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MISSION
The Texas Association of Journalism Educators will be a network of classroom teachers, experienced educators, industry professionals and friends of scholastic journalism. In the service of Texas journalism teachers, TAJE’s goal is to provide resources, advocacy and mentorship to our membership.

OBJECTIVES
• To establish a support system for Texas journalism instructors.
• To emphasize and teach responsible and ethical journalism and to
be a catalyst for lessons in freedom of expression and democracy.
• To impart an understanding of the development and purpose of
journalism in our schools.
• To provide its members with experiences and information to
develop the qualities and attributes basic to successful teaching of
journalism and directing of publications.
• To provide information on new developments, trends, practices and
standards to raise the quality of school publications.
• To work with the Texas Education Agency and the State Board of
Education to establish professional criteria for journalism education.

RESOURCES
www.taje.org
facebook.com/TAJE
@TxAJE
@TxAJE

WHAT WE DO

• Access to network of classroom leaders and mentors to help build a strong scholastic journalism community.
• Advocates for Texas journalism teachers with state agencies.
• The Fall Fiesta convention is hosted annually* in October. At the convention, activities include instructional sessions for students and teachers, on-site critiques and competitions.
• TAJE recognizes teachers, administrators and professionals who make significant contributions to scholastic journalism. The Pathfinder Award honors journalism educators with seven years or less experience. The Trailblazer Award honors people who set trends and shape Texas journalism. The Texas Treasure honors retired teachers who have made significant contributions to scholastic journalism. The Friend of Journalism Award recognizes professionals and others who support the scholastic journalism community. The Administrator of the Year Award honors campus leadership who supports the journalism educational experience.
• The Texas High School Journalist of the Year competition honors a graduating senior with the $1,500 Bill Taylor Memorial Scholarship. The Texas JOY is entered in the Journalism Education Association’s national competition.
• TAJE awards four additional $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors, six summer workshop scholarships to students and summer workshop scholarships to teachers.
• Contests to honor and recognize student work.

Volunteer Opportunities
• Proctor, judge a contest at Fall Fiesta convention
• Present a session at Fall Fiesta convention
• Judge Best in Texas contest
• Mentor other advisers
• Run for Regional Representative or Executive Board (two-year terms)
• Special committees on an as-needed basis
• Share experience and lesson ideas on TAJE website

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