The Women in Journalism Workshop will focus on challenges, accomplishments and issues specific to women in the journalism industry today. The sessions will cover everything from preparing to cover a dangerous breaking news situation to self defense strategies and mastering self care techniques. Attendees will learn how to negotiate for a fair salary, prepare themselves for covering trauma, hear the experiences of women in leadership positions in the industry and more. 

This two day workshop - funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute - will feature female journalists from newsrooms all over the United States. Our speakers will include photojournalists, managers, reporters, independent journalists and other leadership positions in the industry. It will not just be a conference where speakers talk and attendees listen - there will be interactive sessions where attendees learn and practice actual strategies for staying safe, healthy and successful in the field. 

Mallory Benedict

Mallory BenedictMallory Benedict is a digital photo editor for National Geographic where she works on original cross-platform storytelling on the website, Instagram and Snapchat. As the photo editor for National Geographic's Special Investigative Unit, she works with a team dedicated to exposing wildlife crime through in-depth reporting. Her work across National Geographic has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and Society of Publication Designers. She is also Managing Director of Women Photograph, an initiative designed to elevate the voice of female visual journalists. It consists of online database of over 500 female and non-binary photographers from around the world, as well as programs for grants, travel stipends, workshops and mentorship. 

Stefanie Friedhoff

Stefanie Friedhoff

Stefanie Friedhoff reports on the issues of science, technology, migration, education, culture and trauma. She engages diverse communities on these subjects through writing, talks, events, consulting and leadership.

Projects include trauma workshops for journalists, journalism startup support, journalism conferences and long-form storytelling.

Her work has appeared in Time magazine; The Boston Globe; Sueddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper; and other publications.

Friedhoff, who was a 2001 Nieman Fellow, created and led Nieman’s Trauma Journalism Program from 2006 to 2012.

Carolina Hidalgo 

Caroline Hidalgo Carolina Hidalgo is a photojournalist and multimedia producer at St. Louis Public Radio, where she has covered immigration issues, school segregation and the movement for black lives. She also serves as a mentor and educator with NPR’s Next Generation Radio project. Previously, she worked as a staff photographer at the Naples Daily News and as a photo intern, online picture editor and video producer at the Tampa Bay Times. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Florida Society of News Editors and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Carolina is a New York City native and a proud member of Women Photograph.

Marissa Lang 

Marissa Lang

Marissa Lang is an award-winning writer and journalist who has chased hurricanes, stalked wildfires and uncovered political corruption.

Lang is a reporter at the Washington Post. Her previous position was at the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered the impact of tech companies and the technology they create on the Bay Area.

Previously, she was a staff writer for The Sacramento Bee in California, The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, and the Tampa Bay Times in Florida, where she covered police reform in the midst of rising racial tensions, a historic same-sex marriage lawsuit, a pay-for-play scheme and hurricanes.

In 2017, Lang traveled to Rwanda to report on the country's technology sector and social issues, work that was supported by a fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation. She is certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a mentor to student journalists of color.

Leah Millis

Leah MillisLeah Millis is a senior photographer with Reuters. Millis spent the previous four years at the San Francisco Chronicle. While there, she produced several photo stories, including the worst and longest-lasting drought in California's history, an investigation into the state's failing foster system, a story about a transgender child, and a look at the personal and familial cost of deportation. Millis has also covered Bay Area protests that often turned violent.

Tonya Mosley

Tonya MosleyTonya Mosley is the bureau chief for KQED (NPR SF) Silicon Valley bureau based in San Jose. Prior to KQED, Mosley served as a television reporter and anchor for several media outlets, including Al Jazeera America and NBC in Seattle. In 2015, Mosley was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University where she co-created a workshop for journalists on the impacts of implicit bias and co-wrote a Belgian/American experimental study on the effects of protest coverage. Mosley has won several national awards for her work, most recently an Emmy Award in 2016 for her televised piece “Beyond Ferguson” and a national RTDNA Unity Award for her public radio series “Black in Seattle.” She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1994–98.

Cath Mossom

Cath served a full 22 year military career of which the last 12 years was serving within UK Special Forces (UKSF) in an operational worldwide role. She was one of a few female operators to serve in UKSF; and has operated with government agencies at times of national crisis, and worked in diplomatically sensitive training roles as tasked by the FCO.

Since leaving the military in 2008 Cath has successfully adapted and transferred her unique range of skills and experience into the civilian market; working predominantly with people who work & travel in difficult, challenging areas; both in the field as a security advisor and as a senior trainer on HEAT courses. Cath still works in the field supporting journalists, and therefore has good knowledge of the challenges facing them whilst obtaining their stories. These experiences are then transferred back into the classroom learning environment.

Cath has been supporting IWMF for the last 2 years training freelance female journalists in Africa and Latin America; ACOS training in Asia; and is working on a project to support Rory Peck training in Cambodia. These courses include training for both international and local journalists.

In addition to HEAT courses Cath also designs and delivers Investigative journalism courses, and specialist surveillance courses for journalists.

