The Team

Meet the team

Jennifer Elston:
Jennifer is a senior at Mizzou majoring in convergence journalism, with an emphasis in online journalism and audience development and a minor in psychology. Next semester, she is going to produce Intersection at KBIA (Columbia's NPR affiliate) and take an iPhone application development class. She plans to graduate in May 2011. When she is not working on journalism and school, she can be found at Starbucks. Contact Jennifer at Follow on twitter: JenniferElston or visit her website,

Drew Dumas:
Drew Dumas is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in convergence journalism, with an emphasis in photography. He plans to graduate in December, 2010. When he isn't working in the journalism lab or being yelled at by intramural teams (he is a RecSports official), he can be found either working as an intern in the Journalism Study Abroad office or reading in a park, preferably in the sunlight. He is interested in building his study abroad adviser resume as well as working on his photography portfolio.

Amanda Heisey:
Amanda is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in convergence journalism, with an emphasis in online journalism. She plans to graduate in May 2011. She splits her time between journalism, school and intramural activities for her sorority. Contact Amanda at Follow on Twitter: AmandaHeisey

Project Director
Will Sullivan
2010-2011 Reynolds Fellow
studying mobile news
Will Sullivan:
This mobile reporting research project was completed under the guidance and direction of Will Sullivan, a 2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Fellow at the University of Missouri, where he is studying mobile social, geo-located and multimedia news content development. Sullivan is also the Interactive Director of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, an occasional adjunct faculty and tech writer for The Poynter Institute and a blogger at Sullivan's work has won more than a dozen professional awards from organizations including The Society for News Design, National Press Photographer Association, Editor & Publisher and The Online News Association and his website was recently recognized by Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab as one of the 10 best "future-of-journalism" blogs. He's worked at more than a dozen news organizations from Sydney, Australia to Toledo, Ohio in roles from staff photographer to Editor in Chief. He's a board member for the Society for News Design, a Multimedia Committee member of the National Press Photographer Association and co-creator and co-executive producer of the NPPA's Multimedia Immersion. Sullivan's background is in multimedia storytelling and design, and his recent research and leadership has focused on developing social and mobile media for journalistic endeavors. He can be contacted at will @, on Twitter @Journerdism and on Facebook.

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute at the University of Missouri
Project Funding
This research project was funded with the support of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri and KBIA. The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute engages media professionals, scholars and other citizens in programs aimed at improving the practice and understanding of journalism in democratic societies. To learn more about RJI projects, go to or follow RJI on Twitter.