TODD R. VOGTS, CJE

Phone: 620-245-4551 • Email: profvogts@gmail.com • Twitter: @toddvogts


Education

Degrees

M.A., Journalism with an emphasis in Media Management (May 2018)

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Thesis Research:

M.S., Education with an emphasis in Journalism Education (May 2012)

Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas

GPA: 3.97/4.0

B.A., Communication with an emphasis in Print Journalism (May 2008)

Elliott School of Communication, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

GPA: 3.73/4.0

Honors: Outstanding Print Journalist of the Year

A.A., Journalism (May 2006)

Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kansas

GPA: 3.8/4.0

Additional Graduate Credits

Graduate Course — Project Management/English 11: Learning By Doing (Summer 2015)

Mid-America Nazarene University

Credits Earned: 2

Graduate Course — Seminar: Self Assessment & Inquiry (Summer 2014)

Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas

Credits Earned: 3

Graduate Course — Special Topics Professional Practice Journalism (Summer 2010)

University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, Nevada

Credits Earned: 3

Completed Trainings of Note

Teaching Leadership Conference (June 2016)

Kansas Leadership Center

Wichita, Kansas

Project Management Institute for Education Foundation National Training (November 2015)

ESSDACK

Hutchinson, Kansas

Your Leadership Edge (September 2013)

Kansas Leadership Center

Wichita, Kansas


Professional Experience

Teaching

Sterling College

• Assistant Professor of Media (2018 — Present)

– Responsible: Teaching journalism and communication courses, including media writing and reporting. Courses taught include, but are not limited to: broadcast journalism; mass media, self and society; mass media writing; principles of public relations; public speaking; and web design.

Wichita State University

• Adjunct Instructor (2017 — Present)

– Responsible: Teaching online journalism and communication courses in the Elliott School of Communication.

Sterling U.S.D. 376

• Journalism Instructor & Substitute Bus driver (2018 — 2020)

– Responsible: Teaching Career and Technical Education journalism classes and advising student media (yearbook, monthly newsmagazine, bi-weekly news broadcast, weekly website), as well as driving students to and from school and activities.

Sterling U.S.D. 376

• Journalism & English teacher, CTE coordinator, Bus driver, Technology Committee Chair (2012 — 2018)

– Responsible: Teaching Career and Technical Education journalism classes and advising student media (yearbook, monthly newsmagazine, bi-weekly news broadcast, weekly website), teaching English American Literature, liaison between faculty and CTE coordinator, driving students to and from school and activities, sponsoring the National Honor Society chapter, implementing a robotics curriculum, technology committee chairman, writing statewide curriculum blending CTE Project Management and Resource Scheduling class with English American Literature, and other tasks as assigned.

Western Plains U.S.D. 106

• Journalism teacher, P.R. Director, Coach, Bus driver (2010 — 2012)

– Responsible: Teaching/advising newspaper and yearbook journalism classes, driving students to and from school and activities, maintaining district website, writing weekly news articles for local newspaper, assistant track & field coach, forensics coach, school play director, and other tasks as assigned.  

Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District/Western Plains U.S.D. 106

• Paraeducator, Substitute Teacher, Bus Driver, Head Football, Asst. Boys Basketball (2009 — 2010)

– Responsible:  Helping teach special education students, filling in for absent teachers, driving students to and from activities, and other tasks as assigned.


Professional Experience

Journalism/Publishing/Media

Strategic Book Group

• Author (2011 — Present)

– Responsible: Publishing fictional novels.

Lucky Se7en Mobile DJ Services                                                   

• Owner and Performer (2004 — Present)

– Responsible: Starting and running all business operations ranging from music purchasing,  event booking and planning, contract writing, and entertaining throughout the Midwest.

Lucky 7 Publishing LLC

• Owner & Publisher (2014 — 2020)

– Responsible: Publishing the monthly Wichita Family Magazine, completing print and design jobs for clients, managing budgets, dealing with clients, billing, managing ad salespersons, updating all websites and social media, and handling all other aspects of the business.

The Ledger Newspaper

• Editor-In-Chief (2008 — 2009)

– Responsible:  Writing all stories, shooting all photos, editing submitted copy and photos and paginating the paper each week, as well as handling subscriptions and classified sales.

The McPherson Sentinel

• Columnist (2007 — 2008)

– Responsible: Researching, writing and submitting opinion pieces to the editor.

• Winter Break Intern (December 2006 — January 2007)

– Responsible: Interviewing sources, writing news and feature pieces, taking photographs.