Cath was trained as a UKSF paramedic, where she gained valuable experience working within UK hospitals. She has continued to develop this knowledge; and regularly delivers remote trauma courses. She has a keen interest in Post Trauma Management; and has recently completed a 2 -day workshop on Trauma Risk Incident Management.

She is a conflict management and dis-engagement skills trainer.

Monica Rhor

Monica Rhor

Monica Rhor is a writer who covers gender, sexuality, spirituality and race for the Houston Chronicle. She has also been a staff writer for The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and The Orange County Register in Anaheim, California. She's written about riots in Miami and hurricanes in Houston, uncovered flaws in California's restraining order system and documented stalled investigations of serial killings in South Florida.

Her work has won numerous awards, including honors from the Association for Women in Communications, the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Associated Press California-Nevada Newswriting Contest and the Society of Professional Journalists.

One of her stories is included in “The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012” anthology, which was released in July 2014. Rhor is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, and the Journalism Education Association. She has helped run student projects for NAHJ, NABJ, and Unity Journalists for Diversity for more than 14 years.

Helen Richardson

Helen RichardsonHelen H. Richardson is a photojournalist at the Denver Post. She has been lucky enough to have been sent all over the world during her long tenure at the paper to document many large breaking news stories. Some of these stories include the 2004 Christmas tsunmai in Indonesia and Thailand that left over 250,000 people dead, the terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center on 9/11, the life and death of Pope John Paul II, and more recently the protests at Standing Rock. Somehow she seems to have done a lot of sports photography and has been to two Olympic games: in Beijing and Turino. She is a passionate climber and thus has followed that passion in developing stories in this area. She won an national Edward Murrow award for a video she did on the first ascent of a well-known ice climb in Telluride, Colorado by a paraplegic climber who had only the use of his arms to complete the climb. She loves and is best at breaking news stories and has covered many wildfires all over the west, historic floods in Colorado, and way too many shootings. Her love for firefighting, which comes from being married to a firefighter, led to an Emmy award winning video, about the dangers of wildland fires and the worsening outlook for the west in terms of these destructive fires. She believes greatly in following one’s passion in photography which she says will help direct and empower young photographers on discovering their niche in the world of photography. She is a huge animal lover, environmentalist and is always trying to rid the world of single use plastics. She loves yoga, climbing, hiking with her dog Betty and always pushing oneself to be the best you can be every single day.

Laurie Skrivan

Laurie Skrivan

Laurie Skrivan, who has worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 1997, was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2015 for covering unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

She was awarded the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in domestic photography for her work documenting the life of several families living with poverty and gun violence in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri. She has covered many community issues including lead poisoning, childhood obesity, the plight of Bosnian refugees and the struggle of families who are dealing with trauma.

Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association. She is an alumna of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Kameel Stanley


Kameel Stanley produces and co-hosts “We Live Here,” an award-winning podcast about race and class from St. Louis Public Radio and Public Radio Exchange. Previously, Stanley worked at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida, where she investigated racial disparities in policing and government.

In her spare time, she runs a storytelling organization in St. Louis and a brunch club for women of color.

Schedule below

Friday, April 13

Day 1

3:00 PM


Smith Forum 200

Head to the second floor of RJI to sign in, get your name tag and swag bag, then head in to meet the group.

3:45 PM


Kat Duncan, Founder of the WIJ Workshop

Smith Forum 200

Welcome to the workshop!

4:00 PM

Know your rights

Sandra Davidson, Adjunct Professor, School of Law

Smith Forum 200

What are your rights? Can officials take your phone, camera, memory cards? What happens if you are arrested? Learn about what your rights and limits are and what you should do in different situations.

5:00 PM

Being your own advocate

Marissa Lang

Smith Forum 200

Being Your Own Advocate, a discussion of how to stand up for yourself and push for what you want in a variety of circumstances — to your editor, to your sources, to your company. Discussion topics will include building sources in a male-dominated field, engaging communities of which you are not a part, managing up, negotiating pay and benefits, knowing the rules — and when to break them, finding mentors and more.

6:00 PM


Women in Media Mizzou

Smith Forum 200

Get to know your fellow workshop participants through an activity led by our Mizzou media student club.

7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Reynolds Journalism Institute

Invite Only

Head to the Broadway Hotel downtown for our WIJ Reception. There will be free food, drink and time to relax and meet everyone!

Saturday, April 14

Day 2

8:00 AM

Breakfast bar opens


Grab some healthy breakfast and coffee to start your morning off right!

8:30 AM

The Resilient Journalist

Stefanie Friedhoff

Smith Forum 200

Trauma is an occupational hazard for journalists. One doesn’t need to be on the frontlines of war or national tragedies to encounter stories of destruction, suffering and despair. Add the stressors of fast-paced news environments, and you’re no longer wondering why you are so exhausted at the end of the day. Let's explore some essentials about trauma and resilience that help us prepare for difficult assignments and taxing experiences — and discover self-care habits that help keep us sane in the long run.

