2021 faculty

Audience engagement: Promotions & social media

James Wilson is sales and marketing adviser in student publications at University of Michigan.

He is a former social-media specialtist in the university’s social media department, where he handled the university’s bicentennial launch across social platforms. He later joined its Center for Entrepreneurship as marketing and communications specialist. He has agency experience as a digital account executive at Franco, in Detroit.

Commentary: Editorials & opinions

Chris Evans is a multimedia journalist with a long history of advising student media for print, online, radio and TV outlets. He has worked to champion student free speech at the state and national level and, despite his multimedia work, considers himself to be a writer, at heart.  @byChrisEvans


Emily Andrea Sendin is a professor of English, literature and creative writing on her 22nd year at Miami Dade College-Eduardo J. Padrón Campus.

She is the founding adviser of the award-winning Urbana Literary & Arts magazine. Her passions are teaching, writing, travel and social justice advocacy.

Gary Metzker is a full-time lecturer at Long Beach State University and the design adviser for LBSU’s Pacemaker and Pinnacle Award-winning Daily 49er and Dig Magazine.  

While at the Los Angeles Times, he was a member of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staff awards. Metzker has also been selected as California Journalism Educator of the Year.

Randy Stano is a professor of practice and former Knight Chair Professor at the University of Miami. Stano’s magazine/yearbook/online staffs have be honored as Pacemaker, Pinnacle and Crown winners.

He is past president and a Lifetime Achievement honoree from the Society for News Design. He was director of editorial art and design for The Miami Herald and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and assistant director of editorial art/design for the Kansas City Times when the publications won or were Pulitizer finalists. The Herald won SND Best in Show for visual coverage of Hurricane Andrew.

Managing all-digital organizations

Tamara Zellars Buck is the College Media Association president-elect. She appears to be a big fan of titles, as she has many at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, including professor, multimedia journalism coordinator, department chair, and faculty adviser of Arrow, the university’s student-run newspaper. She’s a former newspaper reporter and columnist who has been teaching since 2001.  @Tzbuck71

Chuck Clark is director of Western Kentucky University Student Publications, a media group that includes the College Heights Herald, Talisman magazine, Cherry Creative branded-content studio, Student Publications Advertising and a collection of specialty publications and websites. He returned to his alma mater in 2012 after 28 years in newsrooms.  @WKUChuckClark


David Simpson fell in love with journalism at his college newspaper. He went on to spend 31 years as a professional reporter and editor, including managerial jobs at The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He has been director of student media at Georgia Southern University since 2014.


Guest speaker Farhan Mohamed is a co-founder of Overstory Media Group, which plans to work with local journalists in up to 50 markets by 2023. Neiman Journalism Lab described the plan as “high-quality journalism, starting with a daily newsletter to regularly deliver the local news and events.”

Guest speaker Leen Obeidat is the director of business development at flytedesk, the largest network of student media in the country. She’s a college media nerd who spends most of her time working with publishers to help them launch new products, optimize their operations and drive revenue.

Organizational leadership

Jackie Alexander, director of student media at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, got trapped in college media with green Jolly Ranchers.

Since working as editor of The Daily Gamecock and then as a professional reporter in Florida, Jackie’s heart has lived with collegiate media. Jackie served as adviser to Tiger Media at Clemson for six years before becoming director at UAB in 2018.  @jackiealexander

Mark Witherspoon has been either a professional journalist or a journalism instructor for 45 years. In 33 years of teaching at three universities, he has advised student newspapers, magazines and yearbooks.

He served as CMA president, vice president and past president and is a member of CMA’s Hall of Fame. His students have won multiple national and state honors. 


An associate professor at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, Bradley Wilson received his doctoral degree in public administration but got his start as a photojournalist.

Wilson is editor of the Journalism Education Association magazine, Communication: Journalism Education Today, and he is managing editor of the College Media Association’s College Media Review.  @bradleywilson09

Podcasting & Audio

Carol Terracina-Hartman lives in the world of daily journalism and academia. She is editor of a daily newspaper and advises The HawkEye, of Harrisburg Area Community College (Pennsylvania), which launched fall 2020. She recently taught at UW-Whitewater in the B/P/W sequence and advised the award-winning Royal Purple. She is CMA’s 4-year Newspaper Adviser of Distinction.

One of two doctoral students to ever receive a fellowship from the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, she has a doctorate in media and information studies from Michigan State University.  @CaraTerracina


Elizabeth Smith is the director of Pepperdine Graphic Media and a journalism professor. She is an award-winning journalist with 21 years of professional experience, including print, web and broadcast news.

Smith is the president-elect of the ACP Board of Directors and the president of the California College Media Association.  @tweetinginla

Victoria St. Martin teaches journalism at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the print publications coordinator with Notre Dame Student Media.

St. Martin came to Notre Dame after a 15-year journalism career in a half dozen newsrooms, including a stint as a reporter at The Washington Post.  @VStMartin 

Chris Whitley is president of College Media Association and director of student publications and journalism coordinator at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas. He has been an adviser for TCC’s award-winning newspaper, The Collegian, since 2008.  @chriswhitley


Fredrick Batiste advises The Egalitarian at Houston Community College. He spent six years as a reporter and editor at the Hammond (La.) Daily Star, including three covering preps and the Southland Conference. 

He currently contributes to HBCUSports.com, which focuses on athletics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. 

Steven Chappell, Northwest Missouri State University, has been a media adviser and active member of College Media Association since 1993, and was a professional journalist for 10 years before he began advising college media. He is the founder of the Twitter feed @comminternships, which shares internship and job openings in communication jobs across the globe.

Video production

Will Murphy is an engineer, instructor, advisor, and fan of the Oxford comma at Northwest Missouri State University and KNWT Student Television.  He loves all things that plug in, blink, flash or catch fire. 

Yearbooks & feature magazines

An award-winning adviser and student-media consultant, Linda Puntney is professor emeritus at Kansas State University. She is the former director of K-State student publications and adviser to the award-winning Royal Purple yearbook.

Puntney is the former executive director of the national Journalism Education Association. She is passionate about the First Amendment, yearbooks and Fritz the wonder dog.

Laura Widmer, executive director at Associated Collegiate Press/National Scholstic Press Association, oversees conventions, conferences and workshops, as well as advisory committees for both organizations.

Widmer’s background includes two years of high school advising and 29 years of advising award-winning publications at Northwest Missouri State University. She founded a newspaper in her hometown, Salisbury, Missouri, in 2008. After Northwest, she was general manager of the Iowa State Daily.

College Media Mega Workshop •  July 19-30, 2021  •  info@studentpress.org •  612-200-9252