Emerging Journalism Educator Award
In 2017, MIPA launches a new award to recognize promising new journalism educators. These “rising stars” should show a commitment to journalism education, improving the media program(s) at their school and empowering their scholastic journalism students.
This state level award is based on similar expectations as those used at the national level by the Journalism Education Association’s Rising Star Award.
The winning teacher will be encouraged to present a short acceptance speech at the spring Journalism Day on the MU campus, and encouraged to apply at the national level as well.
The nominee should meet the following criteria:
- Have one to five years’ journalism teaching and/or advising experience. (May be entering the sixth year.)
- Demonstrate a commitment to journalism education.
- Foster an awareness of the rights and responsibilities granted by the First Amendment.
- Seek additional professional development opportunities to improve skills as a journalism adviser/teacher.
- Encourage student editors to attend workshops, conferences and conventions.
- Show commitment to continually improve the medium or media advised.
- Empower student editors to make all editorial decisions in a responsible way without content being subject to prior review.
Nominations may come from scholastic press associations, yearbook companies, fellow teachers, the teacher him/herself, students and/or parents.
The nomination should include:
- an updated resume of the nominee
- up to five examples of student work from print publications (limited to 5 spreads/pages in PDF form) and/or links to school news sites and/or broadcast program video/audio to show the quality of the media the teacher advises
- answers to questions on the entry form
- a current headshot or candid photo of the teacher instructing or working with students
- The nominator should also include a letter explaining how the nominee shows promise as an up-and-coming adviser.
- The nominator may also include no more than three additional letters of recommendation from others (administrators, parents, students, etc.) who support the nomination.
SUBMIT MATERIALS using our NEW Online Submission Form
DEADLINE: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.
2018 SPONSORS: We are currently securing sponsors for the 2018 contest season and will post them here when finalized.
If you can think of anyone who would be willing to sponsor our emerging educator, please email president Christina Geabhart so she can reach out to them.
2017 SPONSORS: The following sponsors have pledged to cut a check directly to each winner. (If you can, go check out the links for each sponsorship, & maybe even send them a note of thanks for their support of Missouri Journalism.)
- $400 from Jostens yearbooks http://www.jostens.com
- $250 from Herff Jones yearbooks https://yearbookdiscoveries.com
- $100 from John Kelley, Amanda Tillery, Tracy Tuley, Anessa Musgrave, and Alyssa Moses with Walsworth yearbooks http://www.walsworthyearbooks.com/
JUDGES: The last five years of MIPA Journalism Teacher of the Year Award recipients will serve on the judging committee to review all applicants and choose the Emerging Journalism Educator.
QUESTIONS: If you have questions about the process, please contact the MIPA office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-6031.
Past state honorees include:
- 2017 – Jessica Cordonier, Liberty High School, Liberty