Ag & Water Desk launches first collaborative project, ‘When It Rains’

Missouri School of Journalism students Mikayla Higgins and Adam Goldstein edit an interview with a St. Louis resident who experienced flooding to create a social media post as part of the ‘When It Rains’ series. After floods hammered St. Louis and eastern Kentucky this summer, the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk wanted to know: … Continued

Ten journalists join the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk

Ten newsrooms have hired reporters to cover agriculture and water issues as part of the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk. The journalists are corps members with Report for America, a national journalism service program. The reporters begin work June 1, covering individual beats for their host newsrooms. They also will work on regional … Continued

Environmental journalist Annie Ropeik hired as assistant director of Ag & Water Desk 

Award-winning reporter Annie Ropeik will join the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk as Assistant Director in May 2022. Ropeik brings a decade of experience covering the environment for public radio stations and regional collaboratives across the country. Most recently she worked as an environment and climate change reporter for Spectrum News Maine.  “I’m … Continued

The Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk selects expert journalists and senior advisors 

COLUMBIA, MO (March 16, 2022) — The Missouri School of Journalism’s Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk has recruited seven outstanding environmental journalists to mentor and advise its network of reporters covering agriculture, water, climate change and other environmental issues across the Mississippi River Basin.  “These experienced journalists will be a great asset as … Continued

Ten newsrooms selected to join the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk

Photo: Justin Wilkens | Unsplash Report for America today announced the selection of 10 partner newsrooms that will join the Missouri School of Journalism’s Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk in 2022. The newsrooms, ranging from small investigative nonprofits to major dailies and public media, each will receive salary support to hire a full-time … Continued

Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk welcomes Tegan Wendland as editorial director

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 24, 2021) — The Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, a collaborative reporting network that will cover agriculture, water and related issues in the Mississippi River Basin, has hired environmental journalist Tegan Wendland as its editorial director. As editorial director, Wendland will oversee the work of the Ag & Water Desk, which … Continued

$1.4 million grant to Missouri School of Journalism helps create network of journalists focused on Mississippi River basin 

Walton Family Foundation grant will create the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, covering agriculture, water and environmental issues within the region. Columbia, Mo. (July 8, 2021) — The Missouri School of Journalism announced a $1.4 million, three-year grant from the Walton Family Foundation, a leading funder of environmental journalism in the United States, … Continued

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer to Present ‘The Human Toll of Toxic Pollution’

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Larry C. Price will be at the Missouri School of Journalism for a two-day visit with faculty and students April 27-28. In addition, master’s student Neeta Satam will be recognized as the recipient of the first student fellowship under the new Smith/Patterson Pulitzer Partnership. Updated April 2018: Larry Price has been … Continued