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Featured Profile: Jackie Bell


Jackie Bell

Jackie Bell is an expert in photographic communication.

Bell has 15 years’ experience as a staff newspaper and magazine photographer in the U.S. and Israel and over 20 years of work in higher education. She has taken newspaper readers to difficult, but important, places – showing the American public how lives are lived in prisons, impoverished villages and war zones. Bell has a special interest in Latin America, and her book-length project, Blurring the Lines: Indigenous Cultures of Latin America, brings together images and narrative vignettes drawn from the region. She is also accomplished in underwater photography, the subject of her graduate project.

At MU, Bell directs the nation’s premier collegiate photojournalism contest, College Photographer of the Year. She oversees staff photographers at the Columbia Missourian; teaches courses on visual communication, photojournalism business practices and staff photojournalism; and helps facilitate a Freshman Interest Group for students interested in photojournalism. As chair of the school’s curriculum committee, Bell helped guide the development of interest areas and nearly 20 new courses including Fundamentals of Multimedia Journalism. Additionally, Bell has acted as faculty program director for the MU Journalism Abroad program, taking students to international locales for hands-on experience. In 2011, she was awarded the O.O. McIntyre Professorship for excellence in teaching.

Jackie Bell is an associate professor of photojournalism at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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