In just a few weeks, downtown Columbia and the campuses at MU, Stephens College and Columbia College will be bustling again for the start of a new fall semester.

CoMo is truly a Collegetown. For this year’s special section about campus life in Columbia, the Missourian invited high school students from across the country to write stories and get to know the community.

For a week at the end of June, 49 student journalists arrived in Columbia to learn more about the Missouri Method and produce the content you’ll read in this section.

The students represented 11 states, including California, Texas, Indiana, Tennessee, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri.

They came as part of MUJW, a workshop focused on teaching journalism to diverse students by pairing them with mentor coaches from the profession.

The students learned from faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism and professionals who took a week away from their jobs at the Kansas City Star, CBS Radio, Springfield News-Leader and NBC to serve as mentors.

This is the 49th year for MUJW but the first that allowed students the singular focus of writing about what it’s like to be in a Collegetown.

As the project coordinator and a director for MUJW, I couldn’t be prouder of the stories you’ll read in this section. It’s written with prospective students in mind by soon-to-be college students. I hope you’ll enjoy their work and see something new and fresh about this Collegetown we call home.

Laura Johnston is a senior news editor at the Missourian. She’s worked with MUJW for eight years and is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Laura Johnston is member of the Missourian's  Interactive Copy Editing staff and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

  • News editor at the interactive copy desk and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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