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.

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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,, 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. 


Research on Collaborative Newsrooms

Advisor: Ryan Famuliner


Mobile News Consumption Among 18-24 Year Old’s

Advisors: Kathy Kiely and Damon Kiesow 


Laughing Through the News: Comedy News and Political Behavior in Young Americans

Advisor: Dr. Bill Horner          


Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way

Advisors: Dr. Bill Horner and Dr. Stacey Woelfel


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