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A Missouri School of Journalism team today won a $35,000 micro-grant from the Online News Association's Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. The grant will fund a live news experiment that bridges journalism education, community engagement and local news. ONA awarded Challenge Fund grants to 12 university teams.

The Missouri project, called "The Town Square," will replace traditional television public affairs programming with social media engagement.

Members of the Missouri School of Journalism team include Roger Gafke, director of development at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and professor emeritus, and Kent Collins, chair of the radio-television journalism faculty and a 2012-2013 Reynolds Fellow.

The other Challenge Fund winning teams, each receiving $35,000, are from Arizona State University, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Florida International University, Georgia Collaborative, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, Texas State University, University of Illinois, University of New Mexico, University of Oklahoma and University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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