Faculty and Staff

Teresa White

terwhite-mug-100-wideThe 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? Email White at terwhite@indiana.edu.

Linda Johnson

linda-johnson-mugThe 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 various administrative duties. 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 email at ljjohnso@indiana.edu.

Faculty Bios

Alan Bates

Bates,-AlanAlan 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.

Robin Bilinski

Robin Bilinski is the English department chair and yearbook adviser at NorthWood High School in Nappanee, Indiana, where she has taught since 1987. A graduate of Hanover College with a B.A. in English and Indiana University with an M.S. in education, she has taken numerous journalism courses both at Ball State University and at Indiana University, where she earned her journalism certification.

Her staffs have earned numerous state and national honors, including IHSPA Hoosier Stars; NSPA All- Americans, Pacemaker Finalists and Pacemakers; and CSPA Silver and Gold Crowns. She was named the 2014 IHSPA Sengenberger Adviser of the Year.

Bilinski has served as a speaker and instructor at various workshops, including Jostens workshops, Ball State J-Day, IHSPA Fall Convention, and NSPA and CSPA conventions. In addition, she served as a member of the Indiana High School Press Association board for more than 10 years, including as president.

Kristine Brown

Kristine Brown, MJE, teaches journalism and English and advises the publications at Fishers High School.  Brown received her B.A. in English from Bradley University, her transition to teaching certificate from Ball State University, her journalism teaching license from Indiana University and her M.A. in journalism from Ball State University.

Brown is a judge for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a past board member of the Indiana High School Press Association, and a member of the 2016 JEA national convention local committee. She has also taught sessions at the JEA national convention, at IHSPA fall conventions and at Ball State’s J-Day.

Under Brown’s guidance, the FHS newspaper developed an award-winning online news site. Both the newspaper and yearbook staff have won numerous Ball State J-Day awards, Quill & Scroll awards and IHSPA awards, including Hoosier Stars.

Claire Burke

Claire Burke, MJE, teaches journalism and English at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, where she also advises 2017 Hoosier Star-winning Cub Reporter newspaper and the Bear’s Den yearbook. Burke has served as a JEA State Director as well as a critique judge for NSPA and various state organizations. Her students have received recognition from NSPA, JEA and state scholastic press associations. She was a 2015 JEA Rising Star.

Galen Clavio

Galen Clavio serves as both an Associate Professor of Sports Media and the Director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University. Galen also serves as the head of the Sports Media program. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, numerous conference presentations, and several book chapters.

Clavio’s teaching draws upon his professional experience as a broadcaster, reporter, and media relations director. He operates as the  on-air talent manager for Indiana University’s Big Ten Student U program, which provides students valuable on-air experience broadcasting Big Ten sporting events. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the campus student radio station, WIUX, and for IUSportCom, an all-digital, all-sports student media outlet founded by Clavio in 2009.

A native of Indiana, Clavio graduated from Indiana University as an undergraduate in 2001, and worked for several years in the sports media field. He received his Ph.D. from IU in 2008, and served as a faculty member for two years at the University of Miami before returning to Bloomington.​

Susie Coleman

coleman-webSusie 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 Indiana high schools, including Portage and Columbus North, and she taught at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, 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 work with students as well as advisers while at HSJI.

Julie Elston

Elston,-Julie-100Julie 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.

Jeff Gabbard


Jeff Gabbard is the publications adviser at Richmond High School in Richmond, Indiana, where he advises the Register newspaper and web site, Pierian yearbook and teaches beginning journalism and photography classes.

He has taught workshops throughout the country on all aspects of journalism, but his specialty is photography.

As a professional photographer for over 40 years, Gabbard has travelled throughout the United States on assignment for various magazines and sports photography companies as was selected as the photographer for 2 Babe Ruth World Series baseball tournaments. He also operated his own photography studio for 9 years while not teaching full time.

He is a 1986 graduate of Indiana University, where he worked on the Arbutus yearbook staff as a photographer. A self-proclaimed “computer geek,” he also earned a master’s degree in Technology Integration to enable him to help students learn better by using technology in the classroom.

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, including the NSPA, Indiana High School Press Association and Ball State J-Day.

He was inducted into Ball State University’s Secondary Education Hall of Fame in 2015 for his contributions to high school journalism and has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana High School Press Association. He was also member of the planning committees for 2 National Scholastic Press Association national conventions.

