Joy Mayer's Profile
Director of community outreach, Columbia Missourian
Associate professor, Missouri School of Journalism (teaching classes in Participatory Journalism, News Design and Multimedia Planning and Design)
Office phone: 573-882-8182
WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE MISSOURIAN? As the director of community outreach, I supervise a team of students who have one primary goal: to keep the focus of the newsroom squarely on you, the user/reader/viewer/community member. We hope you’ll get as involved in our news as you care to be. I’ve been at the Missourian since 2003. Until 2009, I was the newspaper’s design editor, supervising how the print edition came together. For the 2010-2011 academic year, I was a fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute here at Mizzou, working on a project about community engagement in journalism. I created the community outreach team in 2011.
WHAT KIND OF JOURNALISM KEEPS YOU GOING? I’m excited about ways to make the sharing of news more of a conversation, and less of a lecture. How can journalists be more responsive to their communities, and how can communities be invited to help shape their news?
WHAT'S YOUR WORK AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? I was an editor and designer at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, a New York Times paper on the west coast of Florida, and at the Wichita Eagle. My journalism degree is from the University of Oklahoma, and my master's degree is from Mizzou. I manage to want good things for the Sooners and Tigers simultaneously.
WHAT'S YOUR LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK LIKE? My husband and I have two boys I affectionately call Thing One and Thing Two. My mom moved to Columbia to be near the grandkids. The boys go to Ridgeway Elementary and West Middle School. You’re likely to spot us at the ARC, at Mizzou sporting events, or at the kids’ sports and music activities.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COLUMBIA? I didn’t know much about Columbia when I arrived, but I’m so glad we landed here. It’s a friendly, easy place to live. I appreciate the diversity in our schools, church and community lives. There are lots of inexpensive ways to enjoy the city, and I’m a big fan of the parks system and trails.