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IU Proposing Merger Of Telecommunications, Journalism

A proposal now before Indiana University Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel recommends the merger of the university’s communication and media programs. One journalism professor says the proposal would benefit students in several IU programs.

The proposal to create the IU School of Communication, Media, and Journalism would combine several existing entities: the School of Journalism, Telecommunications Department, and the Communication and Culture Department. Currently, the School of Journalism is a standalone school, while the rest fall within the College of Arts and Sciences.

IU journalism professor Mike Conway, who sat on the committee that wrote the proposal, says combining the programs would create new collaborative opportunities for both students and faculty.

“There are three very successful areas with top scholars, top instructors, so bringing them together in one unit, that can be a strength, because the students have easier access to these people.”

He says the merger is designed not to shrink any program, but to hire more faculty

“If anything, we’ve been told that we would be hiring, that we would be bringing new people in because of the excitement in the areas we want to go to,” he says.

Provost Robel will now convene an external committee to assess the proposal’s feasibility.

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