“The Real World” Creator Donated Money To Start a Documentary Journalism Program at MU

Lisa Conley – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

The University of Missouri School of Journalism will create a new Documentary Journalism program using a $6.7 million donation from Jonathan Murray, MU alumnus and creator of MTV’sThe Real World”.

Chancellor Bowen Loftin announced the gift on Feb. 11 in the Reynold’s Journalism Institute. Loftin said the new program would help MU maintain its reputation as the best journalism school in the country.

According to a news release, the goal of the program is to “provide innovative teaching, professional outreach and research programs that will attract the most talented students, faculty and professionals from around the world.”

“It’s an honor for me to give back to the University of Missouri, an institution that helped build my journalistic foundation, upon which I shaped my career in news, documentaries and television before creating Bunim/Murray Productions,” Murray said in the news release.

According to the news release, the program will create three new faculty positions. It will also support an annual summer workshop designed to “further advance documentary journalism for students and professionals.”

The bachelor’s degree program will be offered beginning in the Fall 2015 semester. The start date for the master’s program is still being discussed.

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