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2017 Instructors

All instructors and class teaching assignments are subject to change

Carlos Ayulo

Carlos Ayulo

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Santiago Carlos Ayulo is Assistant Managing Editor / Presentation for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has been at the Post-Dispatch for ten years. He has been the Sports Design Director and overall Design Director during his time with the P-D. Previously he was lead sports designer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Albuquerque Journal. Santiago served as a judge for the 30th edition of the Society for News Design annual competition in 2009. He and his staff have won several SND awards for the P-D. Santiago has collaborated in several journalism workshops including SND annual workshop sites, University of Missouri, Eastern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of New Mexico and Ohio University.

Media Now Drake: Design 

Ted Bryant

Ted Bryant

Chicago Fire Soccer Club (IL)

Ted Bryant is the Digital Media Coordinator at Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire Soccer Club. A proud alumnus of Aaron Manfull’s journalism program at Francis Howell North, his experience in the world of sports media since then has taken him from the athletic media relations office at the University of Missouri – where he graduated with a journalism degree in 2010 – to the communications department of the (former) St. Louis Rams, and on to one of the most storied franchises in the young history of Major League Soccer. There, Ted writes player features, co-produces club video content, oversees the club’s social media channels, and operates club web site. Ted believes strong stories are built through strong interviews and that developing a perspective is the hallmark of a great journalist.

Media Now Webster: Sports Reporting 

Mitch Eden

Mitch Eden

Kirkwood High School (MO)

Mitch Eden, MJE, advises The Kirkwood Call newspaper, Pioneer yearbook and thekirkwoodcall.com website at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, MO. He has been teaching scholastic journalism 20 years and loves working with passionate young people to help them become better people and better journalists while creating the best publications possible. Mitch was named the Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year in 2015.

Media Now Webster: Editorial Leadership
Media Now Drake: Editorial Leadership

Brenda Field

Brenda Field

Glenbrook South High School (IL)

Brenda Field, MJE, has been advising yearbook for the past 20 years. Her staff at Glenbrook South High School creates a nearly 500-page book that has been recognized by state and national press associations and has regularly earned NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Crowns. A Distinguished Yearbook Adviser, she serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Journalism Education Association and is also the JEA state director. Brenda was closely involved in the New Voices campaign that restored First Amendment rights to high school journalists in her state. She lives and breathes yearbook and loves every aspect of working with students, both at home and at workshops as she watches each new vision come to life.

Media Now Drake: Yearbook

Ken Fuson

Ken Fuson

Formerly of The Sun in Baltimore & the Des Moines Register (IA)

Ken Fuson grew up in Granger, Iowa, and knew from the time he was a sophomore in high school that he wanted to be a newspaper reporter. That year, he began covering sports for the Woodward (IA) Enterprise, for which he was paid $1.50 an hour. He attended the University of Missouri’s Journalism School, and in 1978 began work for the Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune. In 1981, he landed his dream job, a reporting position on The Des Moines Register, where he stayed until 1995. He left for three years at The Sun in Baltimore, then returned to the Register in 1999. He left again in 2008 to writing the book, Heading for Home, and in 2011 began work as a writer in the marketing department at Simpson College. Fuson won more than 40 national and state writing awards during his newspaper days, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Ernie Pyle feature writing award, the National Headliner Award, and the Best of Gannett Distinguished Writing Award (five times). He has been a frequent speaker at newspaper writing conferences and newspapers throughout the country.

Media Now Webster: Writing Advanced
Media Now Drake: Writing

Gary Hairlson

Gary Hairlson

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Gary Hairlson has been the video director for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/stltoday.com since 2006 and has overseen newsroom video training and daily video coverage. After joining the Post-Dispatch’s photo staff in 1999, he has worked as a picture editor, assignments editor and assistant director of photography. Before joining the Post-Dispatch, he’s worked as a photo editor at the Pensacola (FL) News Journal and The Jackson (TN) Sun and as the University Photographer at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.  He got his start while in high school working part time for his hometown newspaper The Henderson (KY) Gleaner. He has been the Photo Director for the Western Kentucky University Xposure Journalism Workshop and last fall received WKU’s top award for his work teaching high school students during the two-week workshop each Summer since 1982.

Media Now Webster: Photo Essentials

Marina Hendricks

Marina Hendricks

University of Missouri School of Journalism

Marina Hendricks is a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is a certified journalism educator through the Journalism Education Association and a member of JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Committee. In a previous life, she was communications director at the Newspaper Association of America (now News Media Alliance). She also was founding editor of the FlipSide teen journalism program at her hometown newspaper, the Charleston Gazette-Mail in West Virginia. While working for a boutique advertising and public relations agency, she achieved two career highlights: playing a crash-test dummy to promote safety belt awareness and performing as a costumed cow in a television commercial for a car dealership. Although she is merely an adequate chili cook, Marina nevertheless served as chair of her hometown’s chili cook-off (a Hospice benefit event). She launched the cook-off’s 5-mile run to raise awareness of colorectal cancer.

