Bill Allison is the editorial director at the Sunlight Foundation. An investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Bill worked for the Center for Public Integrity for nine years, where he co-authored “The Cheating of America” with Charles Lewis, was senior editor of “The Buying of the President 2000″ and co-editor of The New York Times bestseller “The Buying of the President 2004.” He edited projects on topics ranging from the role of arms smugglers and military companies in failing states around the world to the rise of section 527 organizations in American politics. Before joining the center, Bill worked for eight years for The Philadelphia Inquirer – the last two as researcher for Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.
Pat Andrews is breaking news editor on the continuous news desk for The Miami Herald. She has worked as an assistant managing editor, city editor, assistant city editor, Neighbors editor, copy editor and reporter in her 30-year career at The Herald. She also has been a reporter at two Lee Enterprises papers: the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison and the Racine Journal Times in Racine, Wis. Pat has served on several Miami Herald committees dealing with workplace issues. She has been an instructor at the Maynard Institute’s editing program for many years, having been selected as a fellow in 1984. She was selected as a Knight Ridder Media fellow at Duke University in a program for journalists from around the world. Pat recently finished a three-year stint as a judge for the William Randolph Hearst’s annual journalism awards competition in San Francisco. She is an alumna of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in journalism and African-American history. She and her husband, Owen, reside in a Fort Lauderdale suburb.
Charles Apple has been a leader in news design for more than 20 years. Previously, Apple was art director of Sporting News Today, graphics director of The Virginian-Pilot, graphics editor of The Des Moines Register and an artist for the Chicago Tribune, The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer, and for small papers in South Carolina and Georgia. He has won numerous awards from the Society for News Design for graphics and graphics reporting and taught seminars around the country. Apple has been a frequent contributor to SND’s quarterly magazine, Design, and blogged for API during the Iraqi war in 2003. After six years of working at VisualEditors.com, Apple moved his visual journalism blog to ACES in July 2010. Apple, 49, lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and 18-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he reads 20th-century U.S. history, collects Star Trek action figures and writes about himself in the third person.
David Arkin is the executive director of the News & Interactive Division for GateHouse Media. He oversees all content direction for GateHouse Media newsrooms in print and online. He oversees GateHouse’s training programs. He’s in charge of all existing and new product development for GateHouse newsrooms and the News & Interactive Division, in addition to operating GHNewsroom.com, the company’s readership site and handling special projects. Arkin has served as the top editor of four daily newspapers and led them all through redesigns to general excellence awards.
Having abandoned grad school for the lure of the Internet during the 1990s, Trystan L. Bass pushed an alternative newspaper online, dabbled with MP3s during the dot-com boom, and landed at Yahoo! to write in purple and yellow. She focuses on editing for product development and has tweaked the text on tools such as Yahoo! Messenger, Avatars, and Local. Whether it’s smoothing out the navigation for reality-TV obsessed OMG (despite Trystan’s preference for NPR) or writing polls for Yahoo! Autos (even though she doesn’t drive a car), Trystan puts on her research hat and gets to work. But her great passion is blogging for the environment on Yahoo! Green. Launched in spring 2007, this site brings the eco-lifestyle into the mainstream. No matter what she works on at Yahoo! or in her after-hours life as a world traveler and the Gothic Martha Stewart, Trystan is an adamant defender of the serial comma.
Larry Dailey holds the Reynolds Chair of Media Technology and is an associate professor at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno. He teaches courses in nonlinear documentary multimedia storytelling, photojournalism and game design for journalists. Previously, he was an assistant professor of journalism and the director of the Digital Media minor at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He has also been a journalism instructor at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill. Before that, he taught multimedia and advanced photojournalism courses as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri. Larry worked for three years as a multimedia producer for MSNBC Interactive, one of the Internet’s top news sites. He has been a picture editor for the Associated Press and United Press International in Washington and has worked as a newspaper photographer and photography department manager. Larry holds a master’s degree in photography from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds degrees in journalism and education from the University of Missouri.
Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips Network. Fogarty’s weekly podcasts, created to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating, have been downloaded more than 7 million times and was voted iTunes “Best Educational Podcast of 2008.” A technical writer and entrepreneur, she has served as an editor and producer at a number of health and science Web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. She lives in Reno, Nev.
Jeremy Gilbert is an assistant professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the Segal Design Institute, teaching media product design and digital innovation. He has directed award-winning, student-based digital projects and helped revamp the interactive curriculum. In addition to teaching, he is researching the future of mobile journalism and designs mobile, tablet and web-based media applications. Before coming to Medill, he led The Poynter Institute’s website redesign and worked as a design director, redesigning a pair of award-winning Florida newspapers.
