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Laura Scudder

Junior Faculty Advisor

Laura Scudder is a sophomore at George Mason University majoring in communication with a concentration in journalism and minoring in Spanish. Originally from Chelsea, Michigan, Laura moved to Virginia to attend school at GMU to connect with those in the DC metropolitan area while learning about journalism. She works for George Mason’s student newspaper, Fourth Estate, as the Social Media Editor, is a staff writer for Her Campus George Mason and is a member of George Mason’s chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

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Melissa Larson

Faculty Advisor

Melissa Larson is in her 12th year as an educator. This is her seventh year as a Faculty Adviser at WJMC. In 2014, she received the Rising Star Award from the Journalism Education Association. In 2013, she was recognized as one of nine Apple Award Finalists for Secondary Educator of the Year in the Douglas County School District. She teaches technology courses at North Star Academy in Parker, CO. She also taught Digital Media, Multimedia Productions and Electronic Publications, and advised the Imprints yearbook for six years at Mesa Middle School in Castle Rock, CO. Imprints won several awards including NSPA 2nd Place Best of Show in 2011 and 2013, and NSPA 1st Place National Picture of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was a fellow at the 2012 ASNE Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Computer Information Systems at Colorado State University. She is married and has three daughters.