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Megan Middleton

Megan, a journalism graduate student at the University of North Texas, has spent more than a decade working for newspapers. Most recently, she was the city editor at the Tyler Morning Telegraph, where she also worked as a reporter.

Her reporting also has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Arlington Morning News, Denton Record-Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Megan graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UNT and hopes to secure her master’s in 2015.

She began her journalism career in high school and is thrilled to be a counselor for UNT’s first Multimedia High School Journalism Workshop.

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Madisen Reid

Madisen, a 2014 graduate of Hebron High School in Carrollton, gained automatic admissions to Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, for the 2015 fall semester. In the interim, she will complete her basic college coursework at Collin College in Plano during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Once at SMU, Madisen plans to double major in broadcast journalism and communication studies, and double minor in political science and personal relations.

Madisen attended the conference to expand her knowledge in all aspects of journalism.

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Alex Helm

Alex is a senior and a second year writer for The Marquee at Marcus High School. This year, she’ll be feature and copy editor, and is looking forward to helping new journalists at her school.

She’s interested in social media and blogging as a digital journalist.

In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading and baking with her sister. Alex plans to go to college and major in journalism.

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Jordan Gill

Jordan is entering her senior year as an International Baccalaureate candidate at Denton High School. Jordan is involved in a variety of activities in addition to journalism while maintaining a 4.7 GPA. Jordan has been a part of the DHS journalism department since sophomore year in various roles and will finish her high school journalism career as editor-in-chief.

Jordan is also involved in Student Government, National Honor Society, was previously a Fillies Drill Team junior lieutenant and varsity golfer. Jordan has received accolades for her participation for Journalism UIL, including 2nd place in District, and 4th place in Regionals.

Jordan wanted to attend this workshop to gain more knowledge and experience in other fields of journalism besides newspaper.

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Katelyn Hoagland

Katelyn is a recent graduate from Lewisville High School and will attend UNT in the fall. Her interest in journalism started freshman year when she selected “Photojournalism” on a blue slip of paper without a second thought. Ever since, she’s been taking photos and writing for the Farmer’s Harvest.

Her junior year, Katelyn was photo editor of the school newspaper and, senior year, she was editor-in-chief. Just like her first journalism class, the Mayborn High School Journalism Workshop appeared out of nowhere, calling her name. The opportunity to learn from the professors she’d see in just a few months and apply the skills she’s crafted over the years was too tempting to pass up.

Katelyn would like to write for a long, long time. Maybe she’ll edit, design, take photos and cry a little. In her spare time, Katelyn watches Teen Wolf, attends concerts, and drinks a lot of coffee.

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Ateanna Uriri

Ateanna Uriri is a University of North Texas student studying Journalism with a focus in Photojournalism. She has previously earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies that she hopes to couple with her degree from UNT to pursue foreign correspondence with an international media outlet or to travel the world telling stories and documenting the lives of people.

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Kristopher Eckstorm

Kristopher is a sixteen year old attendee of Guyer High School. He’s been working with the Guyer Wire, the school’s newspaper, since he was a freshman and plans to continue writing throughout high school. Kristopher plays the bass in the school orchestra and loves video games and cards.

He came to the Mayborn High School Journalism Workshop because he’s always been interested in print as well as the other platforms of journalism.

Kristopher thinks he wants to go into print, but he’s also enjoying the broadcast side.

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Markus Smith

Markus is 18 years old and a recent graduate of Creekview High School in Carrollton. At Creekview, he was a sports writer for the school’s newspaper staff and a sports photographer for the yearbook staff.

He will be going to UNT this fall semester as a journalism major. After college, Markus wants to be a sports reporter for a newspaper staff.

He came to this workshop to develop his writing style and to learn through the other students there.

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Wade Crowder

Wade is an incoming junior at TAG at Townview in Dallas. He has taken photos for his school’s yearbook and newspaper.

He enjoys swimming, playing basketball, and participating in various outdoor activities.

He attended this workshop because he wanted to further his knowledge of multimedia journalism. Photography has always been an interest of Wade’s, so a career with that focus would be ideal.

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Jared Macduff

Jared is a senior at UNT where he works for ntTV. His major is broadcast journalism with a main focus on sports. He has played sports since he was little and some day would like to be a sports analyst.

He came to this conference to be a mentor and help young, aspiring journalists (and himself) understand how to become better writers.

Jared is also at the conference because it will look good to have on his resume.