Indiana University may combine journalism, communications studies

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A combined School of Communication, Media, and Journalism would acknowledge that "compartmentalized, traditional disciplines are no longer best in all cases for preparing students to participate meaningfully in our contemporary world," says a proposal before Indiana University Bloomington's provost, Lauren K. Robel.

Bloomington Herald-Times reporter Mike Leonard writes that the new school would "initially consist of five departments including journalism, telecommunications, emergent media arts, cinema and media studies, and communication and public culture." (Leonard's story is behind a tight paywall; IU professor Owen V. Johnson posted the text on Facebook.)

The journalism school is currently outside the school's College of Arts and Sciences. IU professor Mike Conway was part of the committee that wrote the proposal and says the combined school would add, not subtract jobs: "If anything we've been told that we would be hiring, that we'd be bringing new people into this because of the excitement and the areas that we want to go to."

Related: Emory University plans to close its journalism program

  • 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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