The only university-owned commercial television station and major network affiliate in the United States that uses its newsroom as a working lab for students.
Serving as a working laboratory for broadcast journalism students at the MU Journalism School, KOMU-TV 8, the area’s NBC affiliate, is the only university-owned commercial major-network affiliate in the United States that serves both an academic and a commercial mission.
Recognized throughout the journalism profession as the premiere training ground for television reporters and producers, KOMU’s newsroom creates a real-life lab experience for students attending the J-School.
Students can cover major news, politics, sports and entertainment as reporters, producers and anchors for audiences on-air, on-line and via social platforms. KOMU reaches 40,000 homes in 15 mid-Missouri counties.
The news station also works to bring mid-Missouri the best news coverage and has received numerous awards for its on-air news coverage. Journalism students working at KOMU use state-of-the-art equipment, a new all-digital control room and multiple live-remote mobile units.
KOMU’s operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.