The Missourian offers downloadable electronic books that showcase some of our best feature stories and projects. To download the books, click the links below.
Recent projects include:
Years of Progress: This section highlights the growth and development in Columbia during the past 10 years. It includes data about population growth, income, home construction and city budgets over time, as well as asking if the city can keep up the pace. Stories about the city's solar energy plans, infrastructure and the school district are also included.
Unbreakable: This e-book tells the story of a group of black women who grew up in the middle of a desegregating Columbia during the ’50s and ’60s, where the lines of memory and friendship can’t be broken. Nearly half a century later, you can still find these Silver and Gold women together every week.
Inaugural SEC season in photos: The Columbia Missourian photography department captured images of the Missouri Tigers first Southeastern Conference season. Relive the season with photos from Faurot Field, tailgating at the stadium, game highlights and videos.
The iBook is available through the iTunes store for $1.99.
My Life My Town: This iBook explores the hopes and challenges of teens in rural Missouri. The project is a product of the Missouri School of Journalism in partnership with the Columbia Missourian, KBIA and the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
It is available through the iTunes store.
In December, Columbia Public Schools finished revising its K-12 curriculum to reflect the district's new academic standards. The Common Core State Standards were developed as a way to combat falling literacy skills in high school graduates. The standards, which emphasize college- and career-readiness and skills-based courses, will also usher in new accountability tests in spring 2015. Follow this link to download the book for 99 cents in a format for Kindle readers.
Being ready for kindergarten is no longer just about knowing your ABCs and how to write your name. As elementary schools focus more and more on standardized testing and academics, it has fallen to preschools to make sure children are socially and emotionally prepared to make the leap to formal schooling. Follow this link to download the book for 99 cents in a format for Kindle readers.
The Columbia Missourian received top honors at the Missouri Press Foundation's annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards, more than 65 in all, include a General Excellence honor and a Gold Medal award. To read these award-winning stories and photos, as well as to see the winning designs and pages, download our e-book.
SEC Road Trip: Missourian reporters visited every SEC school and town ahead of Missouri's inaugural football season in the Southeastern Conference. Join us on for a road trip.
The American Next: Whether you call them Gen Y or Millenials, the teens and young adults who were born into boom times are now living in a time of deep economic, political and social divides. As politicians debate the fate of the nation, we traveled the heartland to explore the hopes, fears and changing expectations of the next generation.
The Roman Catholic Church has long struggled to find enough priests to serve its parishes across the U.S. However, for the first time in Columbia, two churches began to share three priests to serve their growing congregations. The Rev. Thomas Saucier serves both Sacred Heart and the Newman Center.
National drug shortages are forcing doctors to choose which patients receive limited amounts of drugs necessary to treat chronic illnesses, such as cancer. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the shortage is triple what it was six years ago.
The number of high school graduates is on the decline in Missouri. MU planned for it by establishing recruiters in nearby states. Columbia Public Schools is somewhat insulated from this trend, however.
Five mid-Missouri residents trying to answer the question: "Can anything be done to make my life better?” During an intensive six weeks, they met at Central Missouri Community Action Center in Columbia to take part in a small-business startup program.
White nose bat syndrome is spreading westward and has already claimed more than 1 million bats in 17 states. White-nose syndrome is knocking at Missouri's border, and scientists fear it could decimate the bat population.
On the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the Missourian examined media coverage of the event, societal changes afterward and the controversial Patriot Act. Firefighters from Boone County recalled a rescue mission at ground zero two days after the towers fell. For many, it was their first time in New York.
In this five-part series from May 2003, Missourian reporter Barton Gordon Howe chronicles the story of James T. Scott, the last man to be lynched in Columbia. Accused of raping the white daughter of an MU professor, he never got to trial. A mob of 1,000 people swarmed the Boone County Jail, broke Scott out and hanged him off the Stewart Road bridge over Flat Branch.