About this Series
Explore the world of media with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s “A Better Press for a Better World” webinar series. We invite middle and high school students to learn directly from professional journalists and others in the media industry during our weekly online program.
We talk with three reporters about covering specialized beats in the time of COVID-19 and take your questions. Our panelists will talk about their work, how they got started in media and what you can do to get your start in the news industry.
“A Better Press for a Better World” is the official motto of MIPA. It was first proclaimed during the organization’s first “High School Editors Conference,” a gathering of 100 editors and advisers in May 1922.
Tina Reed, FierceHealthcare
Tina Reed oversees FierceHealthcare and all of its publications. Tina has been reporting on health care for more than a decade and her work has appeared in the Washington Business Journal, the Capital Gazette, AnnArbor.com, The Ann Arbor News and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She has a bachelor’s in journalism with a specialty in health promotion from Michigan State University. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Gabrielle Russon, Orlando Sentinel
Gabrielle is a tourism reporter covering theme parks at the Sentinel. She previously covered higher education. A Midwestern native, Gabrielle has worked as a reporter at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Toledo Blade and the Kalamazoo Gazette. She graduated from Michigan State University. Her hobbies are running and baseball.
Emily Wilkins, Bloomberg Government
Emily Wilkins is an award-winning congressional reporter for Bloomberg Government, covering the House, Senate and political campaigns. She previously worked for CQ Roll Call, covering education, labor and immigration, and was a city hall reporter at The Bryan-College Station Eagle in Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University.
Moderated by Jeremy Steele, Michigan Interscholastic Press Association
Jeremy Steele is executive director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and a specialist in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University, where he teaches various reporting courses. Steele is an award-winning journalist who has also worked for one of Michigan’s largest independent public relations firms.