Deborah Gump has worked as a reporter, editor, teacher and trainer. She began her current post as professional in residence, responsible for the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies, at Middle Tennessee State University in 2009. Before that, she was director of print/online at the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Deborah has worked at the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union, the San Jose Mercury News, the Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service, USA Today and the Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal. In 1999, Deborah received a Freedom Forum fellowship to earn her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then spent five years as the Knight professor of editing at Ohio University, where she created EditTeach.org for editing students, professors and professionals. Deborah is a member of the Online News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the American Copy Editors Society. And while Deborah, too, enjoyed “Forrest Gump,” she is no relation. However, Andy Gump, who invented the flowerpot in Sidney Smith’s world, is a kindred spirit.
Josh Hatch is the online content manager of Sunlight Live, which combines real-time reporting, contextual data displays, live video feeds and reader interactivity. Josh comes to Sunlight from USA TODAY where he was the interactives director. Josh is also a board member of the Online News Association and lives in Arlington with his wife, daughter and two spoiled Labrador retrievers.
Evelyn Hsu is senior director of programs and operations for the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. She began her journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she was a city hall reporter and a member of the investigative team. She spent eight years at The Washington Post as a metropolitan reporter covering politics and government and as an assistant editor for the paper’s weeklies. From the Post, she joined the American Press Institute in Reston, Va., as an associate director responsible for designing and leading seminars on editing, management and writing. In 2000, she joined the faculty of the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she worked on programs for students and on midcareer programs on management and writing. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and of the Maynard Institute’s Summer Program for Minority Journalists. Evelyn is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association and was a key organizer of the first UNITY conference that brought together more than 5,000 journalists. She has served on the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and on the board of the Student Press Law Center. She served on the Youth Services Committee of the Newspaper Association of America.
Michelle Johnson, associate professor of the practice, is director of multimedia journalism at Boston University. Michelle is a former editor for the Boston Globe and boston.com. She was an editor at the Globe for 12 years before helping to launch boston.com in 1995. At the Globe, she started as a copy editor on the night desk and was eventually promoted to a variety of editing positions, including senior assistant night editor, assistant political editor and senior assistant business editor. After leaving boston.com, Michelle freelanced the paper’s Personal Tech column for six years and worked as a Web consultant. Before joining the faculty at Boston University, she taught for two years at Emerson College. At BU, Johnson teaches intro and advanced courses in multimedia journalism and advises the department and colleagues on incorporating multimedia into the curriculum. For the past 16 years, Michelle has volunteered as a professional mentor on student projects for NABJ, NAHJ, AAJA, NLGJA and UNITY. She is the online lead for NABJ and NAHJ’s student projects.
Dennis Joyce is an editor in the Data Circle, one of three reporting and writing groups at The News Center, the converged newsroom of The Tampa Tribune, News Channel 8 and TBO.com. The Data Circle is 15 editors, reporters and producers who mine and display data with an emphasis on audience interaction. From government salaries to active wildfires, its work draws Tampa Bay’s biggest audiences online and keeps them there longest. Dennis helped spearhead the shift toward an “online first” approach at The News Center by launching and leading the operation’s Continuous News Desk in 2007. He joined The Tampa Tribune as Metro editor in 2005 after more than 25 years working as a reporter and editor with newspapers in five states. He had been editorial page editor and assistant managing editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, assistant managing editor at The Idaho Statesman in Boise, and military team leader at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. Dennis has edited work that won top honors from the Unity Awards in Media, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Society of News Design. He led a statewide project, “Collision Course: Prisons versus Higher Education in Idaho,” that received the James K. Batten Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism. Born and raised in Tucson, He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. He is married to Emilie Joyce, an environmental educator. The couple has two children, Daniel, 26, a Charles and Marie Robertson Government Service Scholar at Princeton University, and Conor, 17, a high school junior.
James Ku is senior editor of digital at the Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal. Previously he was photo and multimedia content editor at the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., and assistant photo editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Warren Lerude, professor of media law and management at the Reynolds School of Journalism, is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Reynolds National Center for the Courts and Media. He is a former editor and publisher of Gannett’s Reno newspapers, and he has served on the board of directors of the Oakland Tribune under Bob Maynard’s ownership, served on the inaugural editorial board in the launch of USA Today, and he led a team of three writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1977.
