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The Roy Howard Community Journalism Center at The University of Southern Mississippi

The Roy Howard Community Journalism Center(s) will share three goals:

  • Build trust with local communities and developing trust-building methods.

  • Teaching students in a hands-on way.

  • Provide valuable Journalism of exceptional quality for an underserved community. 

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A transformational development in how the School of Media and Communication at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) trains journalists to bring coverage to under-reported communities in the state and battle disinformation across multiple media platforms will launch in fall 2024 with the establishment of the Roy Howard Community Journalism Center.

Named in honor of Roy W. Howard, former chairman of the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, the Roy Howard Community Journalism Center at USM will help educate student journalists in providing important, fact-based reporting for their readers while also engaging in efforts to dispel disinformation infecting news cycles; the Scripps Howard Fund is investing in $3 million in the initiative, with the University receiving $1 million per year for three years to create and operate the Center.

USM School of Media and Communication Home to New Roy Howard Community Journalism Center (Press Release)

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Cheers to new beginnings!

The mission: The Roy Howard Community Journalism Center at USM is charged with transparently producing people-Centered, issue oriented reporting, courageously tackling mis- and disinformation, and sharing high quality news across media platforms. The Center is operated through a collaboration between professional guided student teams, a supervising director, and a partner-dominated advisory board.

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