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Student shines on-air, online

Published April 25, 2017
Story and photo by Sarah Sabatke

Alexis Ditaway came to MU for journalism, but soon changed her major to digital storytelling. Ditaway credits her involvement with KCOU, the campus radio station, for helping her to make the switch.

Alexis Ditaway

Alexis Ditaway, junior, Digital Storytelling major from Memphis, Tennessee.

Now a junior, Ditaway’s interests include public relations, radio and writing. “With digital storytelling, I’m able to do all of that and still get those core concepts developed, which is what I really love,” she says.

Ditaway hosts “Damn Good Jamz” on KCOU with her co-host, Steven Qualls. The show promotes campus events, discusses hot topics and, of course, plays good music.

Though she was comfortable with public speaking before, Ditaway says KCOU has taught her the significance of speaking for others.

“ ‘Damn Good Jamz’ is one of the few shows that is hosted by African-American students, so we’re really a voice for them, especially since we’re a minority on this campus,” Ditaway says.

Ditaway and Qualls use social media often to engage listeners with their show. Ditaway has also used Twitter to grow her personal blog, called “Meditated Melanin,” which she started in January 2016.

“It’s a blog that’s created to encourage, empower and enlighten young women, particularly women of color,” she says. “I also try to make posts that could be relatable to any woman, and sometimes posts that are relatable to men as well.”

During her time at Mizzou, Ditaway has also been involved with the Residence Halls Association and Emerging Leaders Program. She served as the Legion of Black Collegians Royalty Court duchess for the 2015-16 academic year, and is currently the public relations coordinator for Indie POETS, an organization under the LBC.

“Ever since [Summer Welcome], it just felt like I belonged here,” she says. “I couldn’t see myself anywhere other than Mizzou.”

This story was originally published in the division annual report, 2016 Student Affairs Highlights.

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Last updated: Aug. 7, 2017