Joy Mayer was a 2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow and is also an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her work focuses on community engagement in journalism, and how news can be more of a conversation and less of a lecture. Journalists too often spend more time separating themselves from their communities than they do building connections. Being more audience-focused, and more responsive, can be good for the journalism, good for the community and good for the bottom line.
Since her fellowship, Joy has returned to being an editor at the Columbia Missourian newspaper, with a focus on community outreach. She teaches classes in participatory journalism, multimedia design and print design. Before joining the journalism school in 2003, she was a designer and editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Wichita Eagle.