Indiana University experiences major changes in the Media School



Indiana University is transforming a century-old curriculum into a modern collaboration.

The university will combine the film studies and telecommunications department along with the 100-year-old journalism program to create the Media School.

This distinctive institution will promote an individualized and flexible learning experience for many college students. The creation of the new Media School will “keep up with the changing media landscape,” Director of Experiential Learning for the Media School Audrie Osterman said.

Those involved in the process believed that linking different schools would allow students to explore many types of media.

“Faculty and administrators felt that we could better meet student needs for a more integrated study of media by combining legacy programs of journalism, communication, and telecommunications,” said Amy Cornell, Director of Student Services for the Media School.

Giving college students the opportunity to personalize their degree is a feature unique to the IU Media School. Students will have the ability to select a degree in journalism, media or game design and can chose one of 30 specializations.

“It offers lots of flexibility for students to have different avenues of storytelling,” Osterman said.

The Media School will provide students with countless tools to guide them in their future careers. IU alumni also connect with students to provide internships and job experiences in various facets of the media world.

With such a large addition to the campus curriculum, the university needed to choose a space to accommodate the Media School. Though it was constructed in 1907, Franklin Hall was a perfect fit. In its early years, Franklin Hall was built to be the IU library, but will soon become a leading media school. The facility is currently undergoing $21 million in renovations and is scheduled to be complete by the start of fall 2016.

“This summer has been chaotic, but it has been fun to watch Franklin Hall come together,” Cornell said.

The Media School will be equipped with high-quality equipment, upgraded technology and professional studios.

After the lengthy development process, faculty and staff are eager for students to experience all of the unique opportunities that the Media School has to offer.

“Times of transition can be scary, but overall people are excited and looking forward to the new programs and building,” Cornell said.

With all the media-related programs being under one roof, students will be able to participate in numerous student media organizations and collaborate with other peers.

“We can finally all be in one home,”  Osterman said.