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KETC/Channel 9 is on its way from St. Louis!

Posted by Angela Smith on September 11, 2008

Hello readers and fellow bloggers! I can feel the energy of the Centennial Celebration all the way in St. Louis, where I’m tying up a few loose ends before I embark on my mini road trip to Mizzou. I’ll be blogging this afternoon and tomorrow for KETC/Channel 9, St. Louis’ PBS affiliate.

The Channel 9 staff has been excited about this event for months, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold! We’ve got a crew assembled to take video of all 27 sessions of tomorrow’s technology summit, and we’ll be taping the President’s Forum for use in a future broadcast.

We all agree that the J-School Centennial is a tremendous opportunity for public media to share these valuable thoughts and ideas about the future of communications with the community at large.

KETC is streaming tomorrow’s events on our site: www.ketc.org. You can also view streaming coverage on University of Missouri-St. Louis’ site: www.umsl.edu.

That’s enough for now. I’ve got to get on the road!


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Get ready to rumble!!

Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on September 10, 2008

I’m up early today because my mind can’t stop about all the cool stuff we’re planning this week. I was in the new building late last night setting up cameras for my big YouTube project. Alumni: Visit the YouTube/Apple tables where we have a camera set up to ask three questions:

*Where did you go after you graduated?
*What lessons have you learned in your career that you’d like to share?
*What is your fondest memory of the journalism school?

I recorded this little piece of video straight into YouTube last night — The audio is a little off, but I’ll work on that once my kids wake up and I can give them a couple of hugs before I leave the house for a long day.

Also, the coverage of the centennial continues since I last linked to a couple of websites. KOMU did a story on the centennial and a look at how journalism is changing. The project is reported by Ashley Reynolds (who graduates in December) and field produced with some help from Robert Kessler (who is a sophomore). Ashley put together a HUGE project researching autism and the many sides of that challenging illness. Anytime she takes on a project, you know it’s going to be big. If you’d like to meet her, let me know!

The Columbia Missourian previewed the centennial event in this article. Learn about a documentary viewing that is part of the centennial event, learn about the big barbecue that kicks off the centennial excitement tonight, an investigative journalism panel during the event, the centennial song, a comedic play on journalism ethics, and how the economy is keeping journalists from attending the centennial event. Be sure to click on the paper’s Centennial Visitor’s Guide link on the right hand side of this blog – It’s under the title “Helpful Links.”

If you know of any centennial coverage I’ve missed, let me know!!

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Walter Williams Feed

Posted by dblanchard on September 9, 2008

As I’ve been preparing for the Centennial this week, I’ve been emailing with friends, discussing “must see” places.

KOMU made every list, we want to visit the State Capitol and the just-as-institutional Phill Brooks. We discussed a few old hangouts — but for me one group of destinations is paramount: eateries.

I’ve been lucky enough to travel many places around the world — and I’ve found a favorite restaurant almost everywhere I’ve been.
Here are a few of my Columbia favorites that come to mind:

  • Addisons for appetizers
  • Booches’ burgers
  • Flat Branch
  • Ernie’s for Breakfast

Of course, we’ll gorge on pizza at Shakespeare’s. And we might even spend a late night at the Diner — I spent more time there during college than I’d like to admit.
If anybody has any other suggestions, or places I surely forgot — please share. What are you looking forward to the most?

While I expect the food to be great — I’m most excited about the people: seeing friends from school, other alumni who have helped me along the way, and meeting others who have shared in the Mizzou J-School experience over the years.

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Photos and more photos!

Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on September 8, 2008

While KOMU has a great series on journalism and the Missourian is prepping us for the big event, I’m stunned by the quality photography that is starting to appear in our centennial Flickr photo pool.

This photo was taken by Dak Dillon who is a freshman honors journalism student who is helping with the coverage of the centennial. He’s already toured the new Reynolds Journalism Institute and parts of the renovated Missouri School of Journalism. I’m thrilled to get to work with Dak and his 100 or so classmates who will help with this blog. Each of them have really interesting stories on how they came to Columbia to learn more about journalism or strategic communications. Learn about Dak by visitng his professional photography website or his new photo blog that he launched at the start of the school year. You can also share photos in the Centennial Flickr pool. Just join Flickr, become a member of the group pool and add your photos. (More details are here)

I’d love to hear why you came to the J-School. I actually transferred here from Syracuse University! I wanted more hands on experience. That’s exactly what I’m giving to this huge group of freshmen and the handful of upperclassmen who plan to post varying content on this blog. Other will help me manage the massive crowd of students working on capturing the lessons and discussions during the centennial.

I feel like I’ve spent days and days and days of planning and I still don’t think I feel ready! I do look forward to hearing the stories you tell our students as they interview you for our YouTube project and those notes you leave here on this blog!

