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Columbia Missourian

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Columbia Missourian

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Don't you dare call the Columbia Missourian a college paper.

Tom Warhover, the Missourian's professional executive editor, makes that clear each semester when 240 or so journalism students begin their required work at the paper: "I tell them, first and foremost, we are a community newspaper for the people of mid-Missouri. Secondly, we are a laboratory for the newspaper industry. And thirdly, we are a teaching lab."

It's that second raison d'etre that sets the Missourian apart from any other 7,000-circulation daily. Serving as a laboratory for the industry has been part of its mission since Walter Williams created the newspaper -- and the world's first journalism school -- at the University of Missouri in 1908. But the Missourian has been on a real innovative roll recently.

Just this spring, Roger Fidler -- the new-media guru who is now at Mizzou on a fellowship from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute -- used the Missourian to conduct a 10-week field study of his Electronic Media Print, or EmPRINT (a digital publishing standard for a downloadable digital newspaper that combines multimedia interactivity with the reading experience of a print newspaper). …

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