Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism
Students combine the innovative approaches of documentary storytelling with journalism’s strong tradition of accuracy and fact-finding at the $6.7 million Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism. The Center offers both a bachelor of journalism and a master’s degree.
Housed in the Missouri School of Journalism, the Murray center balances classroom experiences with the hands-on Missouri Method, offering independent documentary production in New York, California and elsewhere.
Working across an almost unlimited palette of subject matter, students in the Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism use the latest techniques in cinematic nonfiction to create a number of short documentaries. Classroom lessons in the art and science of documentary filmmaking are punctuated with continuous field work learning the documentary craft.
Faculty expertise is magnified by frequent appearances of visiting artists, filmmakers behind the most important work in documentaries today. Students enjoy access to professional equipment reserved only for documentary use. The program culminates in the Stronger Than Fiction Film Festival each year in which graduating students show their capstone documentaries on the big screen for a local audience.