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Jeanne Abbott

Jeanne Abbott

Jeanne Abbott is an associate professor of journalism and managing editor of the Columbia Missourian, the School's working laboratory for students. She joined the Missouri School of Journalism in August 2007 as a fellow of the Knight Center for Editing Excellence. Formerly Abbott served as the assistant managing editor at the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. She earned four degrees from the University of Missouri: bachelor's degrees in English and journalism in 1967, a master's degree in 1969 and a doctorate in journalism in 1988. Her professional experience includes stints at the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News. Abbott has worked as an assistant professor at California State University in Sacramento and as an instructor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Ann Alquist

Ann Alquist

Ann Alquist is the director of radio engagement of the National Center for Media Engagement (NCME). Before joining NCME in 2010, Alquist was the community engagement coordinator for the Twin Cities Media Alliance, the non for profit parent of the participatory journalism website www.tcdailyplanet.net. She also was the News Director at KFAI Radio in Minneapolis 2001-2006, producing a live newscast with trained community volunteers. Alquist was a Kiplinger Fellow in public affairs journalism at the Ohio State University and was a Young American Journalism Fulbright Fellow in Germany, where she provided analysis for German public broadcasters about the U.S. presidential primaries. She has a BA from The Evergreen State College and a MA in Public Broadcasting Management from Ohio University.

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski

Jacqui Banaszynski holds the Knight Chair in Editing at the Missouri School of Journalism and is on the visiting faculty of The Poynter Institute. She has worked as a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, most recently as Associate Managing Editor of the The Seattle Times, where she was in charge of special projects and staff development.

She spent 18 years as a beat and enterprise reporter, then worked as a projects editor at newspapers in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. While at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, her series "AIDS in the Heartland" - an intimate look at the life and death of a gay farm couple - won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing and a national SPJ Distinguished Service Award.

She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine, and won the national AP Sports Editors deadline writing contest with a story from the 1988 Summer Olympics.

Her work has exposed a fraudulent developer, explored the plight of Kurdish refugees in Iraq and followed a dogsled expedition across Antarctica.

She has edited several award-winning projects, including work that won the 1997 ASNE Best Feature Writing Award and the 2003 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing. In 2004, she edited a four-part investigative series on the failure of public defense that was a finalist for the Goldsmith Award and for the Selden Ring Award. That same year, a series she edited on the global economy won the prestigious Leob Award for economic journalism. In 2008, she was named to the American Society of Sunday and Feature Editors Hall of Fame.

Banaszynski, a native of a Wisconsin farm village, is a 1974 graduate of Marquette University. She leads workshops for editors and reporters around the world, is a regular presenter at APME NewsTrain and the National Writers Workshops, has taught at API, the University of Kansas and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and has served as a Pulitzer juror.

Matt Bernius

Matt Bernius

Matt Bernius is a Cultural Anthropology doctoral student working at the intersection of technologies and cultures. His primary work investigates the transformation of text based journalism (Newspapers and Blogs) within the United States. The foundation of this study is a multi-sited ethnography exploring the wide range of forces currently at play in transforming the collection, editing, publishing, and circulation of local, regional, and national news. The majority of his work is spent in a midsize city’s daily newspaper and a range of alternate written media weekly “indie” papers and online citizen journalists. Supplemental research will be carried out at the Research and Development lab of a major news organization, at a non- profit news foundation, and at several journalism schools. In addition to this work on journalism, his other research interests include the anthropology of knowledge, artificial intelligence, social media, martial arts, and the future of reading. Prior to beginning at Cornell, Bernius was a visiting professor at RIT’s School of Print Media. He completed a masters in the social sciences at the University of Chicago and, before that, spent eight years in a variety of internet production and content strategy roles at Eastman Kodak’s kodak.com.

Brad Best

Brad Best

Brad Best joined the Reynolds Journalism Institute in November 2008 as Advertising Editor. Brad graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1999 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. Upon graduation he took a position with FOX Television Sales in Chicago selling commercial airtime on behalf of several FOX TV stations in top 20 U.S. markets.

Best then switched over to the media buying side accepting a broadcast negotiator position with MindShare. While at MindShare he led the negotiation process in several local television and radio markets for clients such as Ford, Sears, Arby’s, White Castle, Burger King and Unilever. He then moved on to Carat as a direct response media buyer negotiating, executing and optimizing both local and national television direct response campaigns for clients such as Jenny Craig, Papa John’s and the National Association of Realtors.

