Todd Vogts, of Sterling High School, has achieved Certified Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Vogts was honored April 18 at the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention in Denver, Colo. Journalism certification recognizes teachers who meet national standards of preparation to teach high school journalism classes and advise student media.
Vogts joins a growing number of teachers who realize journalism is an academic subject requiring a qualified instructor. This honor recognizes Vogts as such an educator.
Certification requirements include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications law and publications advising, or passing an examination that demonstrates the educator’s proficiency in those areas.
JEA, a nonprofit organization, encourages professional standards for journalism programs and student publication. It provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and sponsors workshops, contests and publications to promote and recognize excellence in student media.