PHILL BROOKS served as the director of the Missouri School of Journalism’s State Government Reporting Program, where newspaper and broadcast students work in the school’s first converged newsroom. He had been a statehouse reporter since 1972, making him the dean of the Missouri statehouse press corps. Prior to joining the faculty, Brooks had been the Congressional reporter for National Public Radio and morning news editor for Time-Life Broadcast in Denver. Beginning in 1997, he was the statehouse correspondent for the CBS O&O station in St. Louis, KMOX. Brooks consulted on computing in journalism in the U.S. and Europe for a variety of newsrooms and computing firms, including IBM. He also designed and programmed the world’s first newspaper microcomputer network city desk system.