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Texas University Interscholastic League Current Issues and Events State Contest Director • 2014-presentCreated Twitter (@uilciande) and Facebook accounts to build community around this academic contest. Taught sessions at Student Activity Conferences around the state. Produced contest manual. Wrote invitational A&B exams, district A&B exams, regional exam and state exam. Coordinated judging at state contest in Austin. Participation: 3,691 students at district, 1,088 at region and 217 at state.

College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press photojournalism programming coordinator • coordinator of on-site photo contest  | Coordinated on-site photo adventures, including those in Washington, D.C. (2016), New York City (2016), Austin (2015), New York City (2015), Philadelphia (2014), New York City (2014),  New Orleans (2013), New York City (2013), Chicago (2012),  Orlando (2011), Louisville (2010), Austin (2009), Kansas City (2008) and Washington, D.C. (2007). Coordinated speakers on photojournalism at national conventions in New York City, Austin and other cities.

Journalism Education Association Editor • 1998-current | Edited publications for this national journalism association consisting of more than 2,000 members worldwide. Communication: Journalism Education Today: quarterly journal containing articles on all aspects of journalism, everything from reporting, writing and editing to advertising sales and design. Supervised solicitation of all content, completed design and production camera ready on disk to printer using state-of-the-art Macintosh desktop-publishing tools. Coordinated on-site photography contests for national convention that included an average of 233 students per convention. Worked with outside consultants to move photo contests online. Reorganized contests as the profession evolved moving to contests that are independent of media.

  • Master Journalism Educator certification, initial 2012, renewed 2017
  • Southern Interscholastic Press Association Beth Dickey Distinguished Service Award, 2008
  • North Carolina Scholastic Media Association Distinguished Service Award, 2008
  • Journalism Education Association Carl Towley Award, 2006
  • Journalism Education Association Medal of Merit, 1996

Association of Texas Photography Instructors Senior consultant • 1996-current | First state-wide organization devoted solely to improving the quality of photography instruction. Coordinated fall/winter conference, the first conference developed solely for high school photographers. Organized summer workshop for instructors only. Edited newsletter. Chaired board meetings. Developed membership and conference registration databases. Served as vice president, president and past present beginning in 1993. Received ATPI’s highest award, the Star of Texas, in 1999.

North Carolina College Media Association Assisted with the creation of a statewide college media association and served as the organization’s chair for five years. NCCMA hosted its second convention at N.C. State in 2009, its fifth at Winston Salem State University in 2012 and started a statewide contest for college students in 2010.

Cary Area EMS • 1999-2012 North Hays County EMS; Wimberley EMS • 1997-1999 Syracuse University Ambulance • 1996-1997 Wimberley Emergency Medical Services • 1990-1992 Worked as volunteer and paid medic in these rural EMS services serving the local area with mutual-aid into surrounding areas. Handled incident command on various scenes in addition to running routine calls. Developed media (public relations and advertising) campaigns. Wrote press releases including crisis communication. Served on board of directors for Wimberley EMS for which duties included authoring new set of bylaws and state charter. Developed bi-monthly training program – “Super Scenario Sunday” – for new medics and taught Explorer class. CLICK HERE

Raleigh Concert Band • 1999 – 2001 President, Webmaster, euphonium player Austin Symphonic Band • 1997-1999 Euphonium player Coppell Symphonic Band Sept. • 1993-June 1996 Promotions manager, euphonium player, guest conductor Wimberley Community Band • Dec. 1990-Aug. 1992 Promotions manager, euphonium player Handled media relations for community bands in Raleigh, Coppell and Wimberley. Developed media campaigns including advertising in local newspapers, on radio stations and through posters.
 

