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The Green and White Courier, which later became The Northwest Missourian, debuted Nov. 4, 1914. Alumni of the student newspaper are invited to Northwest this fall to celebrate the newspaper's 100th anniversary.

The Green and White Courier, which later became The Northwest Missourian, debuted Nov. 4, 1914. Alumni of the student newspaper are invited to Northwest this fall to celebrate the newspaper's 100th anniversary.

July 11, 2014

Alumni invited to celebrate 100 years of student newspaper Oct. 25

Alumni of The Northwest Missourian are invited to gather on the Northwest Missouri State University campus Saturday, Oct. 25, to celebrate the centennial of the University’s student newspaper and its proud history of training student journalists.

The anniversary celebration will be highlighted by a banquet and festivities from 6 to 10 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom with remarks by former advisors Laura Widmer and Linda Puntney and other distinguished guests. The day also will include an open house at the Student Media Converged Newsroom, which is located in the lower level of Wells Hall and was remodeled in 2010.

“When business manager Leslie Murphy and I realized this would be the centennial year of The Missourian, I knew we had to do something big to celebrate the event,” said Steven Chappell, advisor of The Missourian. “I’ve advised several student newspapers over the years, and only one of those has been in publication longer than The Missourian. This is a very significant milestone for a student newspaper, and it’s one we need to recognize to the fullest.”

Cost to attend the banquet is $20 per person, and a cash bar will be available. Due to limited seating in the Ballroom, the banquet will be a first-come, first-served event. Alumni and their families may register at A Facebook event page, Northwest Missourian Centennial Celebration, also is active and will contain frequent updates about the celebration’s activities.

A block of rooms also has been reserved at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Maryville for alumni and friends at the Northwest discount of $89.99 or $104.99 for a suite. Call 660.562.9949 before Sept. 25 and mention The Missourian reunion for the discount.  

According to Northwest history records, students attempted to establish a newspaper at what was then Fifth District Normal School as early as 1908, but it was Nov. 4, 1914, when they successfully published the first edition of The Green and White Courier. The newspaper continued publishing under the name until Sept. 27, 1926, when the name changed to The Northwest Missourian.

An introduction on the front page of the first edition of The Green and White Courier read, in part, that “its policy and function will be to record in readable form the things most worth telling about the school and its student activities; to indicate such important developments in the progress of education both at home and abroad as may be worthy of the notice of our readers; to serve as a medium whereby prospective students and friends interested in the progress of the school may keep in touch with things of importance.”

Throughout its 100-year history, Northwest’s student newspaper has chronicled the University’s triumphs and tragedies, from presidential inaugurations, Homecoming weekends, the switch to the Electronic Campus and national championships to the devastation of the Women’s Residence Hall fire in 1951 and the Administration Building fire in 1979.

The newspaper also has undergone changes throughout its history – from its printed size to the frequency of its printing. During World War II, the newspaper was printed as a “wartime miniature” that measured 9 inches by 12 inches. At other times, it was printed monthly or as part of what is now the Maryville Daily Forum. 

Today, The Missourian is printed each Thursday, and its online version,, is updated throughout the week with in-depth stories about news and events happening on the Northwest campus and in its surrounding communities. Students who work on The Missourian are responsible for all writing, photography, editing, advertising and design.

The Associated Collegiate Press has ranked The Missourian in the top 1 percent of all college newspapers in the country. In April, Northwest and The Missourian will host the 2015 Missouri College Media Association convention.

In addition to the Oct. 25 activities, The Missourian will commemorate the newspaper’s 100th anniversary throughout the academic year by reprinting “throwback” editions, including the front page of the first Green and White Courier. The campus community also is invited to attend a birthday party for The Missourian Nov. 6 in the Student Union as part of its weekly Student Media Day.

For more information about the anniversary events, contact Steven Chappell, director of Student Publications, at or 660.562.1365, or search for Northwest Missourian Centennial Celebration on Facebook.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468