S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

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S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Newhouse-School-Syracuse-Univ-2014.jpg
Established 1964
Parent institution
Syracuse University
Dean Lorraine Branham
Academic staff
120
Administrative staff
60
Students Approximately 2,163
13
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 1,900 undergraduate students; 250 graduate students; and 13 doctoral degree candidates.[3] Undergraduate admissions are highly selective.[3]

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

History[edit]

Newhouse 1, Designed by I.M. Pei

Syracuse University’s former School of Journalism was founded in 1934.[5] 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.[6]

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.[5]

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 September 2014, the school completed an $18 million renovation of the Newhouse 2 building, creating the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, which features Dick Clark Studios, the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation and the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center.[9] Oprah Winfrey attended and spoke at the dedication ceremony.[10]

Degree Programs[edit]

Newhouse offers bachelor’s degrees in:

The school offers two minors in Communications Photography and Public Communications Studies.[11] Newhouse also offers dual degree options with the Martin J. Whitman School of Management and the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.[12][13]

Newhouse offers master’s degrees in:

  • Advertising
  • Arts Journalism
  • Audio Arts (joint program with the College of Visual and Performing Arts)
  • Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Computational Journalism (joint program with the College of Engineering and Computer Science)
  • Documentary Film and History (joint program with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs)
  • Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism
  • Media and Education (joint program with the School of Education)
  • Media Studies
  • New Media Management
  • Online Master's in Communications
  • Photography
  • Public Diplomacy (joint program with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs)
  • Public Relations
  • 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.[5]

Online Master's in Communications[edit]

In July 2015, Newhouse will launch an online master's degree in communications, Communications@Syracuse. Students in the program will choose one of three tracks: advertising, public relations or journalism innovation. Classes will be taught by the school's faculty. Most coursework will be completed online, though students will be required to attend two weekend-long immersions during their program. A fall immersion is scheduled on campus in Syracuse and a spring immersion will be held in New York City. The program is expected to more than double the number of master's students enrolled in the school.[14]

Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate[edit]

The Newhouse School and HootSuite offer an online certificate program, the Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate, for working professionals. The program includes 15 self-paced lessons on social media strategy.[15]

Student Activities[edit]

Most Newhouse students participate in extracurricular activities to gain experience in their chosen field of study. On-campus publications include The Daily Orange, the campus newspaper; The Newshouse, an online news site; and numerous magazines. The school has three radio stations on-campus: WJPZ, a Top 40 station that broadcasts to the Syracuse market; WERW, a free-format station; and WAER, one of the two NPR stations in Syracuse, which has an entirely student-run sports department. In addition to OTN, Syracuse is also the home of CitrusTV, the largest entirely student-run campus TV station in the country. Also popular at Newhouse is The Kumquat, the school's main satirical news organization, which gained recognition for its video lambasting sorority Bid Day.

PR and Advertising students actively participate in Comm.Unity, an organization dedicated to helping local organizations develop communications plans.

There are also a number of diversity-based organizations for students, including the National Association of Black Journalists, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Study Abroad[edit]

The Newhouse School offers multiple study abroad opportunities in addition to the SU Abroad program offered by the University. Newhouse students have the ability to work in Dubai, India, and France annually, and the London SU Abroad center offers classes directed by Newhouse.[16]

Olympics[edit]

NBC, which owns the rights to Olympic television coverage in the United States, visits campus to recruit Newhouse students for internships every two years. The corporation normally conducts on-campus interviews one year before the games. During the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, over 30 students received internships.

Alumni[edit]

There are more than 26,000 living Newhouse School alumni on record, which is commonly referred to as the "Newhouse Mafia". The school's Career Development Center often posts job and internship opportunities that it receives from its former students. There are currently about 3,500 names in the Newhouse Network for students to contact.[17]

Controversies[edit]

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.[18][19][20] 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.”[18]

Centers and Special Projects[edit]

Notable Newhouse alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Syracuse University Magazine, Fall 2003
  2. ^ Newhouse School website, Lorraine Branham bio
  3. ^ a b c d e Newhouse School Facts
  4. ^ NewsPro Top Journalism Schools poll ranks Newhouse School No. 1 in the country
  5. ^ a b c Newhouse School website: History
  6. ^ Newhouse 1 Dedicated
  7. ^ AIArchitect, March 14, 2008
  8. ^ Syracuse University Magazine, Fall 2007
  9. ^ "Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center". 
  10. ^ "Newhouse School dedicates Studio & Innovation Center with Oprah Winfrey". 
  11. ^ http://newhouse.syr.edu/academics/academic-programs.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ http://whitman.syr.edu/programs-and-academics/programs/whitman-undergraduate-experience/curriculum/dual-programs/newhouse-school.aspx.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ http://ischool.syr.edu/future/undergrad/dual.aspx.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ . Syracuse Post Standard http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2015/01/syracuse_universitys_newhouse_school_to_offer_online_masters_degree.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ http://newhouse.syr.edu/news-events/news/newhouse-partners-hootsuite-offer-social-media-certification-working-professionals.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ http://newhouse.syr.edu/academics/studying-abroad.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ http://partners.versation.com/syracuse/alumni/index.php.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ a b Bever, Lindsay. "Syracuse University disinvites Washington Post photographer because he was in Liberia 3 weeks ago". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  19. ^ Kingkade, Tyloe. "Colleges Isolate, Disinvite People Out Of An 'Abundance Of Caution' Over Ebola". Huffington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Ebola fear running rampant in many communities". NBC News. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 

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