Graduate JoDee Kenney is proving that you’re never too busy to get your degree. In this episode of Online Stripes, you’ll hear what a Mizzou program did for her career while still working and raising a family.

Do you think you’re too busy to go back to school? JoDee Kenney might make you think again.

She’s been a journalist for over 25 years — reporting the news all while raising a family. But at the same time, she was able to graduate with her master’s in journalism, specializing in interactive media. What made her want to fill her plate just a little bit more?

“The business has changed significantly since I've gotten into journalism. I mean, we used to have reporter/photographer teams with a big crew that would go out with you and we'd tape on these big tapes and, now, a lot of the work is being done online. I wanted to make sure that I was still relevant, that I still had the skills, where I can step into a newsroom and say, ‘I'm an expert at something.’ And, so for me, interactive media was a no-brainer.”

So how did she do it all? With online course work. So JoDee could work and take care of her family, while still learning new skills that she can apply to her job.

“Well, what I love about this program is it helped me to think critically, in a different way than I had prior to coming back to academia. So what I love about this is I'm going to walk away with skills that help me look at maybe a topic or a story that I'm covering in multiple directions.”

Now with her degree...

She has the knowledge that she needs to evolve and succeed in the ever-changing world of journalism.

But whether you’re considering this program or any of our others, JoDee has this to say… 

“Mizzou was the choice. It was the choice. Really, I looked at a lot of colleges, but this program was so wonderful and flexible and yet top-notch at the same time.”

Tune in to our next episode of Online Stripes. Presented by the University of Missouri — home of Mizzou Online. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeart Radio, and smart speakers. 


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