The Missouri School of Journalism celebrates 112 years of excellence with newly-formed endowment to support the Missouri Method

The J-School is celebrating Founder's Day and 112 years of excellence by establishing a new fund to support the professional newsrooms and agencies that are the hallmark of the Missouri Method.

From now through September 30, J-School alumni are encouraged to celebrate their Missouri Method experience and support future generations of students with a gift of $19.08 to the School in honor of its founding year.

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 14, 2020) — Today, the Missouri School of Journalism is celebrating Founder’s Day and 112 years of excellence by establishing a new fund to support the professional newsrooms and agencies that are the hallmark of the Missouri Method.

This is the second year of the Founder’s Day tradition of inviting alumni to give $19.08 in honor of the School’s founding year. All Founder’s Day gifts will be directed to the Missouri Method Endowment, which will provide essential resources for all of the School’s community newsrooms and strategic communication agencies.

“We have all experienced a year unlike any other, and our School has had to innovate to keep students, faculty and staff safe while continuing the essential work of training students and serving communities,” said Dean David Kurpius. “Founder’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the investment and engagement from countless alumni and friends that have sustained us this year and since we opened our doors in 1908.”

The Missouri Method Endowment will support:

Alumni giving is a measure that national college ranking reports, such as the U.S. News and World Report, assess as part of their metrics. This means that gifts from alumni help both the School and MU stay competitive nationally, in addition to directly benefitting core operations of the School.

Through their collective giving, J-School alumni can make a difference. If you’d like to make your Founder’s Day gift of $19.08, you can do so online via the Mizzou Give Direct website.

Anyone who donates $19.08 by September 30, 2020, will receive a high-resolution digital download of the above image – designed by Jessica Zabriskie, BJ ’13 – as a token of our appreciation for their generous gift to the School.

Updated: September 14, 2020

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