Missouri Business Alert creates new Kansas City reporting program for students

Program aims to better serve Missouri Business Alert readers

COLUMBIA, Mo. — In line with its mission to cover business news across the state while educating tomorrow’s business journalists, Missouri Business Alert has created a fellowship program for University of Missouri students covering innovation and entrepreneurship in the Kansas City area.

The program, which will launch this June, will expand Missouri Business Alert’s reporting capabilities and better serve its statewide audience.

“This expansion will allow our reporting team to cover the Kansas City area faster and better than ever before,” said Randall Smith, Missouri Business Alert’s founder and publisher. “Like everything we do, this program will allow our best and brightest students to dive into real-world application of what they’re learning in the classroom.”

Program participants will work in Kansas City out of Startland News, a digital publication covering startups, entrepreneurs and technology in Kansas City. Startland’s editorial team will work with Missouri Business Alert staff to oversee the day-to-day management of program participants.

“Startland News is eager to access the talent pipeline from Mizzou’s unparalleled convergence journalism program, as well as to help add another layer to the real-world toolset of students hoping to succeed once they emerge into fast-paced communities,” said Tommy Felts, editor-in-chief at Startland. “Partnering with Missouri Business Alert allows us to help add another layer to the real-world toolset needed for young journalists to succeed.”

The program’s first participant is Rashi Shrivastava, a rising senior studying convergence journalism.

“I think this position will help me learn how to tell complex stories, find compelling stories and listen to others. These skills will help build a strong foundation for me to understand how the business world works, which will help me in my future career,” said Shrivastava. “I’m looking forward to working in a team and creating some great stories about entrepreneurship in Kansas City.”



Lorah Lackland

Director of Marketing

(309) 337-1143


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