Professional Organizations at the School

  • The American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives. Members can be editors, producers or directors in charge of journalistic organizations or departments; deans or faculty at university journalism schools; leaders and faculty of media-related foundations and training organizations and other individuals at the board’s discretion.
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors is the nation’s leading organization for investigative reporters. It has 5,500 members, hosts workshops, conferences, online training, boot camps and custom trainings for news organizations throughout the year. IRE also publishes a quarterly magazine, the IRE Journal, and several books including the Reporters Handbook. Students help produce the magazine, work in IRE’s data library and in other positions with the organization, and have the option of taking a course in investigative reporting, taught by the executive director of the organization.
  • The Missouri Interscholastic Press Association was founded in 1923 at the Missouri School of Journalism. It is the clearing house for students and teachers in middle schools, junior high and high schools who participate in their newspapers, broadcasts, yearbooks and magazines. For membership information, please contact the Missouri School of Journalism. MIPA sponsors a Summer Media Workshop for high school students. For more information, call 573-882-6031. Applications are available through the MU Conference Office.