Faculty and Staff

Teresa White

terwhite-mug-100-wideThe director of HSJI is Teresa White, faculty at the Indiana University School of Journalism. She taught high school journalism and English for 23 years in Indiana, plus served as an HSJI faculty member for 21 summers. Her connection to the institute began in 1979, when she attended HSJI as a student journalist. Questions? Email White at terwhite@indiana.edu.

Linda Johnson

linda-johnson-mugThe administrative services coordinator of HSJI is Linda J. Johnson. Linda coordinates the registration process for the High School Journalism Institute summer program, as well as manages details pertaining to revenue collection, housing, meals, purchasing supplies and HSJI finances. She also submits employment paperwork necessary to hire HSJI instructors, counselors and staff. Linda has been with the university since 1982 and with the institute since 1987. If you have any questions pertaining to registering for HSJI, send her an email at ljjohnso@indiana.edu.

Faculty Bios

Alan Bates

Bates,-AlanAlan Bates teaches AP English, video announcements/broadcast journalism and coaches the debate team at Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his B.A. in political science from Miami University, Ohio, before getting an M.A. in journalism and English education from Ohio State University. He is the television news coordinator/instructor for two sessions this summer for HSJI.

Meredith Bledsoe

Bledsoe,-MeredithMeredith Bledsoe, CJE, taught and advised publications for 18 years. She left education in 2015, and currently freelances and teaches at the Indianapolis Art Center. She graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University and was the Indiana University Arbutus editor-in-chief. She completed internships with Indianapolis Monthly and The Indianapolis Star.

Susie Coleman

coleman-webSusie Coleman is an assistant principal and student activities director at Greenfield-Central High School. She taught yearbook, newspaper and journalism for 16 years before going to administration. She previously taught at other high schools, such as Portage and Columbus North, and she taught at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, for a year.Coleman received her B.A. in journalism, English and education from Indiana University, and her M.S. in secondary education administration from Purdue University-Calumet. This summer, Coleman will work with students as well as advisers while at HSJI.

“I am excited to be working with students and advisers and helping them improve their skills, which will also transfer to improving their publications,” she says. “I love high school journalism and want to remain as active as I can with students and advisers in growing their programs.”

Julie Elston

Elston,-Julie-100Julie Elston, a graduate of Indiana University, advises newspaper, and teaches journalism and honors English at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind. An adviser for 23 years, she is the Indiana High School Press Association’s 2013 Adviser of the Year as well as Crown Point Education Association’s Crystal Bell teacher of the year.

Elston is an at-large board member and a past-president of the Indiana High School Press Association. Inklings, the CPHS newspaper, has been recognized as a Hoosier Star, NSPA Pacemaker, CSPA Silver Crown, and a Quill and Scroll George H. Gallup publication and her students have been recognized as Indiana’s Journalist of the Year, runner up, and finalists.

Mike Frazier

Frazier,-MikeRecently retired as publications adviser for 30 years at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, Ind., Mike Frazier’s yearbook staffs won 14 consecutive NSPA All-American yearbook awards, CSPA’s Silver and Gold Crowns, five NSPA’s Pacemaker and seven Pacemaker Finalist awards. They also won seven Indiana High School Press Association “Hoosier Star” awards for best yearbook in Indiana for schools under 1,100 students. In 1999, Hanover Central’s CyberCat staff was the first in the nation to publish its news exclusively online.

In 1999, Frazier was honored with the Milken National Educator Award, just one year after he was selected for the Journalism Education Association’s Distinguished Adviser of the Year award. In 2001, he was honored with the IHSPA Ellen Sengenberger Award as Outstanding Adviser of the Year.

Other professional activities include curriculum development for a journalism website, authoring a variety of scholastic articles and other special projects. He speaks at many regional, state and national workshops and conventions, and served for 12 years on the IHSPA Executive Board.

