Joy Mayer, director of community outreach for the Missourian, says a student’s first-person account of storm-chasing is a testament to the Missourian’s decision to integrate user-generated content into the main news site. Until February, such material was published on a separate site, MyMissourian; it’s now in a section called “From Readers.” Mayer put Dustin Mazzio’s story on the home page:
As an editor, I was thrilled to have it. Dustin offered a window into something most people don’t get to (or aren’t crazy enough to!) experience. Sounds like journalism to me. …
Bringing the stories under the big umbrella of Missourian content, rather than segregating them on their own site, gives the newsroom the option to display them more prominently. The stories can appear alongside those from the newsroom’s staff.