Indiana student paper: ‘journalism isn’t dead’

Indiana Daily Student | Indiana Public Media
It’s rare that a newspaper is justified in printing a 120-point, bold headline,” Indiana Daily Student Editor-in-Chief Michael Auslen writes. “Today is one of those days.”

Indiana University’s provost has voiced support for a plan to merge its journalism school with its schools of communications, telecommunications and film studies.

Other programs at the university have been shuttered or consolidated with skimpy input from students, Auslen writes.

In July, President Michael McRobbie told the Herald-Times, “There’s no point in saving a school that trains people to manage fleets of horses if the motorcar has taken over horse-drawn transportation.”

Contrary to McRobbie’s belief, journalism isn’t dead. It is in a state of flux, as is the journalism school.

McRobbie and the university’s trustees must still approve the deal, Matthew Glowicki writes. The schools faculty “will soon form a committee that will prepare a proposal envisioning the merged school,” he writes.

School of Journalism Professor Emeritus Peter Jacobi tells WTIU’s Dan Goldblatt he’s not in favor of the shift; Provost Lauren Robel says it will bolster the school’s strengths.

Previously: Indiana University may combine journalism, communications studies | Indiana University to merge journalism, communications schools

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  • NateBowman

    Considering how journalism is under pressure all of the time to be something else (entertaining, scooped, access-oriented [rather than truth-oriented], etc.)
    And considering these pressures come from areas that are not journalism
    It is not surprising that administrators would want to follow this course of action.

    I agree with the students that this will do nothing to help journalism and that it will just create more gray areas.

    Goodbye firewalls.

    I’m again surprised that Poynter just reports this rather than rail against it.
    Again giving lie to what they really care about.

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