CCJH Newsletter, Teacher and Class Options Lauded

Davis to extend teaching talents to AJHS, as well

Good news came in threes for Apache Junction Unified School District’s journalism program.

First, Cactus Canyon Junior High School’s online newspaper, The Canyon Chronicle, won a Silver Crown award, and the paper’s staff received a Gold Medalist certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Crowns are among the top awards for student journalism. The Chronicle was the only winner in the Middle School Digital News category.

The second item of good news is Jason Davis, a teacher at CCJH and advisor for the school’s publications, achieved Certified Journalism Educator status from the Journalism Education Association (JEA). Davis will be honored Nov. 3, 2018, at the JEA/NSPA Fall National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Davis received a letter from the JEA that read, “Journalism certification recognizes teachers who meet national standards of preparation to teach high school journalism classes and advise student media.” Journalism certification requirements for educators include earning college credit in news reporting and writing, communications, law and publication advising, demonstrating the educator’s proficiency in those areas.

Thirdly, an entry level journalism class will be offered at Apache Junction High School in the 2018-2019 school year. Davis will be teaching the class, which will include: writing, photography, design and some ethics/law/First Amendment studies. Davis will continue to teach journalism at CCJH, as well.

Photo above: CCJH Journalism teacher Jason Davis will be honored at convention; extending program to AJHS

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