Jeff Gabbard

gabbard-100Jeff Gabbard is the journalism adviser at Richmond High School, where he teaches newspaper, yearbook, beginning journalism and photography classes. He also is a photography instructor at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Gabbard has travelled throughout the United States on assignment for various magazines and action photography companies.

He is a 1986 graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism education and recently completed his master’s degree in technology integration.

In 1986, his yearbook staff was one of the first in the country to totally produce a yearbook using the “new” technology of desktop publishing on a Macintosh computer.  His staffs are consistent award winners in scholastic journalism competitions.

Diana Hadley

diana-hadley-100Diana Hadley is executive director of the Indiana High School Press Association, an organization that serves advisers and students by providing a variety of resources to help them with their high school publications. She will continue to lead IHSPA through 2016-17.

Because IHSPA is located at Franklin College, Hadley also has the opportunity to teach classes. She has taught professional development/media ethics for the Pulliam School of Journalism for the last few years.

She taught high school journalism and advised publications/broadcast for 33 years before she became part of the IHSPA staff in 2004.

Hadley has taught in some capacity at HSJI for many years. She always looks forward to the opportunity to work with the HSJI staff and outstanding students from across the country as they give up precious summer time to make their publications the best they can be.

Lori Henson

Henson,-LoriLori Henson, PhD’13 (IU journalism)  is assistant professor in journalism at Indiana State University. Her research is on religion, politics and American media culture.

She is a former newspaper reporter who covered agriculture, business and general news in Terre Haute, Ind., Savannah, Ga., and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

She began teaching at HSJI as an IU graduate student in 2006. She teaches reporting, editing and multimedia journalism. She said she enjoys spending each summer working with students at HSJI, some of whom have turned up in her college classes years later.

She lives in Terre Haute with her two dogs, who are ill-behaved but adorable, she says.

Dean Hume

Hume,-Dean-mug-shot-webDean Hume has been teaching high school or college-level journalism classes and advising subsequent publications for 34 years. A former reporter and columnist for various daily and weekly papers, Hume currently teaches Journalism I, II and III honors-level journalism classes at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio. He is in his 23nd year advising Spark, a perennial Gold Crown, Gallup, Pacemaker and JEA National Best of Show winner as well as a two-time SPJ student Publication of the Year.

Hume is a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Advisor, a U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Recognition winner, an Ashland Oil Educator Achievement winner, a Texas Journalism Education Association “Trailblazer” recipient, a Lakota Schools District Educator of Excellence winner and a NOSPA Hall of Fame Advisor.

Hume also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism at Northern Kentucky University. When not coaching his son’s baseball team, Hume teaches at journalism workshops and state conventions.

Jim Lang

LANG-PHOTO(1)Jim Lang just completed his 23rd year of advising student publications, his 20th year as newspaper adviser at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Indiana. Lang received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Indiana University, his master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast, and his master’s-plus-30 hours in administrative leadership from IUS.

He is a former president of the Indiana High School Press Association and has worked in some capacity at HSJI since 1990. He also teaches multimedia journalism at IU Southeast. He was a co-recipient of the Ella Sengenberger Adviser of the Year award in 2006 and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser in 2007.

This summer, Lang wants his editors and advisers to understand their roles as leaders in their schools, and to realize how empowering and essential scholastic journalism is to a school community. He also wants them to publish quality journalism and learn how to expand readership of their print and Web publications while on the IU campus.

Carmen Mann-Lynch


Carmen Mann-Lynch, MJE, taught high school and advised both the yearbook and newspaper for 13 years. She spent her first three years of teaching at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana, then taught at Franklin (Indiana) Community High School from 1998 to 2008, where she was Teacher of the Year for the school corporation in 2002.

Mann-Lynch earned a master’s degree in school counseling at IUPUI in May 2012 and worked as a high school counselor at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis from July 2012 to July 2015. She currently serves as a school counselor and director of school counseling at Hauser Junior Senior High School in Hope, Indiana.

