A Better Press for a Better World: Covering Politics and Government
From Jeremy Steele
Explore the world of media with the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association’s “A Better Press for a Better World” webinar series. We invite middle and high school students to learn directly from professional journalists and others in the media industry during our weekly online program.
This week: State governments across the United States are battling the COVID-19 pandemic. How are reporters covering this story? We’ll talk with three reporters from across the country about their jobs and take your questions. Our panelists will talk about their work, how they got started in media and what you can do to get your start in the news industry.
This is a free online webinar designed for middle and high school students, and pre-registration is required. You may participate via web video or by phone. Our event will be recorded and made available to MIPA member advisers and their students. If your school not yet a MIPA member? How to join MIPA
“A Better Press for a Better World” is the official motto of MIPA. It was first proclaimed during the organization’s first “High School Editors Conference,” a gathering of 100 editors and advisers in May 1922.
Lauren Gibbons is a reporter for MLive’s Public Interest Team, covering federal politics and policy. Previously, she covered the state Senate for MIRS News. She is a longtime Lansing resident and Michigan State University graduate. Gibbons also is president of the Mid-Michigan Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is Nashville Public Radio’s political reporter and host of “The Tri-Star State“ podcast. Before moving to Nashville, Martínez-Beltrán covered education for the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden, Utah. He is a Puerto Rico native and his work has also appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “On Point” and “Here & Now”; NPR station WKAR, San Antonio Express-News, Inter News Service and GFR Media. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Mary Sell is a reporter and editor for Alabama Daily News, an online news site based in the state’s capital. Since launching in 2018, Alabama Daily News’ morning email has become a must-read for elected officials, lobbyists, state agency leaders and other Alabamians. The website also supplies content to newspapers, TV stations and news websites around the state. Sell’s coverage has included the ouster from office of a governor in 2017 for his inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Until COVID-19 took over the news cycle, she had been writing about former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ efforts to win back is former U.S. Senate seat. She has won multiple Alabama Press Association awards for her First Amendment and deadline reporting.
Jeremy Steele is executive director of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association and a specialist in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University, where he teaches various reporting courses. Steele is an award-winning journalist who has also worked for one of Michigan’s largest independent public relations firms.