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IU Journalism Staff Express Worries Over Proposed Merger

Staff of Indiana University’s journalism school Thursday spoke their piece to IU-Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel about the proposed merger of their school and several other programs.

While proponents of the plan say the combined resources will benefit both students and faculty, detractors worry the autonomy of the journalism school would be lost under the plan.

School of Journalism Professor Emeritus Peter Jacobi says the merger is a step in the wrong direction.

“The students know why we’re here and why they’re here,” he says. “All that can be subsumed and submerged in a larger unit.”

While Jacobi recognizes the combined media model exists at other schools, he says implementation at IU would be a mistake. Robel however, says the combined school and departments will be a step forward for the university.

“Its an exciting opportunity for journalism, because it adds to the resources of the school of journalism, a huge array of new colleges, fields disciplinary platforms that bring strength to the larger enterprise,” she says.

Robel says while details have yet to be worked out, the goal is to house the new IU School of Communication, Media, and Journalism in Franklin Hall, just north of the Sample Gates.

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