Roy H. Park School of Communications

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Roy H. Park School of Communications
Type Private
Dean Diane Gayeski
Students 1,490
Undergraduates 1,460
Postgraduates 30
Location Ithaca, NY, USA
Campus Small city

The Roy H. Park School of Communications, internationally recognized as a leading undergraduate communications school, is one of five schools at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York. The school is named after legendary media executive Roy H. Park, who lived in Ithaca and who served on the Board of Trustees at Ithaca College for many years.

Graduates have gone on to positions at major media outlets such as ESPN, CNN, NBC News, CBS, ABC, The New York Times, NPR as well as to careers in advertising, photography, new media, corporate training, and consulting. It is known for its blend of immediate hands-on access to production equipment and instruction, contemporary courses in media analysis, economics, and management, and a liberal arts education drawn from more than 50 majors across the College. As one of the first schools of communications in the US, it runs the first and longest-running student-operated TV cable channel and offers students access to studios and more than a million dollars of portable and lab equipment.

In addition to its extensive campus facilities in Ithaca, it runs the Pendleton Center in Los Angeles where students can study and engage in internships for a semester. Students also may study away at the College's center in London and through a newly established New York City program.

Diane Gayeski, an alumna of the school and a faculty member since 1979, currently serves as its dean. [1]


The Roy H. Park School offers the following academic programs:


  • Cinema and Photography (B.S), with concentrations in Cinema Production, Still Photography, and Screenwriting
  • Communication Management and Design (B.S.), with concentrations in Corporate Communication and Instructional Technology
  • Documentary Studies and Production (B.A.)
  • Film, Photography, and Visual Arts (B.F.A.)
  • Emerging Media (B.S.)
  • Integrated Marketing Communications (B.S.)
  • Journalism (B.A.)
  • Television-Radio (B.S.), with concentrations in Media Production, Audio Production, International Communications, and Scriptwriting


  • Communications (M.S.)
  • Executive Master's in Communications Innovation (M.S.)

Park Center for Independent Media[edit]

In 2008, the Park School launched the Park Center for Independent Media, directed by Jeff Cohen, founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. It has been designated as a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations.

The center's mission is to engage media makers and students in conversation about career paths in independent media, and financially viable ways to create news and information for various kinds of geographic or issue-based communities. The center will assess the impact of independent media institutions on journalism, democracy and a participatory culture.

Rory Kennedy, award-winning documentary filmmaker, was the Center's inaugural speaker in January 2008. Kennedy is the co-founder/president of Moxie Firecracker Films, Inc. The Park Center for Independent Media also offers the Independent Media Internship Awards, which provides a $2,500 grant to each students who work as summer interns at specific independent media outlets.

The first annual Izzy Award for "special achievement in independent media" was presented on March 31, 2009, to blogger Glenn Greenwald and Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Roughly 800 people attended the award ceremony at Ithaca’s State Theatre – including I.F. "Izzy" Stone’s son Jeremy Stone.

Programs and Events[edit]

The Park School offers a wide range of programs and events each year, including:

  • Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series, an annual series that brings in a high-profile personality in the broadcast journalism profession to honor alumna Jessica Savitch. Past speakers have included Cokie Roberts, Ann Curry, David Muir '95, Catherine Crier, and Natalie Morales.
  • Park Distinguished Visitor Series. Each year Ithaca College hosts an individual representing one or more of the significant professions associated with the communications industry for a three-day residency. Leading figures in print and broadcast journalism are the primary focus. Past visitors have included Bill Moyers, Ken Burns, Robert Fisk, author Tom Wolfe ('08), and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington (Nov., '09). [2] [3]
  • Skip Landen Professional in Residence Program, which focuses on bringing successful alumni of our communications program to campus for a three-day residency. During this time, they visit or lecture in classes, teach master classes, provide a public lecture, and participate in various social functions involving students, faculty, and staff. Previous guests have included Bill D'Elia '69 and Judith Girard '68.
  • Guest Speakers Series. Guest speakers who have visited Ithaca College recently include Susan Orlean, Dan Heffner '78, and Seymour Hersh.
  • New York City Network Days. Each year, about 15 students participate in this unique learning experience and meet working professionals over winter break in New York City. This is a one-credit opportunity for senior & junior Park majors to explore careers with alumni professionals. The 2008 Network Days were held at Ogilvy & Mather, Turner Broadcasting, Fox News, and Nice Shoes, a post-production video and editing outlet.
  • Rod Serling Conference, a biennial event that brings together academics to discuss and analyze Serling's work and continuing influence. Serling taught creative writing at Ithaca for many years. The 2008 conference received national attention for a table reading of Serling's previously censored Twilight Zone script, "Noon on Doomsday." The never-before-produced work was presented with the cooperation of Ithaca College's Department of Theater Arts.
  • PreVues, an annual student film and video showcase that highlights the best student work from the previous academic year. Each year the selected pieces are screened at Cinemapolis in Ithaca and are used for a compilation DVD.

