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 how newspapers regulate comments on their websites, how we decide what gets covered — or even the size of the type in the paper?

If you're 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.

We look to have 10-12 Readers Board members per session. Feel free to leave your information in the form below if you'd like to be considered the next time we have openings.

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.

Interested in being considered for the board next time there are openings? Here's what you'd be agreeing to:

  • Meeting semi-monthly to share your insights with us, at the Missourian's office at Eighth and Elm in Columbia. Meetings are typically 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on a Tuesday evening, September through May.
  • Allowing us to share a photo of you with our readers, along with a short biography.
  • Receiving a free print subscription and online membership to the Missourian.

Please fill out the application below to be considered.

Questions? Prefer to apply offline? Call Elizabeth Stephens at 882-9951 or email

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