Wednesday, February 1, 2023

About Us

Mission Statement

To create a better understanding of the media, politicians and the role of the First Amendment in our democracy. The Overby Center features programs, multimedia displays and writings which examine the complex relationships between the media and politicians – past, present and future. We pay special attention to Southern perspectives.

More About Us

Adjacent to the School of Journalism and New Media facility at Farley Hall, the Overby Center features 16,000 square feet of conference space. It includes a 200-seat auditorium, a multipurpose conference room that will accommodate just under 100 people for seminars, and about 50 for dinners, and a boardroom seating up to 24 people. The center has state-of-the-art technology and video throughout the building, including a news wall with nine large-screen TV monitors for showing live news programs and current front pages from 12 Southern states. The Center is funded through a $5 million grant from the Freedom Forum, a foundation dedicated to educating people about the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. The center is named for Charles L. Overby, editor of the Daily Mississippian at Ole Miss from 1967-1968. Overby was the CEO of the Freedom Forum and Newseum until his retirement in 2012.