The “Missouri Method” is the foundation to the journalism education students receive in the School of Journalism. The method is based on the notion that students learn by practicing journalism as well as by studying it. Students in the Convergence sequence will experience the “Missouri Method” in a variety of newsrooms, practicing journalism for the school’s various partners.
KBIA-FM 91.3 is an NPR-member station owned by the University of Missouri. Its newsroom is located on the 4th floor of Jesse Hall.
Convergence students can contribute to KBIA while in the Convergence Reporting class as part of their shift work. Story possibilities while working for KBIA include breaking news or long-form audio pieces, photo slideshows, or video supplements to audio stories. Convergence Editing students can choose to serve as a student editor at KBIA, helping beginning reporting students with technical questions and script editing.
KOMU-TV is an NBC-affiliated station owned by the University of Missouri that serves Columbia, Jefferson City, and mid-Missouri. Its newsroom is located off of U.S. Route 63 southeast of Columbia.
Convergence Reporting students have the opportunity to produce content for KOMU, such as web supplement videos, interactive graphics, or web-only stories. Convergence Editing students can serve as student editors for reporting students at KOMU.
The Columbia Missourian is one of Columbia’s two daily newspapers. Its newsroom is located in Lee Hills Hall at the intersection of Eighth and Elm Streets.
Convergence students will have a number of opportunities to get involved with the Missourian. Students in the Convergence Reporting course can elect to work in the Missourian newsroom, where they can produce videos, photo/audio slideshows, and print stories for the Web site. Convergence Editing students can also choose to serve as a student editor for Convergence Reporting students at the Missourian.
The Convergence program’s numerous concentration areas give students the chance to take courses in photojournalism, information graphics, news writing, copy editing and other areas that will allow more involvement in the Missourian newsroom.
With an ear to the underground and an eye out for the unique, Vox brings mid-Missourians an analysis and reflection of contemporary issues with useful and provocative articles.
Convergence students produce audio and video reports to complement long-form stories published on Vox’s weekly iPad edition and a daily culture and entertainment blog called VoxTalk. The VoxMagazine.com website has 20,000 weekly unique visitors. The print edition has a weekly circulation of 10,000. It is distributed in the Thursday edition of the Columbia Missourian and can be picked up at drop locations around town and on all three college campuses.
Newsy.com is a multi-source online video news site that is in partnership with the University of Missouri. Located on Elm Street, one block east of campus, the digital newsroom offers students the opportunity to write and produce stories, as well as work in the site’s online marketing department.
Convergence Reporting students have the opportunity to begin writing and producing stories as a part of their newsroom experience. Students may choose to continue writing and producing stories at Newsy.com when they are in Convergence Editing. The online audience development class, which explores various online marketing initiatives, is also open to convergence students.
The Reynolds Journalism Institute was launched in 2004 to develop and test ways to improve journalism through new technology and improved processes. In September 2008, RJI officially moved into the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on the campus of the University of Missouri.
Convergence students benefit from participating in RJI’s studies and the expertise of Donald W. Reynolds Fellows who work at RJI.
Missouri Business Alert is an independent digital newsroom that provides the latest business news from our state. Our website, along with twice-daily emailed newsletters, aim to educate readers about topics ranging from agriculture to aviation, to transportation and tourism. Missouri Business Insider was founded in January 2012 by Randall Smith, the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the University of Missouri. He is Editor-in-Chief of the site, which officially launched in 2013.
Global Journalist reports on the state of press freedom around the world, covers developments in international journalism and serves international journalists. It tell the stories of the storytellers.