TAJE Mentor Program

TAJE Mentor Program

TAJE appreciates the challenges of advising a publication and therefore wants to support new and even experienced advisers with their journalism programs through mentorship.

Formal Mentoring Program:

TAJE has partnered with JEA to offer a formal mentoring program to members.

Who is this for / who should participate?
● new advisers (with 1-3 years experience)
● advisers with little or no additional journalism staff on their faculty

Individuals interested in being a mentee should contact the Mentor Program chair, Patrick Johnson, at mentoring@jea.org. Per JEA, further specifications for a mentee include:

  • Be the newly assigned media adviser on campus
  • Have little or no experience with journalism or advising
  • Be willing to commit to two years of mentoring.
  • Be open to receiving suggestions, support, guidance, and constructive criticism
  • Have true commitment to the mentoring program
  • Establish professional goals with assistance from mentor
  • Be willing to take risks, ask questions, and try new ideas
  • Establish open communication and honor confidentiality
  • Be determined to remain in a journalism position and improve the quality of the media being advised

For those looking to become a JEA mentor, here’s how you can do it:

  • Fill out this form: https://forms.gle/TUE5cpBhLMV6F61y9
  • Once your information is received and reviewed, you will receive an email about whether you have been selected to be trained as a mentor.
  • After you have been selected, you will be enrolled in the online mentor training course. The training timeline is flexible, so mentors can sign up at any time.

  • Complete the training and congrats, you’re a mentor!

Teaching Resources: (coming in Fall 2019)
TAJE has compiled a comprehensive list of reference sources and websites that offer materials for journalism educators. The list includes other scholastic journalism organizations, some of which require membership in order to access the materials.

Who is this for / who should participate?
● advisers at any stage in their teaching career, looking for teaching resources
● advisers with little or no additional journalism staff on their faculty

Note: The list of resources is by no means a complete list, but rather a starting point for new or experienced advisers to consult when looking for curriculum or planning resources.


TAJE Pen Pal: (coming in 2020)

The TAJE Pen Pal program pairs advisers with different levels of experience and encourages them to communicate with one another monthly and/or more frequently as issues arise.

Who is this for/ who should participate:

  • Any adviser with any level of experience looking to grow/improve their program
  • An adviser with a specific question related to curriculum or teaching journalism or in a pinch about curriculum or resource related issues;
  • An adviser who prefers a more one-on-one sort of situation than a facebook group.

Note: Advisers who participate are not expected to share lessons and resources, just ideas and communication.