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What is OpenMissouri?

September 8, 2010

OpenMissouri is a project created by David Herzog, a faculty fellow at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.  The one-year pilot project is designed to promote government transparency by informing journalists, information professionals, citizens and businesses about offline data held by state agencies.  The keystone of the project will be a website, to launch in November, that will feature a card catalog that provides information and how-to tips on accessing offline databases and descriptive details about the information they contain.  Users will also be able to post actual data that they uncover during research projects.

So far OpenMissouri has the support of the Missouri Press and Broadcasters associations and the Missouri Sunshine Coalition and is actively seeking organizations and individuals to lend support by:

Spreading the word about OpenMissouri

Following the project on Twitter: @OpenMissouri

Helping build data card catalog

Using the website

Participating in conversations on the site

Contributing data

More information:


Editors and journalism educators to start new conversation about journalism ethics and values

November 11, 2009

ASNE Ethics and Values Forum – Public Trust Through Public Engagement Nov. 16-17 at the Reynolds Journalism Institute Open to the public. Attend via livestream – register for reminder.
Presenters: Jim Brady, Steve Buttry, Jerry Ceppos, Chris Cobler, Jarvis DeBerry, Kelly McBride, Michele McLellan, Michael Skoler, Bob Steele, Jane Stevens, Esther Thorson, Lee Wilkins 2008-2009 Reynolds Fellow Mike Fancher will convene a select group of editors and journalism educators. The aim is to build public trust through public engagement. This forum is a collaboration between RJI and the ethics and values committee of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), which Fancher chairs.
Topics to be explored: Differences in how citizens and journalists view journalism values When anyone can be a publisher, what distinguishes a journalist? New ways of partnering with the public “Surveys show the public doesn’t trust today’s journalists to get the facts right, to own up to their mistakes, to avoid political bias or to treat all sides fairly,” says Fancher, citing findings from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
“The potential consequences of this lack of public confidence in journalism are dire.” Fancher points out that journalism needs to be trustworthy in order to be relevant, valuable or necessary, especially now, when technology enables the public to rely less on journalists as fact-finders, gatekeepers and truth-tellers. “Ironically, the same technology is giving journalists new ways to create the bond of trust and respect that is essential to a free press,” says Fancher. “What is needed is a new ethic of public trust through public engagement.”
For more information contact: Kelly Peery, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute,; (573) 882-9650

Obit – Angus McDougall

August 24, 2009

Angus W. “Mac” McDougall a legendary force in photojournalism, editing and education died in Columbia, Mo., Thursday, August 20, 2009. He was 92.

Mac set standards of excellence in photography, photo editing and photojournalism education. As a Milwaukee Journal photographer, he was an innovator in the use of high-speed strobe technology and in using multiple pictures to tell stories. He tested his theories of visual communication and formed many of his principles of picture editing as associate editor of International Harvester World, a Chicago-based corporate magazine. He co-authored the definitive picture-editing book, “Visual Impact in Print,” and “Picture Editing and Layout.” His other book, “A Photo Journal,” is a rich chronicle of his newspaper photography from the 1940s and 50s. His most recent book, “Pacesetters in Journalism”, was published just last year, a retirement project shared with former student John Dengler. As professor McDougall taught hundreds of students during his ten years as head of the Missouri School of Journalism Photojournalism Sequence and director of the Pictures of the Year competition. He pressed his photo students to become adept in all aspects of journalism, especially visual reporting, writing, design and management so they would have the credibility to cause change in newsroom thinking. Many of his students moved into leadership roles in the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Mac’s emphasis on meaningful photography in lock step with supportive words and presented with impact is his legacy.

Born in Milwaukee, Wi., to Archibald and Meta McDougall, he grew up in Waukesha, Wi.,  where he attended high school and then Carroll College and married his high school sweetheart, Betty.  With a Master’s in English, he taught high school for two years before pursuing his dream to work as a photographer. After a year’s course in New York he showed his portfolio to Stan Kalish at the Milwaukee Journal, looking for a critique. He was hired on the spot. The Journal was a center of synergy between technology and creating a new visual content for newspapers. Mac’s “experiments” with the just-invented electronic strobes were published in the newspaper and many national photography magazines.

He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year in 1955 in the Pictures of the Year (POY) competition and left the Journal to join International Harvester in Chicago as a photographer and photo editor. He brought a strong editorial approach to the corporate environment. With his contemporary from IH, Gerald Hurley wrote Visual Impact in Print, which after more than 30 years is still considered a primary reference work for picture editing and use. He was named Picture Editor of the Year in the 1965 Pictures of the Year competition. He served on the prestigious faculty of the Missouri Photo Workshop for at least 20 workshops, guiding students in the principals of documentary photography applied to everyday life in small Missouri towns.

