The Washington Journalism and Media Conference

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Sam Wolfe

SAM WOLFE

Account Strategist for Digital Marketing, Google

Sam Wolfe is an account strategist for digital marketing at Google and a long-time friend of WJMC.  Currently, he advises the nation’s largest ad agencies and manages clients ranging from HBO, Warner Brothers, Turner Digital, Showtime, and Cartoon Network to market new movies, streaming shows, and video games across all Google and YouTube platforms. He is also a coach on the Grow With Google team, which is dedicated to increasing access, awareness, and education for individuals and small businesses in marginalized communities. He is a proud 2014 alumnus of WJMC and worked at the conference wearing many hats from 2015 to 2019. Sam graduated from George Mason University in 2019 with a degree in Communication and Public Relations, and he is ecstatic to be back home at WJMC this summer.

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Madeleine May

MADELEINE MAY

Producer, VICE News Tonight

Madeleine May is a producer for VICE News Tonight, VICE’s nightly news program. Last year, VICE News Tonight became the most Emmy-winning newscast for the third consecutive year, including “Outstanding Newscast.”  At VICE, she produces news segments about politics, voter suppression, and the rise of authoritarianism in the U.S. and in Europe.

Previously, she produced documentaries for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a nonprofit investigative journalism network that specializes in reporting on the illicit financial system and corruption; and the New Media Advocacy Project (NMAP), a non-profit that focuses on natural resource exploitation and human rights.

She holds degrees in Journalism and African Studies from Northwestern University’s Medill School, and is a National Geographic Young Explorer.

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Advance Team Staff

Nathaniel Aponte

NATHANIEL APONTE

Advance Team Member

Nathaniel Aponte is a rising sophomore at Christopher Newport University.  He plans to study Marketing and Graphic Design. Nathaniel enjoys spending time with friends, taking photos, and visiting D.C.’s restaurants and museums. He’s excited to work on the Advance Team and to meet all of the team members.

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Junior Faculty Advisor

Maija Robinson

MAIJA ROBINSON

Junior Faculty Advisor

Maija Robinson is a rising Junior at George Mason University and is majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.  Aside from classes, she is an intern for Mason’s Washington ScholarS Program. Maija also enjoys attending school events and spending time with others. She aims to enter the field of Public Relations upon graduating. Maija attended WJMC in the summer of 2019 and she is more than happy to be able to experience it again this summer!

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Jalen Thompson

JALEN THOMPSON

Junior Faculty Advisor

Jalen Thompson is a Music Composition Major at Colorado State University. He attended WJMC in 2019 and is ecstatic to come back.  He has worked as a communications intern at CSU, researching and writing articles for SOURCE, the universities online newspaper. Furthermore, he is active in social justice issues and hearing other’s perspectives on them. He also enjoys watching basketball and finding new music!

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Madalyn Godfrey

MADALYN GODFREY

Junior Faculty Advisor

Mady Godfrey is a rising sophomore at George Mason University within the Mason Honors College.  Coming from a small town in North Carolina, Godfrey is attending Mason to pursue a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in legal studies. Attending WJMC in the summer of 2019 as a rising Junior in high school, Godfrey remembers the positive impact the conference had left on her and looks forward to helping leave that same impact on the correspondents in their fun-filled week. Godfrey wishes for each correspondent to be able to leave the conference at the end of their week feeling inspired in their path of becoming future leaders of the world.

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Stephanie Strange

STEPHANIE STRANGE

Stephanie is the publications adviser at Steele High School in the northeast San Antonio, Texas area.  She advises the online newspaper, the weekly broadcast and the 328-page yearbook. She also teaches Journalism and Photojournalism. This is her fourth year teaching and she has fallen in love with her second career. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she was a missionary in China. She believes it’s a beautiful world out there and tries to bring that worldview into her teaching. She is passionate about showing others the importance of true journalism and believes that everyone has a story to tell that must be told with integrity, honesty and kindness. Outside of the classroom, Stephanie has been married for 22 years to her high school sweetheart who is a local pastor, and they have three daughters, one son-in-law and a rescue dog named Archie. She believes in transparency and isn’t afraid to admit when she doesn’t know something, to accept when she is wrong and to rejoice in the small victories of life.

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Advance Team Staff

Lukas Baines

LUKAS BAINES

Advance Team Member

Lukas Baines will be joining the advance team for 2022 and is looking forward to meeting and working with everyone.  He is a sophomore at GMU and is double majoring in electrical and mechanical engineering. He interned at Lockheed Martin and participated in Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar. He spends his free time reading or playing with his dog and currently works at REI’s bike shop but looks for every chance to get outdoors.

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Soph Zelizer

SOPH ZELIZER

Advance Team Member

Soph Zelizer is an Advance Team member for 2022, and is very excited to be joining the team.  Soph is a George Mason alumna with a BA in Sociology and Global Affairs, and is currently a graduate student in the social work program at the University of Washington. They have spent the past few years conducting research on LGBT+ wellbeing in the United States, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as working on an oral history project with local intersectional activists. In their free time, they enjoy reading, baking with friends, and hiking.

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Junior Faculty Advisor

Hope Beelman

HOPE BEELMAN

Junior Faculty Advisor

Hope Beelman will be transferring to a four-year university in the fall to study journalism after earning her Associate of Arts at Illinois Valley Community College in early May 2022.  She attended WJMC in 2019 with like-minded individuals and shared her experience at the conference with future correspondents as a Youth Advisory Board member. On campus, Hope has created content for the admissions office social media team and her college’s award-winning student newspaper, IV Leader, as a staff writer and editor-in-chief. Additionally, she works on campus as a student worker in the financial aid office and recently began working as a Marketing Intern at Camp Aramoni. Hope is thrilled to return to WJMC as a JFA this summer.