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The Media School FAQs

What is the name of the new school?
The Media School: Journalism – Film – Communication.

When will the new school be in effect?
July 1, 2014.

Where will the new school be located?
Franklin Hall will be renovated. It will be ready for occupation in mid-2016. The Radio-TV building also will be used for the school.

How are current students affected?
Current graduate and undergraduate students as of the 2014-15 school year will advance through the program with no changes in curriculum or degree.

When will students be admitted to the new school?
Those who enter IU during fall 2014 will follow the requirements in place at that time. Students will have the option to switch to the new curriculum once that goes into effect in fall 2015.

How will the new school affect journalism’s strong history at IU?
The new school will ensure that the journalism program maintains its national accreditation at the undergraduate level and will support journalism’s work to gain accreditation for its master’s program.

How will journalism’s connections to campus and to its heritage be affected?
Space for student media (Indiana Daily Student, the Arbutus, Inside Magazine, American Student Radio, IUSTV) will be reserved in Franklin Hall.

Space for journalism memorabilia, alumni recognition displays, archives and research material will be set aside in Franklin Hall. The Ernie Pyle Legacy Committee will ensure that Ernie Pyle, an alumnus of the school and famed World War II correspondent for whom the current journalism building is named, will be acknowledged appropriately in the new school. A sculpture of Pyle will be installed near the Sample Gates near Franklin Hall.

How will student organizations and special programming be affected?
The new school will support journalism’s signature programs, including Ernie Pyle Scholars program, Media Scholars program and Media Living Learning Center, as well as speaker series, student ambassadors and service-learning public relations programming.

The new school will retain affiliate chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, the Online News Association, the Society for News Design and others.

What happens to the school’s other signature programs, such as field experiences?
The new school will continue and expand journalism’s field experience course program, which offers four to six courses each year that include travel to other countries for reporting or other course work.

What happens to scholarships and to gifts to the school to support those scholarships?
The new school will continue and enhance the journalism scholarship program, which provides more than 100 scholarships to new and current students each year.

All previous philanthropic gifts to the School of Journalism will remain with the journalism program. In the new school, donors may continue to designate new gifts specifically for journalism.

Who will form the core faculty?
The core faculty will come from the three existing academic units: the School of Journalism, the Department of Communication and Culture, and the Department of Telecommunications. Current journalism faculty will be integrated with faculty members from the two other departments, and there is possibility for new hires in both tenured faculty and professors of practice. 

How will The Media School prepare students for the changing media landscape?
The new curriculum will equip students in The Media School with a portfolio of knowledge and training that includes a broad liberal arts education, a mastery of professional skills, and an understanding of the media and journalistic role to guard a free and democratic society. 

What are some of the degree specializations that will be available for undergraduate programs?
During the three academic years after the school’s official launch in July, existing undergraduate degrees in each of these three units will be transformed into school-wide degrees, including new Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in integrated media.

These degrees will likely focus on several different tracks of study, including advertising and strategic communications, cinema and film studies, communications studies, health communication, international/global media and communication, journalism, media industry and management, media studies and visual communications. 

What will the graduate areas of study include?
Existing graduate degrees in the three units also will be reviewed and evaluated in order to develop and provide an integrated set of school-level degree offerings, such as advertising and strategic communications, cinema studies, journalism and mass communication, media and film production, and media studies. 

Ron Reason