We Belong Here, From ONA15

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As women in media, we often face unique threats to our well-being and safety, both in person and online. That’s why we’re hosting Stepping Up Safety: A Panel on Personal Security in the Field and Workplace on October 7. Leading up to the panel, we’ve asked industry professionals to share their stories, advice and personal experiences.

Last weekend I attended the Online News Association’s annual conference in L.A., where more than 2,000 journalists gathered to discuss the future of digital media.

On Friday, Sarah Jeong, contributing editor at Motherboard, moderated a panel with Soraya Chemaly, Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Amanda Hess and Laurie Penny, called “We Belong Here: Pushing Back Against Online Harassment,” focusing on the experience of women journalists.

7 Pieces of Advice for Feminists Who Use The Internet

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Are you a feminist? Do you use the Internet? Given that you’re reading this post, my guess is that you answered “yes” to at least one of those questions.

The Internet can be an interesting, rewarding, frustrating, scary and exciting place to be a feminist. A mixed bag of emotions, really. So I’ve come up with a few pieces of advice for feminists (of all genders) to keep in mind when exploring the dark abyss we call the Internet.

How to get involved, and STAY involved in college

by Alli Ladd 0 Comments


Of course we go to college to learn. Most of us know, or we soon discover, that the bar is set much higher for our academic work in college than it was in high school. We spend a lot more time studying and doing homework in college than we were used to, and a lot more is expected of us now that we’re full-blown adults.

On top of that, we’re supposed to simultaneously prepare ourselves for the real world in just four (very) short years. How are we supposed to prepare ourselves for the future while we’re doing all this other stuff? The answer is to get involved! In the three years I now have under my belt at Mizzou, I quickly learned the best way to prepare for the real world is to get involved in whatever programs or activities I can get my hands on.

Whether it’s Greek life, student government, Freshman Interest Groups or residence halls, these are just some of the many organizations Mizzou has for students. But with over 700 different organizations on campus, how do you know which ones are right for you? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself.

Tips for Surviving College

by Katy Mersmann 0 Comments


Starting college or getting back into the swing of college isn’t always easy. On the second day of the semester, my schedule is already packed with classes, work and meetings. Even getting settled back to work after a long summer can be a challenge. But never fear! We’re here with some tips to become and stay successful.

1. Find a mentor.

Mentoring is a time-honored, recognized tradition in many industries, but in media, it often happens organically and almost by accident. Don’t let yourself end up without an experienced guide who will invest in you, answer your questions and keep you from making major career mistakes.

Welcome to WIM

school of journalismOn behalf of the entire Mizzou Women in Media executive board, we welcome you to MizzouWIM.com, the online home for WIM and its blog.

There’s a bit of a paradox when it comes to women in the media industry.

Women obviously make up half the population. On top of that, we also make up more than half communications school graduates. But women only make up 37 percent of the workforce in newspaper newsrooms, and 35 percent of newspaper supervisors, according to the 2015 American Society of News Editors (ASNE) newsroom census.