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Coverage team

The 2009 APME/APPM conference is being covered by students and faculty of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Their participation is made possible by grants from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association Foundation.

The reporters

Mary Poletti

PolettiMary Poletti is a second-year master’s student at the Missouri School of Journalism and a religion reporter with the Columbia Missourian. Although she’s dreamed since preschool of becoming a newspaper reporter, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where she co-founded the student political magazine, and her past work experience includes a stint in communications at a Christian nonprofit organization. A St. Louis native (and, yes, a die-hard Cardinals fan), she’s grateful for the opportunity to cover and learn from APME’s collective wisdom in her hometown this week. Check out her work here.

Jim BuellJim Buell

Jim Buell is a photojournalist focusing in news photography. He received a degree in journalism in 2009 from the University of Missouri. He has worked as an intern at the Associated Press in Brussels, Belgium, and has done freelance work for the Kanas City Star. Buell’s portfolio can be viewed at www.jimbuellphoto.com and he blogs at jimbuell.blogspot.com.

Eric Berger

EricBergerBorn and raised in St. Louis, Eric Berger is a print and digital news major at the University of Missouri. He reports on the health, science and environment beat for the Columbia Missourian. This past summer he was in Austin, Texas, interning at KXAN, the local NBC affiliate.  He also spent eight months as an intern in the media relations department of the non-profit minor league baseball team the Memphis Redbirds.
Here are the links to my Missourian profile page and clips from KXAN.
Reporting portfolio
Television portfolio

Kristen DiFate

Kristin DiFateKristen DiFate spent nearly a decade in graphic design, advertising and international marketing before switching her focus to journalism and multidimensional storytelling. Once an illustrator and multimedia specialist, her preoccupation with the Internet led her to intern with Slate Magazine and the St. Louis Beacon. Kristen is now an Assistant Professor of Interactive Digital Media and Digital Advertising at Webster University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and is a Missouri School of Journalism Master’s candidate 2011.

Email: kristen@difate.com
Web site

Lauren Foreman

Luaren ForemanA University of Missouri senior earning a degree in Convergence journalism and a multicultural certificate ticket, Lauren Foreman is a thorough print reporter with strengths in viral marketing, collaborating, and learning new software quickly and efficiently. Interested in aspects of viral marketing and other aspects of journalism that influence the editorial process, Foreman is looking to get her hands deep in every part of journalism.


Andrew DeWitt

DeWittAndrew DeWitt is a senior at MU studying print journalism. He has covered Missouri football, Missouri baseball and Rock Bridge basketball for the Columbia Missourian. Andrew has worked for a handful of papers since his sophomore year in high school including the Independence Examiner, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Denver Post and the Kansas City Star. His favorite moment while covering sports is watching NBA all-star Carmelo Anthony leisurely put on 15 pieces of jewelry before talking to reporters while doing a story on former MU basketball player Linas Kleiza.

See Andrew’s resume and clips at byandrewdewitt.com.

Danielle Destrade

DanielleDDanielle Destrade is a multimedia journalist, prolific writer and social media enthusiast. She will graduate in May 2010 from the Missouri School of Journalism with a degree in Convergence Journalism and a minor in Sociology. Danielle is currently developing a podcast for KOMU-8 called “The Most” and is expanding  audience engagement through Facebook and Twitter. After graduation, Danielle hopes to work in the Washington, D.C. area.
E-mail: danielledestrade@mail.mizzou.edu

Sarah D. Wire

SarahWireSarah D. Wire is a statehouse reporter and will graduate from the University of Missouri in December. Sarah has interned with the Los Angeles Times, The Oklahoman and The Associated Press. Her coverage includes state budgets, higher and lower education and feature writing. You can view her portfolio at www.sarahdwire.com. This fall she is writing and editing a weekly statehouse news wrap-up for Missouri Press Association members.
E-mail: sarahd.wire@gmail.com

Erin Schwartz

ErinSchwartzErin Schwartz, hailing from Washington, DC, is a first-semester photojournalism master’s student at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. Before departing Washington for school, her recent freelance work included photographing the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee for a Canadian news service with distribution to 22 newspapers and its Web sites across Canada.  She also spent a year and a half as a freelance photojournalist with a Northern New Jersey weekly newspaper. A blogger since before the word “blogger” existed, her current photos and writing can be found at erincarly.wordpress.com and her main Web site resides at www.erincarly.com.

Email: erin@erincarly.com

Kyle Spradley

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A recent Missouri grad, Kyle Spradley is a freelance photographer based in St. Louis.  He specializes in sports and outdoor photography including landscapes and wildlife.  He is currently hunting for a job at any publication, preferably a newspaper from a smaller market.  Currently he shoots horse shows for CJM Photography and runs a local landscaping company’s website (www.treesforestsandlandscapes.com) for which he is currently employed by.  He looks to expand his coverage by incorporating more video and new aspects of  multimedia into his storytelling abilities.

Website: www.kspradleyphoto.com

Blog: www.kspradleyphoto.blogspot.com

Contact: spradley.kyle@gmail.com

Juana Summers

Juana Summers will graduate in December from the Missouri School of Journalism with degrees in Convergence Journalism and History. She is currently hunting for a job that involves state or local political reporting. She’s worked in public radio and with newspapers and is a social media enthusiast.
Web site

The editors

Jeanne Abbott

jeanne-abbottJeanne Abbott is an associate professor of journalism and managing editor of the Columbia Missourian, the School’s working laboratory for students. She joined the Missouri School of Journalism in August 2007 as a fellow of the Knight Center for Editing Excellence.

Formerly Abbott served as the assistant managing editor at the Des Moines (Iowa) Register. She earned four degrees from the University of Missouri: bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism in 1967, a master’s degree in 1969 and a doctorate in journalism in 1988.

Her professional experience includes stints at the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee and the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News. Abbott has worked as an assistant professor at California State University in Sacramento and as an instructor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Her e-mail is abbottjm@missouri.edu

Jake Sherlock

Jake Sherlock

Jake Sherlock is an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Jake Sherlock is an assistant professor for the Missouri School of Journalism and the opinion editor at the Columbia Missourian. He has been with the School and the paper since August 2005. He teaches copy editing and design.

Prior to coming to MU, he worked as the night editor at the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle and was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wyoming, where he also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Sherlock also enjoys working with social networking Web sites and new technologies to spur community conversation, which is his primary goal as the opinion editor. You can follow him on Twitter, friend him on Facebook, or follow his blog posts at GeekyJournalist.com.


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