Sam Hanley

Sam Hanley is the English department chair and yearbook adviser at Southport High School in Indianapolis, where he has advised The Anchor for 15 years. He is a 2002 graduate of Indiana University, where he earned a B.S. in journalism and education. In 2009, Hanley completed a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Indianapolis.

The Anchor staff is the recipient of state and national awards, including IHSPA Hoosier Stars and NSPA Pacemaker finalists.

Hanley is the president of the Indiana High School Press Association board of directors and recently served on the local committee for the 2016 NSPA/JEA convention in Indianapolis. He has presented on yearbook design, theme development and sales at the IHSPA fall convention, NSPA national convention, Ball State’s J-Day and Josten’s workshops.

Lori Henson

Henson,-LoriLori Henson, PhD’13 (IU journalism)  is assistant professor in journalism 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. Henson 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.

Dean Hume

Hume,-Dean-mug-shot-webDean Hume has been teaching high school or college-level journalism classes and advising subsequent publications for 34 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 23nd 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 also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism at Northern Kentucky University. When not coaching his son’s baseball team, Hume teaches at journalism workshops and state conventions.

Bonnie Layton

Bonnie has more than 25 years’ experience in journalism and currently teaches a wide variety of skills and critical-thinking media courses. Her skills courses instruct students on video and audio editing, ipad and responsive web design, data visualizations, reporting and editing.

Layton has guest lectured and conducted workshops on numerous technology topics for ONA, AEJMC, the New York Press Association and Illinois, Florida and Indiana high school press associations.

Before coming to Indiana University in 2010, Layton worked as a designer, videographer, copy editor and graphic artist at  the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Before her career in Chicago, she was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Media in Champaign-Urbana.

Steve Layton

Steve Layton has taught graphics and design courses at The Media School since the Fall 2010 semester. Before teaching, he worked for almost 20 years in newspaper graphics departments, 16 of them at the Chicago Tribune, where he was Graphics Editor and later Senior Artist. In 2004, Layton was part of a project on airline gridlock that was awarded that year’s Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism.

His classes in The Media School are skills-based and focused on graphic design, informational graphics and interactive media.

Janet McKinney

McKinney-mugAfter 41 years of teaching journalism, photography and English, and advising yearbook, newspaper and literary magazines, 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 and marking of yearbooks.

McKinney is a recipient of the Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. During her tenure, yearbook and newspaper staff members earned national awards including Gold Medalist, Silver Crown, All-American and Pacemaker.

Currently, she is updating materials and samples from all yearbook companies for 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.

Kathleen Mills

Kathleen Mills received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. She advises The Optimist at Bloomington High School South, where her students regularly win writing awards from Quill and Scroll. She is also a freelance writer who has been published in The New York Times, Mademoiselle and The Indianapolis Star.

Denise Roberts

Denise Roberts has advised yearbook, newspaper, web page, magazine and broadcast staffs for the past 29 years. She taught at IUPUI School of Journalism for several years and has taught at HSJI for 20 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 24 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 the 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.

Grace Waltz

Grace Waltz plans to teach secondary English and journalism. She will complete the Transition to Teach program at the School of Education in May 2019, and she looks forward to helping students tell beautiful stories through video. She worked as a video producer after having received her degree from Indiana University’s Media School in 2016. Her experience with documentary-style video production spans from solo, run-and-gun shoots to international, multi-person crew productions.


Counselor Bios

Catherine Blankensop

Catherine Blankensop is a senior at Indiana University originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania. This is her second summer as a counselor for HSJI. She is studying journalism with a concentration in news writing and reporting, two specializations in graphic communication and media persuasion, and two minors in communication and public advocacy and mathematics. She is a columnist for the Indiana Daily Student and is on the Online Creative Content Board for the IU Journal of Undergraduate Research, where she will serve as board chair next year.

Last year she worked as a communications intern for the Shalom Community Center and for the City of Bloomington Office of the Mayor. This summer, in addition to being a counselor for HSJI, she is working as a marketing intern for The Mad Optimist and a social media marketing intern for Global Gifts. After graduation, Catherine hopes to work for a nonprofit in graphic communication or media relations.

