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As the Missouri School of Journalism turns 100, movers and shakers look ahead

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  • Story by Karen Pojmann
  • Published: Sept. 10, 2008
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Students work in the new Reynolds Journalism Institute. Photo by Dak Dillon

The University of Missouri is abuzz this week with happenings surrounding the 100th anniversary of the world’s first school of journalism and the dedication of the recently completed Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute on campus.

Amid the Missouri School of Journalism Centennial and Dedication hullabaloo, journalists and strategic-communications specialists will meet with corporate executives to discuss the future of communications involving electronic media with an international reach. 

Gary Forsee, the University of Missouri System’s president and former chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel, leads the roundtable discussion “Communication for a Digital Globe” at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in Jesse Auditorium.

The roster of participants is a veritable who’s-who of corporate and media leaders. It includes Mizzou alumni Amy McCombs, president and CEO of the Women's Foundation of California; Carol J. Loomis, senior editor at large of Fortune magazine; and Mark Hoffman, president of the cable network CNBC.

Joining them are Motorola Inc. chairman David Dorman, Fleishman-Hillard International Communications president and CEO Dave Senay and AT&T Mobility president and CEO Ralph de la Vega. Russ Mitchell, a CBS News anchor and 1982 graduate of the MU School of Journalism, will moderate the session.

If you plan to attend, be prepared to be seen. KETC/Channel 9, a public television station based in St. Louis, will film the roundtable for a future one-hour broadcast on multiple PBS stations. Can’t wait? Watch in real time online.

While many of the centennial’s 70-plus symposia, forums and festivities are restricted to registered participants, the president’s roundtable is free and open to the public.

Other open events include a screening of a Walt Whitman documentary by filmmaker Mark Zwonitzer (BJ ’84) and a music-filled welcome party Wednesday; state political candidates’ forums Thursday; the Reynolds Journalism Institute dedication and closing ceremony Friday; and multiple exhibitions throughout the centennial celebration.

Check out the schedule of centennial happenings at the school's site, or follow our centennial blog on Live Wire as we report on events.

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