A Texan Tiger

Not even the snow kept southerner Kristina Essig from deciding to attend the University of Missouri By Madalyn Murry Contact: Deidra Ashley, ashleyde@missouri.edu As a senior in high school, Texas native Kristina Essig was enamored — and a tad unprepared — during her first visit to the University of Missouri. On that January day in … Continued

Newsrooms come together to tackle problem of digital news preservation

Background photo: Massimo Botturi | Unsplash By Austin Fitzgerald Leadership from each of the Missouri School of Journalism’s professional media outlets gathered together in a conference room in late April, no small feat for a group in charge of “feeding the beast” of news media day after day while also juggling teaching responsibilities at the … Continued

KOMU wins regional Murrow award for ‘Excellence in Innovation’

(L-R) Anna Watson, Avery Everett and Matt McCabe By Austin Fitzgerald Columbia, Mo. (May 24, 2022) — KOMU-TV has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for “The Push for Precision,” a series of stories about the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Institute and its place within the health care industry. The award recognizes “Excellence … Continued

Wondering about reporter safety after West Virginia reporter hit by car? Missouri School of Journalism prioritizes safety at professional TV newsroom

By Austin Fitzgerald Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 22, 2022) — West Virginia television reporter Tori Yorgey was struck by a car during a live broadcast in late January, an incident that reverberated throughout the journalism industry despite the reporter seemingly brushing it off at the time. The New York Times and others reported on the outrage … Continued

Recent graduate Ethan Stein finalist in 2020 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards for KOMU story

Published story prompted a city finance audit By Jennifer Nelson-Pallikkathayil Columbia, Mo. (April 22, 2021) — Missouri School of Journalism graduate Ethan Stein, BJ ‘20, was named a finalist in the student (small) category of the 2020 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards for his story “Water Rates and Forgotten Tax Dollars.” The student (small) category … Continued

Seniors Alyssa Jackson and Marisa Rios receive Hearst honors for television news stories done for KOMU

Jackson wins $1,000 scholarship and advances to semi-final round By Jennifer Nelson-Pallikkathayil Columbia, Mo. (April 7, 2021) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Alyssa Jackson of St. Louis  placed fifth in Hearst’s 2020-21 Television News Competition. As part of winning fifth, Jackson received a $1,000 scholarship and qualified to participate in the semi-final round. Senior … Continued

Jeimmie Nevalga named news director at KOMU-TV

The veteran producer is the first woman and minority to lead news operations at the station Columbia, Mo. (Jan. 5, 2021) — Jeimmie Nevalga, a veteran TV producer, has been named news director for KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri, effective Feb. 1. KOMU 8 is the only network affiliated commercially operated television station (NBC) whose newsroom … Continued

MU alumni give back to journalism students through clothing donations

Professional clothes helps student broadcasters match industry standards as they gain hands-on experience By Jennifer Nelson Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 1, 2020) — Knowing how expensive it is to buy professional clothes such as blazers and slacks for first broadcasting jobs inspired countless Missouri School of Journalism alumni to step up and help provide students professional … Continued