Erica Mendez Babcock's Profile

Design editor, Columbia Missourian

Assistant professor, Missouri School of Journalism (teaching classes in News Design and Advanced Magazine Design)

Office phone: 573-882-9956

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I mainly focus on supervising the design of the print edition, special sections and special projects. I encourage students to think out of the box and find a new and compelling way to design a story package that best serves our audience.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? I love seeing the new ways news is being designed both in print and online. Newspapers are taking risks and people are starting to realize more than ever how important design is when presenting multiple layers of information to the public.

WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? Before coming to the Missourian, I was a graphic designer for the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington D.C., and a design intern at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. I received both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism in magazine design and editorial design, respectively. As a student, I worked as a reporter, designer and graphic artist at the Missourian, and designer, art director and creative director of Vox Magazine.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? I married my college sweetheart, a wonderfully supportive man who understands my crazy work schedule and motivates me to be the best person I can be every day. We have two dogs; a beagle named Bailey and a puppy rottweiler mix named Sadie. My husband and I love taking the dogs to Twin Lakes park, renovating our newly purchased home and going to sporting events.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? Ever since returning to Columbia, my husband and I are discovering new areas around town that we didn't know about during college. We love the size of the town, the friendly people, and the numerous things to do. It's a wonderful place to (someday) start a family.