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Take a Hike Ike

Posted by August Skamenca on September 8, 2008

As final preparations are made for the J-School Centennial and Reynolds Journalism Institute dedication, elsewhere preparations of a different sort are being made. There will be no pomp and pageantry, no ribbon cutting, no celebration. As Hurricane Ike barrels in to the Gulf of Mexico, plans to evacuate three million people living in the lower portion of the Houston metro-area are being reviewed. Drawn up after Hurricane Rita created gridlock and a logistical nightmare on highways in 2005, the region is now broken up in to four evacuation zones. Should a mandatory evacuation be declared, zip codes would be called and if all goes as planned contraflow would allow a timely exodus.

So far, as anyone who watches the news can attest, it’s been an active hurricane season. Working with CBS News, I just covered Hurricane Gustav in Louisiana and before that Tropical Storm Edouard. A few weeks ago, I made New York aware I’d be attending Centennial. Now, those plans are in question. I can take the time off, but I don’t seem to possess the gumption to leave when everyone else would be working so hard. All of the so-called “spaghetti plots” show Ike making a Texas landfall and I’ve been festering over my plans since last week when I was staying in a darkened hotel in downtown Baton Rouge. Parts of that city are still without electricity.

I want nothing more than to return to my alma mater for what may be the biggest event since the world’s first journalism school opened and yet even last week, I could tell my trip might have to be cancelled. Journalistically, I’ve been incredibly torn, asking myself: “how can you consider leaving?” Reporters are supposed to stick around for big news. On the other hand, it’s highly unlikely I’ll be around for the bicentennial celebration. No one has ever lived to be 127.

All kidding aside, tomorrow I’ll make a final decision. If I leave Houston for Missouri, I get to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime event with people who share my idealism for our craft. If I stay, however, I get to use talents polished at the world’s finest journalism institution when a journalist’s role is most needed. At no other time is the public service we provide paid more close attention to than during a calamity. At no other time than during extreme human suffering should journalists hold those in power to account. If he were alive today, at no other time would Walter Williams most likely prefer I skip the celebration of his gift to history and the present.

Is journalism preventing you from soaking in more journalistic knowledge at Centennial? Please feel free to share where and what projects are keeping you from coming.

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Training about blogging

Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on September 6, 2008

I spent the morning and early afternoon training a portion of our blogging teams. Our freshmen honors students have a chance to blog, shoot video and photography using a blog… For many, it’s a new experience.

We discussed tone… What is the appropriate way to talk to you, the reader. We discussed how to use our blog system, shooting video and places we can upload all of our content. It’s a HUGE process and I look forward to finding out how much content we really can collect during the big centennial event.

I’m lucky to have a small group of undergraduate students who will help me go through all of the media we collect and continue to add video and photos beyond the event. It’s an opportunity I haven’t had before. In most cases I attend a big event, blog, shoot photos and video and make sure it all gets uploaded before the event ends. I’ve found in most cases there is no chance to focus on that material after the event ends. Luckily I have extra hands to help me this time around. I hope we can go through all of the content we gather, classify and distribute it in as many ways we can think of. It should be fun!

If you plan on attending the centennial, leave a comment! Share a link where you plan to blog or tweet about this big week. The more the merrier!

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The preparations continue

Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on September 5, 2008

There are many students in the Missouri School of Journalism who plan to help “cover” the centennial and dedication event. Those students include 100 honors freshmen who will blog, shoot photos, gather video and any other creative way they can think of to give you a perspective of the event.

You will find many voices and ideas on this blog as the event starts. You can expect to find new blog posts from alumni and upperclassmen as well. If you don’t have a blog of your own but would like to contribute, just email Jen Reeves: reevesj@missouri.edu

If you do have a blog and plan to share your experiences of this event, please leave a comment on this blog post and we’ll make sure to include a link to your blog from this site.

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Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on September 1, 2008

We’re counting down the days before the big Missouri School of Journalism Centennial and the Reynolds Journalism Institute dedication. I’m trying to be the official coordinator of this blog. Along with 100 new journalism students who are honors freshmen, I hope to have a number of upperclassmen covering the event so you can get a first-hand feel of the experience.

At the same time, I hope to give anyone a chance to tell their stories as members of the journalism community and especially members of the Missouri alumni. If you went to school here, you know we all have an innate ability and need to share our experiences and help others excell in the craft of journalism or strategic communications.

I’ve taken the Missouri Method every place I worked. I  helped, guided and led as best I could as a newscast producer at stations in California and Michigan. Those experiences led me back to the Missouri School of Journalism to teach in the Radio-TV faculty. I’m honored to have the chance to work with future journalists and I’m so proud of the many professionals I’ve had a chance to help lead into the industry. I hope this blog can be a place to learn from each other and offer an outlet for the many conversations during this event September 10-12 (and possibly 13th if you’re going to the football game).

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Centennial preparations

Posted by Jen Lee Reeves on August 19, 2008

I’m just getting this set up for our big centennial celebration at the Missouri School of Journalism and dedication of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

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