Janese Silvey is a story specialist/strategist for Stephens College.
Earlier this month, a University of Missouri sophomore working on an assignment for a journalism class took the initiative to come to Stephens College unannounced to find out what the all-women’s college is all about.
Ultimately, he was sent to me in the marketing office. I spent about an hour with him, taking him around campus and telling him more about our programs and history.
As soon as he left, it dawned on me: This sophomore doing a homework assignment officially knows more about Stephens College than I ever did in my four years as higher education reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune.
That's a little embarrassing.
But to my defense — and to the defense of current higher ed reporters in the community — it's a significant beat.
This is, after all, College Town USA, and there are certainly a lot of issues to keep track of when you're covering the university and the private colleges in town.
But that doesn't mean the community shouldn't know more about Stephens and what's happening over here.
That’s why we’ve created SC-Scene, a news blog where I'll be reporting on all things Stephens. Don't worry — this isn't a press release depository. This will be a regularly updated site letting residents know about events, student successes, performances and other campus happenings.
And it's not just a cheerleading site, either. There's still enough reporter in me (and in Stephens President Dianne Lynch, for that matter) that when Stephens needs to make an announcement, clarify information or share its collective viewpoint on community issues, we'll use this new site to do so.
The site will be updated regularly, so make it a part of your online news routine. Feel free to comment. Feel free to share. Heck, feel free to send me story ideas if you know something about Stephens you don't see on our news site.
Consider this my way of making up for the lackluster job I did of covering Stephens College while working as a higher-education reporter.
Oh, and a way to ensure that I won't be scooped by a sophomore at MU turning in a Journalism 2100 assignment.
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