MJE

Anne Hayman, MJE


Anne Hayman has been teaching English and journalism at Arlington High School since 1999. She is president of…

Scott Collins, CJE

Scott Collins, CJE

Vice President

Scott Collins, CJE, teaches the middle and upper school publications classes at University Prep. Before UPrep, Collins oversaw…

Teresa Scribner, CJE

Teresa Scribner, CJE


Teresa Scribner, CJE, is an award-winning media teacher at Cleveland STEM High School in Seattle. Scribner teaches multimedia,…

Sandra Coyer, MJE

Sandra Coyer, MJE


Sandra Coyer, MJE, has been advising for 20 years, the majority of which have been as a newspaper…

Kathy Schrier, MJE

Kathy Schrier, MJE

Executive Director

Kathy Schrier, MJE, is executive director of the Washington Journalism Education Association (WJEA). In 1997, she returned to…

Our Mission

Several organizations are devoted to scholastic journalism, but our particular emphasis is the support of journalism teachers and advisers in the state of Washington. Consistent with the mission of our parent national organization, JEA, "We support free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity."

Our Mission

As a professional organization, the WJEA provides support services in the field of scholastic journalism.
The WJEA believes:

* that student publications are an important, vital part of the school curriculum; that is essential to the survival of this country;
* that the student press should be as serious and responsible as the professional press, and toward this end offers many training options for both advisers and students;
* learning basic skills takes on new meaning and urgency when one immediately sees the results so graphically. Added to the basic skills are the invaluable traits of cooperation, punctuality, respect for each other, desire for truth, and self-confidence;
* that no other course of study offers more diversified training;
* that members should dedicate themselves to accomplish these and give
freely of their time and experience; and,
* that our purpose is support a free press in a democratic society. We intend to continue to work with administrators, legislators and members is this respect.

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Our Affiliates

WJEA partners with other journalism education organizations to provide students and teachers access to the resources they need to run a successful program