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Journalism Education Database

According to research in the Journalism Education Committee’s recent publication, Still Captive? History, Law and the Teaching of High School Journalism, many high school journalism programs report they receive very little help, if any, from local professionals or area universities.

SPJ has the ability to correct this. Share your professional expertise with a new generation of student journalists through web-based videoconferences. Have a phone conversation with a high school teacher and offer some of your successful teaching techniques. Reach out to an area middle school and volunteer to be a classroom guest.

The Journalism Education Database provides an opportunity for all SPJ members and local chapters to volunteer their expertise in helping strengthen America’s elementary, middle and high school journalism programs.

If you would like to participate in this important new project, send your contact information and a bulleted list of your expertise to the Journalism Education Committee at spjeducation@spj.org.

Anthony Adornato

Ithaca College

Areas of expertise:
– TV news reporting
– Mobile and social media journalism

Matthew Bird-Meyer

University of Central Missouri

Areas of expertise:
– Student publication advising
– Community, public affairs, and court reporting
– Editing
– Photojournalism

Candace Perkins Bowen

Kent State University
330-672-8297 and cbowen@kent.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Scholastic media
– Student free speech issues

John Bowen
Kent State University

Areas of expertise:
– Student free expression issues (law and ethics)
– Writing and reporting
– Scholastic Media

Janna Braun
San Diego Mesa College

Areas of expertise:
– Student media advising
– Sports media
– Social media
– WordPress

Rick Brunson

University of Central Florida

Areas of expertise:
– Reporting
– Sports
– Mobile journalism
– Editing

Lynsi Burton

Areas of expertise:
– Breaking news and crime reporting
– News and features reporting
– Digital journalism
– Small town/community reporting

Butler Cain

University of North Alabama
256-765-4260 and bcain@wtamu.edu

Areas of expertise:
– American media history
– Multimedia journalism
– International journalism
– Media writing and production

Adam Chiara

University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, and Middlesex Community College

Areas of expertise:
– Journalism
– New media
– Social media

Meredith Cummings

University of Alabama
205-348-2772 and mccummings1@ua.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Social media
– News and magazine writing
– Editing

George L. Daniels

University of Alabama

Areas of expertise:
– Multiplatform reporting
– Diversity in journalism and media

Michele Day

Northern Kentucky University

Areas of expertise:
– Student media advising

Marsha Ducey

The College at Brockport (SUNY)
585-395-5835 and mducey@brockport.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Media law
– Freedom of Information
– Student press
– Web design
– Social media

Jennifer Ellis

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Areas of expertise:
– Writing
– Design
– Special Sections

Cristy Fajardo
KCBS/KCAL Los Angeles

Areas of expertise:
– General assignment reporting
– Investigative reporting
– Political reporting
– Fluent in Spanish

Kym Fox

Texas State University
512-245-3484 and kfox@txstate.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Open records and open meetings
– News writing
– Social media

Eddye Gallagher

Tarrant County College

Areas of expertise:
– Writing
– Reporting
– Editing
– Advising student newspapers

Jill Gibson
Amarillo College

Areas of expertise:
– Video reporting
– Audio reporting
– Interactive teaching techniques
– Team building

Tom Johnson
Institute for Analytic Journalism  

Areas of expertise:
– Basic news writing
– Data journalism
– Copy editing
– Print and web design
– Especially interested in working with teachers and students in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Marta Lavandier

Associated Press — Florida

Areas of expertise:
– Photo Editing
– Journalism in Florida

Christiana Lilly

Areas of expertise:
– Magazine journalism

Mead Loop

Ithaca College

Areas of expertise:
– Fantasy Sports journalism

Anita Luera

Arizona State University

Areas of expertise:
– High school journalism
– Cronkite Journalism Program

Suzanne Lysak

Syracuse University
949-689-4115 and slysak@syr.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Ethics in broadcast journalism
– Local TV news management
– Social media policy in TV newsrooms
– Job profiles in TV news

Jimmy McCollum

Lipscomb University
615-966-5788 and jimmy.mccollum@lipscomb.edu

Areas of expertise:
– 21st Century Media
– Media History
– Multimedia Storytelling
– Broadcast and New Media

Mac McKerral

Western Kentucky University

Areas of expertise:
– Writing
– Editing
– Newsroom management
– Media law

Beatrice Motamedi
Global Student Square

Areas of expertise:
– Student advising
– Web design, editing and publishing
– Multimedia story packaging
– Global journalism
– Social media

Jean Norman

Weber State University

Areas of expertise:
– Writing
– Newspaper design
– Copy editing

Jordan Otero

Areas of expertise:
– News reporting
– Social media
– Newspapers

Lee Anne Peck

University of Northern Colorado

Areas of expertise:
– News writing
– Magazine writing
– Public Relations courses
– Media ethics

Kim Pewitt-Jones

University of Texas at Arlington

Areas of expertise:
– News
– Editorial journalism
– Journalism ethics
– Reporting

Chris Pollone
NBC News New York

Areas of expertise:
– General assignment news reporting techniques and best practices
– Sports anchoring and reporting
– Writing for TV & radio news 
– Freelancing in TV news
– Field Producing
– Broadcast news ethics

Ashley Porter

Pine Crest School — Florida

Areas of expertise:
– Television journalism
– Video production
– Teaching TV

Jane Primerano

Freelancer — New Jersey

Areas of expertise:
– Reporting
– Editing
– Photography

Pat Sanders

University North Alabama
256-765-4780 and pfsanders@una.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Audio and video production
– Writing
– Convergence
– Photography
– Social media, Analytics, Infographics
– Public speaking

Sara Schwartz

Areas of expertise:
– Editing
– Writing
– Applying for jobs and internships (cover letters, resumes, interviewing)
– Social media

Faith Sidlow

California State University, Fresno

Areas of expertise:
– Broadcast news
– Media law
– Copy editing
– Radio/TV

Sana Siwolop

St. John’s University

Areas of expertise:
– Being a smarter news consumer
– Writing basic news stories for print, online and broadcast
– Writing magazine-style feature stories
– History of American journalism
– New models for journalism storytelling
– Being an ethical reporter

Kevin Z. Smith
Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

Areas of expertise:
– Reporting/Editing
– Digital (mobile, social)
– Ethics
– Student media advising

Jeff South

Virginia Commonwealth University
804-827-0253 and jcsouth@vcu.edu

Areas of expertise:
– Data journalism and computer-assisted reporting
– Data visualization
– Political reporting
– Environmental reporting
– Journalism course design, including teaching online

Leticia Steffen

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Areas of expertise:
– Community/small-town journalism
– Women and journalism/media
– Feature writing

Rebecca Tallent

University of Idaho

Areas of expertise:
– Native American news media and Native laws concerning journalism
– Teaching journalism and Public Relations
– Teaching critical thinking

Lynn Walsh
NBC 7 San Diego

Areas of expertise:
– Investigative reporting
– TV news producing
– Multimedia journalism
– Social media
– Freedom of information

Peggy Watt

Western Washington University

Areas of expertise:
– Media law
– Access issues — including open meetings and public records
– Reporting
– Editing
– Publications advising
– Online issues (policies, SEO, trends)

Jack Zibluk

Southeast Missouri

Areas of expertise:
– Photography and photojournalism
– Multi-media design, production and storytelling
– Law, ethics, privacy and copyright
– International and travel reporting

Dori Zinn

Areas of expertise:
– Writing
– Editing
– Social media
– Online media

Stan Zoller
Lake Forest College

Areas of expertise:
– Scholastic media
– News Writing
– Press rights
– News literacy

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