In 2005, Best accepted a position as the director of media buying and planning at a digital media agency where he oversaw the media department and led the planning, buying and optimizing of all online media campaigns.

Lori O'Toole Buselt

Lori O'Toole Buselt

Lori O'Toole Buselt is the Interactive Content Editor for The Wichita Eagle in Wichita, Kan. As a member of the digital team, she helps manage the news organization’s website, Kansas.com, and its digital newsletters, social media accounts and commenting community. She also works to increase the site’s traffic and interaction.

Her first full-time day at The Eagle was Sept. 11, 2001. Her previous jobs there include cops reporter, government reporter and features section editor. When she speaks to school or community groups, she mentions that her job as a journalist has allowed her to interview a NASA astronaut and have an assigned seat in Allen Fieldhouse, home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks. (They usually think that stuff sounds really cool.)

Buselt was the editor of the University Daily Kansan student newspaper at KU, where she studied journalism and English. Reporting and copy editing internships have taken her inside newsrooms at The Eagle, Kansas City Star, Charlotte Observer and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

She is married to her high school sweetheart and wishes she hadn’t passed along her night owl genes to their 11-month-old son. They have two golden retrievers and a 10-pound calico cat who thinks she is a 100-pound golden retriever. She enjoys reading, blogging and exploring the outdoors.

Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry

Steve Buttry is Director of Community Engagement for TBD, an online news operation that launched in August 2010, covering local news in the Washington, D.C., metro area. He has been an editor, reporter, writing coach, blogger and innovation coach for seven community and metro newspapers, most recently Editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Steve was named Editor of the Year in February 2010 by Editor & Publisher magazine. Steve teaches entrepreneurial journalism to graduate students at American and Georgetown universities. He has pursued his journalism career in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces, Ireland, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and Siberia.

Denise Cheng

Denise Cheng

Denise is the citizen journalism coordinator and a founding member of The Rapidian, a hyperlocal news project of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. She does outreach, community building and brokers collaborative partnerships to increase civic engagement.

Denise is involved with the Block by Block independent publishers community and active in GR, from the neighborhood level to helping foster the fledgling tech scene. She blogs regularly about media, technology and ethnicity.

Prior to her position with GRCMC, Denise developed new media programming at Portland Community Media, including a grant proposal that reframed cell phones as media creation devices for underserved communities to build information networks. In other lives, she was a Peace Corps volunteer, a member of the Digital Arts Service Corps and worked with a few weekly and advocacy publications. Her college thesis was about participatory journalism when it was still fairly controversial, and her background is in multimedia production with a yen for programming.

Twitter: @dennetmint

David Cohn

David Cohn

David Cohn is a Reynolds Fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute where he is researching and testing community funded reporting. As a technology reporter turned new media scientist, Cohn is the founder of Spot.us, a website pioneer in community-funded reporting. Cohn has written for numerous publications including Wired and the New York Times. He is a board member of NewsTrust and has participated in journalism experiments like NewAssignment.Net. He holds a master's in new media from Columbia University and a bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Anne Derryberry

Anne Derryberry

Anne Derryberry has received awards from both the City and County of San Francisco, along with the California State Legislature for her commitment to the community. For more than 11 years, Derryberry led Informania, Inc., a multi-million dollar consulting company she founded that specialized in custom technology-delivered training and communication programs. Currently she works as an industry analyst with Sage Road Solutions LLC and is news editor for Learning Solutions Magazine.

Lindsey Foat

Lindsey Foat

Lindsey Foat is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she double-majored in convergence journalism and German. Since graduation Lindsey has been working in promotions and production at Kansas City Public Television. In October, she became KCPT's first outreach coordinator.

 

Colby Gergen

Coby Gergen

Colby is a Strategic Communication, in Journalism, and Sociology double major at the University of Missouri. Graduating this Spring, Colby is an aspiring "Digital Scientist" - combining his love for sociology and advertising. One of his passions lies in changing the way we think about education, and he believes social media can be a catalyst for that change. Colby loves to chat it up - find him @colbywg.

Andrew Haeg

Andrew Haeg

Andrew Haeg is the Co-founder and editor of the Public Insight Network at American Public Media. Formerly a freelance correspondent for The Economist, business and economics reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. 2008-2009 Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, 1998 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Michael Halbrook

Michael Halbrook

Michael Halbrook is a Senior Consultant in Adobe Consulting. At Adobe, he is focused on Adobe Insight, Adobe's real-time, multi-channel data visualization and analysis tool. Michael has worked at the convergence of media, marketing, advertising and analysis since 1997 and has run traditional media web properties, managed interactive media development, and been responsible for clients' Interactive strategy within an ad agency. He has a track record of guiding highly impactful, complex projects from concept to measurable success. Focused on business consulting for Omniture Insight clients, he helps analysts use Insight, helps lead development of user groups within major clients, and supports in designing and justifying new use cases and success stories for the Insight tool within their organizations. Follow me on Twitter: @MichaelHalbrook.

