|Pictured above are previous DJNF Teachers of the Year at the 2016 JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Indianapolis (L-R): John Bowen, Mitch Eden, Jim McGonnell, Dow Tate, Lori Keekley, Karl Grubaugh, Valerie Kibler, Candace Bowen, Jim Streisel, Robin Sawyer, Aaron Manfull, Ellen Austin. Photo by Bradley Wilson.|
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Dow Jones News Fund, the Poynter Institute and The Wall Street Journal will select one National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year based on their work during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Along with the Teacher of the Year, an additional eight (8) high school journalism teachers and media advisers will be named Distinguished Advisers and Special Recognition Advisers.
The National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year receives numerous honors, including:
- ♦ a plaque commemorating their achievement;
- ♦ an iPad tablet and Apple Pencil;
- ♦ admission to four slots at the CSPA Summer Workshop, in classes of their choice
The Teacher of the Year will participate in a virtual interview with CSPA executive director Edmund J. Sullivan, to be made available through the Association's media channels. The honoree will also join a select group of 60 teachers who have previously been honored with this premier achievement.
Distinguished Advisers receive:
- ♦ a plaque
- ♦ admission to two slots at the CSPA Summer Workshop, in classes of their choice
Special Recognition Advisers receive:
- ♦ a plaque;
- ♦ admission to one slot at the CSPA Summer Workshop, in a class of their choice
How to apply
CSPA has launched an online application to collect the information needed to select the National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Completion is requried by each candidate.
We seek those with at least three years’ experience, preferably from those who have been honored as lifetime achievement, state or regional winners by local, state and regional groups.
Current membership in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association is NOT a prerequisite for nomination or award.
Professional media and press associations are invited to forward candidates from their competitions. The nominee must complete the online application, which will ask for the electronic submission of the following:
- ♦ up to three (3) letters of support;
- ♦ an updated résumé; and
- ♦ a color head shot, sized to 120 x 120 pixels, uploaded as a JPEG or TIFF file
After submitting your application, we will ask you to send six (6) copies of your single best newspaper/newsmagazine issue from the 2020-2021 academic year to the CSPA office in New York City.
The deadline to apply for the 2022 Teacher of the Year is Friday, February 18, 2022.
The Dow Jones News Fund (DJNF) established the program in 1960 to select one outstanding high school media teacher or adviser each year as National Newspaper Teacher of the Year. Today, the award is referred to as the National Journalism Teacher of the Year and recognizes a high school educator who teaches innovative media techniques, mentors students to produce award-winning journalists and encourages students to consider media careers. Along with the Teacher of the Year, eight additional high school teachers and media advisers who go beyond the call of duty are selected as Distinguished Advisers and Special Recognition Advisers.
CSPA has been a valued co-sponsor of the program for decades, featuring the Teacher of the Year at an advisers luncheon during its Spring convention, providing accommodations, promoting the program and inviting honorees to present sessions. This is the third year that CSPA will take the lead role in promotion, selection and participation of the winners, with DJNF becoming a co-sponsor.