There are countless opportunities in journalism, and the Exposure component of the Emerging Journalists Program is designed to give you the foundational skills to see what a collegiate or professional career could look like as a storyteller. We have partnered with the national Journalism Education Association to develop virtual learning sessions taught by the top secondary education communications instructors in the country.

What’s involved

Participants in the Exposure experience will take part in virtual monthly educational opportunities to learn about journalism and communications careers and the importance and power of their voice. Each of the six sessions will include a live lecture, discussion, interactive materials as well as short assessments to measure learning outcomes. Although each session assumes no previous journalism knowledge, even students who already are involved in high school publications will walk away with new skills and perspectives.

In the spring, Elon will host a virtual college fair featuring communications programs from around the country. Exclusively for Exposure students, parents/guardians, teachers and counselors, the college fair will provide participants the opportunity to learn more about undergraduate programs.

What you get

  • Six interactive learning sessions on foundational journalism skills, including News Gathering & Writing; Editing & Design; Leadership & Team Building; Photojournalism & Multimedia Broadcast; Law, Ethics & News Literacy; Audience Engagement & Web Development.
  • A certificate of completion for completing all six session assessments.
  • Attendance at a virtual college fair featuring undergraduate communications programs from around the country.
  • High school juniors from diverse socio-economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds who successfully complete the Exposure experience will be invited to apply for the Immersion experience, a 10-day, experiential learning workshop on Elon University’s campus with travel, lodging, meal and instructional expenses paid for by EJP.

Who’s eligible

Anyone may apply to take part in the Exposure experience. There is no cost, although participants will need to have access to technology for attending virtual sessions and completing assessments.

When are instructional sessions

The schedule includes the upcoming virtual sessions (all times Eastern):

  • Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. – Photojournalism & Multimedia Broadcast
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. – Leadership & Team Building
  • Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. – Editing & Design
  • Saturday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. – Audience Engagement & Web Development

While participants are strongly encouraged to attend live sessions to take advantage of interactive elements, recordings will be made available on the course management site for anyone who has a conflict during the scheduled time.


Our instructors

Michelle BalmeoMichelle Balmeo, MJE, advises The Whirlwind student news magazine and website at West Albany High School in Albany, Oregon. Balmeo relocated to Oregon almost five years ago and helped a group of students revive a dead program, bringing back a newspaper with a history of 100+ years. Prior to that, she spent 11 years guiding her students in California’s Silicon Valley through the digital evolution from 16-page tabloid newspaper to magazine to website with multimedia storytelling. Balmeo has received recognition as an NSPA Pioneer, a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser, and California Journalism Educator of the Year. She is a contributor to the JEA Digital Media Committee’s online site and authored the Design and Visual/Multimedia chapters of the high school textbook “Journalism: Publishing Across Media.”

Balmeo will lead the Photojournalism & Multimedia Broadcast module.

Kimetris BaltripKimetris Baltrip oversees award-winning publications as a journalism and yearbook teacher at The Kinkaid School in Houston. Prior to working in scholastic journalism, she taught in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University for 13 years. She has worked for The New York Times and Houston Chronicle and has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator. In 2016, she won a national award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and she mentored Rolling Stone’s 35th annual college journalism award winner whose project from her class was broadcast by an affiliate of National Public Radio. Her professional experience includes serving as a public relations practitioner, newspaper editor and reporter, and contributor to several magazines.

Baltrip will lead the Editing & Design module.

Pedro Cabrera, M.A., CJE, is the publications adviser for Judson High School. He advises The Fuel student newspaper, the school yearbook, The Rocket, and oversees all social media for the campus. He was named Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2019, a Spirit of Judson Award Winner, and given the Pathfinder Award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. He is a part of the Texas Association of Journalism Educators and the Journalism Education Association, having presented at state and national conventions. Lastly, he is the coordinator of JEA’s Scholastic Journalism Week.

Cabrera will lead the Audience Engagement & Web Development module.

Delbert EllertonDelbert Ellerton advises the Southerner newspaper at Midtown High School in Atlanta and has advised student publications for 14 years. The Southerner consistently rates highly in state, regional and national competitions. In 2021, the Southerner received its first Online Pacemaker Award and 10th Pacemaker overall. The Southerner has received two CSPA Gold Crowns in the past three years. Ellerton is a graduate of Midtown under its former name, Henry W. Grady High School. He is also a Columbia Journalism School graduate and worked professionally at the Macon Telegraph, Newport News Daily Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg. His beats, over a 10-year career, included general assignment, sports, education, the environment and business. Ellerton’s recognitions include: Georgia Scholastic Press Association Adviser of the Year and CSPA Special Recognition Adviser. Ellerton has presented for the Georgia Scholastic Press Association and the 2021 JEA Adviser’s Institute.

Ellerton will lead the News Gathering & Writing module.

Myia GriffithMyia Griffith teaches journalism and Principles of Arts, AV Technology and Communications in North Texas. She also serves as publications adviser for the yearbook and an award-winning online school news site. Though entering year 20 in the classroom, she continues to seek new ways to make teaching and learning more effective and enjoyable for students. Griffith actively seeks opportunities for her students to gain exposure to “real world” journalism applications, getting away from the classroom (newsroom) and out into the field as often as possible. She is grateful that her students have earned local, state and national recognition for their work in scholastic journalism, but she believes emphasis should be on student progress from story concept to polished published work. Griffith’s background is in print journalism (research, reporting, copy editing, layout/design), corporate communications and public relations. She and her husband have a business consulting firm which also features custom graphics, photography and event support.

Griffith will lead the Law, Ethics & News Literacy module.

Julie KuoJulie Kuo has been a scholastic newspaper adviser for 10 years and a history teacher for 13. At Lexington High School in Massachusetts, she advised The Musket, which published in print and online. During her time there, she also served as state director for the Journalism Education Association and was on the board of the Massachusetts Scholastic Press Association. She currently advises The Blazer, the award-winning, student-run newspaper at Branson School in Marin County, California. She holds a B.A. in print journalism from the University of Southern California and an M.Ed. in secondary education in history from Boston College. She is a Certified Journalism Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and James Madison Fellow. At Branson, she has been honored with the Russell Smith Faculty Prize for teaching excellence and the Tukman Fellowship for revitalizing the student newspaper.

Kuo will lead the Leadership & Team Building module.