Mizzou journalism school pushes diversity recruitment
COLUMBIA (AP) — University of Missouri's journalism school is starting a new program to recruit diverse high school students.
Dean David Kurpius announced recruitment efforts Thursday to reporters and students in a cross-cultural journalism class at the Columbia campus.
Kurpius said the goal is to partner with alumni working at media and strategic communication outlets to mentor high school students in big cities. He said the school will offer summer programs and other recruitment events on campus.
Mizzou set aside $959,000 over three years for the program.
Mizzou Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement Ron Kelley will step down to lead the program Sept. 12.
The program's launch follows campus turmoil last year, when student protests over what some saw as administrators' indifference to racial issues culminated with the resignations of some university leaders.