Past Events

Fall 2011

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Learn how to get involved with SPJ Mizzou next semester

Get involved with SPJ Mizzou in spring 2012

Come enjoy free pizza and learn about the organizational changes and leadership opportunities for the spring semester! If you’re interested in becoming more involved in the one of the nation’s largest student SPJ chapters, listen to our panel of current executive officers give their advice, discuss future goals and address the networking experiences they’ve had as members of SPJ.

WHEN: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30

WHERE: Reynolds Journalism Institute Room 100

QUESTIONS: Email us


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

Mike Alden will speak about his relationship with sports journalists

A 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)
QUESTIONS: Email us


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)
QUESTIONS: Email us


Lessons from Joplin: 5 p.m., Sept. 21, Fred W. Smith Forum

Associate Professor Katherine Reed moderates a discussion on the aftermath of the devastation in Joplin and its effects on the town and the journalists who covered it.

Panelists from several news organizations that covered the immediate consequences of the tornado will talk about the emotional, physical and technological challenges of covering disasters, particularly in Joplin.

WHEN: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21

WHERE: Fred W. Smith Forum (upstairs in the Reynolds Journalism Institute)


Spring 2011

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Ron Sylvester: 6 p.m., April 27, Fred W. Smith Forum

Ron Sylvester Flier

Sylvester will address using social media, including Twitter and Facebook, to build community with readers. He will discuss recent projects, including blogging an investigative report against child sexual exploitation, as well as give a sneak preview on an article for this summer’s issue of Nieman Reports at Harvard.

Ron Sylvester has covered courts and legal affairs for the Wichita Eagle since 2000. His past coverage has included the Carr Brothers’ murder trial, the court confession of Dennis Rader as the BTK serial killer and other stories that give him, and his readers, nightmares. During a journalism career spanning more than three decades, Sylvester has covered beats ranging from sports to arts and entertainment, interviewing personalities such as George Brett and Johnny Cash along the way.


Picture of the Year International: 6 p.m., April 12, Tucker Forum (Gannett Hall)

Screen shot of Picture of the Year International flier

Rick Shaw is director of Pictures of the Year International (POYi), a photojournalism competition and archive sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. POYi is the oldest and one of the most prestigious photojournalism programs in the world. The mission of POYi is to empower the world’s best documentary photography, to provide a visual portrayal of society and to foster an understanding of issues facing our civilization.

Come join in Shaw’s presentation of this year’s POYi competition as he tells the story behind each winner. 


Andy Waters: 7 p.m., March 15, Fred W. Smith Forum

Andy Waters visit Mizzou

Despite the “free culture” of the Internet, The Columbia Daily Tribune began charging for “premium” online news Dec. 1, 2010. The newspaper is now thriving in its “meter model,” balancing revenue from online subscriptions and advertising. Even with free alternatives to the print edition, 20,000 households pay for it, and readership is growing far beyond the eight-county delivery area in mid-Missouri. Find out how the Tribune has made the change a success.


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