Sidney R. Steele
Hello, I'm Sidney.
I am a journalist and political junkie. I love to learn and teach others. I am a believer in audio journalism, and the power of using audio to tell stories. I believe in doing work that helps people be civically engaged, whether that be hosting a voter registration drive or reporting on events in my community.
Media Fellow — Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO
June 2020 — Present
Wrote and produced content for Kauffman’s web channels, email newsletters and social media; created analytics reports for social media and email newsletters; and developed resources to streamline content production for Public Affairs team.
Potter Digital Ambassador — Reynolds Journalism Institute, Columbia, MO Leader Publications, Festus, MO
Dec. 2019 — Jan. 2020
Worked with local newspaper to teach digital media skills and improve digital performance through tools such as Google Analytics and social media; increased online advertising revenue by $200/month and increased web impressions to record high.
Audience Engagement Editor — The Columbia Missourian, Columbia, MO
Aug. 2019 — Dec. 2019
Wrote content and managed accounts for all Columbia Missourian social media; worked on team to execute live event for community awards banquet; and created web analytics reports using Google Analytics, Parse.ly, Twitter and Facebook Analytics.
Video Storytelling Intern — Street Sense Media, Washington, D.C.
May 2019 — Aug. 2019
Filmed and edited video content to promote Street Sense Media to readers, donors and volunteers; managed all social media accounts.
State Government Reporter — The Columbia Missourian, Columbia, MO
Jan. 2019 — May 2019
Tracked legislation, attended hearings, researched policies and interviewed state legislators to report on government in the Missouri State Capitol.
Anchor — KBIA News, Columbia, MO
Jan. 2019 — March 2019
Gathered news content, wrote and delivered live on-air local newscasts for NPR-affiliate station.
Reporter — PolitiFact Missouri, Columbia, MO
Jan. 2019 — May 2019
Fact-checked statements by Missouri elected officials and public figures.
Reporter — KBIA News, Columbia, MO
Aug. 2018 — May 2019
Conducted research, interviews and recorded audio for news stories for local NPR-affiliate station; named semi-finalist for Society of Professional Journalists Region 7 Mark of Excellence Awards in Radio Feature category.
Advisor: Ryan Famuliner
Advisors: Kathy Kiely and Damon Kiesow
Advisor: Dr. Bill Horner
Advisors: Dr. Bill Horner and Dr. Stacey Woelfel