Monthly Archives: October 2011

Mike Alden: 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 in the Fred W. Smith Forum

Mike Alden will speak about his relationship with sports journalistsA former student athlete, coach and current president of the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association, Alden took charge at Mizzou in 1998 when the school ranked near the bottom of the league in on-field success facility development and fundraising. Since beginning his 13-year stint in Columbia, Alden has seen several programs rise to the level of national championship contenders, and Mizzou has become a competitor in football, men’s basketball, soccer and softball. The school has won two softball championships in that time, and the gymnastics team won its first-ever NCAA regional title in 2010.

Alden will discuss his career as Mizzou’s athletic director. He’ll dive into his encounters with high-level media coverage and will explain the impact of journalism on college sports.

WHEN: 5 p.m. on Oct. 25
WHERE: Fred W. Smith Forum (upstairs in the Reynolds Journalism Institute)


Hey, freshmen: Join the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization

Apply to be on the SPJ Freshmen Liaison Board (FLB)

Freshman Liaisons ApplicationWhat is SPJ?

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909, SPJ promotes the free flow of information through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members. The Mizzou SPJ chapter is one of the nation’s largest student chapters and is here to make sure you feel confident taking on any journalism-related endeavors. By joining Mizzou SPJ, you’ll be joining a group in which you can share your passions, engage in educational workshops, plan events, attend regional and/or national conferences and voice your concerns over journalistic issues.

What does the FLB do?

The FLB was designed to give bright and promising freshmen journalism or pre-journalism students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through the inner-workings of Mizzou SPJ. The FLB will be split into two teams: external and internal. The internal team will be responsible for coordinating at least one event or speaker for the chapter. The external team will be responsible for organizing and implementing a fundraising event and a membership drive. The executive board members will work closely to guide the FLB to success in their endeavors. Often, participating freshmen remain involved in SPJ by becoming executive board members.


  • Must currently be a freshman
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a member of Mizzou SPJ (join)

Turn in the attached application form and all materials (hard copies only) to the folder in 205 Neff Hall by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

Contact chapter President Katherine Hauser with any questions. 

Sally Stapleton: “Photojournalistic Turbulence” (7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12)

Sally Stapleton: "Photojournalistic Turbulence"Sally Stapleton is the former deputy executive photo editor of The Associated Press. During her tenure as the international editor, Stapleton led a team of Africa-based photographers to two Pulitzer Prizes. Before coming to the AP, she worked as a picture editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Miami Herald. She also worked at The Boston Globe, where she photographed both the Chilean plebiscite that voted out dictator Augusto Pinochet and the Colombian drug wars. 

In early 2004, Stapleton formed a nonprofit organization with the goal of establishing a media training center for working journalists in Kigali, Rwanda. She has judged several photography contests, including the World Press Photo Awards, the Pictures of the Year Contest and the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards. Stapleton has organized and led photography and multimedia workshops in Algeria, Colombia and Rwanda. She received a Fulbright grant in 2002 to work with Rwandan journalists.

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12
WHERE:  Fred W. Smith Forum (upstairs in the Reynolds Journalism Institute)