The Organized Adviser

About The Community

A compliment to Existing Resources

Not just lesson plans, Experiences

There are SO many great resources to help journalism advisers in terms of lesson plans.

This website is a little different than that, so as to not duplicate those sites. (RUN to become a member of JEA for their curriculum and take a look at the organizations listed in the footer – they will be huge helps to you!)

This website aims to be a community of scholastic journalism advisers, regardless of publisher, where we can share and find resources for all aspects of what goes into being an adviser. Lesson plans, yes, but also downloadable and editable forms, organizational tools, discussion boards, classroom organization/setup, classroom management techniques for production based classes, email templates, instructional videos, etc. Basically a one-stop-shop on how to adviser from an experiential perspective. Those teachers out there doing this thing, in the trenches with you.

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MISSION: To serve as a community for scholastic journalism advisers to share stories, offer and receive advice, and share resources.

When I started advising and teaching, I hadn’t even presented in front of a group of people for several years, and NEVER taught anyone anything – let alone a production-based class!

And, journalism teachers are usually singletons on their campus, having little to no PLC except for maybe other journalism teachers in their district. Luckily I found many other advisers to be super helpful and was able to gather lots of online resources.

Although these resources and support were readily available, everything was still so scattered and messy. It took A LONG TIME for me to synthesize the information and figure out how to make it work for my campus and staff. There are so many great advisers out there doing amazing things that work really well – no need to reinvent the wheel!

Facebook groups are also a huge help, as advisers can ask questions and sometimes get hundreds of responses. Most of the time, these resources are then emailed, which is a logistic nightmare, having to copy and paste email addresses from a comment. Additionally, because the resources are sent one-to-one and aren’t housed in a central location, questions are asked multiple times, and old responses are invalid if the giving adviser is no longer in the group (or the profession). 

This website aims to be the “home” for that type of information sharing. You can post a resource, then share the link directly. Quick and easy – because we ain’t got time for anything more! We have publication to advise! 😉

Just a journalism teacher who knew how to make a website

Meet Katie

I am Katie Moreno, and I was a journalism adviser since January 2014-May 2019 near Houston, Texas.

I was on the yearbook staff in middle and high school and absolutely loved it. I went to the University of Houston and graduated with a BS in Digital Media. I freelanced for a while doing graphic and web design, online marketing and photography but realized I wanted a more stable income (student loans #amirite), so I got an office job doing marketing for a national homebuilder. That position was awesome but I felt that needed more human interaction than cubicle-life offered, so I looked into teaching. It just so happened that a long-term sub position was available so I jumped on it.

Mind you, this was in January – midway through the school year. If you’ve never advised a yearbook before and you’ve found this site in an effort for some help, my first piece of advice would be that a yearbook is just that – a BOOK that takes the entire YEAR to create. So, needless to say, starting in January was certainly a challenge. But, I loved it and went onto become a certified teacher and spent five years in the classroom.

While my season in teaching has come to an end, following incidents regarding administration censorship, I am more passionate than ever to build a community for scholastic journalism advisers. My experience only fueled that passion even more, as it was a clear example that there is a grave misunderstanding regarding the journalism industry in today’s society, and that starts in a high school classroom. 

A little bit about me personally… because the details are important! 🙂

My husband and I are high school sweethearts – so he’s literally only ever known me as a yearbook geek. Haha! We got married in 2011, and live in Katy, Texas.

You’ll find me sippin’ unsweet iced tea or coffee all day long, I always have my nails painted, and my favorite color is hot pink. Bonus points if it’s pink glitter.

I love photography and find it not only a fantastic hobby, but also a nifty little side business that doubles as therapy. There’s something about capturing life’s little moments that just makes my heart happy. I also looooove planning and lettering. Which sounds weird, but I promised it’s the only way I keep my life together. However, it does contribute to a rather large collection of swanky pens and cute washi tape. I’m not even sorry about it. 😉