The Wichita State University Sunflower

• Editor-In-Chief  (2007 — 2008)

– Responsible: Overseeing all aspects of the editorial operation by providing support, content and leadership while managing and hiring employees and handling payroll.

Webmaster and Reporter (2006 — 2007)

– Responsible: Designing & maintaining the Sunflower Web site, interviewing sources, writing various articles.

The Wichita Eagle                                                           

• Winter Break Intern (December 2007 — January 2008)

– Responsible: Interviewing sources and writing daily news and feature pieces.

The Wichita Times

• Webmaster Intern (2007)

– Responsible: Updating and designing Web pages with content from the monthly magazine, as well as creating niche websites for The Times owner.

Greteman Group                                                                   

• Online Intern (Kansas State Fair, 2005 and 2006)

– Responsible: Updating Kansas State Fair Website with pictures and contest results.

The Hutchinson Collegian

• Editor-In-Chief & Online Editor (2005 — 2006)

– Responsible: Overseeing all aspects of the editorial operation by providing support, content and leadership while assigning and writing stories and copy editing every issue.

• Sports Editor & Online Staff (2004 — 2005)

– Responsible: maintaining The Collegian Website, coming up with sports story ideas, interviewing sources, writing sports, news, opinion and feature pieces and taking photographs.

Central Kansas News Magazine                                                   

• Reporter and Photographer (2005 — 2006)

– Responsible: Interviewing sources, writing news, opinion and feature pieces and taking photographs.

Ad Astra Per Aspera Broadcasting

• Disc Jockey and Audio Technician (Spring Semesters, 2005 — 2006)

– Responsible: Voice-tracking weather reports and front-sells, airing weekly countdowns, and playing commercial breaks during broadcasts of sporting events.


Professional Service & Memberships

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

• Member since 2018

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society

• Member since 2018

Society of Professional Journalists

• Member since 2018

Wichita State University Board of Student Publications

• Chairman (2016-Present)

• Community Representative (2012 — 2016)

– Responsible: Leading and attending executive board meetings in my capacity as chairman and a community representative to the board and providing advice and guidance in matters concerning the publications, as well as being a voting member who helps in the hiring and firing of student editors and advertising managers. This entity oversees the student publications at Wichita State University. The primary entity we are in charge of is The Sunflower and its affiliate publications and websites.

Kansas Scholastic Press Association

• Area 1 Representative to the Executive Board of Directors (2013 —2019)

– Responsible: Attending executive board meetings, planning contests and curriculum, being the voice for my constituents, protecting and promoting student journalism throughout the state and beyond. The area represented used to be Area 5 prior to a redrawing of the membership map.

Professional Development Trainer

• ESSDACK (2015 — Present)

– Responsible: Training educators from around the state in Project Management best practices using my Project Management Institute Educational Foundation national certification. This focuses specifically on how to structure classes and curriculum to meet the standards of Project Management and Resource Scheduling, a Career and Technical Education course. Such trainings are part of my work in pioneering state-wide curriculum blending Project Management with English III. I also provide journalism training for educators trying to start or revitalize their programs, looking specifically at the tools and technology available to them and how to run a scholastic media program within the required state curricular standards.

• Sterling USD 376 (2015 — 2018)

– Responsible: Training fellow faculty members in the school district on how to use various Google Apps for Education products. This focuses specifically on Google Classroom, Google Sites and Google Forms, but it also includes some work with Google Calendar and Gmail, among other tools.

Kansas Collegiate Media / Kansas Associated Collegiate Press

• Contest Judge (variable based upon need)

– Responsible: Reading and critiquing entries submitted by student journalists from two-year and four-year public and private universities before assigning them placings and rankings.

Journalism Education Association

• Member since 2010

– Honors: Certified Journalism Educator since 2015.

KanSPRA

• Member 2011-2012


Community Service

American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy

• Program Associate Director (2019 — Present)

– Responsible: Managing all aspects of recruitment and promotion of the program, which includes leading teams of volunteers in efforts such as website management and design, marketing materials creation, recruiting delegates to the program and other duties as assigned by the program’s executive director.

• Director of Marketing (2014 — 2019)

– Responsible: Managing all aspects of recruitment and promotion for the program, which includes social media, promotional brochures, four websites, the yearbook, direct mailings, sending press releases to statewide media outlets, and working with the executive committee to meet the needs of the program.

• Program Coordinator (2015 — 2017)

– Responsible: Overseeing and managing all aspects of the program, serving nearly 500 high school juniors from across the state each summer, including day-to-day operations, staffing and all other tasks as necessary.

