Mike McKean, Futures Lab Director

Mike McKean

Journalism Futures Lab

  • Director
  • Associate Professor
    Missouri School of Journalism
001H Reynolds Journalism Institute
Columbia, MO 65211-1200

Mike McKean directs the Futures Lab, the experimental newsroom and technology testing center of the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. McKean is also a facilitator of the Media of the Future initiative for Mizzou Advantage.

He founded the Missouri School of Journalism's Convergence Journalism program and is a leader in the School's partnerships with Apple, Inc., Adobe Systems, AT&T, Hearst Innovation and other top tech and media firms working to transform journalism and journalism education.

He is a frequent trainer and guest lecturer at top media companies and universities in China, has helped establish convergence journalism programs at Shantou University and Nanjing University in China and Moscow State University, and has conducted Internet workshops in the United States, Belgium, Spain, New Zealand, the Russian Federation and Albania.

McKean hosts Views of the News, a weekly media criticism program that airs on KBIA-FM and KBIA.org. He earned a bachelor's degree at the Missouri School of Journalism in 1979 and a master of arts in political science from Rice University in 1985. McKean has served on the J-School faculty since 1986.