Besides MU and Lincoln University journalism school students, participants in the program included foreign visitors and students from a long list of countries across the world including Benin, China, Columbia, El Salvador, Germany, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Macedonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Phillippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Uzebekistan.
Over the years, Missouri Digital News grew to provide coverage for Missouri newspapers, Missouri public radio stations, the Journalism School's TV station (KOMU), CBS-operated KMOX Radio in St. Louis, and occasional stores for CBS radio network. In addition, MDN provided services for Missouri public TV and, of course, MDN's own worldwide website of unique statehouse databases.
For the first 20 years of the State Government Reporting Program, there were no micro computers in the newsroom and, thus, no digital records of participants. Students from those first two decades have been manually added based on paper records.
Unfortunately, for the 1970s and 1984, student records are almost completely missing (although we're still searching). If a question mark appears under the At MDN column, it indicates the specific semester(s) the student worked at the bureau is uncertain.
The buttons above each column will sort the list by that column. A first click will put the list ascending order, a second click of the same column will put the list in descending order.
Few students participated at MDN during the university's summer break. For many students, conflicting course requirements would require skipping a semester to fulfill a class required for graduation.
This column also is a bit misleading. MDN emerged to become fully converged newsroom. Most of MDN's students who were from a specific medium course, like newspaper reporting, ended up producing stories for other media.
Further, students often formed multi-media teams in which they shared reporting responsibilities for a story. Further, students regularly produced digital and social media postings.
The Editor category designates students hired to help manage MDN and edit the stories of fellow, less-experienced students. Some of these editors members were fellows for KMOX Radio, the weekly TV program for Missouri public TV (Jeff City Journal) and MPA News (MDN's service to Missouri Press Association newspapers). That newspaper service included separate stories along with a weekly summary of major statehouse news often written by MPA fellows.
For most of these editors, their editing and supervisory tasks were so intense that they were unable to produce many, if any, of their own stories. So, do not mistake the absence of story links to indicate lower production. Far, far from it!
With as many as three dozen students during legislative sessions serving such a wide variety of media, Missouri Digital News could not have succeeded without the assistance and dedication of the student editors.
Phill Brooks retired from the Missouri Journalism School in 2015 as an emeritus faculty member. For a few years, he continued supervising students in the statehouse.
With Phill's departure from the school, there was no means to continue MDN's database of statehouse reporters.
However, Phill continues part-time coverage for KMOX, produces a weekly column for MPA newspapers and continues MDN.ORG as a unique database resource of Missouri state government information.