Mitch Boyd

Mitch Boyd is a senior at Indiana University Bloomington studying Secondary English Education. Originally from Fort Wayne, IN, and a graduate of Homestead High School, his Indiana roots are strong. This is his first year as a counselor, and he’s very excited for the opportunity to work with high school students who are passionate about journalism. Although he doesn’t have much experience on the writing side of journalism, he reads plenty of it and has always prided himself on his writing ability. Additionally, he’s worked with high school students at several schools in the Bloomington area, and has greatly enjoyed every experience. Overall, he is excited to learn a lot through this fun experience and to meet more interesting people passionate about writing!

Tatiana DeWitt

Tatiana DeWitt is returning to HSJI for her fifth summer working with the Institute, her fourth as Head Women’s Counselor. She is excited to return to HSJI and continue working with passionate high school journalists. DeWitt attended HSJI twice as a student and participated in the Editor-in-Chief and Yearbook workshops.

She received her bachelor’s in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts in 2019. During her time at IU, DeWitt worked as an opinion columnist for the Indiana Daily Student and served as the Copy Chief for the Arbutus yearbook. DeWitt will be a first-year teacher in the fall at Bloomington High School North.

William DeWitt

Head men’s counselor William DeWitt is a 2017 Indiana University graduate with a bachelor’s in sports communication. During his time at IU, he worked as a sports broadcaster for the student radio station WIUX, a co-host of The Assembly Call podcast, and also served as a writer for IU Athletics.

Currently, DeWitt is the Director of Digital Solutions for Rainmaker Digital and hosts his own podcast, The Chicago Audible – a leading podcast that covers the Chicago Bears.

This is his fourth year as an HSJI counselor.

Adara Donald

Adara Donald is a junior at Indiana University studying journalism with a concentration in public relations.  Adara is also working to gain a minor in advertising. Originally from Brownsville, Tennessee, Adara came to IU to be a part of a large campus and a top media program. She is the public relations specialist for the Balfour Scholars Program and is also a residential assistant. While this is Adara’s first year as a counselor for HSJI, she served as a counselor for the Balfour Pre-College Academy and Balfour STEM program last summer.
 This summer, in addition to being a counselor for HSJI, she will be working as a marketing and communications specialist for Mr. Jimmy’s Farmers Market in Brownsville, Tennessee.

Lauren Fischer

Lauren Fischer is a sophomore at Indiana University, originally from Kansas City, Kansas. This is her first year as a HSJI counselor, and she is excited to work with so many passionate high school journalists. She’s studying Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations. Lauren wrote for the Indiana Daily Student arts desk last semester, was a member of the Media Living Learning Center and joined the Public Relations Student Society of America. This fall, she will be on the PR staff for the IDS and will continue to play clarinet in the Marching Hundred.

Alex Hardgrave

Alex Hardgrave is a sophomore at Indiana University studying journalism with a concentration in news reporting and editing. This is her first year serving as an HSJI counselor, but she attended the camp herself when she was in high school. Last school year, she worked on the staff of the Indiana Daily Student newspaper. She wrote about local businesses her first semester and about local crime last semester. This fall, she will be a news desk editor. Her other interests include music, memes, and dogs.

George Roberson

George Roberson is a master’s student studying media at Indiana University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Missouri, where he was also managing editor of the student newspaper. He has been a copy editor at the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, and he is currently a graphic designer for IU’s English department. George is also passionate about biking, cooking and basketball.


Lab/Office Assistants

Josclynn Brandon

Josclynn Brandon is a first-year doctoral student studying Higher Education. Prior to transitioning to a career in Higher Education four years ago, Josclynn worked as an Associate Content Producer at a television station in Chicago. Even though she’s no longer working in journalism, she still has a passion for news and consumes it several times a day on various platforms. This is Josclynn’s first year working as a Teaching Assistant for the HSJI and she’s really excited about working with the students in and outside of the classroom.

Sonia Holl

Sonia Holl is a Master’s student in the Media School at Indiana University. She’s previously worked in film production in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. As an undergrad, she studied communication as well as Chinese. Here at IU she’s helped teach production and design, focusing on photography, video production, and graphic design. Though her current studies focus on video games, she has an interest in journalism and news production and is looking forward to working with the HSJI.

Sam House

Sam House is a junior at Indiana University originally from Berea, Kentucky. He is studying journalism with a concentration in news reporting and editing and a specialization in photojournalism in addition to majoring in French. This is his first year serving as an HSJI lab assistant, but he attended the camp the summer after his junior year of high school. The past two years Sam has worked as a photographer for the Indiana Daily Student covering various sports and general assignments as well as photographing stories for the Enterprise Desk.