9/28/2004

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Contact: Jennifer Kinnard, School of Journalism, (785) 864-7644

KU journalism school to dedicate Stauffer Multimedia Newsroom Oct. 1

LAWRENCE -- The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas will dedicate the new Stan and Madeline Stauffer Multimedia Newsroom Friday, Oct. 1.

The two-hour event, starting at noon at the Dole Human Development Center, will feature an open house, reception, tours and a ceremony honoring the Stauffers for their gift.

The Stauffer Multimedia Newsroom is designed to give students real-world experience by merging print, broadcast and online news in one newsroom. The newsroom provides a space for students from different campus media -- The University Daily Kansan, KUJH-TV and KJHK radio -- to work together, exchange story ideas and formulate methods for telling those stories. The newsroom also provides multiple student workstations, a training lab and broadcast and editing facilities for KUJH and KJHK.

"This is a great addition to the School of Journalism and offers our students many new, unique opportunities," Interim Dean Ann Brill said. "We are known as a school grounded in teaching the traditional values of journalism, as well as offering a cutting-edge multimedia curriculum to our students. The Stauffer Multimedia Newsroom is the perfect example of today's newsroom environment."

Construction began this summer, supported by a $200,000 donation from the Stauffers. Crews gutted the second-floor lobby of the Dole Center to transform it into a glassed-in multimedia showroom.

"My wife, Madeline, and I were anxious to do what we could for the School of Journalism," Stan Stauffer said. "I feel a close relationship with the school, having graduated with journalism training in 1942. I believe the multimedia newsroom is the future of journalism. We consider ourselves very fortunate to help the cause."

"The new newsroom is probably the biggest thing to happen around the School in 20 years," said Rick Musser, professor and manager of the newsroom.

For more information, go to http://www.journalism.ku.edu.

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