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New Directions for News Headed in New Direction

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New Directions for News Headed in New Direction

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Journalism think tank likely will move away from university of missouri after retirement of executive director jean gaddy wilson by Joe strupp

After more than a decade of teaching news organizations to embrace new media and global telecommunications, New Directions for News (NDN) may be leaving its 13-year home at the University of Missouri after the June retirement of founder Jean Gaddy Wilson.

"The main draw to being in Columbia [Mo.] was Jean. That's where Jean was located," said Vivian Vahlberg, director of journalism programs for the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, NDN's largest single funding source. "They are looking to go elsewhere, and if they can find a suitable place, it is my understanding that they will continue."

Mindi Kiernan, a member of the NDN board of directors, said changes are in the offing but no final decisions had been made.

"We're looking for a place that could grow and develop, with a passion for innovation and excitement, and a place that may already have some kind of program in place," said Kiernan. "We have not precluded anything. We are very early in the process, and we have many factors to consider."

NDN is known for hosting a number of annual journalism events that focus on making news more relevant to society and using the Internet and other new-media tools. Among those that have drawn praise are its round-table discussions, diversity awareness programs, and global leadership events. …

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