Outreach Academy

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Limit 25.
Apply online by March 15.

Outreach Academy is a Journalism Education Association initiative to promote diversity in the journalism teaching profession. The Outreach Academy is a free, intensive seminar for publication advisers who need help teaching and advising students in journalism while dealing with issues surrounding diversity.

The program is hands-on and focuses on practical information advisers need. It includes discussions on teaching journalism to diverse populations, diversifying school coverage, engaging your staff and school community and understanding the resources and organizations ready to help advisers. This program is committed to helping all advisers, especially advisers of color who are underrepresented in nine-12 education, who work in challenging circumstances, including 1) have five years or fewer advising experience and 2) teach in schools traditionally underrepresented in JEA membership, especially low-income, urban and rural schools.

The Outreach Academy is led by Anthony Whitten, scholastic journalism outreach coordinator at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and executive director of Northwest Scholastic Press.

Participants who are accepted to the Outreach Academy and attend the Thursday workshop earn the following benefits, in addition to the instruction received at the workshop:

  • Up to $100 in substitute pay to the participant’s school for the Thursday workshop.
  • One-day parking reimbursement for the Thursday workshop.
  • One year’s membership to the Journalism Education Association.
  • Waived registration fee to the Seattle National High School Journalism Convention, courtesy of JEA and NSPA.
  • Waived registration fee to the 2017 JEA Advisers Institute.