S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
|S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications|
|Location||Syracuse, New York, USA|
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. 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.
Lorraine Branham has served as dean of the school since 2008. The school includes about 70 full-time faculty members and about 50 adjunct instructors. Enrollment includes some 1,800 undergraduate students; 225 graduate students; and 15 doctoral degree candidates. Admissions are highly selective.
In December 2011, NewsPro ranked Newhouse as the top journalism school in the country. 
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.
The roots of the Newhouse School are found in Syracuse University’s former School of Journalism, which was founded in 1934. 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.
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. 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, 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.
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.
Master’s degrees are offered in Advertising; Arts Journalism; Broadcast and Digital Journalism; Documentary Film and History (joint program with Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts); 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.
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.
- Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture
- LA Semester
- Mirror Awards
- Newhouse in New York Breakfast Series
- The NewsHouse
- The Tully Center for Free Speech
- The Fall Workshop
Notable Newhouse alumni
- Richard Benedetto, retired White House correspondent/columnist for USA Today, political columnist for Gannett News Service
- Barry Baker, management director/venture partner, Boston Ventures
- Michael Barkann, host/reporter for Comcast SportsNet and USA Network
- Contessa Brewer, journalist for MSNBC
- Steve Bunin, sportscaster, ESPN
- Ryan Burr, sportscaster, ESPN
- Michael Cole, sportscaster, WWE
- Bob Costas, sportscaster for NBC and HBO Sports
- Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare (service) and Dodgeball (service), acquired by Google in 2005
- Jonathan Crowley, head of media partnerships for Foursquare (service)
- Shanti Das, owner, PressReset Me LLC
- Brian Frons, former president of ABC Daytime
- Jeff Glor, CBS News correspondent
- Aaron Goldfarb, novelist, How to Fail: The-Self Hurt Guide
- Peter Hebert, co-founder and managing partner of Lux Capital
- Ariel Helwani, MMA journalist
- Deborah Henretta, President-Asian Markets, Procter & Gamble
- Peter Hotvitz, chairman, president and CEO of Horvitz Newspapers LLC
- Larry Hryb, Director of Programming, Microsoft's Xbox Live
- T.J. Jagodowski, comedian, actor and improvisor
- Larry Kramer, publisher, USA Today (and chair of the Newhouse Advisory Board)
- Steve Kroft, correspondent, 60 Minutes (CBS)
- Steven Leeds, executive vice president for talent relations, Sirius Satellite Radio
- Robert Light, partner, Creative Artists Agency
- Arthur Liu, president and CEO, Multicultural Broadcasting
- L. Camille Massey, vice president for global strategy and programs, Council on Foreign Relations
- Ann McGrath, senior editor, U.S. News & World Report
- Joe McNally, photographer
- Jeanne Moos, national news coorespondent, CNN
- Jim Morris, president, Lucas Film Inc.
- Eric Mower, chairman and CEO, Eric Mower and Associates
- Beth Mowins, sportscaster, ESPN
- Jack Myers, chief economist and CEO, Myers Reports Inc.
- Greg Paulus, former Duke University basketball player
- Philip Quartararo, president, Filament Entertainment; former president, Warner Music Group
- Angela Robinson, president and CEO, A. Robinson Communications LLC
- Adam Schein, TV anchor for SportsNet New York (SNY)
- Glenn Steinfast, Emmy Award winner for Eyewitness to a Storm and Eyewitness to a Hurricane
- Fred Silverman, president, The Fred Silverman Company
- Kim Steele, photographer
- Dick Stockton, sportscaster for Fox and Turner Sports
- John Sykes, president, MTV Network Development
- Pete Thamel, college sports reporter, The New York Times
- Mark Tinker, Emmy Award-winning television director of NYPD Blue and Deadwood
- Mike Tirico, sportscaster, ABC and ESPN
- Robin Toner, political correspondent, The New York Times (deceased)
- Michael H. Weber, writer (500) Days of Summer
- Jim Weiss, chairman and CEO, W2O Group
- Danny Zuker, co-executive producer, "Modern Family"
- Syracuse University Magazine, Fall 2003
- Newhouse School website, Lorraine Branham bio
- Newhouse School Facts
- NewsPro Top Journalism Schools poll ranks Newhouse School No. 1 in the country
- Newhouse 2, Part 2
- Syracuse University Archives: Syracuse University Buildings: Newhouse Communications Center II
- AIArchitect, March 14, 2008
- Syracuse University Magazine, Fall 2007