Relief through social

The devastation in Joplin, MO had consumed my focus and the attention of my newsroom. I found my connections through social media allows me to offer support, guidance and community like no other. I took a little time to explain how I harnessed the power of Facebook to coordinate relief efforts. You can read it…

QR Codes

There are SO many people who have blogged about QR codes and have used them a LOT more than me. But this evening, I spoke to a group of young journalists who were really interested in how I put together my current business card. My QR code that takes you to the About page of…

Manning the election fort

My newsroom is buzzing around preparing for election night coverage. My nerd-self is buzzing about the cool ways you can participate in election day online. The one we’re looking forward to the most at KOMU is our CoverItLive chat we’re planning online tonight. We have experts, candidates and candidate representatives jumping in to give our…

ONA “aha” moment

I’m attending the Online News Association conference this week… and I have an hour to decompress before the next meetup. I thought I’d brain dump a few things about the experience and lessons I learned today. In the last session I attended, I sat near a woman who said she felt this was the first…

Lunch and real advice

It’s my yearly Real World Homecoming Lunch! That means I have dozens of alumni sitting down for free pizza (Shakespeares Pizza for those who know Columbia, MO) and a chance to share career advice to current students. Alumni have a chance to join in on the live blog below to share advice and thoughts as…

A wonderful time of the year

It’s the week leading up to Homecoming at the University of Missouri. Back when I was a student here, it didn’t mean very much to me. It was annoying to see all of the crowds while I needed to study. But now that I’m a professor, I’ve found Homecoming is a powerful opportunity to bring…

Baby Jessica and Chilean Miners

In 1987, I watched a live broadcast of a little baby rescued from a well in Texas. I cried and celebrated the return of this little girl to her family. I was engaged in watching the wall-to-wall coverage on CNN. It was a new cable channel that focused on the news 24 hours a day.…

Exploring the New Facebook Groups

I was thinking about going to sleep tonight… when something changed. A former student of mine invited me to a rolling conversation on Facebook. Rolling you ask? Well, Facebook changed in the last 24 hours. Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook team announced a number of new changes that include being able to download the content you’ve…

Time and knowledge

I hold two jobs (professor and newsroom manager), I have two kids, two dogs, a husband and the drive to try and stay healthy. Each of those focuses require time and energy. On most days I’m juggling all of those responsibilities at the same time. I am lucky to have access to technology that helps…

Watching from afar

I didn’t get to attend… The many jobs I hold and a low travel budget kept me from attending the Block by Block Community News Summit. It was a chance for many small community news start-ups to meet together, get to know each other and talk about the future of journalism. I may not have…