Excellence in Journalism 2017 | Anaheim


About/Meet the Staff

Each year, the Society of Professional Journalists sponsors internships for more than a dozen bright, motivated and hard-working student journalists to staff The EIJ News, a news site that covers the Excellence in Journalism conference. Student writers, editors, and photographers are invited to apply for these select positions.


Professional Staff

Staff Photo Faith Sidlow, California State University, Fresno
Twitter@FaithSidlow

Faith Sidlow is an award-winning broadcast journalist with three decades of experience in local radio and television news. She worked for the Fresno NBC affiliate from 1985 to 2013 as a news anchor and reporter.

Faith began teaching broadcast journalism at Fresno State in 2009 and became a full-time professor in 2015. In addition to her teaching duties, she is also the faculty adviser for the Fresno State Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and for KFSR 90.7 FM. Under her guidance, Faith’s students have won awards from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the CSU Media Arts Festival.

Faith is the recipient of numerous awards for reporting and anchoring including BEA, RTNA Golden Mike, Edward R. Murrow, RTNDA, Best of the West, and Associated Press. She has three Emmy nominations, and one of her stories–Extreme Faith–won an Emmy for editing. Faith was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle in 2012 for making a significant contribution to Northern California television for more than 25 years.


Staff Photo Sandra Gonzalez
Twitter@sandragonzalez2

Sandra Gonzalez is a veteran multimedia journalist based in Houston. Gonzalez has been reporting news for more than 20 years in both TV and radio, many of those years in Dallas/Fort Worth, and New Orleans. She interviewed civil rights activist Cesar Chavez early in her career; later covered the tragic kidnapping and murder of the child Amber Hagerman whose name is now known around the world through the Amber alert. In New Orleans, Sandra also reported on the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina and the environmental disaster of the BP oil spill. Sandra is an active member of both SPJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


Student Staff

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Pablo Andres Arauz
Twitter@pabloaarauz

Pablo Andres Arauz got his start in print journalism as a kid writing for The Jester Place Times. The one-page publication delivered news for a tiny cul de sac in Carrollton, Texas. The paper never made it past the first issue but he has since been dedicated to media as a civic duty. Now a senior at The University of Texas at Arlington and VP for the UTA SPJ chapter, Pablo looks forward to a career as a foreign correspondent. This summer he got a $5,000 scholarship from The Press Club of Dallas to complete his final year at UTA. As a multi-media journalist and polygot (he speaks Spanish, French and English) he has interned and freelanced for Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Weekly and his local NPR station, KERA 90.1 FM. His beats include arts, science, tech and local politics. Occasionally, he spends late nights spinning obscure punk music as a guest DJ for his community radio station, KNON 89.3 FM.


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Kailey Broussard
Twitter@kaileybroussard

Kailey Broussard is a senior journalism major attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with aspirations of honing her digital and computational journalism skills. A three-year veteran at her university’s student weekly, the Vermilion, she has served as a staff writer, copy editor and web editor and currently serves as the publication’s managing and design editor. Broussard is also a digital content editor intern and freelancer for the Advocate. She has also interned at the Independent. An active member of SPJ for almost three years, she has served as her chapter’s president, treasurer and secretary. Broussard hopes to head north for graduate school in computational journalism. When she’s not in the newsroom, she’s playing her guitar, spending time with friends and reminding herself that sunlight and a healthy sleep schedule exist.


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Anjelicia Bruton
Twitter@MMJJOURNEY

Anjelicia Bruton is a senior broadcast journalism student at Florida A&M University (FAMU) who is pursuing a career as a multimedia journalist. Anjelicia has a passion for story-telling and is using different avenues within FAMU to prepare herself for her career. Her freshman year, she was part of the camera crew where she shot the FAMUTV20 News then moved in front of the camera as a live shot reporter. She also wanted to learn more about developing a story and became an associate producer for FAMUTV20 Online which produces in-depth stories around five minutes long. Not only does she captivate an audience through a lens she enjoys writing. During her internship with Capital Outlook newspaper, Anjelicia wrote various hard news articles by observing the town and the imperative issues in the community.


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Maureen Green

Maureen Green is an award-winning prosecutor from Los Angeles County who works part-time traveling to prisons throughout the state to argue against the release of murderers and sex offenders. Over the last 20 years, she has tried the most serious murder cases including death penalty cases. She is a certified criminal law specialist and the only attorney so designated in her agency. Maureen became interested in studying journalism after being asked to appear and comment as a legal expert for a local radio station. She declined the invitation but enrolled in a postgraduate journalism program to study the basics. Maureen is nearing completion of that program and interested in freelancing on a wide range of topics including coastal access, government graft, media bias and the courts. She is a proud UCLA Bruin alumna and a graduate (pending, 2018) of the UCLA Extension journalism certificate program with an emphasis in writing.


