Free speech in the age of AI

By Austin Fitzgerald Jared Schroeder, an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, has authored a book that explores new ways of thinking about free speech in the era of sophisticated generative AI. “The structure of ideas: Mapping a new theory of free expression in the AI era” is available July 1. Schroeder is … Continued

Missouri School of Journalism’s Amy Simons wins Provost’s Award for University Citizenship

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Mar. 20, 2024) — Professor Amy Simons at the Missouri School of Journalism has earned the Provost’s Faculty Mentoring Award, one of the university-wide Provost’s Awards for University Citizenship. The award comes with a $1,000 prize and recognizes Simons’ mentorship of faculty colleagues. “Amy has provided generous and inspiring mentorship … Continued

Missouri School of Journalism students showcase research at conferences around the country

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (March 7, 2024) — Students at the Missouri School of Journalism are traveling to research conferences this week, where they will present graduate and undergraduate work on a variety of topics related to journalism and strategic communication — some representing undergraduates’ first forays into academic research. “Our students’ presence in … Continued

DETOUR, Ron Stodghill’s Black travel magazine, expands reach while offering unique opportunities for students at Missouri School of Journalism

Detour student contributors in the RJI studio with founder Ron Stodghill. Back row, from left: Kristin Kuchno, Rylee Fels, Lucy Caile, Taylor Schmitt. Front row, from left: Olivia Gyapong, Brooke Muckerman, Ron Stodghill, Cela Migan By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (March 4, 2024) — DETOUR, a digital magazine and multimedia brand focused on Black travel, … Continued

Lawmakers wander into news deserts

Photo: Sergey Pesterev | Unsplash Seeing the link with democracy, legislators put forward bills to protect local news By Jared Schroeder and Joy Jenkins California Assemblymember Buffy Wicks wanted to support local journalism in her state. Her solution was the California Journalism Preservation Act, which she proposed in February 2023. She framed it as a … Continued

Kathy Kiely wins 2024 Mel Carnahan Public Service Award

Missouri School of Journalism alum Lukas Parrish, a former student of Kiely’s, will also receive a scholarship at the ceremony By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Feb. 5, 2024) — Kathy Kiely, the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies, has won the 2024 Mel Carnahan Public Service Award. The award, bestowed by the Carnahan Policy Institute … Continued

How are communicators really using AI? Missouri School of Journalism’s Jon Stemmle has answers

By Austin Fitzgerald COLUMBIA, Mo. (Jan. 24, 2024) — Professor Jon Stemmle at the Missouri School of Journalism has co-authored a research paper that examines how public relations professionals are using artificial intelligence in their work. Based on a survey of 75 communication professionals, the paper is designed to aid communicators and organizations looking to … Continued