SPJ grant for southwest Missouri looks to restore trust in media

SPRINGFIELD – The Southwest Missouri PRO Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has received a $2,500 grant from the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation to host “Public and the Press” programs during the next nine months.
David Burton, president of the SPJ chapter and civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension, wrote the grant application.
Burton said the forum will focus on Festus discovering what steps can be taken locally to restore citizens’ trust in news reporting in order to help our democracy function well.
Programs outside of Springfield are available to media outlets or organizations in southwest Missouri.
For information on partnerships or
how to participate in the planning stages,
contact the Greene County Extension
Center at (417) 862-9284 or e-mail
David Burton at burtond@missouri.edu.

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