Bill Straub CJE
of Jostens Yearbooks
580 West Main Street
Trappe, PA 19426
Serving the schools of the Philadelphia area since 1997. It has truly been an honor, a privilege, a joy, and an abundantly educational experience.
I am thankful for the folks who trust me to help them partner in their unique publishing projects, year after year. The best part of my service, is the service I provide our customers.
I am the proud & grateful father to 3 wonderful children - Jack, Colin, and Juli. I'm also a devoted St. Joe's alum, avid drummer, music lover, home gardener, and all around yearbook nerd.
In February 2015, I proudly earned my CJE (Certified Journalism Educator). My professional accolades include: Jostens Leadership Award (bestowed by peers), the Chairman's Club, and the PSPA Friend of Student Journalism Award. However, my most cherished recognition is the collection of thank you notes and endorsements from our customers. These are the most satisfying forms of recognition for me.
Bill's plant consultant in State College is Micah Martin.
You can reach Micah by phone at 800-322-9725 x6790
You may have noticed that I now have three additional letters (CJE) after my name on this newsletter. I thought this might be a good place to tell everyone about those three little letters—how I earned them and why I am proud they follow my name.
CJE stands for Certified Journalism Educator. That means that I, as well as other Jostens reps from around the country, have taken part in the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) rigorous accreditation process as part of Jostens formal sales representative training program. Earning the certification requires weeks of preparation and passing a three-hour exam focusing on journalistic writing and editing, graphics and design, legal and ethical considerations, fiscal management, leadership training, conflict resolution and more.
Here’s what it means to the JEA from its executive director, Kelly Furnas: “Certification from the Journalism Education Association helps signify the top performers in our profession—those individuals who are not only great educators but great journalists, too. I think it speaks volumes about a yearbook company that would make this level of excellence a standard for its representatives who interact with classrooms.”
If you are not familiar with the JEA, they are the largest scholastic journalism organization, with 2,500 members consisting of journalism teachers and publication advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and departments of journalism. I am proud to be a part of this organization and to have been one of the first yearbook reps certified by them as a Journalism Educator.