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Weekly Newsletter Archives

Welcome, current Journalism Education Association members. Please feel free to use the lessons below. You’ll note they’re organized chronologically (as they were published) with links to downloadable interactive PDFs. I’ve also included short descriptions of the content included inside each issue to make content easier to find.

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Past Issues

Volume 1 (2023-24 school year)

Fall 2023 (semester 1)

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 1 (Aug. 14 to 20, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Localization (Canadian wildfires); JEA lesson: Elements of news; Bell Ringer: Daily oral language with Jim Streisel, MJE; Style help: Titles

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 2 (Aug. 21 to 27, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Creating interview questions (Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York); JEA lesson: Interviewing practice; Team-builder: Creative self-portraits with Jim Woehrle, CJE; Style help: State names

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 3 (Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2023)
Weekly lesson: The beat system; JEA lesson: Establishing relationships in beat reporting; Adviser advice: Kelsey E. Martin, CJE; Style help: Periods and commas

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 4 (Sept. 4 to 10, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Meeting deadlines; JEA lesson: Organizing your staff; C:JET fall 2023 preview; Style help: Paragraph indentations/spacing

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 5 (Sept. 11 to 17, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Finding profile stories; JEA lesson: Newsgathering for a profile story; Team-builder: Nameplates with Megan Kelley, North Platte (Nebraska) H.S. ; Style help: Spacing after periods

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 6 (Sept. 18 to 24, 2023)
Weekly lesson: The First Amendment; JEA lesson: Overview of the First Amendment; Bell-ringer: Daily inspiration activities with Mitch Eden, MJE, Kirkwood (Missouri) H.S., retired; Style help: Times

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 7 (Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2023)
Weekly lesson: FERPA; JEA lesson: Researching essential media law cases; Team-builder: Giant tennis ball game with Jonathan Rogers, MJE, Iowa City (Iowa) H.S.; Style help: Affect v. effect

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 8 (Oct. 2 to 8, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Style; JEA lesson: Why style matters; Focus: A call for candidates for the JEA board; Style help: Everyone v. every one

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 9 (Oct. 9 to 15, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Pitching a story; JEA lesson: Story pitch meetings; Focus: Sign up for curriculum help at the Boston convention; Style help: Ages

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 10 (Oct. 16 to 22, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Honing students’ observational skills; JEA lesson: Fact finding and observation; Team-builder: Obstacle course building with Sue Flaming, Caney Valley H.S., Ramona, Oklahoma; Style help: Decades

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 11 (Oct. 23 to 29, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Turning observations into stories; JEA lesson: Managing equipment and collaborating with others; C:JET winter 2023 preview; Style help: Time, date, place

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 12 (Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Planning future coverage; JEA lesson: Gathering data; Quick, easy lesson: Three questions with A.J. Chambers, MJE, Horse Creek Academy, Aiken, South Carolina; Style help: Toward and backward

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 13 (Nov. 6 to 12, 2023)
Weekly lesson: More localization; JEA lesson: Journalistic research; Quick, easy lesson: Five minutes of fame with Sergio Luis Yanes, MJE, Arvada (Colorado) H.S.; Style help: Who and whom

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 14 (Nov. 13 to 19, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Editing; JEA lesson: Deep revision; Team-builder: Blind Puzzles with Callie Williams, CJE, Astronaut H.S., Titusville, Florida; Style help: Address abbreviations

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 15 (Nov. 20 to 26, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Appreciation; JEA lesson: Decorating, accessorizing publications room; Bell-ringer: Vague Topics with Jackie Uptegrove, Raytown (Missouri) H.S.; Style help: Months

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 16 (Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Social media; JEA lesson: Examining states’ student free expression status; Apply for the FAPFA; Style help: Numbers, compass points in addresses

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 17 (Dec. 4 to 10, 2023)
Weekly lesson: Alternative coverage; JEA lesson: Designing an infographic; Team-Building: Journalism speed dating with Kristin Taylor, MJE, The Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles; Style help: Who v. whom

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 18 (Dec. 11 to 17, 2023)
Weekly lesson: More localization; JEA lesson: Q&A coverage; Lesson idea: Holiday photo shoot with Danielle Allen, Colonia (New Jersey) H.S.; Style help: Adviser or advisor/Theater or theater

Spring 2024 (Semester 2)

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 19 (Jan. 15 to 21, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Artificial intelligence; JEA lesson: Creating ethical guidelines and procedures; Bell-ringer: This Caught My Eye with Makena Busch, CJE, Mead H.S., Spokane Washington; Style help: Who’s or whose

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 20 (Jan. 22 to 28, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Virtual consultation sessions available; Bell-ringer: Circle Time with Sara-Beth Badalamente, CJE, Huron H.S. and Clague M.S., Ann Arbor, Michigan; Style help: Alot or a lot

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 21 (Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Socratic Seminar; JEA lesson: Designing with spot color; C:JET spring 2024 issue preview; Style help: Versus

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 22 (Feb. 5 to 11, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Photojournalism Post-it activity; JEA lesson: Exploring Pulitzer Prize-winning photos; Team-builder: Play-Doh Monsters with Brianna Sheen, Cypress Creek H.S., Houston, Texas; Style help: Abbreviations and acronyms

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 23 (Feb. 12 to 18, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Classroom photos; JEA lesson: Capture the moment; Adviser Advice: Front-load staff building with Morgan Bricker, CJE, Weir H.S., Weirton, West Virginia; Style help: Who and that, T-shirt and U-turn

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 24 (Feb. 19 to 25, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Scholastic Journalism Week; JEA lesson: SPLC Presentation, Freedom of Information; Adviser Advice: Know media law and teach it with Logan Aimone, MJE, University of Chicago Laboratory H.S.; Style help: Common misspellings

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 25 (Feb. 26 to March 3, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Cutlines 101; JEA lesson: Caption writing and headlining photos; Focus: Sign up for curriculum help at Kansas City convention.; Style help: Misspellings Part 2

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 26 (March 4 to 10, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Editor selection; JEA lesson: Choosing staff leaders, recruiting staff; Bell ringer: Activities for the whole week with Jodi Snodgrass, Faith Lutheran Middle School, Las Vegas, Nevada; Style help: Misspellings Part 3

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 27 (March 11 to 17, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Typography; JEA lesson: Digging in to typography; Bell ringer: Eat your headlines, served five ways with Kaitlin Edgerton, MJE, Grosse Pointe South H.S., Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; Style help: Buses or busses, ZIP codes

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 28 (March 18 to 24, 2024)
Weekly lesson: The Eclipse; JEA lesson: Capture the moment; Focus: Sun safety tips and photo inspiration with Bradley Wilson, MJE, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; Style help: Space talk

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 29 (March 25 to April 1, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Self-evaluation/Gallery walk; JEA lesson: Staff bonding through encouragement; C:JET summer 2024 preview; Style help: More spelling help

JEA Curriculum Newsletter Issue 30 (April 8 to 14, 2024)
Weekly lesson: Thinking visually; JEA lesson: Sidebars and supplemental design formats; Team builder: The hot seat with C.E. Sikkenga, Grand Haven (Michigan) H.S.; Style help: Spelling continued