Jan. 17 City Council Meeting

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For my first assignment at the Missourian, I covered a Columbia city council meeting agenda item on a rezoning 43-acre plot of land to be built into apartment complexes and single-family homes.

To the current residents next to the parcel, which is named “Kelly Farms,” this proposal will take from Columbia’s natural forestry and add traffic to the quiet neighborhood.

The neighborhood association wanted more time to discuss their position, and the city council agreed and tabled the item.

The last time I covered a municipal meeting was for my summer internship at Voice of OC, a non-profit politics and government newsroom in Orange County, Calif.

While still new to the issue and the politics of Columbia, I look forward to broadening my reporting, being able to go deeper into such discussions and understand people’s motivations and positions.

Here’s a link to my story:

Greetings and Salutations

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Greetings and salutations,

My name is Kaitlin Washburn and I am an investigative journalism student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. This semester, I am a public life reporter for the Columbia Missourian, a daily morning newspaper for the city of Columbia and the University of Missouri and is run by journalism school’s faculty.

My beat focuses on covering city and county government for the city of Columbia and Boone County. I cover municipal meetings, public policy and community issues. It’s an important beat that serves to keep residents informed about their government’s practices and encourages them to get involved in local politics.