Since the spring of 1998, for the last 14 years, I have had the honor of editing the magazine for the national Journalism Education Association — Communication: Journalism Education Today. But to be realistic, as with any project of this magnitude, this isn’t a one-person show. People like Connie Fulkerson and Howard Spanogle have been instrumental to the magazine’s success almost since day one.
Of course, people like Linda Puntney and H.L. Hall, who was on the magazine’s first editorial board back in 1967 and who appointed me as editor back in 1997, have helped to ensure the magazine’s success.
But the real credit for the success of the magazine has to go to the contributors. There have been 234 major authors and 433 other contributors along with countless students who have contributed photographs, cartoons, stories and designs for the magazine in the last decade. When people flip through the magazine, that is now four-color from cover to cover, it’s the work of those contributors they see. And when they ask for reprints it’s because of the quality work of those reporters, writers, photographers, designers and advisers.
The magazine has a budget of more than $30,000. Now, about one-third of that is funded through advertising sales by Pam Boller in the Manhattan, Kan., office. The other two-thirds comes from membership dues. And JEA members repeatedly support the magazine not only by contributing but through their comments, feedback and requests for reprints. Indeed, they cite it as one of the primary benefits of JEA membership.
The magazine has certainly provided coverage on demand from the association’s 2,800 members, including features on everything from Newsies to how to choose a college. We have certainly covered topics of discussion in the industry from bidding the yearbook to the values of critique services. And we cover topics of interest to JEA leadership from diversity to mentoring to certification to media law.
So, I thought it would be fun to compile all the covers of the last 56 issues into the slideshow above. It’s just a neat way to look back at some of the cool stuff the association is doing. Enjoy.