IJEA Conference

IJEA keynote 2022

IJEA Fall Conference 2022

The Illinois Journalism Education Association Conference has been helping to build skills and tenacity in high school journalists for generations.

September 16, 2022
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Illini Union | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


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IJEA program

Keynote Speaker John Fountain: 9:15-10:00 a.m.

"Make It Sing: Bringing Your Stories to Life," Illini Rooms B & C.

A native son of Chicago’s West Side, and formerly a national correspondent for the New York Times, John W. Fountain is an award-winning columnist, journalist, professor, publisher and author of True Vine: A Young Black Man’s Journey of Faith, Hope and Clarity; and Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood. A tenured full professor of journalism at Roosevelt University, he writes a weekly Sunday column for the Chicago Sun-Times. He just recently returned from a Fulbright experience in Ghana, as well.

Session 1: 10:15-11:00 a.m.
  • Getting Social: Tips for Promoting your Program on Social Media—Lori Mortland, Walsworth, Room 314 B

  • Editorial Leadership: Leading your Staff to Get the Job Done—Joelle Sexton, Herff-Jones, Room Hall B

  • IHSA State Journalism Competition; Rules and Procedures (ADVISERS ONLY)—Matt Troha, IHSA Asst. Executive Director, Room 211

  • “Lightning Ledes” to Grab your Reader—Jennifer Reiser, Washington Community HS, English Chair, Room 407

  • Building your High School Media Program—Dennis Brown, Huntley High School, Journalism Advisor, Room 210

  • Writing for Broadcast—Colleen King, Clinical Assistant Professor, Journalism. University of Illinois, Room 217

  • The Journey is More Important than the Destination, Don't Forget to Enjoy it—James Boyd, Journalist, The Athletic, Room 405

  • Fiction-writing Techniques for Objective Journalists—Chris Evans, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Newsroom, Illinois Public Media, Room 406

  • Audio Journalism—Stretch Ledford, Assistant Professor, Journalism, University of Illinois, Room 314 A
Session 2: 11:15-Noon

Publication Design Trends for 2023—Lori Mortland, Walsworth Room 314 B

Canva Design for Publication—Joelle Sexton, Herff-Jones, Room Hall B

Majoring in Journalism in College: What You Can Do to Prepare Now!—Kathryn Clark, College of Media Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services, Room 210

Find Your Voice—Amelia Mugavero, Reporter, Traffic Anchor Fox 2 News St. Louis, Missouri, Room 407

Journalism – The All-Access Adventure of a Lifetime—Andy Miller, News Director WCIA - 3 Champaign, Illinois, Room 217

Viking TV—Mark Cielsieski, Faculty Sponsor and Students, Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Room 405

Opinion-writing: Getting Beyond the Hot Take—Chris Evans, Clinical Assistant Professor. University of Illinois Newsroom, Illinois Public Media, Room 406

Photojournalism—Stretch Ledford, Assistant Professor Journalism, University of Illinois, Room 314 A

Lunch: Noon-1:15 p.m.

Students: Lunch is on your own. Lunchspots in basement of Illini Union or try Daniel or Green Street. Be sure to get permission from you Adviser to leave the Union. Don’t be shy about having lunch with students from other schools. After all, this conference is an opportunity to meet with your peers from around the state—strangers now, but people who just might be your college classmates in a year or two.

Advisers: Lunch is in Illini Room A. This is a chance to talk with your colleagues from other schools, as well as with session speakers. You can find out more about the Illinois Journalism Education Association, a network of high school advisers who might be able to help you as you go about the demanding task of advising and teaching the next generation of journalists. There is no charge, but advance registration is required. Check with Ken Erdey about extra meals.



Advisors: $20 attendance fee. Additional advisors attending who are from the same school (not district) are free. This includes an invitation to the Advisors Luncheon (for advisors only; students are on their own for lunch).

Students: $5 attendance fee. 

Bus Parking: $35 per bus. This includes mini-buses. Buses will drop off attendees at the Illini Union and then head to State Farm Center to park. There is no advance or reserved street parking for mini-buses. 

How to Pay: Please do NOT send money. Checks will be accepted at the registration table during check-in at the conference. Checks can be made out to Illinois Journalism Education Association. Register here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Kenneth Erdey
College of Media
Department of Journalism
Instructor/Tech Coordinator of Broadcast Operations
(217) 244-6276 - Office
(217) 390-5036 - Mobile