COLUMBIA– Journalism leaders, educators and innovators will join forces following an announcement Tuesday of a new partnership between the American Society of News Editors and MU.
The American Society of News Editors had been looking for a new location for the group's headquarters for the past year. Three key elements drove the move to MU from Reston, Va., according to an ASNE news release: the university's commitment to serving the profession, its history of other successful partnerships and its leadership in innovation.
The desire for change was brought about by a multifaceted strategic plan to maintain the organization's position at the forefront of the journalism industry, according to the release.
"The future of the news industry will be fueled by innovation and engagement, and this pivotal partnership will help drive both," Ken Paulson, president of ASNE and CEO of the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn., said in the release.
ASNE and MU are currently working together on the 2012 edition of the society's Newsroom Employment Census. The partnership will now work together to plan joint research, experimentation and training programs in an attempt to perfect the creation and delivery of journalism, according to the release.
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute will house the society's new headquarters. The university will also provide a variety of support services to ASNE in Columbia, such as help with planning events and running the society's annual awards programs, as well as access to MU's National Press Building offices in Washington, D.C.
Additionally, employees of ASNE will become university employees, according to Roger Gafke, acting executive director of RJI.
"The moving of the staff will begin pretty soon," Gafke said, "but it will be a few months before all of the positions are moved here."