Since the fall of 2016, Southeast Missouri Sate University students have been learning and working in the Rust Center for Media that encompasses more than 13,000 square feet of space on two floors in the heart of downtown Cape Girardeau.
The Main floor features 6,300 square feet with a flexible learning space as well as production studios for students enrolled in television directing and advanced video production. The lower level contains 6,700 square feet and houses The Arrow, Southeast's student newspaper; SECreative, Southeast's student advertising firm; and Riverfront PR, Southeast's student public relations firm.
The Rust Center for Media is named in honor of Gary W. Rust, an American entrepreneur who bought a weekly newspaper in Cape Girardeau County 49 years ago and built that into a company that includes 44 newspapers, 12 printing plants and minority ownership in 17 radio stations. The Rust family owns and publishes the Southeast Missourian.