Mann-Lynch is a past president of the Indiana High School Press Association and a former regional director for the Journalism Education Association. She also served as the director of Crossroads, a Ball State University publication, and as the director of the IHSPA Sampler, the best of Indiana High School Press.

Her students have won numerous awards. Her biggest honor was meeting Ethel Kennedy in 2002 when her student was the only high school print winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Mann-Lynch continues to judge publications for various scholastic associations.

Janet McKinney

McKinney-mugAfter 41 years of teaching journalism, photography and English, and advising yearbook, newspaper and literary magazine, Janet McKinney retired from daily work in the classroom but not from journalism education. As an independent yearbook consultant, she works with high school yearbook advisers and staffs to improve the overall quality of the final product and to improve marketing of the yearbook.

While judging for seven different state organizations and three national critique services, she continues to update suggestions to student journalists to practice the best in 21st century student publications.

Recognizing her decades of advising students to achieve individual and staff awards, the Journalism Education Association presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to McKinney. During her tenure, yearbook and newspaper staff members earned national awards including Gold Medalist, Silver Crown, All-American and Pacemaker.

Although a speaker at state and national conventions, her favorite experience is working with students at HSJI and serving all journalists as the yearbook coordinator. Currently, she is updating materials and samples from all yearbook companies for HSJI yearbook editors and staff members.

A member of the JEA Press Rights Commission, she received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Indiana University.

Greg Mosley

Mosley,-GregGreg Mosley teaches English and journalism at Brown County High School and at Ivy Tech Community College. He earned his B.S. in education and M.A. in journalism from Indiana University. Currently, he is earning his doctorate in ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. This summer, he will teach graphic design.

“As we become a society that increasingly relies on images instead of words, design has become increasingly more important as a part of the message,” he said.

Terry Nelson

terry-nelson-webTerry Nelson teaches Reporting I and II, and Investigative Reporting at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, in addition to co-sponsoring the university’s Society of Professional Journalists student chapter.

Nelson is a 35-year veteran of teaching high school journalism and advising both newspaper and yearbook publications at Yorktown, Blackford and Muncie Central high schools. She has been awarded many honors, including Dow Jones Newspaper Fund’s National Journalism Teacher of the Year; USA Today’s national USA All-Teacher, first team; and the Sengenberger Adviser of the year award. She is a recipient of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Key, National Student Press Association Pioneer Award and Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has served on the board of directors for the Student Press Law Center and was secretary of Journalism Education Association and vice president Columbia Scholastic Press Advisers Association. She has served as an officer for the Indiana High School Press Association.

Nelson believes her students have a responsibility to hone their journalism skills and have the courage to speak out and be the voice for their peers.

Sam Riche

HSJI-sam-riche-webSam Riche is an award-winning multimedia journalist who worked for several news organizations as a photojournalist before transitioning to video and other forms of visual storytelling.

A Brown County native, Riche attended HSJI, then earned a journalism degree at IU, where he worked as a photojournalist for the Indiana Daily Student and Arbutus yearbook. He was a photographer for several newspapers and has freelanced for clients such as The New York Times, Associated Press and USA Today.

Riche now is IU Health’s visual media coordinator, where he leads efforts to tell patient and health care worker stories through photography, video and multimedia.

Denise Roberts

Roberts,-DeniseDenise Roberts has advised yearbook, newspaper, Web page, magazine and broadcast staffs for the past 26 years. She taught at IUPUI School of Journalism for several years and has taught at HSJI for 15 years.

Her forte has been launching and revitalizing scholastic journalism programs, including overcoming an inherited debt of $24,000 at Greenwood High School, where she has taught for the past 21 years.

Roberts’ students have earned Indiana Student Journalist of the Year and runner-up recognition, Hoosier Stars, Harvey Awards, Pacemakers and national convention Best of Show awards.

