KATHLEEN DUNCAN earned a master’s degree in photojournalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of California, Irvine with a minor in digital media.She currently is the senior video editor for RJI Futures Lab. She launched a new video series, Innovation in Focus, which explores emerging tech and tools for journalists. She produces the segments of Innovation in Focus, as well as mentors student videographers on her team. Kathleen also creates and edits video projects for RJI and the Missouri School of Journalism, where she teaches photo and video journalism.Duncan came to RJI from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she served as a photo and video editor, video producer and photographer. She led the Chronicle newsroom in producing mobile video and ran the visual intern program. While at the Chronicle she won Photo Editor of the Year in the National Press Photographers Association’s annual Best of Photojournalism contest and received many awards for her visual work from the NPPA.
JUDD SLIVKA is an assistant professor of convergence journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and is also RJI’s first director of aerial journalism.He has worked as a reporter at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Arizona Republic. His work has appeared in Slate, ESPN: The Magazine, The American Spectator and the Los Angeles Times. Slivka has served as the lead legal investigator in police brutality cases against “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” and served as principal investigator in a number of multimillion dollar civil lawsuits.Slivka served as the communications director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where he was responsible for all internal and external communications as well as the digital marketing of the Missouri State Parks system. He also served as the agency’s director of information services, responsible for all web presence, social media and IT infrastructure, as well as representing the State of Missouri on joint state-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency committees for information security and electronic transactions.
EBONY REED is the director of innovation and the RJI Futures Lab, Ebony Reed collaborates with RJI staff and the Missouri School of Journalism to research and test new platforms for journalism, as well as study new revenue models.She’s also an associate professor at the journalism school where she teaches in-person and online classes that focus on media sales and media management.Reed has worked for both the business and editorial sides of journalism. She came to RJI from the Boston Business Journal, where she was executive advertising director.She had a nearly seven-year career with The Associated Press, first as an assistant bureau chief, and later as director of business development for U.S. local markets. As director, she worked with AP directors across the country to find digital and commercial opportunities for the AP. Prior to moving to the business side of journalism she held editing and reporting roles at The Detroit News and The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.In 2015, Reed received 40 Under 40 honors from the Boston Business Journal, which recognized her as a top business leader under 40. She received an NAACP Image Award in 2013 for her work in the community, success in journalism and commitment to diversity. She has served on the boards of Boston Children’s Museum and the Columbia Missourian.Reed received a master’s degree in media management and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. Reed enjoys shopping, gardening and traveling. Toronto is a favorite place to visit but she has many other destinations on her bucket list.
JEANNETTE H. PORTER (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) began her career in strategic communications managing native advertising sales. Following her B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College, she spent 10 years in fund development and community relations at The Boys Choir of Harlem; became a director of communications at PENCIL; moved to rural journalism at The Amelia Bulletin Monitor in Virginia; and, following a master’s degree in multimedia journalism (Virginia Commonwealth University), found her cause in health communication. Her current research examines African American communication about mental health and mental illness with a goal of increasing mental health help-seeking. Dr. Porter has contributed to articles in Games for Health Journal, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Telemedicine and E-Health and in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior
JEIMMIE NEVALGA, BJ ’00, has more than 10 years of experience producing traditional and non-traditional newscasts. She began her career at WISN 12, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee as a producer for their two-hour morning show. Later Nevalga served as the producer for the 6 p.m. evening news. In 2005 she made the jump to Chicago, her hometown, where she worked as producer and executive producer for CLTV, a 24-hour local cable news station. The change in news format allowed Nevalga the opportunity to produce extended coverage of major news events, including eight hours of coverage during the 2008 presidential election. In 2009, she was instrumental in the merger of CLTV with its sister station WGN, where she served as senior producer.
JON STEMMLE is an associate professor of strategic communication and former director of the Health Communication Research Center at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also has an appointment as a core faculty member in the Master of Public Health program.
In his role as a professor, Stemmle teaches classes in dealing with public relations, health and science communication, social media, event planning and integrated marketing campaigns. His primary research interests involve health-related community-based participatory research, tailored health communication, messaging through storytelling and narrative, and non-traditional learning. Stemmle’s work in the area of strategic health communication has been presented to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European CDC, National Cancer Institute, and various health literacy groups around the nation. His co-authored research has been published in a wide array of journals including the Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Management & Marketing in Healthcare, and the Journal of Interactive Advertising. Stemmle is also a reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, Health Communication and Health Education & Behavior.
Stemmle joined the HCRC at its founding in 2003. Over the next decade, he led a variety of health communication projects on topics such as health and science literacy, cancer prevention communications and photovoice. These projects were conducted on a variety of level – from local and state to national and international – and totaled more than $20 million. Since stepping down from his director role in the summer 2014, Stemmle now serves the HCRC in an advisory capacity.
His career began in journalism with the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and continued at newspapers around the country for nearly a decade. Stemmle has been involved with public relations and strategic communication for nearly 20 years.
Stemmle has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona (1997) and undergraduate degrees in history and communications from Virginia Wesleyan College (1993).
Tiffany Nguyen is a senior with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. She is the president of the Online News Association. Tiffany previously served as the social media coordinator for ONA. She also participates in the MOJO Ad capstone and is involved in the Journalism Ambassador program. Over the summer, Tiffany worked as a corporate communications intern for Kansas City Power & Light. Now she’s copywriting for a Dallas-based blogger. She hopes to work at an ad agency post-college.
Maggie Duncan - This is Maggie’s second year on ONA's exec as treasurer. She was born and raised in the small town of Rolla, Missouri, but lived in Brussels this past summer and interned at Politico Europe at the breaking news desk. Her official track within the j school is convergence-emerging media and is primarily interested in both political journalism and audience engagement. She loves dog spotting, rap music, documentaries, and Pizza Tree.
Kaleigh Feldkamp is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism and minoring in political science. Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, home of Studebaker Manufacturing and the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as ONA Mizzou’s treasurer this past school year.
Megan Liz Smith is the host and producer of Speaking Startup, a podcast on entrepreneurship in the Show-Me-State for Missouri Business Alert. In the past, Megan was a video intern for the Reynold’s Journalism Institute, producing videos for the series Innovation in Focus, showing how tools like infographics and data storytelling can be used in newsrooms. Megan has produced videos and motion graphics for Missouri Business Alert, Vox Magazine, The Missourian and MU Film Crew. Currently, Megan manages the Student Honors Program at the MU News Bureau, in addition to producing new episodes of Speaking Startup weekly.
Camille McManus is a sophomore that has a passion for well-designed interactives and baking recipes she found on Instagram. She is going into data journalism with a minor in Spanish. While walking around on campus, Camille can almost certainly be found with a Starbucks cup in her hand and is always welcome to podcast recommendations.
Brianna Chatmon is a first year graduate student from Kansas City. She is obtaining her Masters in Library and Information Science and will proceed on to secure her Juris Doctorate. Brianna’s goal is to become an Administrative patent judge while concurrently running nationwide literacy and skills programs in historical marginalized communities.
Olivia Jacobson Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Olivia is currently a senior in the J-School studying Documentary Journalism. She is also enrolled in the accelerated master’s program studying Strategic Communication. Olivia’s dream job is to start her own company that helps businesses build their visual brand.