• Media & IT Coordinator (2014 — 2015)

– Responsible: Overseeing all media products created by students participating in the program, including a daily newspaper, a yearbook, a daily news broadcast, and a news website. Includes running social media channels to promote the program. Also entails overseeing technology of the program, including a computer simulation that runs a real-world financial system that allows program participants to see monetary impact from the legislative decisions they make.

• Curriculum Coordinator (2013 — 2014)

– Responsible: Creating and managing the curriculum for the program, which serves nearly 500 high school juniors each summer. Curriculum includes government-related work at the local, county and state levels, as well as judicial, departmental and political action committee work.

• Head Media Counselor (2012 — 2013)

– Responsible: Overseeing all media products created by students participating in the program, including a daily newspaper, a yearbook, and a daily news broadcast. Also includes running social media channels to promote the program.

• Photographer/Yearbook Counselor (2011 — 2012)

– Responsible: Chronicling the week of Boys State by taking pictures at all events and then producing a 32-page yearbook highlighting the week, which is then used as a keepsake for all participants and promotional tool for the program to recruit new participants.

• Newspaper Counselor (2004 — 2006)

– Responsible: Overseeing student-produced daily newspaper informing participants of happenings during the week of the program.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Ness County

• Corporate Sponsorship Chair (2010 — 2012)

– Responsible: Soliciting and securing donations from area businesses to support the fundraising efforts and goals of the Relay for Life event.

• Master of Ceremonies (2010 — 2016)

– Responsible: Keeping the event on time and moving, introducing guest speakers and performers, making announcements, playing music to keep participants energized and engaged, and performing all other tasks as necessary.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life of McPherson County

• Master of Ceremonies (2004 — 2006)

– Responsible: Keeping the event on time and moving, introducing guest speakers and performers, making announcements, playing music to keep participants energized and engaged, and performing all other tasks as necessary.

Sons of the American Legion — Post 192 in Canton, Kan.

• Boys State Department Liaison (2018 — Present)

• Member (2011 — Present)

American Legion Riders — Chapter 128 in Sterling, Kan.

• Director (2014 — 2017)

– Responsible: Presiding at all meetings of the chapter, supervising the business and affairs of the chapter, approving all orders directing the disbursement of funds, providing a monthly report covering the business and finances of the chapter, performing other duties as necessary.

• Media Officer (2011 — 2017)

– Responsible: Being a liaison with the local media to promote ALR events to the community as a whole, writing press releases and taking out advertising to help further the message and work of the ALR, and recording the happenings of the chapter to be disseminated via the local media.

• Member (2011 — 2017)

Ransom City, Nevada Township Fire Department

• Firefighter (2010-2012)


Workshops & Presentations

                                        

June 2019 Digital Media Project Management Workshop at ESSDACK — Hutchinson, Kansas

Incorporating New State Standards into the Journalism Classroom

– Synopsis: Providing teachers with activities and projects aligned to the new course profile standards using digital tools called for in the new state course. This hands-on workshop emphasized what public relations and journalism-related industry professionals want students to be able to do with writing and media work after graduation by helping teachers develop projects and create prototypes they could implement within their own classes that meet the state standards of the application-level CTE (Career and Technical Education) course in the Digital Media Pathway (formerly Arts/AV Communication).

October 2017 Classroom Technology Workshop at ESSDACK — Hutchinson, Kansas                        

Integrating Technologies into the Classroom

– Synopsis: Providing examples and brief explanations of different technologies educators can use in the classroom to increase student learning and engagement. This hands-on session included instruction on how to use the technologies and provided best-practices for incorporating these tools into various classroom settings, regardless of the content being taught.

                                        

September 2017 KSPA Fall Conference — Topeka, Kansas

Engaging the Audience

– Synopsis: Exploring various free or low-cost methods student media can employ to engage their audience, connecting with the students and communities they serve. The presentation also focused on why engagement is important in a media landscape where audience members have innumerable options and how engagement can attract a larger segment of that audience.

Student Journalist of the Year

– Synopsis: Explaining to students the benefits of entering for the SJOY Contest, the winner of which receives a cash prize. The presentation also includes tips for creating a winning entry, including brief instructions of who to set up a portfolio website.

