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Meet the Trainers

Fred Brown

Fred Brown was The Denver Post's Capitol Bureau chief when he took advantage of an early retirement offer in early 2002. He continues to write a Sunday editorial page column for The Post, and he also does political analysis for Denver's NBC television news affiliate and teaches journalism at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Brown is a graduate of Colorado State (1961) and Northwestern (1963) universities and a former national president of the Society of Professional Journalists.

He's very interested in journalism ethics. He was one of the authors of the 1996 revisions to SPJ's Code of Ethics and writes a monthly column on ethics for Quill.

Brown is an honor alumnus of Colorado State, an SDX national award winner for editorial writing, 2001 Colorado Newspaperperson of the Year and 2003 inductee into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. He is also on the boards of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and Colorado Public Radio.


Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Brigham Young University. He was a reporter and editor at the (Salt Lake City) Deseret News for 15 years covering everything from cops to Salt Lake City Hall to Salt Lake's bid for the Winter Olympics. He holds a master's degree from Ohio State University and bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. He teaches beginning newswriting and advanced reporting courses.

He is active in many First Amendment and Freedom of Information causes and is past president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and co-chair of SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee. He is legislative monitor for the Utah Press Association and has served as vice president of the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also served on the Utah Information Technology Commission and Utah Courts Committee on Court Records Access and Privacy. He is also a consultant to the Citizen Access Project at the University of Florida and served on a SPJ task force that reviewed student press freedom at Southern Utah University.

He is also interested in ethics and was asked to conduct an independent review the Salt Lake Tribune-National Enquirer incident where two reporters sold information to the tabloid.

He is the recipient of the Quintus B. Wilson Ethics Award, Roy B. Gibson Freedom of Information Award, and Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism Award from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He also received SPJ's national outstanding chapter member award.


Dave Carlson

Dave Carlson is the Cox/Palm Beach Post professor of journalism and director of the interactive media lab at University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. In addition to his presidential and academic duties, Carlson is a columnist for American Journalism Review magazine and has held numerous positions at the Gainesville Sun, including copy editor, restaurant critic, new media and design editor.

Carlson holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Drake University. He resides in Florida with his wife, Jeanne.


David Cuillier

David Cuillier, Ph.D., is director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, where he researches and teaches access to public records, and is co-author with Charles Davis of "The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records." He served as FOI chair 2007-11 before becoming a national officer and serving as SPJ president in 2013-14.

Before entering academia, he was a newspaper reporter and editor in the Pacific Northwest. He has testified before Congress on FOI issues twice and provides newsroom training in access on behalf of SPJ. His long-term goal is to see a unified coalition of journalism organizations fighting for press freedom and funded through an endowed FOI war chest.


Jeff Cutler

Jeff Cutler is a freelance journalist, social media trainer and content specialist who speaks regularly on content marketing, the use of social tools for journalists and businesses, and the best ways to brand your product, service or self. While he curates and writes for more than a dozen blogs, Jeff has written for NPR, The NY Post, Technology Review, Mobile Magazine, Gatehouse Media and more.

Jeff is on the professional development committee of the Society of Professional Journalists and performs multiple training sessions for them each year. He's also spoken at BlogWorld Expo, SXSW, various PodCamps, dozens of journalism conferences and content events. Jeff has keynoted the Cable Communicators of America annual conference and regularly appears on radio and television programs to provide insight into social media tools.

The most comprehensive way to see Jeff's world is by going to and looking at his events calendar and writing. You can connect to Jeff via social media channels using the links at the top of his website.


Charles Davis

Charles N. Davis serves as Executive Director of the Freedom of Information Center at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is an associate professor in the News-Editorial Department.

Davis teaches a graduate course, Controls of Information, Journalism & Democracy, a capstone course for news-editorial students, and the school's introductory course, Principles of American Journalism. He has taught courses in reporting, editing, media law and investigative journalism.

Davis worked for nearly 10 years as a journalist after his graduation from North Georgia College, working for newspapers, magazines and a news service in Georgia, Florida and Ireland. As a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for financial publications, Davis reported from the US on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism to complete a masters degree from the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and to earn a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida. He continues to write for business and legal publications and a wide variety of journalism periodicals.

Davis conducts scholarly research on access to governmental information and new media law, including jurisdictional issues, intellectual property and on-line libel. His first edited book, Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age, was published in 2001 by Iowa State University Press. Davis has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching in 2001 from the University of Missouri. He currently serves as chair of the Editorial Department in the School of Journalism.


Victoria Lim

Nicknamed the "Queen of Convergence," Victoria Lim became an award-winning multi-platform, multimedia reporter before anyone even knew what that was... or would become.

You can read, watch and surf Victoria's stories covering personal finance to education, sports to pets. Victoria's reports from Haiti earned an Emmy nomination during her time at Bright House Sports Network, a 24-hour regional sports cable channel serving central Florida. Prior to joining BHSN, Victoria served as the senior consumer investigative reporter for WFLA-TV, the Tampa Tribune and, where she pioneered convergence journalism. Her reporting earned more than two dozen honors including an Emmy, an Associated Press Individual Achievement award and being named Florida "Journalist of the Year" by the Society of Professional Journalists.

She's taught communications, news writing, and multimedia reporting at the University of Tampa, University of South Florida, and the highly regarded University of Missouri Journalism School. Her alma mater, Temple University, honored Victoria with induction into its journalism hall of fame, the Lew Klein Award. Victoria provides newsroom training to journalism professionals nationally and internationally.


Jeff South

Jeff South joined the faculty of the VCU School of Mass Communications in August 1997 after more than 20 years as a newspaper editor and reporter.

He specializes in teaching computer-assisted reporting: how journalists can use computers to gather and analyze information. South also teaches students how to present news on the Internet.

South received his bachelor's degree in journalism in 1974 from the University of Texas, graduating with high honors. He has worked on daily papers in Austin, Dallas and Lubbock, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Norfolk, Va.

From 1989 to mid-1997, South worked at the Austin American-Statesman - first as state editor, then as database editor. In the latter capacity, he directed the paper's efforts at online research and data analysis. He also created an intranet for the newsroom and assisted in putting the newspaper online.

While serving as database editor, South developed a class in computer-assisted reporting at the University of Texas. He has done CAR seminars for the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., and other groups.

He has written for the American Journalism Review, the Online Journalism Review, Quill and other journalism publications about how newspapers can take advantage of the Internet.


Deb Wenger

Deb Halpern Wenger worked in newsrooms for nearly two decades before becoming an associate professor at the University of Mississippi. Prior to her academic appointments, Deb served as assistant news director at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Fla. She started her career as a small town newspaper reporter in western North Dakota. From there, she took a job as a reporter/anchor at KXJB in Fargo, N.D., moved on to producing at WBBH in Ft. Myers, Fla. and WMUR in Manchester, N.H. then became executive producer at WSOC in Charlotte, N.C.

Wenger conducts multimedia training in newsrooms around the country and is coauthor of the broadcast and online journalism curricula for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Newsroom Training Program. She has been invited to work as visiting faculty for The Poynter Institute and has been a part of the Committee of Concerned Journalists Traveling Curriculum through the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Wenger is co-author of a journalism textbook, “Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World” and her website can be found at



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