Meet the Expert

Meet the Expert — a popular workshop offering — makes nationally acclaimed scholastic journalism educators available to consult individually with publication staffs.

A consultant will work with a staff on theme development, ways to expand coverage, trends for 2023 yearbooks, tips to improve photography, in-person critique of the 2022 yearbook or newspaper, traditional and alternative copy presentations or any other individual concerns. 

Judi Coolidge, Susan Massy, Linda Puntney and Margaret Sorrows will be available on Tuesday, June 28, and Wednesday, June 29, at the following times both days:

9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.,
1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

While the consultants are not company employees, the Meet the Expert program is made possible by our sponsors: Balfour, Herff Jones, Jostens and Walsworth.

Advisers sign up for each session, although the entire staff attends. Advisers may purchase more than one session. The cost is $75 for each 50-minute session.

Judi Coolidge was an AP English teacher, creative writing and yearbook adviser at Bay High School, Bay Village, Ohio, for 34 years. (Yearbook was an extracurricular activity.)

Her yearbooks won Gold Medalist and All-American ratings from 1977 to 2006, as well as NSPA Pacemaker and Pacemaker finalist, CSPA Trendsetter, Silver Crown and Gold Crown awards. She has been inducted into the Great Lakes Interscholastic Press Hall of Fame and the Scholastic Journalism of Fame in Norman, OK. In addition to receiving a Gold Key (CSPA) and a Pioneer Award (NSPA), Coolidge was named JEA’s National Yearbook Adviser of the Year in 2002. In 1991 she was named Bay Village School District’s Teacher of the Year and a Martha Holden Jennings scholar. Coolidge was honored as the Ohio PTA’s Educator of the Year in 2003.

She has written articles for all scholastic journalism publications, including “The Student Press Review,” “elements” and “Yearbook Fundamentals,” and has been involved in developing educational resources since 1986. She and her son Erick live in Avon Lake, Ohio, with their dog, Belldandy P’Doodle.

Susan Massy advises the Lair yearbook and the Northwest Passage newspaper at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Shawnee, Kansas, where she teaches newspaper, yearbook and photojournalism. Both publications have earned CSPA Crowns and NSPA Pacemakers.

Massy was honored as the 1999 JEA National Yearbook Adviser of the Year.

Linda Puntney, MJE, holds the distinction of retiring as the executive director of the Journalism Education Association twice. She is an emeritus professor of journalism at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

She served as director of Student Publications Inc. and the adviser to the Royal Purple yearbook and Update magazine. From 1990 through 2010, the Royal Purple won both the ACP Pacemaker and CSPA Gold Crown, one of the only books in the nation to do so.

Puntney has received the NSPA Pioneer award, JEA Medal of Merit, Lifetime Achievement Award, Carl Towley Award and the Teacher Inspiration Award. She was awarded the CSPA Gold Key and the Charles O’Malley Award for Teaching and is a member of the CMA Hall of Fame.

Margaret Sorrows retired in June 2015 after 36 years of advising yearbooks and teaching digital photography, most recently for 24 years at Bryant High School in Arkansas.

She was the 2014 JEA H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year. Her yearbooks won Gold and Silver CSPA Crowns and NSPA Pacemakers, including selection to the NSPA Hall of Fame in 2008. Her honors include a JEA Lifetime Achievement Award, NSPA Pioneer Award, CSPA Gold Key, TAJE Texas Trailblazer Award and runner-up to Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

She is currently an ambassador for Jostens, serving as an educational and creative consultant.

Gloria Shields NSPA Media Workshop
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