ONA Mizzou on summer hiatus

Looking for another Letters Home post?

You'll see one -- but not until school starts in August. The ONA Mizzou student leaders are taking a summer blogging break to focus on jobs, internships and maybe even relax.

We do have several more letters ready to publish, though, so be sure to check back here Mondays starting in mid-August. In the meantime, you can reabsorb the advice Missouri School of Journalism alums have already shared.

Other ways to get involved with our club:

  • Passionate about a topic in digital journalism? Email us with your idea, and we'll help you get published on this blog.
  • Did you go to one of our events last semester? We're always looking for suggestions for new programs. Send ideas to the email given above.
  • Want to connect with digital journalists worldwide, find job openings and meet local newsies? Consider joining ONA Central, our parent organization.

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News Corp. splitting into two firms?

By Erin Dismeier

Media conglomerate News Corp. has announced the company will split, separating its broadcast and entertainment sectors from its publishing sector.  The Associated Press says CEO Rupert Murdoch is optimistic about the split and his family will maintain control of both companies.

News Corp. owns several successful entertainment businesses, including 20th Century Fox and Fox News, as well as prominent publishing companies like The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London. Investors "pushed the company's Class B stock up 10 percent since the news of the plan broke early Tuesday," according to WSJ, but the financial worth of each company may not be what's exciting the world.

Letters Home: Ben Bradley

Ben Bradley graduated from
the Missouri School
of Journalism in 1997 with
a degree in broadcast
The following letter was submitted May 10, 2012

Dear Old J-School Self,

Oh, how I miss you. Let me count the ways:

  1. The innocence with which I believed almost everything told to me by those in positions of power such as “activists,” mayors, and governors (I’m from Illinois after all).

  2. The freedom afforded by free time to stop and dream of the journalist I want to be.

  3. The camaraderie of KOMU: Post show drinks at Flat Branch where we celebrated victories and laughed about our screw ups. 
Here’s what I don’t miss, because these are qualities that still reflect the journalist I am today: