In a ‘culture’ of hysterectomy, is informed consent enough?

By Meghan Eldridge  COLUMBIA, Mo. — The uterus, at once remarkably powerful and quietly hidden deep within a woman’s body, not only serves as a dwelling for a baby from conception to birth, but also plays a role in maintaining women’s overall health. The most controversial piece of real estate in the female body, it’s…

Norman Borlaug: the hero you’ve probably never heard of

By Meghan Eldridge  CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico — With three other students from the University of Missouri, one fellow journalist and two students from science disciplines, I spent my spring break not on the sandy beaches of Mexico but in the middle of the Yaqui Valley. Together we reported from a conference aimed at solving an issue that will…

Making sense of $8.7 billion in cuts to food stamps

By Meghan Eldridge  COLUMBIA, Mo. — With the signing of the Agriculture Act of 2014, better known as the Farm Bill, on Feb. 7, a wave of changes hit the farming sector and people affected by changes in the national food system. In particular, the bill made significant cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program…

‘If you want to find good stories, show up’

COLUMBIA, Mo. — To be a good storyteller requires a keen eye for a big story, attention to compelling details and a desire to listen for hours at a time. Four professional storytellers gathered at the Reynolds Journalism Institute to discuss their craft for two hours during the week the True/False films came to town. The…

Meghan Eldridge

Meghan is a senior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. She studies journalism and environmental science, and is passionate about science communication and investigative stories about public health and the environment. Her inspiration for pursuing a career in journalism is influenced most dominantly by a desire to unearth truth in the world, particularly in…