The Minnesota Journalism Center's purpose is to foster journalism innovation through research and interactions between media professionals and the academy.
The Center organizes lectures and an annual workshop, as well as sponsors and co-sponsors events with the journalistic community. Research includes MJC Journalist in Residence, Faculty Experts, Graduate Students Fellow Programs, as well as the MJC Journalism Studies Research Group and a publishing collaboration with The Society Pages, bringing research into practice.
The 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 is now directed by HSJMC faculty member Valerie Belair-Gagnon.
Read about the history of the Minnesota Journalism Center.