Missouri Journalism Announces Big Plans for Twin Celebration in 2008

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 12, 2007) — The Missouri School of Journalism today announced plans to celebrate the centennial of the School and the dedication of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

May 8, 1919, Groundbreaking Ceremony for Neff Hall
May 8, 1919, Groundbreaking Ceremony for Neff Hall
Neff Hall and the Journalism Arch in 1939
Neff Hall and the Journalism Arch in 1939

The festivities on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus are scheduled for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 10-12, 2008. It was on Sept. 14, 1908, that the world’s first school of journalism held its first day of classes, and the faculty-run, student-staffed Columbia Missourian published its first issue. The newspaper lab introduced the then-revolutionary method of hands-on learning in real media.

A tradition of innovation has distinguished Missouri Journalism since it first opened its doors. The Reynolds Journalism Institute, funded by a $31 million gift from the Las Vegas-based Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, will expand the spirit of entrepreneurship. The 53,700 sq. ft. facility, occupying three buildings on the historic Francis Quadrangle, will include a high-tech Journalism Futures Laboratory where new journalism technologies and strategies will be tested and demonstrated.

Many of the School’s more than 20,000 alumni are expected to return home for the centennial celebration, along with other media leaders, political figures and academics.

Sept. 1, 2005, Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Sept. 1, 2005, Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
Sketch of Reynolds Journalism Institute as viewed from Ninth Street
Sketch of Reynolds Journalism Institute as viewed from Ninth Street

Events and activities will include high-tech demonstrations in the Journalism Futures Laboratory; a multimedia extravaganza celebrating the First Amendment; a premiere of a new historical documentary about the School; seminars, workshops and tours; a 2 p.m., Friday dedication of the Reynolds Journalism Institute; Friday evening banquet, and networking activities.

Additionally, the Missouri Press Association, a key player in the establishment of the School and a continual partner, will host a Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, golf tournament.

A preview of the festivities is being mailed to alumni and other friends of the School. All information about the 2008 centennial-dedication events, registration, timeline and any other aspects will be added to a dedicated website as details become available.

Image Credits:
1. Courtesy of University Archives C:11-13-3.
2. Savitar, 1939, p. 143.

Updated: April 16, 2020

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