A guide to the From Readers section

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 1:14 p.m. CST; updated 11:45 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Welcome to the From Readers section. This is a section of the Missourian dedicated to our community’s voices and stories. It is written by you, and by the rest of our community.

We don’t have strict selection guidelines, and we’d be happy to talk to you about whether your idea would make a good submission. (Hint: It probably would.) Click here for examples of past submissions, which are below. 

There are just a few things we need you to keep in mind as you submit your work — we promise it’s not much.

Please include these two things with your work:

  • Your real name to be used for your byline.
  • One sentence about you or your relationship to the story.

We’d also love to attach photos or video to your story if you have them available.

How to submit:

Send an email to with your story attached or pasted in the email. If you prefer, you can send mail to Columbia Missourian, Attn: Submissions, 221 S. Eighth St., Columbia, MO 65211.

One more thing, we also ask that you abide by the same rules in your submission that we ask you to in our comments policy:

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when submitting your story or other items.
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses. Mentioning your business or submitting a story about your business is fine, but please refrain from posting commercial advertising or promotions.

Here’s what happens after you submit your work:

All content is reviewed by an editor with a gentle hand before it is published. We are happy to help you with spelling, grammar and writing style, but we will try to maintain your own words and tone. If questions come up during the editing process, we might contact you to clarify information.  We'd also be happy to help hone your writing. If you'd like a bit more assistance, mention it in your submissions email.


Email Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, at



Life and Culture

A call for more education on the subject of rape

A reflection on war from a research assistant professor at the MU Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Insights into the life of a Columbia librarian

A description of what being a dad has taught a local pastor

A questioning piece about what to do for people who are cast aside


A dispatch from a Hickman diver’s letter of intent signing

A listing of who made the Academic All-State Squad from the Rock Bridge softball team

A call for support for the Missouri basketball team after a disappointing loss

Thoughts from an SEC native and Mizzou fan

An explanation of what the Mizzou Quidditch team does

Personal photos

Photos from a birthday party benefiting local non-profit organizations

A story and photos from a meaningful day spent with an aging mother from our most prolific contributor, John Hall

Photos from a Rock Bridge High School production of “Urinetown: The Musical


Personal connections to an exhibit at the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology

An MU student discusses her artistic processes and inspirations

A call for submissions for a holiday exhibition at P.S.: Gallery

… And check out ArtTalk, where you can share something you're excited about and open the eyes of the community to local art.


A description of how a family’s history of rallying against oppression informs political motivation.

A discussion of political involvement and how those not involved don’t have the right to gripe.

…And check out this section of the Missourian entitled “Election 2012: Your Voices,” with responses from a myriad of Columbia residents on the topic of politics.


A poem in memory of a friend who died

Autobiographical highlights from the interesting life of T. Gale Thompson.

A local author’s description of his WWII-era memoir

An invitation to share some shaggy dog tales from a longtime Columbia resident

A poem about discrimination in Columbia

Current events and breaking news

A story about storm chasing across Kansas

A discussion about Occupy COMO from a participant

Scanner traffic from a fire in May at a local apartment complex

Suggestions for viewing the summer night sky

Memories of Sterling Wyatt from his Taekwondo instructor

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Ellis Smith July 2, 2013 | 4:18 p.m.

Thursday is July 4th! For a free, brief video (released through youtube) on fireworks safety by a leading explosives and fireworks expert who is a member of University of Missouri System's faculty:

1-Access (Missouri S&T home page).

2-Using the rotating photo display, click on the photo labeled "Fireworks and More" when it appears in the rotation.

3-A new page will appear that says, "Fireworks Safety." Scroll down that page to display and play the youtube video.

In addition to human safety precutions there's a helpful hint about handling the problem of house pets (dogs, cats) frightened by the noise of exploding fireworks.

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Ellis Smith July 4, 2013 | 7:32 a.m.

On June 5th Second Nature, a non-profit organization promoting sustainable energy in higher education, awarded Missouri University of Science & Technology its 2013 Climate Leadership Award. MS&T was selected from 20 national finalists for its pragmatic approaches to energy use.

To compete for this award an institution must demonstrate innovative leadership in education and action for sustainability and climate mitigation.

MS&T has turned its former Solar Decathlon competition houses into a permanent and growing "village" of rental homes for qualified students and faculty members. Solar Decathlon is an international design competition contest for universities, sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy. This is the only solar home village located on a university campus.

Also, the campus is well into the process of installing a novel geothermal energy system to replace a 60-year-old coal-fired power plant. The new facility is expected to save the university $1 million a year in energy costs while significanrly reducing carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions.

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Ellis Smith July 12, 2013 | 5:02 p.m.


Then, right side of their home page, click on "1-Oregon Tuition Plan Punishes Graduate's Success"

Don't we have enough problems interesting and recruiting young men and women in science and engineering at public universities and public technical institutes as it now is? Now some idiots want to remove one of the few incentives we can currently offer.

Mein Gott!

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