Henry M. Lopez is Web editor for The Santa Fe New Mexican and a graduate of the Maynard Multimedia Editing Program, 2009, and Maynard Media Academy, 2010. Henry also serves as the company’s Web designer and led the re-development of Santafenewmexican.com in 2009. The site has won best website awards from the New Mexico Press Association and Associated Press Managing Editors. Henry is a moderator on #WJCHAT, a Twitter-based discussion for online journalists. He also has presented Webinars on audience development and Web analytics through the Inland Press Association, which in 2008 awarded him a three-year leadership fellowship.
Dori J. Maynard is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Before being named president in January 2001, she directed the History Project, which leads the way in preserving and protecting the contributions of those courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Dori also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists more accurately cover their communities. She is the co-author of Letters to My Children, a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by her late father, Bob Maynard, with introductory essays by Dori. As a reporter, she has experience on both coasts – The Bakersfield Californian and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. – as well as a stint at the Detroit Free Press, covering U.S. Senate and mayoral campaigns, and city hall. In 1993 she and her father became the first father-daughter duo ever to be appointed Nieman scholars at Harvard University. Bob Maynard had won this prestigious fellowship in 1966. While at Harvard, Dori specialized in research on public policy and poverty. She worked regularly with her father in researching and preparing for his appearances on This Week With David Brinkley and the MacNeil Lehrer Report. Dori graduated from Middlebury College, Vt., with a B.A. in American history.
Paul Mitchell is the recruitment and retention coordinator for the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Paul, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, is a former director of the Maynard editing program. His professional experience includes working as a reporter and section editor for the Philadelphia Tribune, a news and sports copy editor for the Asbury Park Press, a copy editor and section editor for the National Sports Daily and a copy editor for The New York Times.
Larry Olmstead, a former top executive at Knight Ridder, is director of human resources for the United Way in Silicon Valley. He also is president of San Jose-based Leading Edge Associates and is an expert in the areas of diversity, organizational change and leadership development. He spent 25 years at Knight Ridder, the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher until its acquisition by McClatchy in 2006. As a journalist, Larry rose to become managing editor of the Miami Herald and later assistant vice president/news of Knight Ridder, participating in three Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts along the way. In 2002, KR promoted Larry to vice president, overseeing recruitment, training, leadership development, succession management and diversity programs. Larry’s team helped Knight Ridder achieve historic highs in minority and female representation and created training programs that resulted in millions of dollars in incremental revenue. Larry is a board member of the Metro YMCA of Santa Clara County and the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice. He is past president of the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and past co-chair of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Sona Patel is the associate producer for social media for seattletimes.com, the online home of The Seattle Times. She joined The Times in November 2009. She is part of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Before that she was a reporter and Web producer for The Tribune, a 40,000-daily circulation McClatchy Co. newspaper in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Her beats included the city of Morro Bay, Cuesta College, and the towns of Los Osos and Cayucos. She was also a homepage producer for The Tribune’s website, SanLuisObispo.com, where she produced and edited audio and video and packaged multimedia content. In 2009, Sona won first place in business writing in the AP California/Nevada journalism contest for a series she co-wrote on the decline of the fishing industry in Morro Bay. The three-part series compared the seaside town to the Northern California city of Eureka, which suffered financially as a result of similar decline. Sona is a recipient of the 2011 Kiplinger Fellowship in Social Media at Ohio State University. And in June 2009, she received a Donald W. Reynolds Foundation fellowship to attend the Maynard Institute’s six-week Multimedia Editing and Ethics in Journalism program at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2008, Sona received two prestigious fellowships for journalists. In May, she participated in the University of North Carolina’s Multimedia Boot camp — an intense, one-week multimedia workshop taught by journalism faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, multimedia journalists from NPR, The New York Times and MSNBC. A month later she was awarded a fellowship for the Knight Digital Media Center’s Multimedia training for reporters in Berkeley, Calif. The one-week workshop, taught mainly by faculty of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, specialized in teaching hands-on skills, including Flash, Final Cut Pro, audio and video editing tools, storyboarding and voiceover techniques. She returned to the Knight program in May 2010 to teach a workshop on Social Media for Reporters and Editors.
