John Bumgarner C.J.E. of Jostens Yearbooks
4976 Soundview Drive
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
A little bit about John and what he believes about yearbook.
John has been serving schools in the Lowcountry of SC since July, 1997, but John started working on yearbooks in 7th grade (yes, that long ago) and has been working in the yearbook world ever since, including time as an editor and two years as a high school yearbook adviser.
John has extensive training in all areas of yearbook production ranging from design, journalism, marketing and selling to desktop publishing and Photoshop. He has devoted his career to being the best possible resource for his advisers, staffs and schools.
John and his team seek to provide unequalled service and quality to their schools. They also are invested in maintaining and growing the yearbook tradition and empowering students to tap into their creativity. They have a passion for yearbooks and for students.
John also serves as a member of the Jostens Masters Communication Team and works closely with all the departments within Jostens to shape the direction of the yearbook business. He also is a trainer in the only Business Academy in the yearbook industry at Jostens.
John lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC with his wife, Elizabeth, and his three children, Will, Andy, and Samantha. When not working with schools, John spends his time coaching his kids.
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.