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  KOMU-TV News Director Stacey Woelfel has been named as the first director of the new Jonathan Murray Documentary Journalism Center at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Dean Mills, dean of the Missouri School of Journalism, announced Tuesday that Woelfel will begin his new position at the Murray Center in September.

Woelfel said he sees his responsibility as injecting the hands-on Missouri Method into the new documentary program.

Mizzou J-School to open Documentary Journalism program

Feb 11, 2014
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  MU has just received a $6.7million gift from Lifetime’s “Project Runway” producer, Jonathan Murray, which would allow the University to open a Documentary Journalism program in 2015.

The University of Missouri announced on Tuesday that a $6.7million gift would be directed to the creation of a Documentary Journalism program for the journalism school. The gift comes from former MU journalism school graduate and chairman at Bunim/Murray Productions, Jonathan Murray.

Missouri School of Journalism

The dean of the University of Missouri School of Journalism plans to retire in August after 25 years at the helm of the school. In a press release Thursday, MU said Dean Mills is currently the longest serving dean on the campus.

“I think those two numbers 2 and 5, set together – explain a lot. 25 years is a very long time to be a dean, even at a wonderful place like this and I think it’s just time for somebody else to step in with some new and different ideas,” Mills said.