Schoolhouse Talk: K-12 education blog begins

Monday, November 26, 2007 | 2:17 p.m. CST; updated 11:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Missourian has launched a K-12 education blog, Schoolhouse Talk. The blog, at, is the result of a partnership between the Missourian’s K-12 education beat and, a site where mid-Missouri residents can submit their own stories. Schoolhouse Talk blends elements of traditional journalism with reader-generated community storytelling in an effort to engage the community in a conversation about K-12 education.

The blog is maintained by students and faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism who work as editors, reporters, photographers and online media specialists.

Elizabeth Brixey, who oversees Missourian coverage of K-12 education, said there are several hopes for Schoolhouse Talk. “One is to engage with readers about stories that matter to them,” Brixey said. “Two is to better integrate citizen voices currently found on into traditional news coverage. And three is to give our students more opportunities to practice journalism using multimedia.”

Schoolhouse Talk is an interactive forum that accepts community submissions of education-related stories, photographs, artwork and audio and video clips for publication.

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cheryl brewer June 25, 2008 | 11:01 p.m.

This is in regard to the advertised today about what to do with the older schools auctioned. I recently visited a place in Shawnee, Kansas called Wonderscope with my grandsons. Wonderscope is not new, perhaps, but this one was in an old school. Probably built in 1945. Brick, single long hallway, cafeteria/gym/stage area. Magicians, storytellers performed sometimes too Great set up. Non profit organization. You pay a fee to enter or a membership like a zoo. each room was brightly painted,has a theme, a hospital room theme, engineering theme, sponsored by a college, etc. great for kids, very educational and well done. seems like there's an old brick school like building by the road that goes by Target, on the right. Cheryl Brewer, Columbia

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