One of the greatest things you can do for yourself as an adviser is become a member of a professional scholastic journalism organization.
Journalism Education Association
As a member of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), you will be granted access to an invaluable journalism curriculum. What I have on this website pales in comparison to the vastness of the curriculum the JEA curriculum leaders have gathered together. So that you can see what I mean, here’s a screen show of their News Gathering curriculum. As you can see, it’s broken down into modules for you to select whatever pace works best for YOUR curriculum. The eight-week module has six total units!
Membership to JEA is $60 annually, and worth every penny.
National Scholastic Press Association
The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) is an organization that provides training programs, critique services, educational materials and opportunities for students and advisers around the country to network with one another. There are two membership levels: Level One ($109) and Level Two ($189). Do yourself a favor and go for the Level Two; you will receive a year-end critique that is an amazing teaching tool for your students. To download a registration form, click here.
Together, these organizations run two national conventions, one in the fall and one in the spring. Attending one of these conventions is the best professional development you’ll get as a journalism adviser.
At some point, you may need help more locally. Know that almost every state in the union has a JEA State Director that would be more than happy to help you out and/or point you in the direction of your state’s local press association or advisers’ association.
To find your JEA State Director, click here.