I am a journalist by trade and by passion — one lucky enough to live in a time of innovation and work with people who value it.
My job is as the director of community outreach at the Columbia Missourian, the community newspaper run by faculty and staffed by our awesome students. My focus at the newspaper is community engagement. I am also an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where I teach or have taught a number of topics including Participatory Journalism, Multimedia Planning and Design, and News Design.
I’m an accidental academic, having fallen into the role of a professor from a career as a working journalist, and deciding to pick up a master’s degree along the way.
I’m an experimenter, an optimist and a change agent.
I spent a year studying engagement in journalism at the Reynolds Journalism Institute, and I have strong views about how the relationship between journalists and their audiences needs to evolve (and is evolving, whether journalists are ready for it or not). During my fellowship, I interviewed dozens of journalists, explored what “engagement” means in disciplines outside journalism, developed a newsroom discussion guide around engagement and held a workshop on how engagement success can be measured.
Use this link to find more about my work around the Interwebs.
I regularly speak, train and consult with journalists and non-journalists on topics like:
— audience engagement
— social media
— measuring impact (see my list of impact metrics here)
— participatory culture
— transforming digital publications
— workplace processes and organizational culture
— audience-focused design
— creativity and brainstorming
My husband, two sons and I recently moved to Sarasota, Fla., and am teaching remotely for the fall semester. I read. I swim. I chase my kids, who I call Thing One and Thing Two. I’ve lived in eight states, the most spectacular of which is Alaska. I’m thrilled to be back by the ocean and think the smell of sunscreen makes most days better. My name used to be Mary Joy Mathis (if you knew me then, say hi!).