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Minnesota Journalism Center

The Minnesota Journalism Center was established in 1979 through a gift to the University of Minnesota from the late John Cowles, Sr., chairman of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune Company, and his wife, the late Elizabeth Bates Cowles.

The center is housed in Murphy Hall, home of the University of Minnesota's Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In January 2011, the Institute for New Media Studies merged with the Minnesota Journalism Center. The combined center now is directed by HSJMC faculty member Valerie Belair-Gagnon; previously, faculty members Nora Paul and Kathleen A. Hansen directed the Minnesota Journalism Center.

The center's purpose is to improve the practice of journalism, promote interaction between media professionals and the academy, and serve as the outreach arm of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. To this end, the center organizes, sponsors or co-sponsors more than 30 events each year, which are detailed annually in an activity report.

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Ground Truth Event
Storytelling & Somali Identity in America event held in October 2017 in partnership with the GroundTruth Project. Photo by Ben Brody.