MU gets $6.7M for documentary journalism program

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A leader in the reality TV genre is donating $6.7 million for the University of Missouri-Columbia to create a program in documentary journalism.

The university on Tuesday announced the donation from journalism school graduate Jonathan Murray. Murray has created and been executive producer for unscripted entertainment TV programs such as MTV’s “The Real World.” He is chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions.

The university plans to offer the program for undergraduate and graduate students. It will have three new faculty positions with visiting professionals working in documentary journalism. The undergraduate program will start in fall 2015. The start date for the master’s degree program has not been decided. Students are to get hands-on experience through projects and assignments.

The school also plans an annual summer workshop.

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