A young journalism teacher in Missouri has a problem. Alisa Wartick says most of her students “read little on their own outside of fashion and gossip magazines.” So before she can teach her subject she has to reveal it. She’s looking for articles and photos that will flip the switch, showing her class what journalism can do with words and pictures.

I spotted Wartick asking for help on Mizzoumafia, the listserv for graduates of the University of Missouri journalism school. Want to think for a minute about journalism’s power to inspire and astonish, instead of its flaws and woes? If a piece of work rocked your world, mention it here. Wartick will be watching this space.