Media Now Webster: Branding in Action (Advertising & PR)

Jordyn Kiel

Jordyn Kiel

Francis Howell North High School (MO)

Jordyn Kiel is in her second year of advising and teaching at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, MO. Along with advising the yearbook staff of 30, working to create a 320-page book, she teaches introductory journalism and photojournalism courses. She also works closely with co-adviser Aaron Manfull in advising digital content, including the program’s website. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in education and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in journalism education from Kent State University. Ripe in her career, Jordyn is inspired by the passion and creativity of her students and is proud to work with such driven young journalists and leaders on a daily basis.

Media Now Webster: Yearbook

Kelsey Kremer

Kelsey Kremer

The Des Moines Register (IA)

Kelsey Kremer is an Emmy award winning photojournalist for the Des Moines Register. She’s been on staff at the Register for almost four years covering everything from high school basketball to the Iowa Caucuses. Kremer is an Iowa native and 2013 graduate of Iowa State University. She got her first taste of journalism making photos for her high school paper, the Vinton-Shellsburg Viking Voice. Kremer has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Reginal Emmy twice and has won once. She received first place for best video in 2016 and first place for best sports photo in 2017 from the Iowa Newspaper Association’s annual Iowa Better Newspaper Contest. She is easily distracted by good video and can often be found looking for her next photo to post on Instagram.

Media Now Drake: Photo & Video Storytelling

Aaron Manfull

Aaron Manfull

Camp Co-Director, Francis Howell North High School (MO)

Aaron Manfull is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Teacher of the Year and has spent the last 18 years advising student media in Iowa and Missouri and for more than half of that time his students have been working online with digital media. Aaron currently advises media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, MO. In addition to his teaching and advising duties, Aaron serves as the Journalism Education Association’s Digital Media Chair, heading their site, JEADigitalMedia.org.
Aaron has taught numerous web design courses for students and advisers. The National Scholastic Press Association honored him with their Pioneer Award.

Media Now Webster: Advising Publications
Media Now Drake: Advising Publications

Odell Mitchell Jr.

Odell Mitchell Jr.

Formerly of the Florida Times-Union & St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Odell Mitchell Jr. became interested in photography at age 17 when an older brother brought back a camera from Vietnam. He’s been taking photographs ever since, working first as a staff photographer for the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and later as an award-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for twenty-four years. He now focuses on his freelance photography business and teaching. Odell, an East St. Louis native, graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. He lives in O’Fallon, Illinois with his wife Linda. They have two adult children, Aviva Jaye, a musician, who lives in Brooklyn, New York and Odell III, a law student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and graphic artist, who lives in Chicago with his wife Hilary.

Media Now Webster: Photo Advanced

Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols

Whitney High School (CA)

Currently in her 18th year advising, Nichols advises Whitney High Student Media (Details yearbook, The Roar newsmagazine and Whitney Update news website) in California, where her students have earned top honors such as NSPA Pacemakers and CSPA Crown awards. Nichols serves as vice president of the Journalism Education Association and is past president of the Journalism Education Association of Northern California as well as a member of its board of directors. She is certified as a Master Journalism Educator and serves on JEA’s Scholastic Press Rights Commission and Digital Media Committee. Nichols was recognized in 2011 as the Cal-JEC High School Journalism Teacher of the Year for California. She was named the 2010 National Yearbook Adviser of the Year and received a Medal of Merit from JEA as well as the Pioneer Award in 2008 from the National Scholastic Press Association. Her published works include a yearbook adviser curriculum for Jostens Publishing and the current edition of the NSPA Yearbook Guidebook. She also teaches Advising Yearbook, a graduate course for the Center for Scholastic Journalism’s online masters program at Kent State University.

Media Now Webster: Yearbook

Rachelle Peck

Rachelle Peck

Fox 2 News (MO)

Rachelle Peck is a morning news producer and multimedia journalist at Fox 2 News in St. Louis, MO. A native of Kentucky, she graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelors in Television Production/Journalism. While in Murray, she was the host and producer for the weekly television magazine show “Roundabout U.” Rachelle is passionate about working with students and teaching them how to shoot, edit, and write to video.

