COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri has received a $6.7 million gift from a former student to create a documentary journalism program in the MU School of Journalism.
The gift from Jonathan Murray, Emmy Award winner and chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions, was announced Tuesday. It will create one of the largest documentary journalism programs to attract the most talented students and teachers worldwide.
"Mr. Murray's gift makes it possible for the School of Journalism to launch an exciting new program in documentary journalism, a field with growing audiences and, thanks to the Internet and other new technologies, infinite potential for reaching those audiences," said Dean Mills, dean of the MU School of Journalism. "It will give us the chance to marry the innovative approaches of documentary storytelling and presentation with the strong tradition of accuracy and fact-finding that has always been a hallmark of the School of Journalism."
The program will offer bachelor of journalism and master of arts degrees, and create three new faculty positions. Bachelor's degrees will be offered beginning in fall of 2015. Master's degrees could also begin at that time, but the start date has not been finalized.
Murray is well-known for creating "The Real World" in 1992. With 29 seasons, it is MTV's longest-running program.