CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated how much of a donation to UNC the UNC School of Media and Journalism will receive. The UNC School of Media and Journalism is receiving $10 million of a $21 million total donation, portions of which will also go toward the School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals and the Department of Athletics. The story has been updated with the correction information about the donation. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.
UNC has received a $21.275 million donation from the Curtis Foundation, a portion of which will go toward the construction of a new facility for the UNC School of Media and Journalism, the University announced Friday.
$10 million of the total sum will go toward the school – the largest gift in the journalism school’s history.
The Curtis Media Group will be designed to encourage collaboration, transparency and hands-on learning to prepare students for the rapidly shifting world of communications, according to a release from UNC Media Relations.
“In short, I think this is a payback,” said Curtis. “This is a return on the state’s investment in me as a student.”
Curtis graduated from UNC in 1963 with a degree in journalism and went on to found Curtis Media Group five years later. The broadcast management company currently owns and operates 25 radio brands across North Carolina.
The center won’t just benefit journalism students, Curtis said, but students across departments looking to improve their media and communication skills.
“It’s going to say in it’s very being what our business, both journalism and communications, is all about,” said UNC School of Media and Journalism Dean Susan King of the new facility’s design, which will allow for passerby to see into the building.
“(Students) will be able to see the work that goes on so it’s not so much a mystery,” King said