S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
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Established 1964
Dean Lorraine Branham
Location Syracuse, New York, USA
Affiliations Syracuse University
Website http://newhouse.syr.edu/

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is the communications school at Syracuse University. It has programs in print and broadcast journalism; advertising; public relations; and television and film.

The school was named for publishing magnate Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr., who provided the founding gift in 1964.[1] The Newhouse family, now led by sons S.I. Newhouse Jr. and Donald, chairman and president, respectively, of Advance Publications, continues to support the school, most recently (in 2003) with a $15 million gift for the construction of Newhouse 3, the third building in the Newhouse School's three-building complex.[1]

Lorraine Branham has served as dean of the school since 2008.[2] The school includes about 70 full-time faculty members and about 50 adjunct instructors.[3] Enrollment includes some 1,800 undergraduate students; 225 graduate students; and 15 doctoral degree candidates.[3] Admissions are highly selective.

In December 2011, NewsPro ranked Newhouse as the top journalism school in the country. [4]

In 2012, the school began fundraising for a proposed $18 million renovation of its studios, located in the Newhouse 2 building, which will include a comprehensive HD upgrade.[5]


The roots of the Newhouse School are found in Syracuse University’s former School of Journalism, which was founded in 1934.[4] That year, Syracuse University became the first university in the nation to offer a college credit radio course. In 1947, SU launched WAER, one of the nation’s first college radio stations. With the emergence of television, SU was the first to offer instruction in the field.

In 1964, supported by a gift from Samuel I. Newhouse, the Newhouse Communications Complex was officially inaugurated in Newhouse 1, an award-winning building designed by architect I. M. Pei, which housed the School of Journalism. (A year later, the building would be cited as one of the top four honor award winners of the American Institute of Architects.) The building was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson, who delivered his famous “Gulf of Tonkin Speech” on the Newhouse Plaza.[5]

Further growth came in 1971 when the School of Journalism merged with the Television and Radio Department, which had been located in the School of Speech and Dramatic Art. This merger marked the birth of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, named in honor of its main benefactor, and prompted the construction of a second building, Newhouse 2, which was dedicated in 1974 with a keynote address by William S. Paley, chairman of the board of CBS.[6] The school became the most comprehensive, stand-alone school of its type in the nation—and remains so today.

In 2003, the Newhouse School received a $15 million gift from the S.I. Newhouse Foundation and the Newhouse family to fund the construction of the third building in the Newhouse Communications Complex. The $31.6 million 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) modern structure, designed by the former Polshek Partnership,[7] features the First Amendment etched in six-foot-high letters on its curving glass windows. Newhouse 3 was dedicated on September 19, 2007, with a keynote address from Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. The event was attended by the Newhouse family.[8]

Degree Programs[edit]

Newhouse offers bachelor’s degrees in Advertising; Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Graphic Design; Magazine; Newspaper and Online Journalism; Photography; Public Relations; and Television-Radio-Film.[3]

Master’s degrees are offered in Advertising; Arts Journalism; Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Documentary Film and History (joint program with the History Department at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs); Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism; Media Management; Media Studies; Photography; Public Diplomacy (joint program with Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs); Public Relations; and Television-Radio-Film.[3]

Newhouse also offers a doctoral degree in Mass Communications; and an executive education master’s degree in Communications Management, offered in a distance learning format.[3]

Special Projects[edit]

Notable Newhouse alumni[edit]


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