This graphic depicts the rise and fall of hysterectomies performed annually. Image courtesy of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2013.

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…

A statue of Norman Borlaug stands near the entrance to the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, a research center dedicated to improving wheat varieties worldwide to end food insecurity. The center is located in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Photo by Meghan Eldridge

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…

This graphic represents the growth in food stamp program participation from 2007 to 2011. Graphic created by USDA Economic Research Service.

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…

Tim Zimmermann answers a question about telling stories through film and print in a panel session on Feb. 28. Zimmermann was one of four panelists in a session called "Deep Storytelling — From Origin to Screen" held at the MU School of Journalism.

‘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…