Elizabeth Conner Stephens's Profile

Assistant news editor, Columbia Missourian.
Graduate student, Missouri School of Journalism.

Email: ecstephens@mail.missouri.edu

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? I am an assistant news editor at the Missourian and work with the copy desk to keep the website updated with new stories and photos.

WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? Community journalism. The way people consume news continues to change, but I'm a strong believer in local journalism and the importance of having local reporters in a city. Newspapers play an important watchdog role for local governments, and reporters are able to dig into a community and find some important stories that aren't being told. But I also love to see the community stories that share what people in the community are doing. One of the highlights of my time at a newspaper in south Georgia was when we covered a little league team competing in the Little League World Series and eventually winning the whole thing. A reporter and photographer traveled to Williamsport, Pa., to cover the team and share some great stories with people back in Georgia. The games were televised, but there was much more to the boys' experiences than what you could see on ESPN.

WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? I completed my bachelor's in journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism in 2005, and I am back to finish up my masters. I most recently served as a visiting editor at the Missourian for two years. Between graduation and my return, I worked at the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer as a copy editor/page designer, business editor and copy desk chief and at SNL Financial in Charlottesville, Va., as an assistant editor.

WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? I enjoying cooking with fresh, local food, so I am at the Farmers' Market almost every Saturday. After moving from the mountains of Virginia, I have dusted off my bike and enjoy riding on the Katy Trail. I am a news junkie and read tons of articles, but my favorite thing to do is curl up with a good fiction book and a cup of tea.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? It is fun to return to my old stomping grounds. I recently got married and moved about 25 miles west of Columbia to Wooldridge. I'm getting used to the commute to campus and figuring out my surroundings in the country. But Columbia is still one of my favorite places to live.