Langston University Journalism Program Gets Massive Upgrade After News 9 Television Donation | Local News

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Langston University announced at its 17th Annual President’s Scholarship Gala that Griffin Media had made the largest corporate donation in the university’s history, gifting the university with its News 9 building. located at 7401 N. Kelley Ave. Langston University acquires the building in January 2023.

Griffin Media President and CEO David Griffin said the company is working to bring new cutting-edge technologies and sets to the newscast. Installing new equipment in their current building would tie them to the location for the next 15 years. Griffin Media had another goal in mind, to plant its flag in downtown Oklahoma City.

This left Griffin with a dilemma: what would the company do with its existing seventy-plus-year-old home?

“If we abandon this building, there will be a hole in this community, and we just didn’t want to leave this community alone,” Griffin said. “So we went to research to see how we could be part of something bigger than ourselves, and then I realized that Langston had a journalism program.”

Not only does Langston University have a new home for journalism, but the former News 9 building will also house Langston University’s campus in Oklahoma City. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Griffin family and Griffin Media.

We are moving into this building in January 2023. Are you #ReadytoRoar with us? Apply now at https://www.langston.edu/apply-now and be part of Oklahoma’s only HBCU.

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The donation totals more than $10 million and includes the building, surrounding land, all existing equipment used for the News 9 newscast, every table and chair, computers, fiber optic cabling and more. The site will also house Langston University’s Center for Media and Community Advancement, funded in part by a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.

Langston University President Kent J. Smith, Jr. said this donation will not only impact our journalism program, but it will also impact the entire university community.

“There is a whole company behind the production of news. From computer technology to marketing and sales, our students will have the advantage of learning here. Now we can think of Oklahoma City and our Oklahoma City campus in an entirely different realm that we couldn’t imagine before,” Smith said.

This gift will revolutionize the way Oklahoma’s only HBCU produces new journalists and impact every aspect of the profession.

Griffin Media has entered into an unprecedented long-term partnership with Langston University. News 9’s on-air and behind-the-scenes talent will teach lessons, mentor students, and provide LU students the opportunity to learn from them on state-of-the-art equipment.

Additionally, the Inasmuch Foundation awarded Langston University a $200,000 grant for its “Forward Together Project,” a solutions-based media initiative designed to bring historically rich and diverse communities in and around its campuses in Langston, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

“The Forward Together project will provide first-hand professional opportunities for journalism students at Langston University,” said Robert J. Ross, president and CEO of the Inasmuch Foundation. “Forward Together will produce impactful stories and showcase the beginning of a talent pool of black journalists in Oklahoma.”

Production on the project is expected to begin immediately, with the first stories expected to air in mid-2023. Langston University is planning a community engagement event for early 2023 to solicit ideas for future projects.

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