Harrisonville High School journalism teacher Brad Lewis has been elected the president of the Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City organization for the 2013-14 school year.
Lewis is in his sixth year at HHS teaching introduction to multimedia journalism, photojournalism, newspaper, yearbook, and WCN (broadcast journalism). Prior to teaching at HHS, he completed his student teaching and a long-term substitute contract at Blue Valley West High School. He is also an adjunct professor at Avila University. Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University and his teaching certification from Avila. He has earned his certification as a Certified Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association.
The Journalism Educators of Metro Kansas City is an organization made up of journalism educators from high schools both in and around the metro Kansas City area. JEMKC serves as a collaborative group offering support to other journalism educators around the area. JEMKC also offers awards and scholarships to current high school journalism students throughout the metro area.
Every April, the organization holds the annual JEMKC Awards Ceremony honoring outstanding work of area high school students in the categories of newspaper, news magazine, yearbook, and broadcast. Several high school journalists are also honored for their overall work in within their high school journalism career in writing, photography and editorial leadership.
Lewis’ main responsibilities as president will be to oversee all executive board meetings, look for ways to grow and expand the organization and to work with the vice-president and secretary/treasurer on membership drives and the annual spring contest.