I'm the only yearbook rep in the U.S. who has earned a Master Journalism Educator certification from the Journalism Education Association. I advised journalism, yearbook and newspaper for eight years before joining Walsworth.
Prior to becoming a journalism teacher, I worked as a photojournalist at the Wichita Eagle for five years. I started on yearbook staff as a freshman in high school, and I bring a passion for helping students tell the story of the year to each one of my customer schools.
I believe that yearbook is one of the most important classes in the school. Not only does yearbook help students hone skills like communication, teamwork, meeting deadlines, writing photography and design, but it also is the only organization in the school that captures the school's history for years to come. Yearbooks are always the thing people go to when looking for images and information about a school community, and they will be there forever.
Congratulations are in order for Leland Mallett, CJE, of Legacy High School, who was recently named one of five journalism educator recipients of the 2019 Journalism Education Association (JEA) Medal of Merit.
This prestigious award is reserved for “JEA members who have made significant contributions to scholastic journalism."
Leland will be honored at the upcoming JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21-24.
When I found out Jill was my new rep, I was ecstatic. She's an amazing photographer and designer. She knows the business and the education side. She's tech-savvy. She's a problem solver.
I like working with a company, a yearbook rep, and a customer service rep, who know my school, my kids and me. They can look at our coverage, our design, and though it might not work at every school, they know what will fly within my community. I have multiple people within Walsworth to ask about an issue, and know that they are all willing to help. My first stop will be to Jill Chittum.