(ROLE: I worked in a team of videographers and was co-editor of the finished video.)


During a historic fall semester at the University of Missouri, Missourian photojournalists teamed up to produce video coverage of the activism on campus.


COLUMBIA MISSOURIAN, originally published Nov 16, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jonathan Butler, an MU graduate student and a Concerned Student 1950 organizer, sat down Nov. 5 with Columbia Missourian photographer Katie Hogsett to discuss rising frustration surrounding the racial climate on campus.

At the time, Butler was three days into a hunger strike he began Nov. 2 as a protest against Tim Wolfe remaining as president of the University of Missouri System.

Concerned Student 1950 and supporters began a week-long camp-out Nov. 2 on Mel Carnahan Quadrangle in support of Butler. Protesters had been holding demonstrations for the past month in support of increased diversity and inclusion of minorities at MU.

Since the interview, a number of things have changed.

Both Wolfe and Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin resigned their positions Nov. 9, and Butler ended his hunger strike.

The Board of Curators named former MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton as interim UM System President on Thursday and transitioned chancellor duties immediately to interim Chancellor Hank Foley.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Nixon named Yvonne Sparks, an executive at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, to serve as a voting member on the Board of Curators.

There are still demands of Concerned Student 1950 that have yet to be met, including shared governance on the Board of Curators, the creation of a diversity curriculum, an increase in the percentage of black faculty and a plan for retention rates for marginalized students.