Missouri State President Clif Smart, left, and Daily Citizen Chairman Thomas J. Carlson shake hands after signing an agreement providing office space for the start-up news website focused on public affairs coverage. (Photo: Missouri State University)

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Published Oct. 18, 2021

The Hauxeda has found a home on the campus of Missouri State University, tying into the university’s commitment to its public affairs mission.

MSU’s Board of Governors unanimously approved a facility use agreement, providing the Daily Citizen with office space and a host of related services. The Daily Citizen will be housed in MSU’s Freudenberger House.

The two organizations signed an agreement Oct. 18, following Board of Governors action on Oct. 15.

“The Hauxeda has potential to be an agent for change in our local community,” said Missouri State President Clif Smart. “By partnering with them, we’re investing in a community organization, ensuring progress and standing strong in the principles of our public affairs mission,” Smart said.

Focus on community needs

More than just another news outlet, the Hauxeda plans to feature stories on key local issues.

The goal is to:

  • Focus on stories from a public affairs lens.
  • Encourage discourse and discussion.
  • Foster participation that increases quality of life locally.
  • Strengthen the keys of democracy.

“Missouri State is such a positive force for good in Springfield, and we are grateful for this important support for our start-up operations,” said David Stoeffler, chief executive officer of the Daily Citizen.

Community partnership

Smart also noted the Daily Citizen will provide opportunities for students to gain important experience through paid and for-credit internships.

“We are excited about the opportunities to collaborate with faculty, staff and students in journalism, marketing, business, graphic design and other areas – as well as the potential to work with KSMU and KOZK,” Stoeffler said.

The agreement is for three years beginning immediately and comes at no cost to the Daily Citizen.

There is an option to renew for two-year terms.