Media Now Webster: Advanced Video Storytelling & Editing 

Neil Ralston

Neil Ralston

Lindenwood University (MO)

Neil teachs journalism at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. He has been teaching journalism at the college level for more than 20 years. Neil has been active as a leader for the Society of Professional Journalists, the country’s largest broad-based journalism organization. For the last few years, he has served on the SPJ board of directors as the vice president for campus chapter affairs, and he serves as faculty adviser of the SPJ chapter at Lindenwood. Neil earned a Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s through the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Reporting at The Ohio State University. His bachelor’s degrees are from Northeast Missouri State University, now known as Truman State University.

Media Now Webster: Photo Essentials

Matt Rasgorshek

Matt Rasgorshek

Creighton Preparatory High School (NE)

Matt Rasgorshek is the journalism adviser at Creighton Prep in Omaha, NE. He has advised video and online publications that have received state, regional and national recognition.

Rasgorshek has been recognized as a Distinguished Broadcast Adviser of the year by the Journalism Education Association as well as as one of the country’s top journalism advisers by the Dow Jones News Fund.

Prior to teaching journalism, Matt worked behind the camera as a newscast director, producer, videographer and editor in local affiliates in Omaha and Phoenix. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running and playing golf.

Media Now Webster: Video Storytelling & Editing

Jonathan Rogers

Jonathan Rogers

Iowa City High School (IA)

Jonathan Rogers is an award-winning journalism adviser at Iowa City High School and was named Dow Jones’ Distinguished Adviser in 2013 and in 2015 as well as Iowa High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Jonathan speaks nationally at education and technology conferences on digital journalism, bringing student voice into all classes through blogging, using social media, powerful non-fiction writing, video storytelling, and producing excellence or awesome stories. Jonathan is a contributing writer for Media Shift, JEADigitalMedia.org, the English in Texas Journal and blogs about education on Medium. In a recent collaboration with Flipboard he worked to create the JEA Flipboard magazine.  The digital magazine and contest has reached thousands in its first year and published over one hundred award winning pieces of student journalism. Before teaching Jonathan was a sports writer, environmental writer, and college golfer at Missouri State.

Media Now Drake: Web & Social

Leslie Shipp

Leslie Shipp

Johnston High School (IA)

Starting as a delivery girl for her hometown newspaper in sixth grade, Leslie Shipp continues to love journalism. She advises Johnston (Iowa) High School’s “Dragon” yearbook and “Black and White” print and online editions, all of which have earned Crown and Pacemaker distinctions. Last year she was named a Dow Jones Distinguished Newspaper Adviser and a Special Recognition Yearbook Adviser. One of her passions is learning what students know and think about the First Amendment, and then trying to impress on them how important it is. She has also captained several adult tennis teams who earned bids to National tournaments played in nice, warm places like California.

Erica Smith

Erica Smith

Digital News Editor at the Virginian-Pilot (VA)

Comma splice slayer Erica Smith is the online editor and director of digital strategy at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. She’s worked for several newspapers, public radio and a digital news start-up. Erica’s collected awards from the Society for News Design, Society for Professional Journalists and two (yes, two) for best St. Louis Twitter account (@ericasmith). Erica collects typewriters, communicates via cat memes and eats M&Ms in Roy G. Biv order.

Media Now Webster: Social Media Strategy

Chris Snider

Chris Snider

Drake University (IA)

Chris Snider has spent his career telling stories in innovative and creative ways. He’s currently an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Chris had a journalism degree from the University of Iowa and an MBA from Drake University. He’s worked as a newspaper designer at the Baltimore Sun and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He moved to Des Moines in 2005 to start a weekly magazine for readers age 25-34 named Juice. Prior to joining Drake full-time, he worked as a assistant managing editor for digital innovation at the Des Moines Register. Chris teaches classes in social media, multimedia journalism and web design.

Media Now Webster: Design
Media Now Drake: Web & Social

Jim Streisel

Jim Streisel

Carmel High School (IN)

Jim Streisel, the 2013 Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, is the adviser of the Carmel (IN) High School HiLite newspaper and its website, www.hilite.org. Streisel has written two journalism textbooks, High School Journalism: A Practical Guide and Scholastic Web Journalism: Connecting with Readers in a Digital World. You can reach him at jstreise@ccs.k12.in.us.

Media Now Webster: Writing Essentials

Jason Wallestad

Jason Wallestad

Co-Founder of School Newspapers Online (MN)

Jason Wallestad is the adviser of the Knight Errant at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minn. He has been a student media adviser for 17 years and is a 2013 Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and the 2013 Minnesota Journalism Educator of the Year.

He is also the co-founder of School Newspapers Online, a company that specializes in helping college and high-school news staffs make the transition to online publishing.

Media Now Webster: Web – SNO Site

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Kate Manfull

Fierce Creative Agency

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Lydia Murphy

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