Merrill Perlman is president of Merrill Perlman Consulting, offering consulting and freelance editing services and training in journalism, grammar and usage. Among her clients are The New York Times, ProPublica and the Poynter Institute. She writes the “Language Corner” column and blog for Columbia Journalism Review. Merrill is an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Merrill retired in June 2008 after 25 years at The New York Times, most recently as director of copy desks with responsibility for managing 150 copy editors. Other Times positions included managing editor of The New York Times News Service, manager of copy desk recruiting, chief of the Metropolitan copy desk, night Metro editor and business copy editor. She helped finish the 1999 revision of “The New York Times Manual of Style & Usage.” Before The Times, she was assistant business editor and a copy editor at the Des Moines Register and a reporter and copy editor at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Ill. She is president of the American Copy Editors Society Education Fund. She is the 2009 winner of the Glamann Award from ACES and claims a tiny piece of the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting awarded to The Times for coverage of the first World Trade Center bombing.
Michael Roberts, project director of NewsTrain, is a newsroom trainer and consultant who works with news organizations throughout the United States and Canada. From 2003-2010, Roberts was deputy managing editor staff development at The Arizona Republic, responsible for all newsroom training; he also served as writing coach and edited major projects. In Phoenix, Roberts was part of the leadership team that transformed the Republic into one of Gannett’s new Information Centers. Outside his own newsrooms, Roberts helped create and launch NewsTrain, designed and taught API’s first online seminar for copy editors and has presented programs for the Poynter Institute, American Press Institute, the Maynard Institute, Freedom Forum and various National Writers Workshops. Before the Republic, Roberts was features editor, AME/features-business, and then for 10 years the training editor/writing coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer. He also worked as a writer and editor at the Midland (Mich.) Daily News, the Detroit Free Press and as a senior editor at two magazines. He taught feature writing at the University of Cincinnati and regularly presented programs at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Arizona State University. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a master’s degree in training and human resource development from Xavier University.
Jack Rowland is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer for the St. Petersburg Times and tampabay.com, where he is the senior video producer. Shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida, he joined the Times as a staff photographer and has been there for 25 years. During that time, he has been a chief photographer, photo editor, technology director, deputy director of photography, multimedia producer and video producer. Rowland produced the main video for The Girl in the Window, a story about a feral child, which won numerous national awards. Another video produced by Rowland, The Golden Hour, was a finalist in the ASNE contest last year. Last November, he produced a series of documentary videos about a local high band’s trip to the Macy’s parade in New York. During the past year, he has developed a technology blog called The Gadget Guy, featuring technology reviews and how-to videos using various high-tech and low-tech gadgets. He spends his time playing with gadgets and writing about them, producing videos, training and coaching journalists to shoot and edit video stories and developing new technologies for multimedia journalists. He can be seen darting about Tampa Bay in his yellow MINI Cooper in pursuit of news and the great, local multimedia stories that have yet to be told. He lives in Tampa with his wife, two children and two beagles.
Mary Sanders, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and adjunct professor at the School of Public Health. Mary is certified as a health & fitness instructor by the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine, a continuing education provider for a number of certification organizations, and a fellow for ACSM. Sanders has been active for more than 20 years conducting research and developing curricula in exercise sciences and leadership while training instructors and publishing internationally. She conducts individualized activity assessments for patients in CNM weight-loss programs.
Kelly Scott has been an editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal since 2005. As the paper’s senior editor/news, she handles the paper’s public affairs and political coverage. Before moving to Reno, she was a reporter for newspapers and wire services in the Midwest, winning several state, regional and national awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, Gannett and state newspaper associations. She covered Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the death of U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone and other national stories. She also covered the Nebraska unicameral, cops and courts, city government and investigations. Kelly graduated with a degree in journalism and history from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., and completed her master’s degree in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn. She previously taught graduate and senior-level courses in media and criminal justice at St. Cloud State University. She’s also taught the basics of dealing with media at several local, state and federal law enforcement seminars.
V.W. Vaughan is an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Phoenix. He most recently served as national photo director for The Associated Press, based in New York, N.Y., where he led a staff of more than 165 visual journalists and more than 400 freelancers. Vaughan is a 1993 graduate of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va., and has studied at Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C., and the Community College of the Air Force, Colorado Springs, Colo. Before joining the AP, he was assistant managing editor at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, Ariz.; photo team leader at The Virginian-Pilot; photo assignments editor at The Detroit Free Press; and night photo editor at The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. He has served as visiting faculty at Poynter, the American Press Institute and the Southern Short Course for News Photography. Vaughan has received many honors and awards in leadership, photography, photo editing and design and is the recipient of the Southern Short Course in News Photography Diversity Award. He has consulted with, hired and mentored aspiring and veteran journalists across the nation. He has led, produced and edited news and information of major breaking news, sports and entertainment for worldwide audiences. Vaughan, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion, and he believes that quality, accuracy, storytelling and collaboration are journalism’s greatest assets. He lives in Tucson, Ariz.