Thoughts on the Media School

As a journalism student, I was surprised by the university's decision to merge the Journalism, Telecommunications and Communication and Culture departments to form the Media School. Each department was unique with different opportunities for its students. 

When I first heard that the merger was likely, I remember feeling both confused and upset. The journalism school had become a second home and it largely became part of my identity as a student. Upon declaring journalism as my major during freshman year, I quickly learned that there was a strong family dynamic to the school. Compared to other schools at IU, it was relatively small. I began seeing similar faces in the halls. I would often find myself talking to a professor on my way to class. I loved it. I still do. 

I thought the merger would take that away. I believed that studying journalism at IU would no longer be the same. I was too quick to jump to conclusions.

Gradually, after considering the merger in-depth, I realized it may not be as bad as I expected or assumed. Yes, there will no longer be a School of Journalism. Yes, I will now graduate with a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences as opposed to the School of Journalism. Although I won't reap the benefits of the Media School with new studios and additional course options, prospective students have a tremendous opportunity to create the identity and reputation of the new school. Quite frankly, that's pretty cool. 

For those of you considering IU as your university and journalism as your major, I encourage you to learn more about the Media School and the opportunities at your disposal. 

--Gillian

About The Author
Gillian WilsonStudent Blogger

Hello all!

My name is Gillian Wilson and I plan to graduate in May 2015! I'm double majoring in International Studies, with concentrations in Western Europe and International Communication and Journalism, with a specialization in Global Journalism. 

I'm currently secretary of IU's Online News Association and was a Welcome Week assistant for both my sophomore and junior years. I also served on Teter Quad's Board of Programmers as a freshman. I'm very focused on my studies, but I enjoy venturing out to 4th Street restaurants and shopping on Kirkwood! 

Join me as I share my university exprience with you! I'll be studying abroad in Canterbury, England, during the spring semester, so make sure you come back to read about my adventures abroad!