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Missouri Press Redux

The remodeled University of Missouri Press will emphasize digital technologies and student participation.

Speer Morgan

Speer Morgan, editor of The Missouri Review, faces challenges as director of the reimagined University of Missouri Press. He’ll be hiring an editor-in-chief, managing editor and marketing director in coming months. Photo by Rachel Coward.

On July 16, officials announced the University of Missouri Press will reopen with a new model that emphasizes digital technologies and student participation. Speer Morgan will direct the press and continue to edit The Missouri Review.

In May 2012, University of Missouri System President Timothy M. Wolfe announced the press’s closing and alluded to the digital model. At the reconstituted press, faculty and students will work together similar to how journalism students and faculty work side by side at the Columbia Missourian. Press staff will explore ways to make scholarly materials more available in this digital age. “In about a year, we should have our feet under us,” Morgan says. The press will honor its contracts with authors for printed books while developing a greater online presence.

The plan is for Mizzou to resume governance of the press, which had been managed by the UM System since 1967.

University of Missouri Press Update