S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, Syracuse University
Established 1964
Parent institution
Syracuse University
Dean Lorraine Branham
Location Syracuse, New York, USA
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]

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]


Syracuse University’s former School of Journalism was founded in 1934.[3] 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]

In 1971 the School of Journalism merged with the Television and Radio Department into the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. A second building, Newhouse 2, was dedicated in 1974 with a keynote address by William S. Paley, chairman of the board of CBS.[6]

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]

In October 2014, the Newhouse School revoked a speaking invitation to Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Michel du Cille because he'd returned three weeks earlier from covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.[9] [10][11]Du Cille said at the time, “It’s a disappointment to me. I’m pissed off and embarrassed and completely weirded out that a journalism institution that should be seeking out facts and details is basically pandering to hysteria.”[9]

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 and Film.[3]

Master’s degrees are offered in Advertising; Arts Journalism; Audio Arts; Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Computational 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 and 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]

Centers & Special Projects[edit]

Notable Newhouse alumni[edit]


External links[edit]