Cassidy Grom

Cassidy is the executive director of the Student Press Coalition and a journalism major at Taylor University. She was the co-editor-in-chief of Taylor’s student newspaper, The Echo, and interned at the New York Daily News. As a Eugene S. Pulliam Intern, she interned at the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana, and the Huntington Herald-Press. She will graduate in May 2018 and plans to work at Cassidy founded the SPC after experiencing censorship at her university.


ellen_hershberger5Ellen Hershberger

As the art director for the Student Press Coalition, Ellen Hershberger has interpreted data, created infographics, and designed web layout for SPC’s research. She has written for the Taylor student newspaper, and was editor-in-chief of The Ilium yearbook publication for two years. Over the last four years, Ellen has interned at 435 Magazine, The Global Orphan Project and The Christian and Missionary Alliance. She spent four months during the fall 2017 semester studying in Lithuania and interning for LCC International University’s study abroad office. She will graduate from Taylor University’s journalism program in May 2018.


brian.jpgBrianna Kudisch

Brianna is a junior at Taylor University and the Managing Editor of the Student Press Coalition. She was the features editor at The Echo, Taylor’s student newspaper, and is currently the editor-in-chief of The Ilium, Taylor’s yearbook. Brianna will be participating in a New York City semester in journalism program in the fall of 2018, where she’ll be taking classes at The King’s College and interning at an established newsroom. She will graduate with a BA in journalism and a minor in public relations in May 2019, and plans to work in mainstream journalism.


annabelleAnnabelle Blair

Annabelle will graduate with a BA in journalism from Taylor University in May 2018. She served as co-editor of the news section on The Echo, the Taylor University student newspaper, during her junior year. For her fall 2017 semester, Annabelle participated in a journalism program in New York City where she interned at TimesLedger newspapers in Queens. Annabelle is the SPC Media Outreach Director. This summer, she will work at a business newspaper in California as a Dow Jones News Fund intern.


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Hannah graduates May 2018 from Taylor University with a BA in History and a minor in English. She is a Student Press Coalition researcher and consultant. Hannah plans to work in the legal field.




braden_ochs.jpgBraden Ochs

A researcher for the Student Press Coalition, Braden is a junior journalism major at Taylor University. He is currently the news co-editor for The Echo newspaper and has experience in media writing, editing, and design. He also has experience writing for the university marketing department at Taylor. He will graduate in May 2019 with a BA in journalism and a minor in professional writing.


ryan.jpgRyan Bartz

Ryan is the web coordinator for the Student Press Coalition. He will graduate from Taylor University in May 2018 with a BA in art in graphic design. He currently works as an art director in the publishing field.



Matt Csakai, a Taylor University elementary education major, contributed to initial research.