Faculty and Staff
The 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.
The 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.
Alan 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, CJE, has been teaching and advising for the past 13 years. She currently teaches journalism, photojournalism and darkroom photography, and advises the Hamilton Southeastern High School Sceptre yearbook in Fishers, Ind. She graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University in 1997 and was the 1997 Arbutus editor-in-chief.
She stays busy by working on her 90-year-old bungalow in Broad Ripple (Indianapolis) and entertaining her 4-year-old Weimaraner. On the side, she shoots weddings and portraits and cannot resist a purple flower.
Susie 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, 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.
Recently 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 is the journalism adviser at Richmond High School, where he has 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 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.
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 and will continue to do that for the 2014-15 school year.
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.
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 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 just completed his 18th year of advising student publications, his 15th year as newspaper and yearbook adviser at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Ind. Lang received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Indiana University and his master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast, and has just completed his administrative leadership license.
He is a former president of the Indiana High School Press Association and has worked in some capacity at HSJI for more than 20 summers. 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, 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, Ind., and 1998-2008 at Franklin (Ind.) Community High School, 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 has worked as a high school counselor at Emmerich Manual High School in Indianapolis since July 2012.
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.
After 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 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.
Denise Roberts has advised yearbook, newspaper, Web page, magazine and broadcast staffs for the past 25 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 20 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 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 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 Iraq, Brazil and Greece.
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 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.
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Sean Abbott, BAJ’07, studied journalism and secondary education at Indiana University. While at IU, he worked in various positions for the Indiana Daily Student. He also volunteered with Indiana University Student Television, and he worked for the school’s visual communications lab.After five years of teaching English and journalism at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, Abbott decided to pursue an advanced degree through Ball State University’s digital storytelling program. He has just finished his second year on campus and is working on finishing his creative thesis, which is an interactive narrative for a point-and-click adventure computer game.
At the beginning of the summer, Abbott moved to Chicago, where he is looking for work in the field of educational media. This is his 10th year with HSJI.
Allison 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 will be a senior in the fall reporting for the IDS. This will be her second year working for HSJI. After graduation, she looks forward to career opportunities fulfilling her passion to write.
Tatiana DeWitt is a sophomore at Indiana University pursuing a degree in secondary English and journalism education. DeWitt attended HSJI workshops for newspaper and yearbook during her junior and senior years of high school.At IU, she is a member of the philanthropy committee on Independent Council for Women and is a member of the social media staff for IU’s Labyrinth Literary Magazine.
Starting in the fall, she will volunteer with the Bloomington Writing Project.
DeWitt said she considers attending HSJI as one of her fondest memories from high school. As a counselor, she looks forward to contributing to that same rewarding experience for the next group of HSJI students.
Holly Hays is a senior at Indiana University majoring in journalism and Spanish linguistics with minors in history and Latino Studies. She attended HSJI workshops for yearbook in 2010 and 2011, and was editor-in-chief of her high school’s yearbook for 2011-12.
At IU, she has worked in various positions within the Indiana Daily Student newsroom and will be working as editor-in-chief for summer 2015. As an Ernie Pyle Scholar, she has traveled to Chicago, St. Petersburg, Florida, and London, England, where she worked as an editorial intern at Morris Visitor Communications. She will serve as editor-in-chief of the Arbutus yearbook for the 2015-16 school year.
As someone who loves the journalism department deeply, Hays said she can’t wait to share her love of all things IU Journalism with the next group of HSJI students.
Katelyn Rowe is a junior at Indiana University majoring in American Studies and journalism with concentrations in graphic design and photography. She attended HSJI workshops in 2012 for yearbook and served as managing editor of the Floyd Central Bartizan yearbook.
At IU, she has worked with the IDS for two years and has held various positions, including design chief and art director. She has been a member of the IU chapter of Society for News Design and attended conferences in Louisville and Washington, D.C.
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Hailing 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.
McLemore attended many journalism workshops at Ball State University and Franklin College as well as national conventions in Seattle and San Francisco during her time as a high school journalist. 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.
A fifth year doctoral student at the IU School of Journalism, Katrina Overby is an Indianapolis native who received her bachelor’s degree in mass communications and broadcast journalism from Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., in 2009, and a master’s degree in media management from Oklahoma State University in 2011.
She has presented research at several institutions and conferences and has taught a variety of courses at the journalism school. Her research interests include the history of African American women in television and film, history of black film promotion and advertising, and race and gender in sports media. She is involved on campus as a graduate adviser for the Black Student Union and as a graduate assistant at the Black Film Center andArchive. She is a former IU Emissary for Diversity.
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