CJE of Jostens Yearbooks
511 Linda Lane
Cabot, AR 72023
As a former high school and college editor, I know what it takes to produce an outstanding yearbook! I understand it can truly be a challenge juggling your family activities along with the duties of producing a yearbook. Having been a Jostens representative since 2001, I have the expertise to train you and your staff in the latest yearbook technology and ensure you stay in budget while teaching your students the journalism and marketing skills they need for college!
You may have noticed that I now have three additional letters (CJE) after my name on this website. I thought this might be a good place to tell everyone about those three little letters—how I earned them and why I am proud they follow my name.
CJE stands for Certified Journalism Educator. That means that I, as well as other Jostens reps from around the country, have taken part in the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) rigorous accreditation process as part of Jostens formal sales representative training program. Earning the certification requires weeks of preparation and passing a three-hour exam focusing on journalistic writing and editing, graphics and design, legal and ethical considerations, fiscal management, leadership training, conflict resolution and more.
Here’s what it means to the JEA from its executive director, Kelly Furnas: “Certification from the Journalism Education Association helps signify the top performers in our profession—those individuals who are not only great educators but great journalists, too. I think it speaks volumes about a yearbook company that would make this level of excellence a standard for its representatives who interact with classrooms.”
If you are not familiar with the JEA, they are the largest scholastic journalism organization, with 2,500 members consisting of journalism teachers and publication advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and departments of journalism. I am proud to be a part of this organization and to have been one of the first yearbook reps certified by them as a Journalism Educator.