Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford

2013-2014 Reynolds Fellow

  University fellow
  Reynolds Journalism Institute
  Associate Professor
  Missouri School of Journalism
  Senior City Editor
  Columbia Missourian
  Columbia, Missouri


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About Scott Swafford

Scott Swafford is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and senior city editor at the Columbia Missourian newspaper. He worked as a reporter and editor at Missouri newspapers for 19 years, including 13 years at the Columbia Daily Tribune, before coming to the Missouri School of Journalism as a professor in 2003.

He received a master’s degree in journalism in 2012 from the Missouri School of Journalism. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), graduating in 1984.

When Swafford is not mentoring students in the classroom or editing articles in the newsroom, he enjoys spending time with his family, whitewater canoeing and racing, deer hunting, as well as playing slow-pitch softball.

He lives in Columbia with his wife, Lisa Swafford. The couple have two children Quentin and Jacob.

Scott Swafford is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and senior city editor at the Columbia Missourian newspaper. He was a 2013-2014 RJI Fellow.

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Strengthening newsrooms to reconnect citizen and government

Scott Swafford's project was designed to instill the importance of local election news coverage through a workshop curriculum offered to small town newsrooms in Missouri. A two-day workshop at the Reynolds Journalism Institute provided journalists with advice, tools and resources needed to more adequately cover local elections.

The ultimate goal of the workshops and Swafford's research was to have newsroom leaders implement suggestions for better and more thorough election coverage that are designed to help voters make informed decisions. Swafford also wanted to learn whether better election reporting helps build social capital in small communities and whether it is profitable for newspapers.

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