IUPUI takes control of journalism program

The journalism program on the IUPUI campus will on July 1, for the first time, become managed by IUPUI.

Until now, the Indianapolis location of the Indiana University School of Journalism was managed from IU’s flagship campus in Bloomington. But now that the Bloomington location of the IU School of Journalism is being merged with IU’s departments of telecommunications, communications and culture, IU leaders decided to split off the Indianapolis journalism program.

That program will now be called the Department of Journalism and Public Relations and will be overseen by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

The IUPUI journalism program offers certificates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, with specializations in sports journalism, health and life sciences public relations, and advertising. It has more than 200 students enrolled in its degree programs.

“We’re honored to have our roots in the 100-year-old IU School of Journalism,” said Jonas Bjork, an IUPUI journalism professor who will become the first chairman of the new department. “But as one of IUPUI’s smallest schools, we didn’t have the depth of resources we needed to take our program to the next level.”

The new department expects to be able to tap into the resources offered by the School of Liberal Arts, such as more student advisers, research and grant support. It will also have more flexibility to adapt its curriculum to changing needs and to join in IUPUI fundraising efforts.

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