Kathy Craghead has been adviser to All-American publications
for more than 30 years. Craghead was named the 1986 Missouri
Journalism Teacher of the Year and is a NSPA Pioneer and
JEA Medal of Merit winner. She was also named the 2003 National
Yearbook Adviser of the Year.
Craghead has also been named a Dow Jones Special Recognition
Adviser. A former board member of JEA, Kathy has been a
workshop/seminar speaker in 25 states.
Beth Fitts advises the literary magazine, newspaper and photography
at Oxford High School in Oxford, Miss. and teaches four levels
of journalism. Her publications win top state, regional and
national awards including NSPAs PaceMaker and All-American,
and SIPAs All-Southern and Best in State Award.
Fitts has her master's of journalism and english, serves as
JEA state director and is a member of both the SIPA Executive
and Advisory boards. She was named Mississippis Adviser of the Year five times and named the 2003 Dow Jones National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. She has also received a Dow Jones Distinguished
Adviser Award, a USA Today All-Star Teacher Team Honorable
Mention and has been a Mississippi Teacher of the Year Alternate.
Fitts is a regular speaker at regional and national conventions. She also teaches at numerous summer workshops across the country. She is the coordinator of the Dow Jones Workshop at the
University of Mississippi.
Christie Gold of Tampa, Fla., has advised newspaper staffs
for the past 11 years. Her publications have received top
ratings from NSPA, CSPA, SIPA and FSPA and earned numerous
NSPA Best of Show placings. Former students have won individual
student writing awards, including the Brasler Prize, and have
gone on to study at some of the countrys top schools
In 2001-2002, she was Teacher of the Year for Hillsborough
County, the nations 11th largest school district.
This past year, she was named Florida Journalism Teacher of
the Year. She has been a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Special
Recognition and Distinguished Adviser.
In 2002, she helped open Freedom High School in North Tampa,
where she teaches journalism and Advanced Placement English
and advises Revolution, the school newspaper. Gold is a National
Board Certified Teacher and a Certified Journalism Educator.
She currently serves as chair of SIPA.
Nancy Hastings is adviser to the Gold/Silver Crown and
Pacemaker Paragon yearbook and Crier newspaper. She has
taught at Munster HS for more than 30 years and is a frequent
speaker at state and national conferences and summer workshops.
She was named JEAs 1997 National Yearbook Adviser of the
Year. Hastings is the JEA state director for Indiana.
A summer workshop speaker at a number of venues across the country, Dean Hume, CJE, advises the Spark newsmagazine at Lakota East High School, Liberty Township, Ohio. Spark, is an NSPA Pacemaker and All-American winner and
a Quill and Scroll Gallup winner. A former sportswriter and columnist, Hume has taught newswriting and editing as an adjunct professor at Kent State University. He is a past executive director of the Journalism Association of Ohio Schools at Ohio State University.
A 1993 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser, Hume is an NOSPA Executive Board member and a member of the NOSPA Adviser Hall of Fame.
Mary Inglis has been advising publications since 1985. She currently advises the yearbook, Precedent, at Wellington High School in Wellington, Fla.
During CJI she teaches the advertising/business class. This is a class dealing with organization: from the business manager’s personal space, to the publication ’s files, to marketing strategies, to businesses to target, and to PR that works.
Inglis serves as the vice chair of the Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s and SIPA's endowment committee.
Kevin Kneisley teaches broadcasting at Hutchinson at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Kan. He is the president of the Kansas Broadcast Educator's Association. He established the local access channel in Hutchinson – Salthawk TV21 – and his high school is one of only four high schools in the nation to have the Associated Press Broadcast Satellite News Service.
He is the first high school teacher in the nation selected as a National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) Faculty Fellow in 2004.
Kneisley created the first Apple Authorized Training Center in seven midwestern states and is a Certified Apple Pro Trainer instructing individuals and corporations from all over the world to edit with and use Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express HD, iLife programs, DVD Studio Pro and Motion.
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
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 SCSPAs Scroggins
Award, SIPAs Distinguished Service Award, CSPAs
Gold Key and the 1977 Dent Junior High School Teacher of the
Susan Massy, a former JEA National Yearbook Adviser of the
Year, is the adviser of the Northwest Passage and The Lair,
the newspaper and yearbook of Shawnee Mission Northwest High
School, both of which regularly receive high honors in national
competition. The Lair has been a NSPA Pacemaker winner numerous
times and the Passage has won a Pacemaker the past two years.
