Indiana University-Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel, IU Board of Trustees: Abandon the plan to do away with the independent School of Journalism
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The IU School of Journalism has been a beacon for grassroots, award-winning students of journalism for over 100 years. Boasting over 30 Pulitzer Prize-winning alumni, most notably the late Ernie Pyle, the SoJ is consistently referenced as one of the best and most prestigious journalism schools in the country.
On February 19, IUB Provost Lauren Robel announced her approval of a plan to merge the School of Journalism with the departments of telecommunications, communications, and culture to form a new School of Communication, Media, and Journalism, which will be placed into the broad-based College of Arts and Sciences.
This merger wipes away over 100 years of tradition and the independence, excellence, and prestige that the School of Journalism has enjoyed in the past. The proposal will lower the quality of education that can be received by IU journalism students, erases the reputation and branding opportunity that comes being an alumni of the IU School of Journalism, and will result in the loss of jobs and prospective students.
The IU Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal April 11, and the university is accepting comments on the merger here: http://journalism.indiana.edu/uncategorized/submit-your-thoughts-on-proposed-merger/
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