Our staff at the MIPA Summer Journalism Workshop includes nationally recognized scholastic journalism teachers and professional journalists from across the country. We keep our classes small so you’ll get all the individual help you need. You’ll learn the latest trends and innovations, plus get motivated and return home ready to make your student media the best it has ever been! Learn more about our team below.
Tracy Anderson • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge
Tracy Anderson advises The Communicator magazine and online edition at Community High School in Ann Arbor. She has two girls, Ella and Sophia, and a dog, Coco. She loves making chocolate chip cookies for her daughters and their friends. She learned everything that she knows about journalism from Michigan State University, her students, and The Reynolds Institute.
Pam Bunka • Taking Your Yearbook to the Edge
Pam Bunka teaches at Fenton High School. Her yearbook, the Fentonian, has earned numerous MIPA, CSPA and NSPA awards. The newspaper she advises, InPrint, has been recognized by those scholastic press organizations as well. She is a Golden Pen recipient. Bunka has taught at every MIPA/MSU workshop. She’s the only one here who can claim that honor!
Lydia Cadena • Advanced Yearbook Design
Lydia Cadena is ready to meet and work with a great group of enthusiastic journalists as they create designs for the best yearbooks ever. Cadena has advised the yearbook staff for 18 years and the newspaper staff for 14 at Novi High School and is excited to work with a new group of editors each year. She enjoys cooking, impromptu dance parties and, of course, being involved in MIPA. Cadena also knows no trip to MSU is complete without visiting the Dairy Store.
Alexis Campion • Yearbook Kickstart
As a former MIPA kid, Alexis Campion is excited to be back working with yearbook students at camp this summer. Alexis has been an adviser for five years and advises the yearbook and newspaper at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights. In her spare time, she is completing a master’s degree in educational technology from Central Michigan University and finishing up home improvement jobs on the house she and her husband purchased in March.
Michael Caterina • Shoot Like a Pro
Michael Caterina lives and works in southwest Indiana as the presentation editor at the Princeton Daily Clarion. After graduating from Lansing Everett High School, Caterina received a degree in photographic technology from Lansing Community College. He has won numerous awards at the college and professional levels. Michael attended MIPA conferences in high school and helped instruct in the past. He is very excited to be teaching for his third year!
Jamie Flanagan • Entertainment Coverage
Jamie Flanagan is the adviser for the yearbook and the newspaper at Fraser High School. On the weekends he’s a DJ and can be heard on Detroit’s Hot AC station, 96.3 WDVD. He also produces and hosts a nationally syndicated talk radio show called Animal Talk. This is his eighth year at the workshop, and his fifth year teaching.
Karl Gude • Illustrator & Information Graphics
Karl Gude, Graphics Editor in Residence at Michigan State University, has spent more than 30 years visualizing information. Prior to coming to MSU, Gude created information graphics for various news organizations including Newsweek magazine and the Associated Press. His job was to visually explain a variety of topics for readers ranging from medical, technological and scientific breakthroughs to breaking news and business stories.
Cammie Hall • Writing & Packaging the News
Cammie Hall is an English and journalism teacher at H.H. Dow High School, where she advises the school newspaper, Update and Update online, and the yearbook, The Charger. Over the past seven years, her staffs have earned Spartans, a Pacemaker and a Silver Crown. In the little time her students allow her outside of the journalism room, she is a soccer mom who loves taking photos of her son and singing all of the “Frozen” songs with her daughter.
Christina Hammitt • Opinion Coverage
Christina Hammitt advises the award-winning Hawkeye at Bloomfield Hills High School. In her 21st year of teaching high school journalism and English, she continues to be a huge supporter of all MIPA does. She also spends time training and competing in triathlons.
Bobby Hawthorne • The Bobby Hawthorne Experience
Bobby Hawthorne is an Austin writer, writing instructor and reporter and columnist for an education magazine you’ve never heard of. His columns deal mostly with himself and occasionally scholastic sports. He worked for the University Interscholastic League from 1977-2005. He is the author of The Radical Write and a couple of other small books, manuals and what-not. In 2006, he authored Longhorn Football: An Illustrated History. A year later, he produced the text for Home Field, a book of photos of Texas high school football stadiums. In 2009, he produced a 200-page history of the UIL for its centennial. He did it on time and only slightly over budget.
Dean Hume • News Editors
Dean Hume has been teaching journalism classes and advising publications for 35 years. A former reporter and columnist, Hume teaches journalism at Lakota East High School, where he advises the NSPA Hall of Fame news magazine Spark, which has earned Gold Crown, Gallup, Pacemaker and JEA Best of Show honors with its staff of more than 100 students. A Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser, NOSPA Hall of Fame Adviser, U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Educator, and Texas JEA “Trailblazer” winner, Hume, who published a textbook for JEA, also serves an adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University.
Ike Lea • Shoot Like a Pro
Ike Lea heads up the Photographic Imaging Program at Lansing Community College, where he teaches digital photography and digital imaging courses. Lea worked for newspapers early in his career and continues to be actively involved in photography, working as a freelancer and shooting running events for RunMichigan.com.
Tim Morley • Sports Photography
Tim Morley’s passion is photography. He returned to advising the Nexus yearbook at Inland Lakes High School this year after a short hiatus. He previously guided the Nexus from little more than a scrapbook to a Pacemaker finalist and Spartan winner. In 2006, JEA honored Morley as one of its inaugural Rising Stars.
