The Missouri Method

The Missouri Method
What does this mean for students?
During a student's first two years at the
Missouri School of Journalism, they will
take core requirements that will best
prepare them from the real world
experience they will experience during
their junior and senior years.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of
3.0 or better during their first two years of
study to maintain eligibility for the program.
During this time, students should gather as
much information as possible about what
they'd like to pursue in the different interest
areas during their junior and senior years.
To learn more about what to expect from your
freshman and sophomore years at the Missouri
School of Journalism
While taking the required prerequisites,
students should consider joining student
campuswide organizations through the
Organization Resource Group. Click the
arrow to learn more about over 600
student organizations.
There are journalismspecific organizations
students can join as well, such as Women in
Media, Journalism Student Council,
Students are encouraged to get tuned in to the
Missouri School of Journalism's newsrooms and
media outlets. You can read, watch, listen
online, onair and follow them on social media.
The Missouri School of Journalism
Missouri is the world's first school of journalism,
founded in 1908 by Walter Williams. Williams
believed students learn best by doing,
otherwise known as the Missouri Method.
The foundations of the Missouri Method can be
found in the values Walter Williams gave in "The Journalist's Creed."
Real world media outlets
Students at the Missouri School Journalism
learn the Missouri Method by practicing
storytelling in one or multiple of the
school's media outlets.
The School of Journalism allows students
to gain experience and exposure to
whatever field of storytelling interests
them in one of the following media outlets
or communication agencies.
The Columbia Missourian
The Global Journalist
Missouri Digital News
Missouri Business Alert
KOMUTV, an NBC affiliate)
KBIA, an NPR station
Vox Magazine
Reynolds Journalism Institute
Major research opportunities are available
through RJI
Faculty set higher and more rigorous
expectations for students in courses
where students are working at real
world media outlets.
Students will likely spend much more time
preparing for newsroom shifts, labs and
presentations compared to time spent on
coursework in nonjournalism courses.
Many students describe the handon
newsroom/agency coursework as more
demanding than that of courses taken outside
of the School of Journalism.
Why come to the Missouri School of
Journalism and practice the Missouri Method?
News professionals from, EHow, The Huffington
Post, International Student, Media Bistro, News
Pro,, TVWeek, World
Ranking and others  select the Missouri School
of Journalism as a top Jschool in the country.
The Missouri School of Journalism has
incredible global reach through its international
study programs and from alums. Click on the
arrow to visit the MU Journalism Study Abroad
There are over 20 international study programs
through the school.
There are internship and study programs
available in Brussels, London, New York,
Washington D.C. and Barcelona.
There are many options for shortterm
programs in Costa Rica, Florence,
Cape Town, China and more.
There are exchange programs around the world
in Auckland, Edinburgh, Copenhagen, Milan,
Paris and more.
The Missouri School of Journalism has close
ties to media professionals and the industry.
For more information about the vast network
of Missouri School of Journalism alumni,
otherwise known as the Mizzou Mafia, click the