Apply to become a member of the Missourian Readers Board

Do you frequently find yourself with questions about what's going on in Columbia or uncovering story ideas that you wish someone would look into? Are you interested in things like the size of a newspaper's type, or how newspapers regulate comments on their website? Are you intrigued by seeing behind the scenes of how a news organization operates?

We have a place for you at the Columbia Missourian on our Readers Board, which is comprised of community members who want to help make the Missourian better by influencing our coverage.

Our goal is to build a board that represents the area's diversity — in age, race, culture, experience and perspective. (You need not be a regular reader to apply.)

At every session, members are encouraged to critique the Missourian on just about anything. Topics are chosen for each meeting, sometimes by board members and sometimes by Missourian staff. Executive Editor Tom Warhover is at almost every meeting, as well as General Manager Dan Potter and the director of community outreach, Joy Mayer. Hors d'oeuvres are served at each meeting.

We have vacancies on the board from time to time, and we expect to be actively recruiting for a new board in Summer 2014. Typically, we look to have 10-12 Readers Board members per session.

What's in it for you beyond free food and good conversation? A free yearlong subscription.

Interested in participating? Here's what you'd be agreeing to:

  • Meeting monthly to share your insights with us, on a weekday evening at the Missourian's office at Eighth and Elm in Columbia.
  • Allowing us to share a photo of you with our readers, along with a short biography.
  • Eating free hors d'oeuvres.

If you're interested in being contacted next time we're filling slots on the board, please fill out the questionnaire below. None of your information will be shared outside the newsroom.

Here's a column from Joy Mayer, the Missourian's director of community outreach, about the Readers Board.

If you're interested in getting to know the current Readers Board members, take a look at their bios here.

Questions? Prefer to apply offline? Contact Joy Mayer at 882-8182 or