Indiana University

High School Journalism Institute

Faculty & Staff

whiteThe 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? E-mail White.
johnsonThe 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 e-mail.

HSJI Summer Faculty/Staff

Faculty Bios

Alan Bates

Alan Bates

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

Meredith Bledsoe

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

Susie Coleman

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, La., 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 teach the adviser practicum.
"I am excited to be working with advisers and helping them improve their skills, which will also transfer to improving their publications,” she says. “The fun part of this course will be seeing all the interesting angles the students decide to pursue for their projects. While I will miss the daily interaction with the high school students, I am excited to be working with these awesome advisers."

Julie Elston

elston 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.

Mike Frazier

Mike Frazier

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

Jeff Gabbard

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

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.

Lori Henson


Lori Henson, Ph.D., is a journalism lecturer 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


Dean Hume has been teaching high school or college-level journalism classes and advising subsequent publications for 32 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 22nd 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 served as an adjunct professor at the School of Journalism at Kent State University. When not coaching his son’s baseball team, Hume teaches at journalism workshops and state conventions.

Jim Lang

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

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, 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 started out on the high school yearbook staff when she was 14. She earned a master’s degree in school counseling at IUPUI. During the year, she substitute teaches at Whiteland (Ind.) Community High School and interns in the guidance office.
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.

Terry McCartin

Terry McCartin

In 1995, Terry McCartin was named the Indiana High School Teacher of the Year in journalism. He taught at Silver Creek High School for 30 years and consistently produced award-winning yearbooks and newspapers.
In 2000, he retired from 33 years of teaching English and journalism. He traveled the world, living in Mexico for more than two years.
He now resides in Indianapolis and works for the Indianapolis Public Schools assisting special needs students. "Mr. Terry," as his students call him, has been teaching at the High School Journalism Institute for 22 summers.
“I really enjoy helping students at HSJI,” he said, “because they are all self-motivated and very interested in producing great publications.”

Janet McKinney


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 the 2013 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

Greg Mosley

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.

Terry Nelson

Terry Nelson, former journalism teacher and publications adviser for the award-winning Munsonian newspaper and Magician yearbook at Muncie Central High School, will teach newspaper section editors.

Nelson, a 33-year veteran of advising publications, is proud of her students' work and especially of their commitment to excellence. She said there is nothing more important than preserving free, diverse student voices in the school newspaper. To do so effectively requires journalism education, good work ethic, curiosity and the intention to help create a real newspaper. Student staff members must learn to tell the stories of real people and events through fair, balanced and thorough reporting.
Nelson was named the Dow Jones National Journalism Teacher of the Year and was a member of the USA Today's Teaching Team. She recently served on the board of directors for the Student Press Law Center. She teaches in the educational studies department at Ball State University.

Dan Niles

Entering his 38th year as a journalism educator on the secondary and collegiate levels, Dan Niles is a former Indiana Journalism Teacher of the Year, a past president of the Indiana High School Press Association, and past president of the Indiana University School of Journalism Alumni Association.
A newspaper and yearbook judge of various national journalism contests and rating services, he is well known as an excellent workshop instructor and speaker at conferences. A 35+ years veteran of HSJI, he teaches various graduate courses for teachers during the teacher workshops. Majoring in journalism and English, Niles earned his B.S. in 1972 and M.S. in 1976, both from IU.
“I want to continue the Institute’s tradition of providing top notch instruction in an invigorating learning environment where individual needs are foremost,” he said.

Denise Roberts

Denise Roberts

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.

Tony Willis

tony willis

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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Counselor Bios

Sean Abbott

Sean Abbott

Sean Abbott, B.A.J. '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.

Abbott now has finished his first year of teaching English at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, and he can't wait to get back to his journalistic roots and see students developing their reporting skills. This is his fourth year with HSJI.

Jeanine Cameron

cameronJeanine Cameron is a journalism student from Evansville, Ind., pursuing a bachelor's degree with a focus on secondary education. She plans to graduate in May 2015 after a semester of student teaching in New Mexico and hopes to work on the West Coast.

She traveled to Beijing in March 2013 as part of the Media in China travel course. She writes for the Arbutus yearbook and The Evansville Courier & Press, and has interned with Indianapolis Monthly. She is also a recipient of the Gretchen A. Kemp scholarship. This is her first year as an HSJI counselor.

Allison Chaplin

chaplin Allison Chaplin is a Bloomington native pursuing a bachelor’s degrees in both journalism and Spanish. While in high school, Chaplin attended HSJI prior to being selected as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She plans to graduate in December of 2016 and dreams of writing for a major newspaper someday. She is a reporter for the Indiana Daily Student and a member of the Beth Wood Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at IU. She also works part-time as a receptionist at the Eagle Pointe Golf Resort. Chaplin is eager to begin her first year as an HSJI counselor.

Mallory Cohn

cohnMallory Cohn is a doctoral student in Indiana University's English department. She received her bachelor’s degree in English in 2008 from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. While there, she spent all four years working for The Mount Holyoke News, an independent student newspaper, and served as copy chief and managing editor. She earned her M.A. in English from IU in 2012.

She is the current managing editor of the academic journal Victorian Studies, and has also taught composition and professional writing for the English department as an associate instructor. This is her fourth year as HSJI's head women's counselor.

Marah Harbison


Marah Harbison is a journalism student from Floyds Knobs, Ind., pursuing bachelor’s with a concentration in arts management. She plans to graduate in December '15 and hopes to find a job in public relations, working for an arts organization. She is a reporter at the Indiana Daily Student and a blogger for We Are IU. She also works as a campus tour guide and is the Irish dance instructor at Bloomington United Arts. Harbison attended HSJI as a high schooler, and this is her first year as a counselor.

Charnay Pickett

pickettCharnay Pickett is a journalism major from Indianapolis focusing on public relations. She plans to work for a fashion PR agency upon graduation in 2015. When she's not in class, you might find her working on an article for College Fashionista or volunteering with College Mentors for Kids. When she's not mentoring or writing, she is giving back to the community with her sorority sisters. Journalism has always been a love of hers, and she looks forward to inspiring other students during her first year working as an HSJI counselor.

Lab Assistants

Katrina Overby

overbyA fourth 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 the community service chair for the Black Graduate Student Association, as a graduate assistant at the Black Film Center andArchive, and as a former IU Emissary for Diversity.

Rachel Wisinski


Rachel Wisinski received her bachelor’s degree from the IU School of Journalism in May. As a freshman and sophomore, she contributed to the Arbutus yearbook as a writer, and by her junior year she was named editor-in-chief, taking on responsibilities generating stories, writing and editing copy, and overseeing photography and design.

In addition to her work at the yearbook, Wisinski took on many roles at the Indiana Daily Student, including copy chief and Jacobs School of Music beat reporter. This summer, she became the sixth person in IU history to have the title editor-in-chief for both the Arbutus and the IDS.

Wisinski also served as art director for 812 The Magazine, and she had various summer freelance jobs for magazines in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.