Journalism Education Association Certifies 28 Jostens Yearbook Sales Representative

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Second year of certification program brings total of Jostens accredited reps to 46.

Jostens, the Minneapolis-based leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content, announced that 28 of its yearbook sales representatives have earned the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) designation of Certified Journalism Educators (CJE). The newly certified group joins an elite group of 18 other Jostens sales representatives, bringing the company’s CJE total to an industry-leading 46.

The designation allows certified yearbook representatives to partner with educators to enhance students’ experience in developing Common Core and 21st century skills.

Jostens has endorsed the JEA’s rigorous accreditation process as part of its 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.

"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,” said Kelly Furnas, JEA executive director. “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."

The newly certified Jostens CJEs are: Jason Baronowski, Aaron Lynon, Alex Intihar, Alison Klopp, Andrea Highsmith, Audra Eckert, B. Paul Gray, Benjamin Wade, Beth Olson, Brad Golub, Chad Ragland, Ched Chase, Donny Boyd, Eric Howard, Ericka Metevier, James Dumont, Jay Hall, John Bumgarner, Kelly Testament, Lauren Logsdon, Moir (Hank) Whitaker, Natasha C Durham, Philip Page, Sherri Ann Loney, William Straub, Donna Magana, Kari Whisler, and Stephanie Clark.

For more information about how Jostens CJEs can partner with schools and educators to provide Common Core and 21st Century Skills, visit Jostens at the JEA Convention in San Diego, April 10 – 13, 2014 in booth numbers 15 and 33.

The JEA is 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.

Founded in 1897, Jostens has produced school yearbooks for more than 60 years. Schools rely on Jostens and their local Jostens representatives to provide a combination of journalism education and technology tools to deliver a learning experience that helps students develop skills in journalism, photography, writing and design, leadership and business, while creating the permanent record of the school year.

About Jostens

Minneapolis-based Jostens provides products, programs and services that help people celebrate moments that matter. The company's products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics and personal care sampling and packaging, and educational and trade publishing segments.

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