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Teacher of the Year

National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year Program

The best media teachers and advisers in the country are invited to apply for the Dow Jones News Fund's 2014 Journalism Teacher Awards program. The top recipient in the competition will be named National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and accept the honor in November at the National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C.  Download the application form below or here.

Mr. Streisel of Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind., the 2013 Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, advises the award-winning HiLite and Acumen newsmagazines and website.
Jim Streisel speaking in Boston
Jim Streisel accepts his 2013 Teacher of the Year Award in Boston and invites other teachers to become "Rock Stars." Photo by Bradley Wilson

He is spending the year advocating for high school journalism teachers and media programs. He was honored at the National High School Journalism Convention in Boston with seven other outstanding media educators -- four Distinguished Advisers and three Special Recognition Advisers.    
The Distinguished Advisers are Jason Wallestad, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Jonathan Rogers, City High School, Iowa City, Iowa; Charla Harris, Pleasant Grove High School, Texarkana, Texas, and Matthew Schott, Francis Howell Central High School, Cottleville, Mo. The Special Recognition Advisers are Michele Dunaway, Francis Howell High School, St. Charles, Mo.; Derek Smith, Renton High School, Renton, Wash., and Ana Rosenthal, The Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas.
The Fund has selected 55 Teachers of the Year since 1960.

How to Apply

The program identifies outstanding high school journalism teachers with at least three years' experience who have done exemplary work in the previous academic year. While others (including students) can submit nomination letters for a teacher, the application form must be completed by the teacher. Teachers are asked to confine their responses to a total of five typed pages. No more than three letters of support may be submitted along with the application, in addition to an updated resume, a high-resolution headshot of the teacher and six copies of two editions of newspapers or newsmagazines or printouts of web-only editions published during the current school year. Submissions for the 2014 Teacher of the Year Awards program must be postmarked no later than July 9, 2014. Click here to download the form.

Program Benefits
The teacher addresses the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, American Society of News Editors, and college journalism educators. The winning teacher receives a laptop computer, travel and lodging expenses, a per diem for substitute teacher fees and writes a quarterly column for the Fund's newspaper, Adviser Update. The winner will also receive free webinars from the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A senior student at the winning teacher's school will receive a $1,000 scholarship to study journalism based on their performance in a writing contest held at their school. A student at each Distinguished Adviser's school will receive a $500 scholarship as well. The Teacher of theYear and Distinguished Advisers receive free subscriptions to The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition.

Selection Process
An advisory panel made up of a newspaper editor, the current Teacher of the Year, leaders of scholastic journalism organizations, the chair of the scholastic journalism division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the senior projects director for the American Society of News Editors and Fund staff confers to select the honored teachers. They weigh each teacher's service in journalism organizations, personal and publication awards, quality of their students and of the school newspaper, newsmagazine or online publication, their philosophy and approach to student press rights and ethics.

The teacher with the highest score is selected Teacher of the Year, the four teachers with the next highest scores are named Distinguished Advisers. Special Recognition Advisers are chosen for their good showing against the criteria. All applicants are notified of their status in the competition in September.

Winning teachers are guests of the Fund at the Advisers' Luncheon at the JEA/NSPA convention each November. They also attend the editors and college educators conventions.

The Teacher of the Year program is co-sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and The Wall Street Journal.

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