A proposal from the Illinois Press Foundation and IPF Board of Directors member Linda Jones to house the state’s high school press association in the IPA/IPF Headquarters building has been accepted.
The Illinois Journalism Education Association Board of Directors voted unanimously on Feb. 23 to relocate its headquarters to the IPA/IPF office in Springfield, with Jones as IJEA’s new executive director.
The changes will take effect on June 1, 2019. The journalism department at Eastern Illinois University has served as IJEA headquarters since the organization’s founding in 1988, with James Tidwell serving as its first executive director. Tidwell was succeeded by Sally Renaud, also an IPF board member, in 2005.
“We are excited the IJEA will be headquartered in Springfield with Linda as its executive director, as this continues the strong partnership the IJEA and IPF has had over the decades,” Renaud said. “IPA/IPF, IJEA and Linda are dedicated to promoting and protecting free- expression through educational activities, which includes providing resources and training and recognizing excellence.”
Jones, a reporter and editor for 13 years and an associate professor of journalism at Roosevelt University in Chicago since 1992, joined the IJEA board in 2002. Jones has served as the executive director of Scholastic Press Association of Chicago since 1993.
“I love the prospect of professional journalists and the next generation of journalists working more closely together,” Jones said of the collaboration with IPA/IPF. “This is a great opportunity for all of us who treasure student journalism. And it’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of Sally Renaud, James Tidwell and Eastern Illinois University.”
The proposal includes collaborative projects and outreach between the two organizations, including workshops and expanding relationships between high school journalism programs and their area newspapers.