When Clifton Edom retired from the teaching photojournalism at the University of Missouri, he handed the reins of the program to Mac. From 1972 to 1982 Mac preached a comprehensive approach to his students, believing that they had to be adept at all aspects of journalism: visual reporting, writing, design and management. He encouraged his best students to go to small newspapers where they could immediately exert tremendous influence. When the work of these young picture editors was rewarded in contest after contest, they “moved up” and were hired into the nation’s metropolitan newspapers. Former student and current faculty member Rita Reed says of Mac, “He possessed a great passion for photojournalism and commitment to excellence that when combined with his ability and eagerness to connect deeply with his students made learning infectious and exciting. He is the greatest evangelist for photojournalism I have ever met.”

He was professor emeritus from the University of Missouri and received numerous accolades during his career, including, the National Press Photographers Association’s Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award and the Robert F. Garland Educator Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism and was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his daughter Bonnie and her husband John Latimer of Elgin, Ill., and son Angus Craig McDougall and his wife, Kathleen, of Louisville, Ky., four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Another daughter, Lorna, died earlier. A private service was held earlier. His wife and life partner of 70 years, Betty, died in February of this year.

In 2008 Mac and Betty made substantial gift to the Missouri School of Journalism, which established The Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies. Their desire was to preserve the work of photojournalists for research and educational use.

The family requests that memorials be made to the McDougall Center at the Missouri School of Journalism. Checks may be made payable to the McDougall Center, School of Journalism, 103 Neff Hall, Columbia, Mo., 65211. For other methods of contributing, contacting the Office of Development 573-882-0334.

Former UM Curator Creates Scholarship in MU College of Education

December 18, 2008

By Shannon Sowell, Development Research Coordinator

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Former University of Missouri System Curator Mary L. James knows all too well the challenges that come with creating and sustaining a stimulating, yet affordable, educational experience. Throughout her service on the Board of Curators, James was a proponent of helping Missouri’s young people earn college degrees. She and her husband, William E. James, recently reinforced their years of support for this mission with a gift creating the Mary L. James Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education.

“Mary and her family have given consistently and generously of their time, energy, personal resources and counsel,” Chancellor Brady J. Deaton said.  “I am hopeful that the students who enter MU on this new scholarship will be fully aware of Mary’s history and proud to know they are following in her footsteps.”

This scholarship will be welcome news for those entering a field that is personally rewarding, though typically not financially rewarding.  The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in August 2009. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be eligible to receive it.

“Mary and I are honored to have made this gift to MU’s College of Education,” said Bill James. “Mary and her sister, Jeanie Brown Snider, are proud graduates of the college and have dedicated their careers to making a difference through educational opportunities.”

“The college has made great strides in the last decade in Missouri and around the world.  Mary had a chance to witness that firsthand during her service as an MU curator.  She and I both wanted to pay tribute to that achievement and support MU’s historic For All We Call Mizzou billion-dollar campaign,” he said.

The Jameses also support the Community Newspaper Management Fund and the William E. James Scholarship in the Missouri School of Journalism. Mary’s late father, J. W. Brown, Jr., was a graduate of the Journalism School. Mary’s mother, Wanda Brown, is also a proud supporter of MU.

After graduating from MU, Mary James taught in San Antonio, Texas, and Harrisonville, Mo.  She served as executive director of the Cass Medical Center Foundation and was the human resources manager for the Cass County Publishing Co. for 26 years.  Most recently, she was the Adult and Community Education Coordinator for the Cass Career Center.  Mary is active in numerous Harrisonville and Cass County community organizations.

Reynolds Foundation gives $2M to establish Mizzou business chair

December 18, 2008

St. Louis Business Journal

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will award a $2 million grant to the Missouri School of Journalism to establish the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism.

The new chair will allow for the expansion of business journalism courses at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. It will also provide for the development of course offerings for working professionals through Missouri’s online master’s programs.

The grant provides $2 million in endowment to fund the chair in perpetuity and $206,500 to enable the school to fund the chair beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.

The new Reynolds Chair will work closely with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, a newly opened center for researching and testing new models of journalism that was funded by $32 million from the Reynolds Foundation.

Recruitment for the new chair will be conducted during the 2008-2009 academic year, with the holder beginning responsibilities in fall 2009.

The new chair programs at Mizzou are part of a larger initiative to boost business journalism nationwide.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., it is one of the largest private foundations in the nation.

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October 7, 2008

Salem — Seth Gott, a senior at Salem High School, has been selected for the Vickery Internship at The Salem
The one-year internship includes working afternoons and some weekends at the newspaper and learning the basics of journalism.
The internship was started 10 years ago in honor of the Vickery family, longtime owners of the weekly.
Gott plans to study journalism at the University of Missouri.

Obit – William Dummit

August 1, 2008

William Ralph Dummit, 79, a longtime newspaper man in the Wentzville area, died June 28, 2008, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles after a long illness.
For 18 years Mr. Dummit was editor and publisher of the Wentzville Union. He later became a reporter and St.
Charles bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Mr. Dummit and his wife, Lois, bought the Union after he earned a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism in 1955. He sold the paper in the early 1970s. He bought the Post-Dispatch delivery route in St. Charles County and joined the newspaper full time in 1987.
He retired in 2002.
Survivors are his wife, two daughters, a son and two grandchildren.