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Instructor - Dean Hume

A native of Akron, Ohio, and a lifetime fan of the Cleveland Indians, Dean Hume has been teaching and working in the journalism realm since 1981. Currently teaching Journalism and Honors English at Lakota East High School and adjunct classes at Northern Kentucky University, Hume advises the Spark newsmagazine, which has earned Pacemaker, Gallup, JEA Best of Show, and Gold Crown honors. The 88-page, color, glossy, newsmagazine is produced by students in the Journalism I, II, III and III-Honors classes at East. The staff routinely carries more than 100 students.

A former sportswriter and columnist, Hume is a five-time NOSPA Newspaper Adviser of the Year, was inducted into the NOSPA Adviser Hall of Fame in 2000, earned The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser award, the Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement award, a U.S. Dept. of Education Presidents Award honor, and was named Lakota District Teacher of Excellence. Hume and his wife Bobbi live in Monroe, where Hume coaches their son, Jamison, in Little League during the summer.

Instructor - Martha Rothwell

From Statesville, N.C., Martha Rothwell was the adviser of the RaiderRap newspaper at North Iredell HS (N.C.) for 22 years. Now enjoying her retirement, Martha serves as vice-chair on SIPA’s Finance committee and has been a JEA Mentor for the past seven years. She also presents at SIPA and JEA convention and is on the faculty of the NCSMA Summer Institute. She has served as Director of Student Services at CJI, President of Task Force for NCSMA’s Executive Board, and co-chair of SIPA’s Endowment. She has been awarded the SIPA Elizabeth B. Dickey Distinguished Service Award, NCSMA Distinguished Service Award, NSPA Pioneer Award and JEA Lifetime Achievement Award.


Video Instructor - Amy Medlock-Greene

Amy Medlock-Greene is the newspaper and broadcast adviser at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C. She has been involved with the Carolina Journalism Institute since 1998 - her daughter even took her first steps at CJI. For the past 15 years, Medlock-Greene has served on the executive boards of both her state and regional scholastic press associations, currently as chair of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA) and as a member of the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association's finance committee. She has earned both her Certified Journalism Educator and Master Journalism Educator status through the Journalism Education Association and was named the SCSPA Reid H. Montgomery Adviser of the Year in 2008. Her newspaper and broadcast staffs have earned numerous distinctions from SCSPA, SIPA, and CSPA - including SCSPA's Best In State, SIPA's Scroggins Award, and CSPA's Gold Medal. In her free time she enjoys watching classic films, reading historical fiction, planning trips to Disney World, and wasting gobs of time on Facebook.

Online Instructor - Zac Baker

Zac is a proud alumnus of Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C. He enjoyed being on Dutch Fork’s award-winning broadcast and newspaper staffs and planting the seeds for their new media and online presence. He believes exceptional visual work can be produced by following a few foundational principles. Zac graduated from the University of South Carolina (Bachelors, Visual Communications) last May and now works in the Twin Cities as Communications and Development Assistant for ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation, a non-profit advocating for full inclusion of LGBT people in church and society. Zac loves ballroom dance and combining multiple coupons.


Instructor - Anna Hodgson

Anna Hodgson studied Visual Communications and Graphic Design at the University of South Carolina where she graduated magna cum laude and was awarded 2012 Most Outstanding Visual Communications Student. She worked as a graphic designer, photographer and videographer as well as a user experience and interface designer for two years in New York. She currently works as a visual designer and creative technologist for Pitch Interactive, a data visualization studio in San Francisco. Outside of work she spends her time cycling, running and fervently supporting Bayern Munich and German soccer.


Instructor - David Knight

David Knight is the Public Information Director for the Lancaster County (S.C.) School District. He also teaches broadcast journalism at Lancaster High School. He has served as public information director for USC-Lancaster and as a student newspaper and literary magazine adviser for Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C. While at Spring Valley, the newspaper and individual staff members received awards from state and national associations. The literary magazine also received top state awards. Knight is a favorite at journalism workshops across the country. Honors Knight has received include SCSPA's Scroggins Award, SIPA’s Distinguished Service Award, CSPA's Gold Key and the 1977 Dent Junior High School Teacher of the Year.

Instructor - Tammy Watkins

Tammy Watkins has been the Tribal Tribune adviser for over 25 years at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. The Tribal Tribune has won various state, regional and national awards, including the prestigious National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker Award in 2009. She worked for the Orangeburg Times and Democrat from 1981-82 as a page designer. Then she worked for the Post and Courier (it was the News and Courier at the time) from 1982-1984, where she was a sportswriter and sports page designer. She loves sports and the art of covering them effectively and creatively.


Instructor - Deborah Gascon

Deborah Gascon, a Master Journalism Educator, has been advising the Dutch Fork High School Legacy yearbook for over a decade. In that time she has won five Best in State awards from the SCSPA, two Best in State awards from SIPA, numerous All-Southern and All-State evaluations and has consistently earned ratings of distinction from CSPA and NSPA. She was named the 2013 Reid H. Montgomery Adviser of the Year by SCSPA. Her yearbook has also been featured in the Jostens Look Book, an annual publication of the best design and photography. Deborah serves on the SCSPA Board as chair and is on the advisory committee of SIPA. Many of her students have gone on to have careers in design and publishing; however, none have accepted the position of yearbook adviser - yet. She loves to travel (especially through government-funded programs for teachers such as NEH and Fulbright), watch and sing and tap dance to all things related to music (especially Broadway musicals!) and read Victorian literature until it depresses her so much she has to eat pizza and chocolate.

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