James Janega

James Janega

Trib Nation Manager James Janega is involved in the Chicago Tribune’s growth as an interactive, 21st-century news organization. As a reporter, he has covered city and science, weather and politics, and has done reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf Coast. His 12 years at the Tribune span cultural shifts in the news business, foreign coverage and adopting social media in a storied newsroom. Plus: he knows what it’s like to work closely with the Tribune’s web ambassador, Colonel Tribune.

Stephen Jeanetta

Stephen Jeanetta

Stephen Jeanetta joined the MU Community Development Program faculty as State Extension Specialist for Community Development Process in December 1998 where he serves as coordinator for the Community Development Academy and provides leadership to programs in Organizational Development and Nonprofit Management, Community and Economic Planning and Building Inclusive Communities. Jeanetta has worked as a community development specialist with the University of Missouri since December of 1992. His mix of experience includes two years in the rural area of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, and then five years in the urban areas of St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis before moving to campus in 1999.  He has extensive experience in working with communities and organizations in designing and facilitating planning and public participation processes including the development of statewide planning process for the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission, land use plans for small and medium sized communities and strategic plans for agencies and nonprofits. Jeanetta research has focused on understanding the dynamics affecting community change. He is currently completing a four year project that has looked at the process Latino immigrants go through when immigrating into Missouri communities. Mr. Jeanetta has a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Missouri—St. Louis and an M.A. in Community and Regional Planning and a B.S. in International Affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Steve is a member of the International Community Development Society and served as its secretary from 1999 – 2001. Steve is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cambio Center at the University of Missouri and serves as the executive director of the Missouri/Para Chapter of the Partners of the Americas.

Jonathan Kealing

Jonathan Kealing

I joined the News Center as a part-time reporter in December 2006 and am now the assistant director of media strategy, a job I took on in June 2010. In my new role, I'll help launch and nurture some of our newest sites, like WellCommons and others that we're still developing, as well as help relaunch lawrence.com. I'll also help ensure the continued growth, but in traffic and interaction as well as revenue, for LJWorld.com and KUsports.com. I started as a full-time reporter covering Kansas University, my alma mater, in August 2007 after graduating, and became online editor in May 2008. Previously, I was editor of my college newspaper and had internships at the Kansas City Star, Des Moines Register and Austin Business Journal. My primary role is to help the staff engage the community via our Web sites, create interactive, multimedia journalism and promote the growth of our online sites. In my spare time, I like to read books and spend time with my wife and our dog, a border collie-lab mix. I also like to travel and spend time enjoying all that Lawrence has to offer.

Linda Locke

Linda Locke

Linda Locke retired after dozens of years in corporate life to a consulting career helping companies understand why people hate them.

Currently she is principal of Reputare LLC, a consultancy dedicated to helping corporations improve their reputations. In addition she serves as Principal Consultant for evolve24, a business intelligence firm that quantifies the impact of the information environment and the public dialogue on organizations. She retired in 2010 as Senior Vice President and Group Head, Reputation and Issues Management for MasterCard Worldwide, where she served for 14 years in communications leadership roles.

At MasterCard, Ms. Locke developed and led the company’s reputation management program, which included the development of impact metrics, social media and issues management. She oversaw global crisis communication planning and developed the company's reputation risk management program. She was an early adopter of the use of sophisticated quantitative tools to identify, measure and track the concerns of multiple stakeholder groups, including consumers and small businesses. In addition, she developed a global program of metrics-based communication planning and programming and directed award-winning community relations programs.

Before joining MasterCard she spent a decade in banking and technology, as well as political communications programs. She began her professional career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in North Africa.

She is an internationally-recognized speaker on reputation, reputation risk and strategic communications. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Brian Marston

Brian Marston

Professionally, Brian has been a web developer since 1995. Avocationally, he's a community instigator. He started working at the St. Louis Beacon last October. His collection of past titles includes president of Metropolis St. Louis (a nonprofit organization with a mission to "create and promote an environment in the city of St. Louis that attracts and retains young people"), co-founder of The Commonspace (an e-zine and community center dedicated to grassroots civics and culture in St. Louis), and director of North St. Louis YouthBuild (a GED and construction training program). He graduated from Mizzou with degrees in math, philosophy and education. Brian married into the J-School (Amanda Doyle, class of '94) and did stints at the Maneater and KCOU, which are sort of like journalism, but different.

