Amanda Lynn Porter, Associate Editor

Amanda Lynn Porter has been involved in many aspects of video/film production. Starting a video production class at her middle school in eighth grade, Amanda has always enjoyed every aspect of videography. After producing many in-school productions, including a daily newscast, Amanda branched out and began directing and producing commercials and short films for law firms, intermediate school districts, and various associations throughout Michigan.

Most recently, Amanda worked for Michael Moore on his latest documentary: Capitalism: A Love Story. You can read her column, Amanda's Book Nook each month in School Video News.


Barry Starlin Britt

Barry Starlin Britt is the executive producer and co-founder of Soundzabound Royalty Free Music.  After being hired to head up the content and Professional development divisions at Soundzabound, Barry began educating the K-12 educators on various technologies and compliance in 1998. 

As an ASCAP member with 20 years of experience in music and digital copyright, Barry also studied professional music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and classical music at Clayton State College in Atlanta.  By trade, Barry is a songwriter, producer and instrumentalist who has gone on to ventures in film, video, broadcast, podcasting and web 2.0 applications for education.  Barry lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and daughters.



Christina Hamlett

Former actress/director Christina Hamlett is an award winning author, professional script consultant, and ghostwriter. Her credits to date include 26 books including Scriptwriting for Teens, 128 plays for young actors, and 5 optioned feature films.

As part of her ongoing commitment to supply great lesson plans for today’s classrooms, Christina always enjoys getting feedback on how the material is used and what kind of new content you would like to see in future columns. She is also happy to answer any questions related to specific problems students may be struggling with. You can email Ms. Hamlett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or through her website at




Phillip L. Harris

Phillip L. Harris taught Television Production for 34 years in Northern Virginia, before retiring in June ‘06.  As a consultant, he helps to design curricula and build production facilities throughout the country. In 2006, his high school textbook Television Production was published by Goodheart-Willcox, Co., Inc.

Phil is passionate about sharing his successful curriculum and facility design tips with fellow TV broadcasting instructors and, to that end, is a session presenter and contest judge at many conferences (SIPA, JEA, STN, ITEA, VENE, FETC and ACTE, TSA, SkillsUSA to name a few).  Phil works closely with the Radio and Television News Director’s Foundation where he manages the RTNDF Tips and Tricks column.  He can be reached in Northern Virginia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jeff Rowe

Jeff Rowe has been a journalist since 1975, reporting and producing news for television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online publications.  He's been a broadcast writer for the Associated Press, a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, and broadcast editor for The Orange County Register.  Rowe is a former Air Force officer and graduate of the University of Hawaii.  He teaches broadcast news writing at California State University Fullerton. 

Jeff is the author of Broadcast News Writing for Professionals, Marion Street Press.


Dr. Michael Schoonmaker

Michael Schoonmaker is chairman of the Television Radio Film Department at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University.  He began his production career at MTV, then moved to NBC's Olympic Unit coverage of the 1988 Games.  He has spent more than fourteen years working with K-12 students and teachers.

He is the author of Cameras in the Classroom, Rowman Littlefield publishers.

Kenny Valenzuela

Kenny Valenzuela, Director of New Business Development and Technical Support, has an MBA in Marketing from Tulane University and a BA in Radio-TV Film Production from San Jose State University. He was a freelance video producer and editor prior to joining Prompter People.