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Sierra Hubbard
Twitter@SierraBHubbard

Sierra Hubbard is a senior studying journalism at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She has previously interned with Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During her four years at KSU, Hubbard has worked with her university newspaper, The Sentinel. After spending three semesters as the editor of the news section, she spent the last year serving as the publication’s editor-in-chief. Hubbard works as a freelance journalist for several publications in the Atlanta area. While she has worked with many platforms, her heart lies with newspaper reporting. After she graduates in December 2017, Hubbard hopes to land a job at a newspaper outside of Georgia, reporting on local issues in a new town. At home, Hubbard has two furry cats that consume her life. She enjoys all things nerdy – including video games and Dungeons & Dragons – and is currently finishing up her costume for this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta.


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Elena Piech
Twitter@elepiech

Elena Piech is a third-year emerging media major at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. She is also a recipient of the Park Scholarship, a merit and service based scholarship awarded to eleven communications students per year. From print, to audio, to 360 video, Elena has worked with multiple forms of storytelling. Her news packages produced for WICB, Ithaca College’s radio station, have won awards from both SPJ and the Syracuse Press Club. In January of 2017, she assisted PBS NewsHour with their coverage of the Presidential Inauguration. She also created a 360 video about the attendees at the Women’s March on Washington. She is currently working with a professor from Ithaca College and WKNO, the Mid-South’s PBS affiliate, on a documentary about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Tabitha Redder
Twitter@tabitharedder

Tabitha Redder is a driven student journalist with interests in opinion writing, arts, culture and social issues. She caught the news bug in high school where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Texan Times. There, she redesigned the paper from scratch. She moved onto The Collegian, the award-winning student publication at Tarrant County College, where she served as Northwest Campus Editor and Managing Editor of the publication. During her time there, she won several awards for her opinion pieces including a first-place regional Mark of Excellence award from the SPJ. Tabitha also served as president of her SPJ chapter for a year, creating original programming and doubling membership. Most recently, she interned at the Lewisville Texan Journal covering local news. In her free time, Tabitha enjoys wandering through art museums, researching oddities and pursuing an ever-elusive paranormal experience.


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Casey Smith
Twitter@SmithCaseyA

Casey Smith is a senior majoring in journalism, telecommunications and anthropology with a minor in Spanish at Ball State University. Over the summer, she interned at National Geographic Magazine by way of the American Society of Magazine Editors internship program, where she pitched and produced stories for print and digital mediums. She has previously interned in the multimedia department at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and worked as a correspondent through the USA TODAY College program. She is the Editor-in-Chief for The Daily News, Ball State’s campus newspaper, where she oversees a staff of more than 100 students. She also was part of Ball State’s BSU at the Games immersive learning experience, covering the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.


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Colin Stoecker
Twitter@stoeckercolinw

Colin Stoecker is a 27-year-old journalist and photographer. He attends the Georgetown University Graduate journalism program where he is pursuing his Master’s degree in journalism. He graduated from Denison University in 2012 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in philosophy. This summer he is in Italy working on the Urbino Project in multimedia journalism and international reporting in Urbino, Italy. He hopes to become a national or foreign correspondent in the future. Right now he works on freelance video and photo assignments and as a reporter for a local newspaper. In his free time, Colin enjoys writing, taking photos, traveling, and playing soccer. His interest in journalism began at Denison University when he spent time covering the impact of hydraulic oil fracturing on the locals of Licking County, Ohio. He has also lived in Beijing, China for a year as an English Teacher. He is from Hedgesville, West Virginia, but resides in Washington, D.C.


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Maylan Studart
Twitter@MaylanStudart

Maylan Studart is the newest face in broadcast journalism. A former professional jockey, Studart found journalism to be a lot like horseracing. Being first, living in a fast-paced world and never seeing the same day twice have made it a smooth transition. Studart is studying global and electronic journalism at the New York Institute of Technology and will graduate December 2017. Studart has won the Ruben Salazar scholarship bestowed by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the New York Women in Communications’ Esperanza scholarship. She is a member of the two aforementioned organizations, as well as the SPJ. Studart enjoys learning about, discussing and reporting on business news and geopolitical events. She is looking forward to being hired as a reporter in broadcast news and eventually becoming an anchor.