S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is the communications school at Syracuse University. It has programs in print and broadcast journalism; music business; graphic design; advertising; public relations; and television and film.
Lorraine Branham served as dean of the school from 2008 until her death in 2019. Amy Falkner is currently the interim dean. The school includes about 80 full-time faculty members and about 50 adjunct instructors. Enrollment includes some 1,900 undergraduate students; 200 graduate students; 200 online master's degree students; and 13 doctoral degree candidates. Undergraduate admissions are highly selective.
In December 2011, NewsPro ranked Newhouse as the top journalism school in the country.
Syracuse University's former School of Journalism 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.
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.
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.
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. Oprah Winfrey attended and spoke at the dedication ceremony.
In July 2015, the Newhouse School began offering an Online Master's in Communications, Communications@Syracuse.
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 university 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. On-campus television stations include Orange Television Network and CitrusTV, the largest entirely student-run campus TV station in the country. Newhouse student-run agencies include Hill Communications (public relations) and TNH (advertising).
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.
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. Twenty-three students covered the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as paid interns for NBC.
- Bandier Program (music business)
- Broadcast & Digital Journalism
- Graphic Design
- Magazine, News and Digital Journalism
- Public Relations
- Television, Radio & Film
- Arts Journalism
- Audio Arts
- Broadcast & Digital Journalism
- Magazine, News and Digital Journalism
- Media and Education
- Media Studies
- Multimedia, Photography and Design
- New Media Management
- Public Relations
- Public Relations/International Relations
- Television, Radio & Film
Distance Learning/Limited Residency
- Communications Management (for mid-career professionals)
The Newhouse School offers an online master’s degree in communications called Communications@Syracuse. The program is meant to extend the Newhouse School’s reach online in order to prepare media professionals in the modern mass media and digital communications environment. This program offers students a foundation in communications, digital media, social media and digital journalism. Communications@Syracuse is broken down into three specializations: advertising, public relations and journalism innovation.
In October 2014, the Newhouse School declined to allow Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Michel du Cille to participate in a journalism workshop at the school because he'd returned three weeks earlier from covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. 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." Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham said she made the decision to avoid panic and because she "was unwilling to take any risk where our students are concerned."
Centers and Special Projects
- Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture
- Newhouse Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship
- Military Visual Journalism
- Mirror Awards
- Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting
- Newhouse in New York
- Newhouse Sports Media Center
- Student Startup Madness
- Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester
- Tully Center for Free Speech
- The Fall Workshop
- Center for Social Commerce
- Eric Mower Advertising Forum
- Sportscaster U.
Notable Newhouse alumni
- Marv Albert, sportscaster, CBS, NBC, TNT, MSG, YES
- Lylah M. Alphonse, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report
- Michael Barkann, host/reporter, Comcast SportsNet and USA Network
- Richard Benedetto, retired White House Correspondent and Columnist, USA Today; Political Columnist, Gannett News Service
- Contessa Brewer, journalist for MSNBC
- Dan Gurewitch, Emmy Award-winning television writer, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- Steve Bunin, sportscaster, ESPN
- Ryan Burr, sportscaster, ESPN
- Craig Carton, sportscaster, WFAN
- Michael Cole, sportscaster, WWE
- Bob Costas, sportscaster
- Dennis Crowley, co-founder, Foursquare (service)
- Deborah Curtis, vice president of global sponsorships and experimental marketing, American Express
- Shanti Das, owner, PressReset Me LLC
- Ian Eagle, broadcaster, CBS Sports
- Brian Frons, former president, ABC Daytime
- Jeff Glor, anchor, CBS Evening News
- Eric Gurian, executive vice president, Little Stranger Productions
- Kristina Hahn, director, Americas Partner Solutions and Innovation, Google
- Ariel Helwani, MMA journalist
- Deborah Henretta, senior advisor, SSA & Company; retired group president, Procter & Gamble
- Larry Hryb, director of programming, Xbox Live (Microsoft)
- T.J. Jagodowski, comedian, actor and improvisor
- Larry Kramer, former president and publisher, USA Today
- Steve Kroft, correspondent, "60 Minutes" (CBS)
- Chris Licht, executive producer/showrunner, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
- Rob Light, partner and Managing director/head of music, Creative Artists Agency
- Sean McDonough, broadcaster, ESPN
- Joe McNally, photographer
- Will Murray, producer, The Howard Stern Show
- Michelle Marsh, anchor, WJLA (Washington, D.C.)
- Jeanne Moos, national news correspondent, CNN
- Jim Morris, general manager and executive vice president of production, Pixar
- Eric Mower, chairman and CEO, Eric Mower and Associates
- Beth Mowins, sportscaster, ESPN
- Diane Nelson, former president, DC Entertainment
- Tonia O'Connor, former chief revenue officer, Univision Communications
- Stanley J. Orzel, Writer/Director
- Philip Quartararo, president, Filament Entertainment; former president, Warner Music Group
- Doug Robinson (producer), founder, DRP Doug Robinson Productions
- Bill Roth (sportscaster), sports broadcaster
- Erin Ryder, co-host, Destination Truth
- Maria Sansone, co-host, Good Day LA
- Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Washington Post
- Adam Schein, anchor, SportsNet New York (SNY)
- Fred Silverman, president, The Fred Silverman Company
- Lakshmi Singh, midday newscaster, NPR
- Dick Stockton, sportscaster, Fox and Turner Sports
- John Sykes (American businessman), president, Entertainment Enterprises, iHeartMedia
- Mark Tinker, Emmy Award-winning television director, NYPD Blue and Deadwood
- Mike Tirico, sportscaster, NBC Sports
- Robin Toner, political correspondent, The New York Times (deceased)
- Stephen Wilkes, photographer
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