Lunch with the JEA President

11 a.m.–12:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7
Application deadline: Oct. 16.

JEA President Mark Newton, MJE

JEA President Mark Newton, MJE

This two-hour activity at the convention will give student journalists a chance to meet with JEA President Mark Newton, MJE, for a personal interview in a press conference environment. The honor gives students an opportunity to practice journalism, report on the state of the Journalism Education Association and scholastic journalism in general, and share ideas or agenda items coming from their own student media programs to be heard by the president. It’s a multi-way conversation, a special event and another way to provide students a meaningful experience practicing their craft.

Up to 10 selected students will meet 11 a.m.–12:50 p.m. Friday for the press conference and lunch. They’ll produce a piece based on the interview (story as a minimum, either online or in print, but preferably it will have multiple components such as photo/audio/video). JEA will promote the finished pieces on the JEA website, social media and Listserv so their work is seen by a wide audience.

Selection: Students may apply individually or with one partner from their school, and the event will be set up like a press conference. JEA leaders will select 10 students to participate (solo or in pairs, but 10 total) based on their answers to two essay questions on the online application. Students will be notified by Oct. 17.

Click here to apply online.

Questions? Contact JEA Vice President Sarah Nichols at