National 2012 Journalism Teacher Of The Year Ellen Austin to keynote Fall Press Day


Ellen Austin, MJE, is the director of journalism at The Harker School in San Jose, Calif. She previously taught  journalism and AP Literature at Palo Alto H.S., which received a First Amendment Press Freedom Award in 2011.

Austin is entering her sixth year at Paly, where she is among several teachers guiding a 500-plus-student media arts program, which produces an array of publications and broadcasts, including newspaper, magazine, video and Web.

Austin advised the Viking sports magazine and website, which earned Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Crowns, as well as numerous awards from the National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association as well as co-advised INfocus, which produced the daily broadcast news program.

Austin was recruited to Paly in 2007 from St. Paul Academy in St. Paul, Minn., where she taught for three years. Prior to that, she taught for five years at Cannon Falls High School in Cannon Falls, Minn., where she helped to start a student newspaper.

She earned a bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Illinois at Champaign and a master’s in secondary English from the University of Minnesota.

Austin chairs the Student Press Law Center steering committee, serves on the JEA Northern California board, and served as a Journalism Education Association regional director and board member  from 2008 to 2011.

She received JEA’s Rising Star Award in 2006, was named the 2011 California Journalism Education Coalition Journalism Teacher of the year, and is the Dow Jones News Fund 2012 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. She spent four weeks this past summer as a National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient studying Chaucer’s life and works in London.

About Ellen Austin from her blog

Blog Posts by Ellen Austin

Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Press Release announcing her selectionas 2012 Journalism Teacher of the Year