Joy Mayer

Joy Mayer

Joy Mayer is a 2010-2011 Fellow at RJI. Her yearlong project focuses on the changing relationship between journalists and audiences. She has been exploring the concept of engagement in journalism, interviewing journalists and others about what the term really means, both philosophically and in daily work.

When not a fellow, Joy is an editor at the Columbia Missourian and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. She teaches News Design, Participatory Journalism and Multimedia Planning and Design.

Mayer previously worked for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Wichita Eagle, and she studied at the University of Oklahoma.

Kelly Moffitt

Kelly Moffitt

Kelly is a junior Magazine Journalism and International Studies dual major at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Last fall, Kelly was at a crossroads. She couldn't understand why the more she learned about journalism, in class and during internships, the more it felt out of touch. After hearing an enlightened speaker in one of her fall journalism classes (ahem, Joy Mayer), she decided that understanding this whole engagement thing might be the ticket to restoring her faith in journalism's ability to really connect with people. She has spent the past semester in an independent study of community engagement with Joy, focusing  on what journalists can learn from other disciplines in regards to participation.

Madalyn Painter

Madalyn Painter

Madalyn Painter is the interactive media manager at St. Louis Public Radio, overseeing the station’s interactive strategies and operations. The station's website, www.stlpublicradio.org has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards during Painter's tenure. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio in 2006, Painter worked for St. Louis public television affiliate KETC. She began working in the field of interactive media in 2000 and earned a bachelor's degree in honors English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Meg Pickard

Meg Pickard

Meg Pickard is the Head of Digital Engagement for Guardian News & Media, responsible for developing and supporting existing and new social web strategy and interactive experiences. She comes from a background in social anthropology and in the mid-nineties conducted ethnographic fieldwork into community participation and cultural identity first in Bolivia and subsequently online. Since then, she has worked in New Media including a long stint at AOL, plus consulting roles with a range of small startups, global brands and charities.

Meg's particular areas of interest are community engagement and the emergence of new forms of collaborative and participatory media, which are inspired by her ongoing curiosity about the cultural, social and psychological aspects of online interaction plus an enduring personal passion for publishing and participating online. She describes herself as a creative geek, is one of the longest-running bloggers in the UK and lives in London and online.

Kelsey Proud

Kelsey Proud

Kelsey Proud is an Online Producer for St. Louis Public Radio and a recent graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she earned a Convergence (Multimedia) Journalism degree. Previously, she's worked at PBS Interactive in Washington, D.C., and MSN UK News in London, among other places. Kelsey feels journalism is truly a public service and hopes her work enhances community and reaches those who need information most. Though she's "from" Chicago, Kelsey has also lived in several different regions of the United States, including periods of time in North Carolina, Ohio, New Mexico and Illinois. She is a wannabe chef and globe trekker, former competitive golfer and band-ie (trumpet), and aspiring honorary Missourian.

Jen Reeves

Jen Reeves

Jen Reeves spent seven years producing newscasts in newsrooms including KBAK-TV in Bakersfield, California, KSBW-TV in Salinas, California, and WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She started her teaching career as Executive Producer at KOMU-TV at the Missouri School of Journalism.

After using technology to change the structure, organization and workflow of the KOMU newsroom, Reeves became interested in the many other ways newsrooms can use technology. She now works as KOMU's New Media Manager and leads the ongoing developments at KOMU.com. She is working on finding ways to expand traditional media by using non-traditional media delivery sources (podcasting, vodcasting and other on-demand and push technologies that can deliver content).

Reeves graduated with a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She also earned a master's in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Breeze Richardson

Breeze Richardson

As the Director for Strategic Partnerships, Breeze is responsible for working to ensure a coordinated and fully developed partnership program for Chicago Public Media. She is also the Executive Director of the Off-Air Series, the station's live event series now in its third season. As a producer, Breeze manages Chicago Amplified, Chicago Public Media's web-based audio archive of public events produced or sponsored by leading cultural institutions and organizations throughout the community.

Breeze joined Chicago Public Media in September 2003 as an intern for Worldview, WBEZ's weekday global affairs program. She later became a producer for Worldview and went on to produce StoryCorps-Chicago in 2005. Breeze is also the producer for WBEZ's Louder Than a Bomb Series.

