Tracey Yates of Buffalo Island Central High School has achieved Certified Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Yates was honored April 18 at the spring JEA/NSPA national convention in Phoenix.
Journalism certification recognizes teachers who meet nationals standards of preparation to teach high school journalism classes and advise student media.
Yates joins a growing number of teachers who realize journalism is an academic subject requiring a qualified instructor. This honor recognizes Yates as such an educator.
Certification requirements include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications law, and publications advising, or passing an examination, which demonstrates the educator's proficiency in those areas.
Yates will also be included in the next JEA CJE/MJE Directory. Copies of the current directory are available from JEA Headquarters.
JEA, a nonprofit organization, encourages professional standards for journalism programs and student publications. It provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and sponsors workshops, contests and publications to promote and recognize excellence in student media.