The Columbia Missourian, the community news organization run by the Missouri School of Journalism, is working this summer to accelerate its shift to becoming Web-first (or is it platform-independent?). Here we’re sharing thoughts about what this transition should look like and how we’ll make it happen. And while this is going to be the focus of conversations among students and faculty here in Columbia, we hope interested folks in the industry will also weigh in with thoughts about what we ought to be doing and how.

The lead author of the blog is Nick Jungman, who is the Knight Visiting Professional in the Missourian’s newsroom and the Missourian’s “senior editor for the transition.” Jungman is on a one-year fellowship, recently renewed for the 2010-11 academic year, sponsored by the Knight Center for Editing Excellence at the school. Before coming to Missouri, Jungman was deputy editor for interactive at The Wichita Eagle, where he held a variety of roles for 13 years. He has also worked at the St. Petersburg Times, The Oklahoman and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Contributing author Tom Warhover (BJ/BA ‘85) is an associate professor and chair of the Print and Digital News faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He also is the executive editor for innovation at the Columbia Missourian. Warhover worked for The Virginian-Pilot from ‘86 to ‘01. He was a copy editor, designer, wire editor and metro editor; city hall beat reporter; assigning editor several times over; deputy managing editor; and North Carolina general manager. He helped the paper create principles and daily practices for the then-fledgling concept of public (or civic) journalism. He co-authored Getting the Whole Story: Reporting and Writing the News.