Judge

  • 37th Annual Texas Ranch Roundup, August 2017 (judged photography with other community members)
  • Virginia High School League, December 2016, February 2017, April 2017 (judged websites with in-depth critiques for this statewide scholastic association)
  • Hawaii Publishers Association, 32nd Annual Pa’i Awards, April 2017 (judged sports photography, essay photography and visitor publication photography for this professional association)
  • Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association, March 2017 (judged overall yearbook)
  • Jostens Yearbook Photo Contest, March 2017 (judged almost 1,600 entries in international photo contest; ultimately work with team to select grand champion)
  • UIL District Competition, March 22, 2017 (judged news, feature, headline, editorial writing and copy editing with written critiques on each entry from high schools all over North Texas; hosted at Midwestern State University)
  • UIL District Competition, March 21, 2017 (judged news, feature, headline, editorial writing and copy editing with written critiques on each entry from high schools all over North Texas; hosted at Burkburnett High School)
  • Missouri Journalism Education Association, March 2017 (judged entries in statewide photo contest in portrait and news categories)
  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association, February 2017 (judged entires in College Journalist of the Year statewide contest)
  • Business Professionals Association, February 2017 (judged entries in national scholastic photo contest)
  • Quill and Scroll, December 2016 (judged 190 entries in student life and yearbook index categories, providing critiques of top entries and for overall category)
  • Junior high district University Interscholastic League editorial writing contest (judged sixth, seventh and eighth grade, providing written critiques on each entry)
  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association, November 2016 (judged sports writing, editorial writing, feature writing, news writing and photography)
  • 36th Annual Texas Ranch Roundup, August 2016 (judged photography)
  • Texas Ranch Roundup, Aug. 20, 2016 (judged amateur photo contest with images from various ranches around Texas with two other judges, both from local newspaper)
  • Hawaii Publishers Association, 31st Annual Pa’i Awards, April 2016 (judged sports photography, travel photography and photo stories for this professional association)
  • Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association, March 2016 (judged feature photography and portfolios for statewide college media contest providing individual critiques for each image or set of images)
  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association, March 2016 (judged college yearbooks in various categories including overall excellence, theme and photography providing commentary on each section)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, February 2016 (judged Florida Journalist of the Year competition, selecting the student journalist of the year in statewide competition)
  • Kansas Scholastic Press Association, February 2016 (judge Kansas Journalist of the Year competition, selecting, with three other judges, the student journalist of the year in statewide competition)
  • Southern Interscholastic Press Association, February 2016 (judged 50 photos in four categories for regional competition)
  • Ohio Scholastic Media Association, February 2016 (judged 161 entries in this statewide competition, providing individual feedback on each image in four categories, sports photo, feature photo, news photo and photo story)
  • Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference, December 2015 (provided in-depth written critique, annotation and rating for seven high school yearbooks for statewide contest)
  • Quill and Scroll, December 2015 (judged 230 entries in student life and yearbook index categories)
  • Texas Association of Journalism Educators, Oct. 18, 2015 (judged on-site photo contest in San Antonio, Texas)
  • Texas Ranch Roundup, Aug. 15, 2015 (judged amateur photo contest with images from various ranches around Texas with two other judges, both from local newspaper)
  • North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, May 20-23, 2015 (provided in-depth written critiques and ratings for scholastic publications in North Carolina)
  • Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference, March 30, 2015 (provided in-depth written critique and rating for five high school newspapers for statewide contest)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, March 2015 (judged entries in statewide Journalist of the Year
  • Hawaii Publishers Association’s 30th Annual Pa‘i Awards, March 20, 2015 (judged visitor publication photography, sports photography and photo essay with online ranking system as part of statewide contest for professional photojournalists)
  • College Media Association Apple Awards, March 14, 2015 (judged 15 individual Tweets for on-site “Best Tweet” in New York City as part of national convention)
  • Oklahoma College Media Association, March 2015 (judged 24 individual news photography entries in three rating divisions providing individual, written critiques for each entry)
  • Ohio Scholastic Media Association, February 2015 (judged 172 individual photography entries for statewide contest in four categories: news, feature, sports and photo storyproviding individual, written critiques for each entry)
  • Kansas Scholastic Press Association, February 2015 (judged 16 entries in three classes for statewide journalist of the year along with three other judges: Kathy Craghead, Linda Puntney and Chris Bacon; provided detailed evaluation of each portfolio on eight separate categories with comments on each)
  • Sponsors of School Publications of Greater St. Louis, February 2015 (judged nearly 100 individual photography entries in news and feature photography providing an individual, one-page critique for each one)
  • Quill and Scroll, December 2014 (judged hundreds of entries in student life and yearbook index)
  • National Scholastic Press Association, November 2014 (judged national Best of Show entries in online media)
  • Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference, April 2014 (judged and critiqued high school newspapers for statewide contest)
  • Hawaii Publishers Association, March 2014 (judged professional entries in this statewide contest)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, March 2014 (judged entries in statewide Journalist of the Year)
  • Ohio Scholastic Media Association, February 2014 (judged individual photography and advertising entries in statewide contest)
  • St. Louis Sponsors of Student Publications, February 2014 (judged individual photography entries in statewide contest)
  • National Scholastic Press Association, January 2014 (judged national Pacemaker entries as part of panel)
  • Texas Association of Journalism Educators, September 2013 (judged individual photography portfolios in statewide contest)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, September 2013 (judged individual photographs in statewide contest through BNC)
  • Garden State Scholastic Press Association, July 2013 (judged individual awards in this newspaper contest)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, June 2013 (critiqued and judged yearbooks for this state press association)
  • North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, May 2013 (critiqued and judged yearbooks for this state press association, including selecting books for the state\’s top award)
  • Michigan Interscholastic Press Association, April 2013 (judged websites for state press association)
  • Texas Interscholastic League Press Conference, March 2013 (judged high school newspapers and multimedia with full critique in statewide contests)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, March 2013 (judged high school newspapers with full critique in statewide contest)
  • Oklahoma College Media Association, March 2013 (judged multimedia entries in two divisions of statewide contest)
  • Hawaii Publishers Association, 28th annual Pa’i Awards, spring 2013 (judged two categories for this statewide professional media competition)
  • National Scholastic Press Association and Associated Collegiate Press, fall 2013 (judged national Pacemaker competition)
  • Iowa High School Press Association, fall 2012 (judged six yearbooks in statewide contest)
  • National Quill & Scroll individual contests, fall 2012 (judged hundreds of individual entries in four yearbook contests)
  • Texas University Interscholastic League, fall 2012 (critiqued and judged high-school yearbooks, rating them and recommending for statewide recognition)
  • Association of Texas Photography Instructors, fall 2012 (judged on three-member panel, more than 3,500 images for statewide, scholastic contest)
  • Florida Scholastic Press Association, fall 2012 (judged multimedia entries for statewide, scholastic competition)
  • Nebraska High School Press Association, fall 2012
  • Garden State Scholastic Press Association, fall 2012