Prior to joining Chicago Public Media, Breeze hosted Get up, Stand up at WHPK at the University of Chicago and was a regular columnist for The University Daily Kansan. She also co-founded The Kaw Valley Independent, a community newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas.

Breeze has a M.P.P. from the University of Chicago's Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics and American Studies from the University of Kansas.

Originally from Kansas, Breeze resides in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago with her husband, Kelsey, and their boys, Gus and Iggy.

Josh Stearns

Josh Stearns

Josh Stearns, Associate Program Director, manages Free Press' journalism, public media and media consolidation campaigns. He develops campaign strategy, outreach and organizing efforts and works with partner organizations on events and actions designed to amplify the voices of people and communities around the country. Josh directs the Free Press internship and fellowship programs and speaks regularly about media policy and activism. He was a co-author of Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy, and writes regularly for Free Press' blogs. Prior to joining Free Press, Josh provided communications consulting for a range of nonprofit organizations, and served as a policy and communications associate for National Campus Compact.

Reuben Stern

Reuben Stern

Reuben Stern is the Futures Lab's Print and Graphics Editor. Stern was most recently the managing editor for the Columbia Missourian, where he directly managed the day-to-day news operations for the Missourian, a community newspaper published six mornings a week by a staff of student reporters, copy editors, designers, photographers and professional faculty editors.

Stern returned to his alma mater in 2002 as graphics editor and assistant professor. The next year he was promoted to senior news editor.

Before coming back to MU, Stern worked as a news artist at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; editor and art director of The Budapest Sun, an English-language newspaper in Hungary; and design editor at the Los Angeles Daily News. He also spent several years working as a freelance editor and graphic designer.

Anna Tarkov

Anna Tarkov

Anna Tarkov is a blogger and primarily digital journalist though she has also written for print publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago. Though she is fairly new to journalism, Anna is deeply involved in the future of news community. She closely follows all developments in the media business while also sporadically offering her own thoughts on how it may be improved. Other than media, her main interests are politics (specifically local issues) and working to increase civic participation at all levels. As a naturalized American citizen born in Kiev, Anna's unique perspective serves her well in both the journalism and political milieus.

David Teeghman

David Teeghman

David Teeghman is the founder and editor-in-chief of J-School Buzz, an independent blog about the Missouri School of Journalism. Based on his work with JSB he became a consultant for Engineer Insider to help craft an editorial strategy and build its audience. He was recently named the Social Media Director for HeroGraph, a local start-up that will soon launch a social photo-sharing app for the iPhone.

All this while still being enrolled (full-time, mind you) at the University of Missouri as a Convergence Journalism and Political Science dual major. After graduation he will be part of Teach For America as a secondary English teacher in inner-city Indianapolis.

Tracy Van Slyke

Tracy Van Slyke

Tracy Van Slyke has dedicated her career as a journalist, communications professional and media producer to building a strong independent media infrastructure. She is the former Director and current Senior Adviser to The Media Consortium, a network of the leading progressive, independent media outlets in the country. She has studied and written extensively on the future of independent media, including commissioning and co-editing the groundbreaking report, "The Big Thaw: Charting a New Future for Journalism" (2009), co-authoring the report, "Investing in Impact," with the Center for Social Media (2010), and most recently, producing the report "From Prediction to Practice: A Year of Journalism Innovation, Collaboration and Expansion: (2011). She is also the co-author of the book, Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (January 2010, The New Press). During her tenure at The Media Consortium, she developed and implemented cutting edge programs to foster collaborations among media organizations, support innovation in new editorial and business models, and build the impact of the progressive media on the public debate. She is currently working with a variety of grassroots organizations and media producers to identify and implement strategic opportunities to evolve for the 21st century media environment and build their respective impact. Van Slyke is also the former publisher of In These Times, a national, award winning political magazine.

Amy Vernon

Amy Vernon

Amy spent nearly 20 years as a professional daily newspaper journalist before the Great Newspaper Culling of 2008.

The next day, she had her first contract for social media consulting and has built a successful career and reputation in the space in the time since. She's been interviewed by The New York Times, VentureBeat, Hybrid Mom and OurBlook, among other sites, and has been a guest or guest host on podcasts, including The Drill Down, The Urly Show, Social Blade and Beer Diplomacy.

An inaugural inductee of the New Jersey Social Media Hall of Fame, Amy has spoken at many conferences and events, including ROFL Con II, Social Media Club's Social Media Camp  and Affiliate Summit East.