Meanwhile, she has earned her Master Journalism Educator from the Journalism Education Association and her master’s degree in educational leadership through IU. Although a licensed principal, this 2000 Indiana Journalism Teacher of the Year has opted to stay in the classroom doing what she loves: teaching.

Robert Scheer

scheer-webRobert Scheer works as a visual journalist at The Indianapolis Star. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Northern California, he earned his B.S. in biology and became a full-time photojournalist in 1994, working in his native California before joining the Star in 1998. His work has taken him throughout North America as well as Iraq, Brazil and Greece.

Scheer most recently won several awards from the Indiana News Photographers Association, including first and second place in multimedia, second place in spot and second place in feature.

An early-adopter of multimedia, he attended the Platypus Workshop in 2007 and has advanced training in video, sound and editing.Scheer enjoys keeping fit, wine writing and watching roller derby in his spare time. He will teach one session of multimedia this summer.

Tony Willis

willis-webTony Willis advises the Megaphone newspaper and Cathedran yearbook at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis. Previously, he advised the student newspaper at Jeffersonville High School and at Carmel High School, where his students earned Gold Crown, Pacemaker and Hoosier Star honors.

He was named the 1988 Indiana Teacher of the Year and the 1992 Indiana Publications Adviser of the Year. Willis has taught summer journalism workshops and classes for both students and teachers at Indiana University, Ball State University, Franklin College and the University of South Carolina.

Willis earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and a master’s in secondary education from Indiana University. He also is a 2008 graduate of the National Staff Development Council Leadership Academy.


Counselor Bios

Allison Chaplin

Chaplin,-Allison-webAllison Chaplin is a Bloomington native pursuing undergraduate degrees in both journalism and Spanish. Prior to being editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, Chaplin attended HSJI as a student. Since then, her writing has been published in one of Bloomington’s local newspapers, The Herald-Times and the university’s student-run Indiana Daily Student.

Chaplin graduated from IU this past spring. This is her third year working for HSJI. After graduation, she looks forward to career opportunities fulfilling her passion to write.

Tatiana DeWitt

dewittTatiana DeWitt is a junior pursuing a degree in elementary education with license additions in computer education and English as a new language. DeWitt has worked as a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student and served as the copy chief for the Arbutus yearbook in 2015-16.

DeWitt attended HSJI twice during high school for both newspaper and yearbook and will return as a floor counselor for a second summer. She says being a counselor has been one of the most rewarding experiences she has had at IU, and she looks forward to working with the next group of HSJI students.

William DeWitt

will dewittPursuing a degree in sport communication (print), senior Will DeWitt has had a passion for sports writing since he served on his high school newspaper staff. This enthusiasm led DeWitt to attend HSJI and ultimately helped him in his decision to attend Indiana University.

During his time at IU, DeWitt has been involved with media organizations on and off campus. He has worked as a sports broadcaster for the student radio station WIUX 99.1 and also served as a writer for IU Athletics.

Currently, DeWitt is the managing producer for the Assembly Call, an IU men’s basketball postgame show. Working for the Assembly Call inspired DeWitt to start his own postgame show, Da Bears Brothers, where he shares his love of the Chicago Bears with passionate fans around the world.

Alanna Heath

alanna heathAlanna Heath is a senior pursuing a degree in secondary education with licenses in English and Journalism. Alanna attended HSJI in high school for yearbook before being the editor-in-chief of the publication.

At IU, Alanna started out in the School of Journalism as a Media Scholar but says she decided to change her major to education after having some wonderful experiences working with students. This is Alanna’s first year working for HSJI but she is very excited to be a part of the counselor team and work with this year’s students.

Jordan Klobusnik

klobusnik-webJordan Klobusnik teaches English, journalism and photojournalism at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, Indiana.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in sport communication from Indiana University in 2013 with a certificate in journalism.  He enrolled in the Transition to Teaching program at IU upon graduation and received teaching licenses in Secondary English Education and Journalism Education.

