Over 500 Students Learn About 35 Journalism-Related Student Organizations

Fall Welcome 2016
Freshmen gather around information tables in the Reynolds Journalism Institute to learn about 35 student organizations within the Journalism School. More than 500 students attended the 2016 Fall Welcome event, pictured here.

Fall Welcome Helps Freshmen with Network, Build Professional Skills

By Jillian Mullin

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 9, 2016) — Incoming journalism students crowded into the Reynolds Journalism Institute on Aug. 31 for Fall Welcome, an annual event sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism.

Fall Welcome 2016
Clockwise from top, representatives of the Online News Association Kelsey Castulik, Abby Ivory-Ganja and Rachel Radecki inform students about opportunities for online portfolio building, coding and data visualization.

Organizations from every area of the Journalism School and campus media outlets gathered to inform curious students about the abundance of opportunities within their journalistic interests. From the American Advertising Federation and Journalism Student Council, to the National Association of Black Journalists and MUTV, the event illustrated that there are organizations for everyone.

Upper-class journalism students and faculty advisers involved in participating organizations facilitated the event, which attracted more than 500 students. Junior Rachel Radecki, who represented the Online News Association, remembered how important the event was for her two years ago when she was standing on the other side of the information table.

“The event helped me when I was a freshman because I don’t think I would know about all of these opportunities if they weren’t together in one place,” Radecki said. “It is really effective.”

Freshman Ruby Redekopp said she benefited from the event as well.

Fall Welcome 2016
Students were offered free professional headshots during the event.

“I’m from out of state and plan on staying in Columbia over the summer, and I found an organization that will allow me to work with high school journalism students while I’m staying here,” Redekopp said. “It’s exciting to learn about all the opportunities the Journalism School has to offer.

Senior Nicole Caldwell, a representative of AAF, believes her organization is a good way for students to get a better idea of what they might want to do within the advertising industry.

“We do agency trips and establish personal connections with professionals through face-to-face question-and-answer sessions,” Caldwell said. “But this event is a good way for freshmen to get an idea of all the things they can get involved in that they might not otherwise know about. There’s something for everyone.”

Fall Welcome 2016
Senior Nicole Caldwell (right, in white) helps students sign up to receive more information about the American Advertising Federation.

The following 35 organizations were represented at the event:

Updated: December 1, 2020

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