Contact & Support

Missouri on Mic was an incredible effort by so many people — more people than pictured! Thank you, everyone, for your hard work. Collage by Moy Zhong with photography by Becca Newton.


Please let us know if your newsroom decides to try conversations-based journalism, oral history, or any other type of project that has public trust-building at its core. We hope notes from our experience are useful, but we know there are many ways to do this and more we can learn from each other.

We’d love to hear about your experiences.

Contact Us

Links & Resources

State Historical Society of Missouri  
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
True/False Film Fest
Missouri Humanities Council

About KBIA

Since 1972, KBIA’s NPR-affiliate newsroom and operations have been actively involved in the life, arts and humanities of the mid-Missouri area. What our newsroom likes to call “conversations journalism,” pioneered by Rebecca Smith’s “Missouri Health Talks” and StoryCorps-style production methods, is key to what we do, from rural storytelling projects and oral histories to health.

Mailing Address

University of Missouri
215 Lee Hills Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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The Team

The truly amazing thing to see unfold with this project was the aspect of community involvement that began by saying “Yes” to community ideas. Missouri on Mic ultimately involved about a dozen community organizations, from funding supporters like the State Historical Society of Missouri, Missouri Humanities, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute, to the True False Film Fest, Tiny Attic Productions, and Ragtag Cinema, local farmer’s markets in Columbia and Kirksville, the state capitol, Paquin Towers, the Central Missouri Renaissance Festival, MU’s Diwali festival of lights, libraries in Columbia and Poplar Bluff, and many more celebrations, places and events where people gathered over the past two years.

Our multidisciplinary team has involved nine professional journalists and producers, one oral historian, one graphic designer, several professors, and about two dozen student producers. Most importantly, the project has involved 248 people from across the state who encountered our Missouri on Mic booth at various locations and accepted the invitation to tell their stories.

Missouri Humanities Council
Reynolds Journalism Institute
True/False Film Fest
The State Historical Society Of Missouri Center For Missouri Studies

Thanks to our partner organizations

The Missouri on Mic team
  • Alicia Haywood
  • Janet Saidi
  • Beth Pike – SHSMO
  • Becky Smith
  • Trevor Hook
  • Becca Newton
  • Caoilinn Goss
  • Kailan Dixon
  • Katie Quinn
  • Abigail Ruhman
  • Lauren Hines
  • Logan Franz
  • Rachel Schnelle 
  • Connor McGovern 
  • Alice Wiche 
  • Noah Zahn 
  • Emma Boyle
  • Connor McGovern
  • Reagan Wiles
  • Rachel Henderson
  • Nathan Gregg
  • Jackie Lamb
  • Fernando Narro
  • Erin Davis 
  • Regan Mertz
  • Beibei Liu
  • Racheal Schulman
  • Grace Pankey
  • Moy Zhong 
  • Mark Johnson
  • Professor Kathy Kiely
  • Special thanks to Producers Kristofor Husted, Professor Kathy Kiely and Beth Pike helping lead operations on sites. 

If you want to go deep on the experience of the Missouri on Mic project, our team did a series of blogs for our partners at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. You can read them here.