Klobusnik recently completed his first year as the adviser of the Sceptre yearbook and co-adviser of the school newspaper.

Sara Miller

saramiller-webSara Miller is an Evansville native and junior Ernie Pyle Scholar. She is pursuing a journalism degree with a specialization in Public Relations and a second concentration in International Studies. She has previously interned with the Bloomington Herald-Times and copy edited Tom and Kelley French’s upcoming book, Juniper: The girl who was born too soon. She spent the first half of the summer in London interning with the press team of Muscular Dystrophy UK before returning to the states to work for HSJI.

Kacey Ross

kacey_rossFirst-time counselor Kacey Ross is a senior at Indiana University pursuing a degree in journalism and film studies. She was editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and attended HSJI as a student.

At IU, Ross has worked in audio journalism, and her work has aired on WFIU, Bloomington’s NPR affiliate, community radio WFHB and through IU’s American Student Radio.

Ross will return to IU in the fall to work with American Student Radio as social media editor and as a producer. After graduation, she hopes to produce work for NPR.

Stu Summerville

stu summervilleStu Summerville is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and a 2016 graduate from the IU Media School with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a minor in Sociology. He is on his way to further his education at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in Los Angeles, California.

In high school, he was a member of three varsity sports teams and the secretary of his senior class. While at Indiana University, he was a member of the Big Ten Student U broadcasting program and the advertising  club. This is his first year participating with the High School Journalism Institute.


Lab Assistants

Carter Barrett

carter-barrett-webHailing from Fishers, Indiana, Carter Barrett is a freshman at Indiana University majoring in journalism with focuses in enterprise journalism and multimedia storytelling. In high school, she spent four years on the yearbook staff and two years as an editor. She attended HSJI twice and loved the experience that helped her make the decision to attend to IU. Carter’s dream job is to work for NPR in Chicago.

Grace Kaforski

grace kaforskiGrace Kaforski will be a senior at IU this fall, finishing out my SPEA Management degree along with a certificate in journalism. In high school, shewas yearbook editor-in-chief for two years and attended HSJI. She met other awesome student journalists, gained new skills, and had a blast – so now she’s returning for a second year to give students an experience as great as her! She said she can’t wait to meet everyone.

Gabby McLemore


Gabrielle McLemore is a junior at Indiana University majoring in journalism and education. McLemore currently is an intern with communications and marketing at the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. This summer will be her second as a lab assistant with HSJI.

She was editor-in-chief of Columbus North High School’s magazine and website during her junior and senior years, as well as director for the school’s broadcast staff. Being involved in the journalism department was McLemore’s favorite part of high school, and she looks forward to sharing her love of communications with current high school students.

Courtney Robb

robb-webCourtney Robb is a junior at Indiana University pursuing an undergraduate degree in journalism with a concentration in kinesiology and specializing in sports broadcasting.

In high school, she was a member of the speech team competing under the radio-speaking category and participated in a weeklong writing festival for satirical writing. During her time at IU, Robb has worked for the sports desk at the Indiana Daily Student covering both women’s tennis and women’s volleyball beats. Currently, she is a broadcaster for Big Ten Network’s Student U program.

Andrea Vega

andreavegayudica-webAndrea Vega is a sophomore at IU studying Journalism with a minor in Chinese. She has lived abroad almost her entire life and enjoys to photograph her travels.

Jamie Zega

jamiezega-web3Jamie Zega is a junior Ernie Pyle Scholar from Dyer, Indiana. At IU, she is double majoring in journalism and history. She has served as a copy chief for the Indiana Daily Student and will serve as the page one editor for the IDS this fall. She was Lake Central High School’s online editor-in-chief and a finalist for Indiana High School Journalist of the Year. She attended numerous workshops and conventions nationwide, which solidified her decision to major in journalism. This is her first year of HSJI, and she’s excited to share her high school and college experience with students.