Julie Price • Beyond the Basics
This marks Julie Price’s 16th year at the workshop, and she’s taught at Haslett High School for 20 years. Price is proud that her journalism students have won numerous awards, including the Spartan. Prior to teaching, Price worked for 15 years as a writer and editor at newspapers in Michigan and California. She has a journalism degree from MSU.
Betsy Rau •
Betsy Pollard Rau has spent her career helping student journalists reach their potential. She is the retired adviser of the award-winning online Grand Central Magazine at Central Michigan University and is the former adviser of the H. H. Dow Update in Midland. Rau is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame and has been honored with MIPA’s John V. Field Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Journalism Education Association, a Gold Key from Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association. She is also a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser and a member of the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame.
Randy Scott • Broadcast Boot Camp
Randy Scott advises the DTV class at Davison High School. He has taught since 2004. Randy has more 15 years experience in the local TV broadcast industry. He was the head photographer at WEYI-TV in Flint and worked as a photographer at WJRT-TV in Flint and WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
Natalie Sekicky • Website Boost Camp
Natalie Sekicky has advised The Shakerite at Shaker Heights (Ohio) H.S. since 1997 and scholastic publications since 1994. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Journalism. After launching its news site, www.shakerite.com, in 2012, The Shakerite has earned Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold and Silver Crowns for its hybrid news operation.
C.E. Sikkenga • Taking Your Newspaper to the Edge
C.E. Sikkenga is taking a break from golfing, travelling Michigan’s back roads with his ancient beagle, Booker, and hanging out at record stores to spend his 15th summer on MIPA’s workshop staff. When not at MIPA, he’s spent the past 23 years teaching at Grand Haven High School where he’s advised the Bucs’ Blade newspaper since 2000.
Roger Smith • Broadcast Boot Camp
Roger Smith has led the broadcast/video program at Lake Orion High School since 2001. He serves as the MIPA video chair, and this is his fourth year as a summer workshop instructor. He’s known for his collection of Hawaiian shirts during the summer. His wife Kristina, his two daughters Alice and Natalie, and his dog Oscar (think movie awards) are happy he’s not home bothering them this week.
Jim Streisel • The Upstart
Jim Streisel, the 2013 Dow Jones News Fund National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year, is the adviser of the Carmel (Ind.) High School HiLite newspaper. Streisel has written two journalism textbooks, High School Journalism: A Practical Guide and Scholastic Web Journalism: Connecting with Readers in a Digital World. He earned a 2012 Pioneer Award from the NSPA and was named a 2012 DJNF Distinguished Adviser. He also was named the 2011 Carmel Clay Schools Teacher of the Year and the 2011 Indiana Journalism Adviser of the Year.
Jeremy Whiting • Broadcast Boot Camp
Jeremy Whiting advises the broadcast, yearbook and online news programs at Ovid-Elsie High School. He currently serves as president of MIPA’s board of directors and has worked at the summer workshop for the last 15 years. He enjoys wandering around the state in the summer with his wife, Amber, and kids, Kate and Ryan.
Jim Woehrle • Advanced InDesign for Newspaper
At 15, Jim Woehrle was hired in the press room of his local newspaper to stuff advertising inserts and stamp mailing labels onto copies of the paper. Since then, every job he has held has revolved around journalism. For several years he was a professional journalist, but for the last 16 years he has taught at Midland High School and advised the Focus newspaper. In his spare time, he likes to drag his wife and two kids around the world, hiking up mountains and staring slack-jawed at great works of art and literature.
Missi Yeomans • Writing Coach, The Bobby Hawthorne Experience
Missi Yeomans taught publications at Traverse City Central High School for 13 years. She is a Golden Pen recipient. She returns as an assistant to Bobby Hawthorne’s class for the tenth year. Summertime hobbies are writing, reading and water skiing.
Chad Sanders • Workshop Director
Chad Sanders still has his eye on the prize of a Grammy for the work of Mästhëäd, the disassembled band of journalism teachers he leads as frontman. Unfortunately, they never actually recorded an album. After giving up his childhood dream of being an Elvis impersonator, Sanders became MIPA’s workshop director. He also is the newspaper and graphic design teacher at Lansing Everett High School and teaches Photoshop at Lansing Community College.
Jeremy Steele • MIPA Director
Jeremy Steele got his start from MIPA and now he coordinates MIPA’s conferences and contests throughout the year as the organization’s executive director. He is an academic specialist on the MSU School of Journalism faculty, where he teaches reporting and visual communication classes. He’s often joined by his trusty newshound, Remington.
Sarah Ashman • Student Life Director
Sarah Ashman teaches English and journalism at Mason High School, where she advises The Profile newspaper. She is pumped to be back at MIPA. Her advice for new campers: where sunscreen, don’t break curfew, try the Sesquicentennial Swirl at the Dairy Store and get involved in activities in the evening. Oh, and don’t break curfew.
Sara-Beth Badalamente • Student Activities Coordinator
Sara-Beth Badalamente’s story starts with being known as “O’C.” Talk to her former adviser and MIPA camp colleague, Lydia Cadena, to find out her true story. O’C has advised newspaper for eight years and yearbook for three at Grand Ledge High School. She was named a JEA Rising Star in 2011 and received the future journalism teacher scholarship in 2006. Her husband is the lacrosse video coordinator at the University of Michigan, and they are the proud parents of Frankie and Tommy. GO TEAM!
Jayna Salk • Office Director
Jayna Salk has worked at the MIPA workshop since 2007. A MIPA kid to the core, she attended camp twice while in high school and then went on to major in journalism education at MSU. She is now the proud adviser of the Gladiator Yearbook and the Independent Newspaper at Troy High School. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, watching Netflix, and trying to knit things.