Columbia Missourian

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Columbia Missourian
Type Daily newspaper
Format Print and Digital
Owner(s) Missouri Publishing Association
Publisher University of Missouri
Editor Tom Warhover
Managing editors Jeanne Abbott
News editor Katherine Reed
Scott Swafford
John Schneller
Elizabeth Brixey
Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner
Sports editor Greg Bowers
Grant Hodder
Photo editor Brian Kratzer
Founded 1908
Language English
Headquarters 221 S. Eighth Street
Columbia, Missouri 65211
 United States
Circulation 39,000[1]
ISSN 0747-1874
OCLC number 10632065

The Columbia Missourian, or the Missourian, is a daily morning newspaper published in Columbia, Missouri. It is one of two daily newspapers in Columbia. The newspaper is published by the Missouri School of Journalism, the world's first school of journalism.[2]


The Columbia Missourian headquarters.

The first issue was printed on the day that classes started on September 14, 1908.[3]

In 1959, construction began on a new headquarters for the Columbia Missourian. The addition to Jay H. Neff Hall included 19,000 square feet (1,800 m2) of floor space with newsroom, composing room, and press room. The new headquarters was dedicated in May 1962.[4]

On September 19, 1968, the Columbia Missourian switched from afternoon to morning delivery. The change was originally opposed by Dean Earl English for fear that students would abandon coursework and spend all night working on the newspaper. Printers also threatened to quit because of the change in printing schedule.[5]

In 1970, the Missourian obtained four federally licensed press-radio units. The radios had a range of 30 miles (48 km) and enabled students to learn of new assignments without returning to the newsroom, and they were used heavily in field reporting.[6]

In 1985 the Missourian became the first daily newspaper in the world to use a local-area network for production, and in 1986 the Missourian became the first newspaper in the state of Missouri to install a computerized pagination system. The $250,000 system eliminated hands-on page designing.[7]

In 1992, the Missourian became one of the first newspapers in the world to offer content in a digital format as well as the traditional print format.[8]

On April 18, 1995, Lee Hills Hall was dedicated as the new home of the Columbia Missourian. The new headquarters was funded by approximately $5 million in gifts from former Missouri journalism student Lee Hills, who served as the first president of the Knight Ridder news service.[9]

In 2012, the paper, which is operated by the publicly funded University of Missouri, began charging a $5.95 monthly fee for access to online content.

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