Our faculty have been recipients of some of the most prestigious awards in the fields of media and journalism. Merging a vast wealth of experience with a creative passion for their craft, they have traveled the world serving international media outlets and producing award-winning work. They are globally recognized as leaders in their field, and they bring their skills and experience to the Missouri School of Journalism, dedicated to developing the next generation of top journalists and filmmakers.
Robert Greene is an assistant professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the filmmaker-in-chief for the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. He was named one of the 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014 by The Independent. Robert’s most recent film is the critically-acclaimed Actress. His last film, Fake It So Real, was named one of the 15 best films of 2012 by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and one of the best documentaries of the year by Roger Ebert. His previous documentary, Kati With An I, was nominated for a Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You” in 2010 and was released in April 2011 to great reviews. Robert’s first feature Owning The Weather was released in 2009 after screening at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Robert has produced and edited over a dozen award-winning documentaries, including editing films as diverse as Alex Ross Perry’s Sundance-premiering Listen Up Philip and Douglas Tirola’s SXSW-premiering Hey Bartender, while contributing editing to many more films, including Lenny Cooke (Safdie bros.), Hellaware (Bilandic) and The Vanquishing Of The Witch BABA Yaga (Oreck). He is also the producer and editor for Amanda Rose Wilder’s Approaching The Elephant. Robert has written movie reviews and essays on documentary film for outlets such as Sight & Sound, Filmmaker Magazine, Hammer to Nail, Nonfics and the Indiewire blog Press Play. His first book, Present Tense: American Nonfiction Cinema 1998-2013 will be coming in February, 2015. He programmed a special “cinematic nonfiction” competition at the 2014 Little Rock Film Festival and is programming a week long seminar of films at Hampshire College in July 2014. Robert will receive the Vanguard Artist Award from the in June 2014. He was Post-Production Supervisor from 2002 to 2012 for 4th Row Films.
Stacey Woelfel is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism and the director of the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the school. Woelfel was with the effort to bring documentary journalism education to Mizzou from the start, crafting the curriculum and designing the laboratory experience. He serves on the screening committee of the True/False Film Fest, is a jury member for the St. Louis International Film Festival and serves as a jury member and a member of the board of the Kansas City Film Festival.
Woelfel is the former news director for KOMU-TV, the University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate for central Missouri. The commercial station serves as the teaching laboratory for the Missouri School of Journalism.
Woelfel is a frequent instructor in free media practices for journalists worldwide, having instructed working journalists multiple times in China, Croatia, Mexico, Moldova, and Montenegro. His focus is on sharing current trends and best practices to reach audiences more effectively. Woelfel was the national chairman of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation, the Radio Television Digital News Association, was a member of the association’s Executive Committee, and has served as the chair of the ethics committee, and a member of the convention planning and education committees. He also serves as the president of the board of the Carole Kneeland Project, an organization focused on responsible quality journalism, and as the president of the board of governors of the Mid-America chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Woelfel is a winner of the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, the Emmy, the Edward R. Murrow, and numerous regional and local awards. Woelfel is the author of Suspicious Signs: Effects of Newscaster Scripts, Symbols, and Actions on Audience Perceptions of News Organization Bias and penned a chapter in Silenced: International Journalists Expose Media Censorship. He holds a doctorate in political science.