Professional Organizations at the School

Professional Organizations at the School

One thing that makes Missouri special is its close ties to the industries it serves. Working journalists take regular advantage of special facilities we operate and the professional organizations housed at the school.

American Society of News Editors

The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives. Members can be editors, producers or directors in charge of journalistic organizations or departments; deans or faculty at university journalism schools; leaders and faculty of media-related foundations and training organizations and other individuals at the board’s discretion. [More]

Association of Health Care Journalists

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) is an independent membership organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. Its mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. It holds a national conference each year, publishes a quarterly newsletter, offers regional workshops and creates Web-based tutorials and resources for journalists. [More]

Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media

The Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, in collaboration with the MU School of Law, provides insights into law as well as conflict and dispute resolution, particularly in terms of media coverage of them.

Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism is a program of AHCJ aimed at ensuring journalists are properly trained to cover news events, trends, and issues in all aspects of health care journalism, including the business of health care, public policy, medical research, medical practice, consumer health issues, public health, health law and ethics.

Center on Religion and the Professions

The Center on Religion and the Professions (CORP) works to improve religious literacy among professionals, including journalists, so that they can better serve, cover and communicate with a diverse public. The interdisciplinary center supports the school’s commitment to teaching students the principles, techniques and knowledge required to reflect society’s needs and values. Its director is also executive director of the Religion Newswriters Association, a professional association for journalists who write about religion in mainstream media. [More]

Committee of Concerned Journalists

The Committee of Concerned Journalists (CCJ), now a part of the the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, is a consortium of journalists, publishers, owners and academics worried about the future of the profession. To secure journalism’s future, the group believes that journalists from all media, geography, rank and generation must be clear about what sets our profession apart from other endeavors. To accomplish this, the group is creating a national conversation among journalists about principles.¬†[More]

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) is the nation’s premier organization for investigative reporters. It has 5,000 members and holds three major conferences a year. IRE also publishes a bi-monthly magazine, The IRE Journal, and several books including The Reporters Handbook and The Primer on Computer-Assisted Reporting. Students help produce the magazine and have the option of taking our investigative reporting course from the national executive director of the organization. [More]

Missouri Interscholastic Press Association

The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association was founded in 1923 at the Missouri School of Journalism. It is the clearing house for students and teachers in middle schools, junior high and high schools who participate in their newspapers, broadcasts, yearbooks and magazines. For membership information, please contact the Missouri School of Journalism. MIPA sponsors a Summer Media Workshop for high school students. For more information, call 573-882-6031. Applications are available through the MU Conference Office.

National Freedom of Information Coalition

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) protects our right to open government. A nonpartisan alliance of citizen-driven groups and individuals, NFOIC awards grants to state coalitions that support a broad range of governmental transparency endeavors. The NFOIC also administers the Knight FOI Fund, which offers financial support in open government lawsuits. NFOIC and the School of Journalism maintain the Freedom of Information Center, the oldest and most comprehensive FOI library in the world. Established in 1958, the FOI Center and its founders were central to the effort to enact a national Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). [More]

National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting

The National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) instructs working journalists and students in how to tap databases of governments and other institutions for important stories. Journalists from leading newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and networks regularly attend NICAR’s training sessions, held both in Columbia and in major cities worldwide. NICAR is a joint venture of the Missouri School of Journalism and IRE. Our students can enroll in computer-assisted reporting taught by the same people who teach the professionals. [More]

News21

News21 is part of the Carnegie Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism. The Missouri School of Journalism is one of the nation’s top journalism schools partnering on this national project. Student fellows are selected from Missouri to experiment with forms of in-depth and investigative reporting. Student fellows travel the country to report on critical issues facing our nation and then find innovative ways to tell those stories. [More]