The National Scholastic Press Association announces three new board members

MINNEAPOLIS — The National Scholastic Press Association is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors.

NSPA would like to extend a friendly welcome to Michelle Coro, Gayle Golden and Meghan Percival. Executive Director Laura Widmer added, “We are excited to have Megan, Gayle and Michelle join the NSPA/ACP Board of Directors. Their experience will be an asset to the board’s decisions as we move forward with our mission to serve our membership.”

Michelle Coro, a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, obtained her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in technology from the University of Phoenix in 2000. Prior to her work as an educator, she worked in broadcast as a news reporter for the Tribune Newspapers. Simultaneously, she worked in front of and behind the camera for KYMA-TV, KSAZ-TV and WDAF-TV. Michelle is honored to be a part of the National Scholastic Press Association board and hopes to share the tips and tricks of [NSPA] trade, intertwining education and journalism. She hopes her involvement lends itself to a strong commitment that journalism matters to all.

Gayle Golden is a senior lecturer at the University of Minnesota where she teaches professional skills courses in journalism and advanced practicum courses. She also teaches literary journalism. Gayle has a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and has worked as an award-winning freelance writer for numerous magazines and news organizations. Along with her involvement with NSPA, Gayle serves as chairwoman and director of training at the Minnesota Daily; she also serves as a board member of the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association and Minnesota Magazine. Gayle has previously served NSPA as a contest judge and convention speaker. She hopes as a member of the board, she can assist NSPA in providing student journalists what they need, whether that be through supporting training and resources for evolving digital formats or through initiatives that defend First Amendment issues. Gayle added, “It’s incredibly important, especially now, that we nurture the best practices of journalism as a strong check on government and other powerful institutions. It’s critical to democracy, of course, and NSPA is uniquely positioned to impress that upon the journalists of tomorrow.”

Meghan Percival teaches photojournalism and AP Psychology at McLean High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where she is also the adviser of The Clan yearbook. She earned a Gold Key from CSPA in 2013 and was a 2014 JEA Distinguished Adviser. Meghan was first introduced to NSPA in 2008, when she began teaching at McLean High School. Other advisers shared how helpful the NSPA critique was, and Meghan herself began critiquing yearbooks in 2004. She served on the local planning committee when the convention was held in Washington, D.C. in 2005, 2009, and 2014. As a board member, Meghan hopes to help more advisers become aware of the wealth of resources available to them with their NSPA membership and look for creative ways to better serve NSPA members. Meghan credits NSPA for her dedication to teaching, stating, “All of my experiences with NSPA have made me a better teacher and adviser, while also providing terrific learning experiences for my students.”