About Us

Jasmine Bailey 

I am a multimedia journalist searching for new, interactive and entertaining ways to tell stories. I started my career in 2011 at NBC affiliate, KOMU 8 News, where I gained traditional journalism skills. However, my real passion is digital journalism, both through writing and creating video content.

Jasmine_Bailey-300x300I began working full-time as a digital content producer at Newsy.com in 2012. I took the full-time position while finishing my journalism degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

At Newsy I analyze news content from around the world and aggregate specific elements to create concise news videos. I play a hand in every step of production, from writing, anchoring, and editing.

I truly believe digital news is the future of storytelling and, if used properly, can be the most efficient way to reach the largest audience. I believe social media is also a vital part of gaining, and keeping viewership.

I moved around a lot while growing up, as both of my parents were active in the Army. Because of that experience I am able to quickly build a rapport with many different types of people. I currently live in Missouri but am excited to branch out and gain more experience around the country and the world.

George Varney

If you look on the back of those microwavable frozen vegetables, as well as a great many microwavable products, you’ll see the company has time suggestions based on the wattage of your unit.

This is a fool’s errand. You know the time, I know the time. It’s instinctual. The “popcorn” button is for the meek. Take a stab. Guess a number if you have to. If it helps, Redenbacher runs hot and with Act II you’re better off saving yourself from disappointment and eating it unpopped.

For re-heating Chinese, placing a damp paper towel over the bowl will make the food taste like it was just delivered, better even. If you’re re-heating to impress, take it out halfway through and stir before finishing.


My microwave recently broke. The unit’s hardware itself was fine, but the door catch was loose and what was intended as a safety feature prevented the device from functioning completely. I explained this to my landlord very carefully, or at least I thought I did.

They told me my microwave would be replaced. It seemed like overkill, but my lack of experience in property management deferred my judgement. Meanwhile I was using counter-top combination toaster/broiler for my re-heating needs. A throwback to a by-gone era but it did a serviceable job in the interim.

A week later I get a call from someone from my apartment complex’s office. Apparently my microwave wasn’t broken, the door was just loose, and someone will be by in a day to tighten it.

I’m interested in a career in radio and my portfolio is available at georgevarney.com.  I also host a podcast where I interview journalists across the country for Investigative Reporters and Editors and I’m really thrilled to do it.

Gabriel Jefferson

I am from Los Angeles, CA. I am a senior at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I am also a Spanish minor and I will be graduating in May 2015. GabeESPY

I have been diligent about learning various roles in production and to get as much hands on experience as possible. I have had several years of experience shadowing, interning and working for major companies such as ESPN, ABC, and NBC.

I have an extremely strong drive to be a leader in this industry one day. Specifically, I want to be a live remote director for a major sports network. I’m eager to work my way up and continue to learn as much as I can along the way.