10:00 AM

Covering Turmoil

Panelists: Leah Millis, Laurie Skrivan, Helen Richardson - Moderator: Katherine Reed

Smith Forum 200

Learn from a group of journalists who have covered violent protests, shootings and other volatile situations in the field. They will speak about their personal experiences, how to stay safe and what to expect before and after.

11:00 AM

Slow Thinking, Self-Audits and Superior Sources: A Toolbox for Counteracting Bias

Tonya Mosley

Smith Forum 200

How can we make sure the unconscious biases we all harbor don't stand between us and the excellent journalism we want to do? As a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford, Tonya Mosley has studied this question and will share her findings — and some practical solutions — in this interactive workshop.

12:30 PM

Lunch w/ puppies


Head over to Lambert to grab your lunch and then head outdoors to our grassy quad behind RJI for a breath of fresh air while you eat! Dogs and puppies from Unchained Melodies will be visiting with us to promote healthy relaxation, the lowering of stress levels and fun.

2:00 PM

Self defense in the field

Lieutenant April (Colvin) Colbrecht

Smith Forum 200

This session will focus on keeping yourself safe and how to handle potentially dangerous situations while in the field.

4:00 PM

The Struggle Is Real

Kameel Stanley, Carolina Hidalgo and Monica Rhor

Smith Forum 200

Often in news organizations, people of color are sought out to shoulder the weight of diversity efforts and the hard work of making a work culture more inclusive. The women on this panel certainly have, which is why in this case, they're turning the tables. Come ready to take an active role in changing and shaping whatever organization you came from.

5:00 PM

Build your brand & network

Ebony Reed: networking & resume feedback - Scott Patrick Myers: headshots

Smith Forum 200 & Palmer

Learn how to conduct network-based job searches, get feedback on your resume. Have a new headshot taken if you need or want a new one!

6:00 PM

Dinner and exploration time

Go enjoy downtown Columbia for some dinner and exploring.

Sunday, April 15

Day 3

8:00 AM

Breakfast Bar Opens


Grab some coffee and breakfast before we get started!

9:00 AM

Sexual Aggression

Cath Mossom

Smith Forum 200

Understand sexual aggression as a spectrum from sexual harassment to sexual violence including the concept of consent and its importance. Learn to identify the impact, develop effective responses, learn how to engage your intuition, use security risk management and more.

11:00 AM

Diversifying Journalism

Mallory Benedict

Smith Forum 200

Women Photograph Managing Director Mallory Benedict speaks about how Women Photograph came to be and their mission to help diversify photojournalism. She will lead the discussion on how to help elevate the voices of fellow women journalists from within the industry.

12:00 PM

Group Photo

Group photo before we leave our workshop weekend!


Holiday Inn Express and Suites
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites is located 3.1 miles from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. We have a room block set up here that will release on April 1st. Please call 573-442-8034 and say you are with the Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) on April 13th. This rate is $129/night. 

Stoney Creek 
The Stoney Creek Hotel is located 2.4 miles from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. 
The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Parking is available for $12 a night.
The Hampton Inn & Suites is near the southern end of the campus, a 1.2 mile walk or ride from Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Getting to Columbia

Columbia is located in the heart of Missouri between St. Louis and Kansas City, about two hours from each city. It can be accessed by Highway 63 from the north/south and Interstate 70 from the east/west.
Columbia Regional Airport 
Columbia Regional Airport has a few flights a day from Dallas and Chicago. It is located about 20 minutes from downtown Columbia. Ground transportation options include taxis and car rental. It is advised to call and reserve a taxi when you get to your connecting airport (Taxi Terry's is a reliable option).
St. Louis International Airport
St. Louis International Airport is about two hours away from Columbia. This airport offers more flight options than the other two. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available), or car rental. 
Kansas City International Airport
Kansas City International Airport is about two and a half hours away from Columbia. This airport is a little smaller than the St. Louis airport. Ground transportation options include Columbia's MoX shuttle service (door-to-door service available, although there are less frequent shuttles to Kansas City than St. Louis), or car rental. 


The Tiger Hotel parking
Parking is available at the hotel for $12 a night. The Tiger Hotel is located just a few blocks from RJI.
Campus parking 
Parking is available at the Hitt St. Garage on campus for those who are not staying at The Tiger Hotel. You must request a parking permit when you register, or contact Event Coordinator Tricia Morgan at

About the area

This map includes pins showing a walking path between the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Tiger Hotel, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Hitt St. Garage. It also shows The Wine Cellar and Bistro, where the Monday evening reception will take place.
The District
The Reynolds Journalism Institute is located at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in downtown Columbia, also known as The District. There is an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, retails stores and more in downtown Columbia. To explore the area, visit

Cost: $25 for students, $50 for professionals 

What does registration include? Admission to the workshop, the welcome reception and additional surprises to come! 

How to register: In an effort to ensure all attendees get the most out of the workshop experience, we are restricting our workshop to a limited number of people so that everyone can participate fully in the interactive aspects of the workshop. Please apply through the form below and if you are accepted into the workshop we will notify you and give you further instructions for payment. 


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