Kelli Bloomquist is a part-time lecturer at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. She also owns the Dayton Review newspaper which has served the rural farming community of Dayton, Iowa for nearly 140 years. Her past journalistic endeavors have put her in the seats of reporter, sports editor, editor, publisher, and owner, but even with a wall of national and state journalism awards, Kelli still enjoys mentoring young journalists and guest speaking opportunities to share 20 years of knowledge and experience. Kelli can be found on Twitter at @KelliBloomquist, sharing pictures of her kids and farm animals on Facebook, and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Chappell is director of student media at Northwest Missouri State University and has been a working journalist for various publications since 1985. He can be found on Twitter as @GrammarPurist.
Tracy Everbach is an associate professor at the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where she teaches classes on race and gender in the media. She is a former newspaper reporter. She is co-author of an upcoming book, Mediating Misogyny: Gender, Technology and Harassment (Palgrave MacMillan).
Jonathan Foerster is communications director for Artis—Naples, a performing and visual arts organization in Southwest Florida. In a previous life, he was a reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines.
Rick Fox is the president and founder of Riverside Strategic Communications, LLC. He has two decades of experience in communications for some of the world’s leading brands. He is an award-winning journalist and PR professional. He has taught courses in Crisis Communications and Strategic Media Relations and has provided media training to hundreds of executives and students.
BETHANY GRACE HOWE
Bethany Grace Howe is a doctoral student at the University of Oregon researching the intersection of journalism education and its impacts on the ability of students of diverse identity to self-empower their ability to articulate their ideas and beliefs about concepts of self. A two-decade veteran of collegiate and secondary classrooms, she has journalism degrees from the University of Missouri and University of Colorado-Boulder, as well as a history degree from CU Boulder. As a parent of a 7-year-old daughter and as a woman in transition since Jan. 1, 2016, she remains more often that not mystified about both of these roles.
Patrick Garvin is a visual journalist at The Boston Globe, builds interactive graphics for the Globe’s storytelling team. He has written about coming out and LGBTQ identity.
BRIAN R. SHERIDAN
Brian R. Sheridan, M.A. is the chair of the communication department at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. He formerly worked as an award-winning anchor and reporter at WJET/WFXP-TV. Sheridan is also a regular contributor to Lake Erie Lifestyle magazine, The Syncopated Times, and the Perfect Gentleman podcast. His work has been published in a variety of publications. Sheridan is the co-author of “America in the 1930s” from Syracuse University Press.
Jessica Sparks is an assistant professor at Savannah State University in Georgia. She has been a reporter for more than a decade, working in traditional newsrooms and doing freelance.