Welcome to Your Beat:
Most of you already know that covering a new city as a newspaper reporter, photographer or editor is a lot different from simply living in that city. Even if you grew up in a certain town, as a journalist you'll have to get out and learn aspects of the place that you probably didn't seek out as a private citizen. This means that even if you have been here for years, there's suddenly a whole lot more to learn about Columbia. That's where this guide comes in. It's not a beat guide (though there will be some information and sources that will hopefully help with a variety of beats). Its purpose is to introduce you to Columbia and to the tools needed to get to know any new place as a journalist. This will be an important part of any beat and any future job–whether yours takes you back to your hometown, abroad to a foreign metropolis or anywhere. Good luck!
The Missouri River snakes along the Boone County border, west of Columbia.
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