Behind the Profession of Storytelling 


During the last event on Thursday’s Words Matter conference, educators and field experts presented on something increasingly in demand: Multimedia Multitasking. 


Shane Epping, a photographer and professor at Mizzou, spoke about his story on losing his daughter, Faye. 

“A day before the birthday of our daughter, the doctor told us that he couldn’t hear a heart beat,” said Epping. 

When he knew his daughter would die, he began filming, photographing, and recording everything about their journey.

“As a professional photographer, this has led me to volunteer work. I have photographed 60 families in Boone County with similar problems,” said Epping. 

All of his work has culminated in an audio slideshow and a chapter in the words matter book, which was released on the fourth anniversary of Faye’s birthday. 

Students and faculty members were tearful and inspired by Epping’s vulnerable presentation. 

“I feel like this is what sets Mizzou apart from the other j-schools across the country,” said Lexie Churchill. “There’s so much to learn in a classroom but when the professors take time to teach outside it can really add a lot.”  


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