But take a close look at the list of new Journalism Ambassadors below, and you will notice one key absence: men. No men were hired this year.
This is as good a time as any to mention that I am a Journalism Ambassador, and I actually interviewed applicants for the job.
The Journalism Ambassadors are the student representatives for the Missouri School of Journalism: their primary duty is to sit in on a half-hour talk that a faculty member (usually Suzette Heiman) delivers to a group of prospective students, and then take them on a tour of the J-School.
The reason why no men were hired? Almost no men applied. I could be fired for saying anything more, but trust me when I say discrimination against males is not at play here.
Next year, the Journalism Ambassador program will have ONE man: David Wietlispach, or as he is known to KOMU viewers, David Earl.
“Being a great ambassador isn’t about being male or female. It’s about being the best example of the fantastic students we have at the best journalism school in the world,” he told me. “I just hope our new ambassadors don’t take offense when I say ‘you guys.’ I’m from Chicago–everyone is ‘you guys.’”
Well, good luck to “the other David” to bring the testosterone next year.
Just like our Mizzou 39 post, here is the full list of new Journalism Ambassadors in no particular order, along with their emphasis areas and home states. Congratulations, everyone!
- Lindsay Roseman (Magazine, Illinois)
- Laura Davison (Convergence, Kansas)
- Sangeeta Shastry (Print & Digital, New York)
- Rachel Coward (Photojournalism, Oklahoma)
- Barbara Maningat (Convergence, Missouri)
- Elizabeth Hagedorn (Broadcast, Missouri)
- Courtney Ledo (StratComm, Minnesota)
- Hannah Jones (StratComm, Illinois)
- Laura Kebede (Print & Digital, Virginia)
- Jamie Hausman (Magazine, Illinois)
- Raha Obaei (Magazine, Illinois)
- Natasha Desai (StratComm, California)
- Shaina Cavazos (Print & Digital, Illinois)
- Ashle’ Robinson (StratComm, Illinois)
- Tayler Overschmidt (Broadcast, Wisconsin)
- Audrey Raymond (StratComm, Missouri)
- Kathryn Jankowski (StratComm, Pennsylvania)
- Kayleigh Milas (Broadcast, Tennessee)
- Kacie Yearout (Broadcast, Washington)
- Kayla Miller (Magazine, Missouri)
- Caitlin Miller (Photojournalism, Missouri)
- Kylie Tutko (StratComm, Colorado)