Massy is currently
the Kansas State director for JEA. She is a regular speaker
at the national conventions. Massy also teaches at numerous summer workshops
across the country.
In 1994, she received JEAs Medal of Merit and was named
Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser.
Amy Medlock-Greene, MJE, is the newspaper and broadcast adviser at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, S.C. She holds a ,asters degree in educational technology and national board certification in journalism/career and technical education.
Her newspaper staff has consistently earned top ratings with both the South Carolina Scholastic Press Association and the Southern Interscholastic Press Association, and her broadcast staff earned SIPA’s prestigious Scroggins Award last year. She has presented sessions at SCSPA, SIPA, CSPA and NSPA conferences. Additionally, she has served as vice vhair and midlands representative on SCSPA’s executive board and as secretary for SIPA.
She first came to CJI as a rookie adviser nine years ago. She says it was her experience here that helped her maintain her sanity in the often-harrowing world of scholastic journalism. She has worked with Kevin Kneisley and the CJI broadcast class for the past two years, and is thrilled to be an “official” part of (and the only vegan on) the faculty this year.
After teaching photography at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas
for 12 years, Mark Murray moved to the administration building
to assist in managing the technology being implemented in
the Arlington public schools. While at Lamar he helped begin
the award-winning élan literary and art magazine,
named an NSPA Pacemaker, a CSPA Silver Crown and annually
recognized as All-Southern by SIPA.
Murray is executive director of the Association of Texas
Photography Instructors, an organization made up of photo
teachers from art, journalism, industrial technology and
vocational curriculum areas – one of the only state organizations
of its kind in the United States. He was a founding member
of the international Photo Imaging Education Association
and served as its first chairperson.
He is the recipient of the JEA Medal of Merit, the
NSPA Pioneer Award, the CSPA Gold Key and the TAJE Trailblazer
Award. ATPI has also recognized him with their Star of Texas
award for his contributions to photo education.
Lori Oglesbee, yearbook adviser at McKinney (Texas) High
School, has advised high school publications in three
states for 23 years. Currently, she is the curriculum/development chair for Journalism Education Association and is the past chair of
the Southern Interscholastic Press Association and has
received the SIPA Distinguished Service Award.
JEA named her a Distinguished adviserin the
2004 National Yearbook Adviser of the Year competition. ILPC
awarded her their Edith Fox King Award for contributions
to scholastic journalism in Texas. She wrote the yearbook
curriculum for the Texas Association of Journalism Educators.
Her yearbook and former newspaper staffs have won Gold Crown,
Pacemaker, Best of Show, All Southern, Gold Star and numerous
other state, regional and national awards. Her students
have also won five UIL state championships in journalism
events in the last eight years.
Oglesbee said she set out to be a journalism teacher because of her
rich experiences in scholastic journalism in high school.
Jake Palenske is the President of NCompass Media, LLC in Dallas, Texas. Palenske is a graduate of Kansas State University and a past Technology Coordinator for the Journalism Education Association. His work at Kansas State earned him an Interactive Yearbook Pacemaker nomination and was published in the Best of Collegiate Design. Since 2003 his company has produced five out of six high school Interactive Yearbook Pacemaker winners. Palenske instructs at high school and college workshops across the country, and is a frequent speaker and judge at national and state journalism conventions.
Becky Lucas Tate, CJE, advises the Indian yearbook and the Mission newspaper at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kan. Both publications frequently receive Crown and Pacemaker Awards. She has been honored as the Jackie Engel Kansas Journalism Teacher of the Year. DJNF and JEA have honored her as a Special Recognition adviser.
Sharing her love for journalism, she gets students interested in becoming a staff member in her Journalism I class. She also teaches editorial leadership and photojournalism.
Dow Tate is publications adviser at Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kan. In 1997 the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund named Tate National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.
Tate was inducted into the National Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003. He is one of the authors of Scholastic Journalism, the nation’s oldest high school journalism textbook.
In addition to being on the CJI staff, Tate is a member of the ILPC Summer Publications Workshop faculty and is a popular speaker at state, regional and national workshops and seminars. He serves as the director of Gloria Shields All-American Publications workshop sponsored by Dallas County Schools.
Scott Winter has advised award-winning publications In North
Dakota, Minnesota and Colorado. Hes also worked as a professional
reporter for seven years. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in journalism at the University of Nebraska.
Winter teaches workshops in Texas, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska and
Minnesota. He says he has made a career as David Knights
straight man. Together they make an awesome journalistic writing