Park Scholar Award[edit]

The Park Scholar Award is a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Ithaca College given each year to a small number of students in the Roy H. Park School of Communications. The award, provided by the Park Foundation, recognizes students who excel in academics, activities, and community service, and maintain a strong interest in communications. The program, currently directed by Dr. Matthew Fee, covers full tuition, room and board, as well as expenses for book and supplies. Additionally, they are given a one-time gift of $2,500 for a laptop purchase. The Park Scholar recipients are then expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA, participate in Park Scholar activities, be active in community service, and maintain a good judicial standing.

To celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2007, the Park Scholar program hosted a speaker series that was headlined by Bob Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter; Danny Green '85, co-creator of the The Smoking Gun website; and columnist and author Norman Solomon. Academic programming specifically designed for Park Scholars includes a first-year scholar seminar, workshops and colloquia, and a New York City shadowing trip.

Ithaca College Los Angeles Program[edit]

The Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, an extension of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, is an internship-based program that provides juniors and seniors with a major or minor in communications an opportunity to gain professional experience in their chosen fields while taking industry-related courses. Classes are taught by Los Angeles-based faculty and industry professionals at the James B. Pendleton Center, located minutes from Burbank and Hollywood. Internships are available in the fields of cinema, television, radio, new media, music, communication/management/design, advertising, public relations, and print/broadcast journalism.

Student Media[edit]

The Ithacan[edit]

The Ithacan is Ithaca College's official newspaper. The paper is written, edited and published by students. The Ithacan is available in print every Thursday morning and online.[4] The Ithacan and its staff have won many major collegiate journalism awards, most notably, the Associated Collegiate Press' National Pacemaker Award for the 2009-2010 academic year.[5] Most recently, The Ithacan won another Pacemaker Award for online coverage. The Pacemaker has been widely considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism.


See main entry Ithaca College Television

Imprint Magazine[edit]

Imprint Magazine: College Life’s Internet Magazine, published from Ithaca College, is published by college students, for college students, about college students. Imprint strives to inform its readers of national issues and give them the opportunity to voice their opinion and become involved in the discussion.

Buzzsaw Magazine[edit]

Buzzsaw Magazine, formally Buzzsaw Haircut, was founded in 1999 and is the college's alternative magazine. It is available in print and online every month.[6] The magazine is produced by the Ithaca College community and printed by Our Press of Binghamton, NY. It is funded by the Ithaca College Student Government Association, the Park School of Communication, local advertising, community support, and a grant from Campus Progress.

It has won a number of national awards, including the Campus Alternative Journalism Project's award for "Best Sense of Humor" in 2003 and the Independent Press Association's Campus Independent Journalism Awards for "Best Campus Publication with a Budget Under $10,000" and "Best Political Commentary" in 2005.

Ithaca College Radio[edit]

Ithaca College is also home to two student-operated radio stations.

92 WICB[edit]

92 WICB is an FCC-licensed station that operates at 7500 Watts at 91.7 on the FM band. The majority of its programming falls under the modern rock category. While broadcasting modern rock, the station is run similarly to a commercial modern rock station, with the inclusion of playlists planned by the programming and music departments that include leeway for listener requests and DJ choices. The station was recently honored with the MTVU Woodie Award for Best College Radio Station. They were also distinguished as The Top Collegiate Radio Station by The Princeton Review.[7] in 2010.

Other programming ranges from mainstream hip-hop and R&B, to underground, downtempo, and other lesser-known genres of what is generally considered urban music. In addition to a lunchtime Jazz show, WICB broadcasts a number of other specialty shows throughout the week. These shows, which usually run 2–3 hours in length, come from genres such as blues, broadway, jam band music, and "homeless" music, that is not normally heard on the public airwaves.

VIC Radio[edit]

VIC Radio, once known as 106-VIC, is an Internet radio station broadcasting via Live 365 at[8] The majority of VIC's programming falls under the indie pop, alternapop, and power pop genres. The playlists are planned by the Programming Department, with leeway for on-air talent favorites and listener requests. The rest of its programming consists of specialty shows, programmed by student DJs, which are more representative of a typical college station.

The station also hosts an annual 50 Hour Marathon, where two DJs stay awake for fifty hours straight to raise money for a local charity. The marathon, which is simulcast on 92 WICB and ICTV 16, typically involves events such as concerts, scavenger hunts, and remote broadcasts around Ithaca.

Journal of Race, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity[edit]

Founded in 2004 by several Ithaca College students, the Ithaca College Journal of Race, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity is an academic journal that explores complexities of such topics and welcomes student contributions. The journal is available in print and online.[9]

Notable Park School alumni[edit]

Notable Park School Former and Current Faculty[edit]

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