Frank Folwell joined USA Today in 1987, after a stint as director of photography at the Des Moines Register. He served as deputy managing editor for graphics/photography for 18 years, overseeing the newspaper’s photographers and photo editors. Researching and implementing new photo technology was one of his primary assignments.

For two decades, he played a major role in planning and executing coverage of the Olympic games. In 1996, Folwell led a team that won a USA Today Luminary Award, an annual prize for innovation, for coverage of Atlanta Olympics. Folwell directed Olympic coverage in Seoul, Barcelona and Sydney and worked as a photo editor at the summer games in Athens. More recently he made two Olympic planning trips to Beijing and one to conduct seminars with Chinese journalists.

In March 2008, Folwell taught a module in advanced photojournalism at Shantou University and helped students create a slide show of their work. Folwell has covered conflicts for USA Today in the Balkans and Somalia. In 1991, he traveled through the former Soviet Union, documenting the aftermath of the August coup. For the past decade, Folwell has conducted media training around the globe, including Armenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Colombia, Yemen and Kyrgyzstan.

In July and August, he worked with photo directors and photographers at the Beijing News as they prepared to cover the Olympics.

Sherry Ricchiardi, Ph.D., is a senior writer for American Journalism Review, specializing in international issues, and a professor at the Indiana University School of Journalism. Her specialties include newsgathering, international communications, media ethics and literary journalism. She is on the advisory committee for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, University of Washington, and has been a consultant with the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C.

She has worked as a media trainer in former Communist and developing countries around the world, including Russia, Armenia, Yemen, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia and Colombia. Her assignments for AJR have taken her to the Balkans, West Africa, Central Asia and the Philippines.

In 2003 and 2006, she won National Press Club awards for press criticism, including stories about violence against journalists in the West Bank, Afghanistan and Iraq. Ricchiardi is a senior Fulbright Specialist and was a Fulbright scholar in Croatia during the war in the 1990s. During that time, she won a Society of Professional Journalists Courage Award for front line reports to several American publications and AJR. Ricchiardi spent 20 years in newsrooms, including at the Des Moines Register, where she was an investigative reporter and wrote an international travel column.
Li Zixin is the public affairs manager for the Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication. He has worked as a journalist working for some major media outlets in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou for several years. In 2004, he set up a public relationship agency in Shanghai, whose clients included some Top 500 companies such as Abbott, American Standard, etc. Li got his bachelor degree of journalism in Renmin University of China. He serves as the program officer of the U.S. Election Reporting Team.
Kirk L. Jowers is the Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Associate Director of the Institute of Public and International Affairs, and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. He also is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Caplin & Drysdale and the Chairman of the Commonwealth PAC. He has provided legal and political advice to state and national political parties, more than 30 congressional and gubernatorial candidates, three presidential campaigns, Fortune 500 companies, and leading non-profit organizations. Mr. Jowers is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on national, state, and local politics, campaign finance laws, government ethics, and the First Amendment and is the author of several publications. Mr. Jowers is a graduate of the University of Utah and Harvard Law School. He is married to Kristen Jowers and has five children: Kaitie, Luke, Jackson, Lucy, and Emma.
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Courtney McBeth has been the Intern Manager of the Hinckley Institute of Politics since 2003 where she manages the international and Washington, D.C. intern programs and academic endeavours of the institute. Ms. McBeth graduated summa cum laude with an M.S. in Education from the University of Utah. Her thesis was titled, “Civic Engagement: The Impact of Internships on Political Participation.” She also graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and interned for University of Utah President Bernie Machen. Ms. McBeth was a member and captain of the University of Utah Women ’s Soccer Team and was named to the Freshman All-American team and Academic All-West Region.
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