Indiana University to merge journalism, communications schools

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In her "State of the Campus" address, Lauren Robel said bringing four schools under one roof makes sense, Stan Jastrzebski reports: "I have concluded that the programs have a bright future and will best serve students if they are combined into a single School," she said in the speech. The proposal calls for combining the schools of journalism, communications, telecommunications and film studies.

The study of journalism on this campus is 100 years old, and the practice of journalism is critical to a working democracy. But the field of journalism, in particular, has been the subject of numerous recent calls for renewal, from a major Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education to an Open Letter to America’s University Presidents from the leaders of six major foundations supporting journalism education, insisting that journalism education needs reform.

Robel said she's "making available Franklin Hall, at the gateway to the campus, to house this combined school." The j-school is currently housed in Ernie Pyle Hall, and a Facebook campaign aims to save it from becoming "a visitor's center, a bookstore or a burger palace."

Interim Indiana j-school dean Michael Evans is a candidate to lead the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication; at a meeting there last week he told the audience his "administration would be an open one, promising to be fair, accessible and transparent." Brad Hamm, a former member of Poynter's National Advisory Board, left his post as dean of the IU j-school last year to lead Medill's program, which in 2011 renamed itself The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.

Previously: Indiana University may combine journalism, communications studies

  • 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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