Dear J-School

Have questions about the Missouri School of Journalism? Travel through its storied halls in this video, and tap into the wisdom of current students and faculty, from a freshman to the dean.

Meet the J-Schoolers:

Taryn Parker
Taryn Parker
Jack Buttcavoli
Jack Buttcavoli

Jack Buttacavoli

  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Long Grove, Illinois
  • Plan for His Journalism Degree: Either broadcast journalism or marketing.
  • Fun Fact: Likes macaroni and cheese pizza.

Taryn Parker

  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Joplin, Missouri
  • Plan for Her Journalism Degree: Work at a dog magazine.
  • Fun Fact: Obsessed with famous last words and reading biographies.

Maddy Siriouthay

  • Year: Junior
  • Emphasis: Strategic Communication
  • Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Plan for Her Journalism Degree: Nonprofits, event planning, or art direction.
  • Fun Fact: Likes to knit hats.
Katy Mersmann
Katy Mersmann
Andrew Hebert
Andrew Hebert
Maddy Siriouthay
Maddy Siriouthay

Andrew Hebert

  • Year: Senior
  • Emphasis: Radio-Television Journalism
  • Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Plan for His Journalism Degree: Law school, then a legal correspondent or trial lawyer.
  • Fun Fact: Plays ice hockey despite being from Florida.

Katy Mersmann

  • Year: Graduate Student
  • Emphasis: Convergence
  • Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
  • Plan for Her Journalism Degree: Use digital technologies to report on science and health issues.
  • Fun Fact: Was a multimedia intern at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Dean David Kurpius
Dean David Kurpius
Dr. Earnest Perry
Dr. Earnest Perry

Dr. Ernest Perry

Dean David Kurpius

  • Position: Dean of the Missouri School of Journalism
  • Emphasis: Radio-Television Journalism
  • Professional Experience and Service: Served as a journalism professor and administrator at Louisiana State University for almost 20 years. Has published studies in more over 20 journals and books on subjects ranging from civic journalism to local television news.

Updated: September 15, 2020