                                        

June 2017 Project Management Workshop at ESSDACK — Hutchinson, Kansas

Project Management Institute Educational Foundation National Training

– Synopsis: Using national training materials and activities provided by the PMIEF, this workshop demonstrates to educators how to effectively blend a CTE (Career and Technical Education) course with a non-CTE course such as English III. This hands-on workshop included explanations of the standards for both course types and how they can work together. Participants also took part by taking on the role of the student and completing a Project Management assignment to gain a deeper understanding of how it could work in their own classrooms. State-approved curriculum participants could take and use in their own schools was provided, as well as an in-depth discussion of technology that could be used.

September 2016 KSPA Fall Conference — Wichita, Kansas

• Website 101: How & Why You Should Start An Online News Outlet

– Synopsis: An explanation for students and teachers of the importance of having a news website for their journalism programs. The presentation also included discussion of platforms to use and ways to increase viewers, such as SEO and social media use.

• Student Journalist of the Year

– Synopsis: Explaining to students the benefits of entering for the SJOY Contest, the winner of which receives a cash prize. The presentation also includes tips for creating a winning entry, including brief instructions of who to set up a portfolio website.

June 2016 Project Management Workshop at ESSDACK — Hutchinson, Kansas

• Project Management Institute Educational Foundation National Training

– Synopsis: Using national training materials and activities provided by the PMIEF, this workshop demonstrates to educators how to effectively blend a CTE (Career and Technical Education) course with a non-CTE course such as English III. This hands-on workshop included explanations of the standards for both course types and how they can work together. Participants also took part by taking on the role of the student and completing a Project Management assignment to gain a deeper understanding of how it could work in their own classrooms. State-approved curriculum participants could take and use in their own schools was provided, as well as an in-depth discussion of technology that could be used.

October 2015 Project Management Workshop at Kingman High School — Kingman, Kansas

• Project Management & English III

– Synopsis: Demonstrating to educators how to effectively blend a CTE (Career and Technical Education) course with a non-CTE course such as English III. This hands-on workshop included explanations of the standards for both course types and how they can work together. Participants also took part by taking on the role of the student and completing a Project Management assignment to gain a deeper understanding of how it could work in their own classrooms. State-approved curriculum participants could take and use in their own schools was provided, as well as an in-depth discussion of technology that could be used.

September 2015 KSPA Fall Conference — Hays, Kansas

• Student Journalist of the Year

– Synopsis: Explaining to students the benefits of entering for the SJOY Contest, the winner of which receives a cash prize. The presentation also includes tips for creating a winning entry, including brief instructions of who to set up a portfolio website.

• The Blender: Project Management & Resource Scheduling

– Synopsis: An explanation for students and teachers of how a CTE (Career and Technical Education) course can be effectively blended with a non-CTE course, and why that should matter for the school and student learning. This presentation also included state-approved curriculum participants could take and use in their own schools.

June 2015 Project Management Workshop at ESSDACK — Hutchinson, Kansas

• Project Management & English III

– Synopsis: Demonstrating to educators how to effectively blend a CTE (Career and Technical Education) course with a non-CTE course such as English III. This hands-on workshop included explanations of the standards for both course types and how they can work together. Participants also took part by taking on the role of the student and completing a Project Management assignment to gain a deeper understanding of how it could work in their own classrooms. State-approved curriculum participants could take and use in their own schools was provided, as well as an in-depth discussion of technology that could be used.

September 2014 KSPA Fall Conference — Hays, Kansas

• Student Journalist of the Year

– Synopsis: Explaining to students the benefits of entering for the SJOY Contest, the winner of which receives a cash prize. The presentation also includes tips for creating a winning entry, including brief instructions of who to set up a portfolio website.

May 2013 WPHS Commencement Address — Ransom, Kansas

• Go forth and do good

– Synopsis: Speech extolling the graduating class of 2013 to go out into the world and make a difference by following their passions.

April 2009 Kansas Press Association Annual Convention — Wichita, Kansas

• Social Media & Blogging Panels

– Synopsis: Discussions of how small-town news outlets can use online tools such as blogging, video and social media to promote and expand the coverage already being provided to their communities. This includes explaining why adopting an online presence would not detract, but benefit, the weekly edition of newspapers, which goes against the beliefs of some small-town publishers.


Software Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, PhotoShop, Lightroom, Audition, Premiere, Dreamweaver, etc.)

A/V Production (Audacity, GarageBand, iMovie, Final Cut Pro)

iWorks (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

Microsoft Office

Google Productivity Tools (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Presentation, Classroom, Mail, Calendar, etc.)

Social Media Tools (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.)

Blogging CMS (Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, Medium, Tumblr)

Podcasting Platforms (Anchor, Podbean, etc.)

Blackboard Learning Management System

Canvas Learning Management System

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