Jonathan Murray, ‘father of reality television,’ still finding new ways to tell stories half a century into illustrious career

By Austin Fitzgerald When MTV’s “The Real World” featured Pedro Zamora in its third season, the result was a watershed moment. As an openly gay man who was also HIV positive, his presence brought attention to seminal cultural issues, and former president Bill Clinton credited Zamora with putting “a human face” on the AIDS epidemic. … Continued

From the stands to the sideline

Alumna Carly Stephens’ journey from covering Mizzou Football to working for the Dallas Cowboys By Sydney Perry Many students at the University of Missouri dream of working in the sports industry. Missouri School of Journalism alumna Carly Stephens made it happen, working for the Dallas Cowboys as a corporate partnerships marketing manager, a position that … Continued

From Mizzou to Manhattan: Alumna Jenn Ott’s journey to her dream city and beyond

Jenn Ott standing with a flag in Antarctica, completing her journey of traveling to all seven continents. By Sydney Perry After successfully setting foot in all seven continents and over 50 countries, with no intention of slowing down any time soon, University of Missouri alumna Jenn Ott credits her initial desire and ambition to travel … Continued

Karen Pensiero, Wall Street Journal veteran, to deliver Missouri School of Journalism commencement address

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Dec. 11, 2023) — Karen Pensiero, BJ ’85, former managing editor and 38-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal, will deliver the alumni address at the Missouri School of Journalism’s winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. “Karen’s long and storied career of leadership at the Journal … Continued

Kassidy Arena named Rising Star in Public Media

Photo: Grant Gerlock By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Aug. 1, 2023) — Kassidy Arena, BJ ’20, was named a Rising Star in Public Media by Current, a widely-read trade journal covering the public broadcasting industry, in an announcement this morning. Arena, the engagement producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s NPR-member station, KBIA-FM, is one … Continued