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Featured Profile: David Rees


David Rees

University of Missouri educator and leader David Rees helps journalists tell stories in pictures.

Since joining the Missouri School of Journalism faculty in 1986, Rees has taught courses in photojournalism, new media and reporting. During that time, he has led each of the school’s hallmark professional photography programs – Pictures of the Year International, the Missouri Photo Workshop and College Photographer of the Year. He also oversaw the development of the Edom Photojournalism Laboratory and the Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies. Under his leadership, the photojournalism program at Missouri continues to be a national academic leader.

Rees has presented at conferences for the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the Scripps Howard Foundation and the National Press Photographers Association. He has provided international training and presentations in South Korea and China and led study abroad programs in Mexico, Italy and England. He maintains interest in grassroots photojournalism and in online publishing.

In 2015, in recognition of Rees’ teaching excellence, journalism school alumnus Sandy Colhoun established the David Rees Visiting Professionals Fund in Photojournalism. The fund underwrites travel and honoraria to bring leading photojournalists into MU classrooms and studios.

David Rees is Professor and Chair of the Photojournalism Faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism. He is director of the McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies and co-director of the Missouri Photo Workshop.

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