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

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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