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Ball State University

juliJuli Metzger is a journalism instructor and Coordinator of Unified Media for the College of Communication, Information and Media at Ball State University. She has 25 years experience as a newspaper editor, publisher and media executive, most recently as Executive Editor for Digital at the Indianapolis Star. Today, she manages the newly constructed multi-million dollar cross-platform and collaborative student media space at Ball State. She also owns The JMetzger Group, a niche publishing and social media company specializing in story telling for custom audiences.

Dakota CrawfordDakota Crawford is a senior journalism major at Ball State University. He covers Ball State sports for The Muncie Star Press, a Gannett paper. He was editor-in-chief of The Ball State Daily News prior to joining TSP. He’s also worked for The Indianapolis Star, as a Pulliam Fellow, and The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. You can find him on Twitter @dakotacrawford.

podnarmugRachel Podnar is a senior journalism major at Ball State University from Cincinnati, Ohio. This past summer she was a Dow Jones copy editing intern at the New York Times. She also interned as a copy editor at CityBeat in Cincinnati. This year she is the iDesk editor for The Ball State Daily News focusing on online content and web analytics. You can find her on Twitter @rmpodnar.

unnamedBri Kirkham is a senior majoring in Telecommunications and Journalism News, with a minor in Communication Studies. She is the online managing editor for ballstatedaily.com, the website where all student media groups host their content. Bri enjoys all mediums of journalism, with a particular interest in video and online content. In addition to her journalism studies, Bri is a competitor for the Ball State Speech Team, the secretary of social justice for Student Government Association and a volunteer advocate for the office of victim services. After graduating Bri plans to attend graduate school with hopes of becoming a media and popular culture critique.

Lucas Schmidt headshotLucas Schmidt is a senior at Ball State University and will be graduating in December with a major in Journalism and Telecommunications, and a minor in Digital Media. His love of technology, video games and online communities led him to create BYTE with other like-minded students. BYTE is a student media publication that focuses its content on video games and other geek culture news and stories.

San José State University

guerazziProf. Diane Guerrazzi worked as a television news reporter for 30 years, most recently for KTVU in the San Francisco/Oakland market. 

She runs Update News and Equal Time, two SJSU productions airing in the Bay Area.


Jeremy Cummings is the executive producer of SJSU’s student newspaper, the Spartan Daily. Before being drawn to journalism, Jeremy studied animation/illustration at SJSU. He has also volunteered at SIGGRAPH, the international technology and computer graphics conference, for three consecutive years.

dustinDustin Dorsey is a journalism major with interest in broadcasting.  After anchoring and reporting for Update and Equal Time (two SJSU productions)  Dustin interned with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area covering the A’s and Giants during the summer of 2014. Currently he is a reporter for the online sports magazine Get Sports Focus. GSF is a Bay Area newsgroup that covers all high school and college sports in the area.

katoKato Guzman is a journalism major with a minor in film.  He currently works as producer with Green Ninja Projects, a web series for teaching environmentalism to students grades K-12. Kato is the teaching assistant for Update News and Visual Communication.

rebeccaRebecca Lapeña is a journalism major with a minor in radio, television, and film. She was a summer intern for NBC Bay Area News, where she contributed story ideas as well as web articles. Rebecca is also part of SJSU’s news broadcast, Update News, where she has taken on the roles of producer, anchor, and reporter. She hopes to start her career path in the broadcast journalism and production industry.

Stanford University


Fangzhou Liu is a freshman at Stanford University. She is a News writer with the Stanford Daily and is interested in Symbolic Systems and Creative Writing.

starlingJoey Starling is a Communications and Psychology major at Stanford University.  Joey values the importance of delivering news to all members of a democratic society, and desires to better understand how this can most smoothly occur.

nierenbergJacob Nierenberg is an American Studies major and prospective Communication minor at Stanford University. On campus, he is a staff writer for the Stanford Daily as well as MINT Magazine. He spent his summer in Seattle working as an editorial intern for Crosscut Public Media, writing about subjects such as the EMP Museum and the Cascadia earthquake. 

mikkelsonBritt Mikkelsen is a sophomore at Stanford University. Britt is a director of Mint Magazine, a style and culture publication. Britt also works at Stanford Technology Ventures Program. Britt is planning on majoring STS with a concentration in communication and media.

koufakisEmily Koufakis is a Science, Technology, and Society major, concentrated in Media and Communication at Stanford University. She is an active member of MINT Magazine at Stanford, in the “Ads and Sponsorships” and also, “Social Media” departments. Emily has done work for the Manhasset Press in her hometown of Manhasset, New York. She hopes to become an editor or creative director of a magazine one day.

liuAriel Liu is a freshman news writer for The Stanford Daily. She was the editor-in-chief and previous opinion editor of the Oracle at Troy High School. She is highly interested in fictional writing and hopes to further explore the field of journalism.

NickySullivanPicNicky Sullivan is a communication major at Stanford University interested in journalism and broadcasting. He broadcasts Stanford sports for KZSU, the student radio station.

lupiaFrancesca Lupia (Stanford ’19) is a writer for the Stanford Daily’s University/Local News beat. They were a volunteer writer and editor for Groundcover News, an Ann Arbor, MI-based street newspaper, for four years. At Groundcover, a small independent publication focused on homelessness and social justice, Francesca contributed articles, assisted with proofreading and editing, and provided staff and vendor training. Francesca is a prospective linguistics major who hopes to pursue a career in print journalism after graduation.

jueKylie Jue is the managing editor of news at The Stanford Daily. Stanford’s first CS+English major, she is interested in the intersection of computer science and journalism, as well as the use of technology in education. She spent this past summer working as a software engineering intern at CodeHS while also running The Daily’s summer intern program for high school students.

Sanders_BarryBarry Sanders is a student reporter at Stanford University. Barry is a communications major, and looks to pursue broadcasting after college. When he is not writing a story he has football practice to take up the rest of his time.

KramonKatie Kramon is a Stanford senior studying communication with a focus on data and the environment. She is the managing editor of opinions for the Stanford Daily, as well as a former member of the lightweight rowing team. She hopes to pursue meaningful, investigative, long form journalism in the age of the web, and her dream is to be an editor. Last summer she worked for Texas Monthly in Austin, TX in their editorial department. She is passionate about her 53-person cooperative house Columbae, where she served as the RA, has lived for three years and where residents cook dinner together each night. Some of her favorite memories are from her two cross-country bicycle trips.


Melena Masson is a Stanford junior student reporter taking a journalism class this fall quarter. Melena is majoring in communication and minoring in art studies with a photography focus.


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