WJEA will participate in this week’s 2021 GIVE BIG effort, hoping to raise funds to help support WJEA’s many programs and scholastic journalism in our state. Please share this link with any of your contacts who you think would like to participate and help keep our programs strong.

As previously reported, the deadlines for both recognition programs has moved because of COVID-19 and school closures.

Yearbooks can be submitted until Oct. 1. Newspapers, newsmagazine, broadcast and websites can be submitted until Sept. 1.

Emerald Awards are the highest award presented by WJEA to media that exemplify the highest standards of journalism produced that school year. It is understood that this year was filled with special circumstances. The form that is necessary in order to submit for the Emerald Award will allow advisers to comment on those special circumstances this year.

Publications that submit for critique are automatically entered into the Emerald Awards. Advisers entering for the Emerald Award have the option to enter for critique. Please head to this link to register.

Yearbooks are sent to the critique chair, Sandra Coyer (21553 SE 298th Pl, Kent, WA 98042). Yearbooks are NOT returned. Judging for yearbooks will happen in early October. If advisers want to get their critique for their yearbooks back prior to October need to be sent PDF in order to have a critique completed sooner.

Newspapers, newsmagazines, broadcast and website submissions should be submitted as PDF or link to [email protected] For newspaper and newsmagazine, each media organization will submit three issues (one in first semester, one in second semester and one choice issue from either).

Any questions should be addressed to Coyer.




The Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association are providing an opportunity for K-12 teachers to bring more journalism education to schools.

Project #Press4Education provides lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and other resources in an effort to increase professional’s presence in classrooms around the country. The goal of the project is to not only provide resources but to strengthen the future ranks of journalism practitioners.

Potential speaker topics include:

  • Reporting basics
  • Media Literacy/Identifying Fake News
  • Ethics
  • Editing
  • Online Reporting
  • Data Journalism
  • Visual Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Social Media

SPJ Journalism Education Committee Chair Becky Tellent says that a 2014 survey of high school journalism teachers showed there was a real absence of journalism professionals in the classroom. The survey findings were published in the book “Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism.”

Educators interested in requesting a journalist for their classroom can find the link to submit that request here.

The JEA Curriculum website offers a plethora of lessons on a variety of journalistic topics. Lessons include handouts as well as Powerpoints, quizzes, and a suggested script. A preview of the curriculum is now available on the JEA website.

Wondering if the $65 additional registration fee for the Journalism Education Association is worth the cost?

One of the benefits of membership (in addition to reduced rate on books through the JEA Bookstore as well as access to the JEA-HELP Listserve) is access to an ever-changing online curriculum tied to both the Common Core as well as 21st Century Skills.

A sneak peak at the curriculum is available at this link.

Each lesson includes not only a description, CC Standards, but also Powerpoints, handouts, quizzes as well as a script that is perfect for new advisers and a nice reminder for those with experience.

Lessons range from writing and editing to photography as well as design and leadership. Curriculum leaders work year-round on expanding the offerings and posting new lessons. A new lesson on design was released just this past week.