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COED Alumnus, Patrick Johnson, Honored as Certified Journalism Educator

Released: 10/17/11

Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson COED '11, will be among eight individuals nationally to be honored as Certified Journalism Educators by the Journalism Education Association for 2011.

This certification recognizes an individual's commitment to journalistic training and provides evidence of an individual's qualifications to remain in journalism education. It also recognizes journalism teaching and advising as an academic field worthy of professional status. Applicants for the certification typically complete an examination testing their skills against the National Standards for Journalism Educators.

Patrick Johnson is currently pursuing his master's degree in mass communication with an emphasis on media literacy and education. Once he has completed his degree, he hopes to return to a high school setting where he will be able to advocate for scholastic journalism and media education and teach students to be effective media producers, consumers, and advocates of the future.

The Journalism Education Association supports free and responsible scholastic journalism by providing resources and educational opportunities, by promoting professionalism, by encouraging and rewarding student excellence and teacher achievement, and by fostering an atmosphere which encompasses diversity yet builds unity.

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