Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) is an innovative urban university with nearly 28,000 students, 1,600 full-time faculty, and a support staff of more than 6,000. Through its parent universities, it offers 166 degree programs in more than 200 fields of study.
The journalism curriculum helps students prepare to be effective communicators regardless of their chosen profession. Careers in newspapers, magazines, broadcast and electronic journalism, public relations and advertising are as vital as ever. The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree also prepares students for related careers and for graduate studies. For example, strong communication skills are essential for careers in law, business, and public affairs.
The urban setting of the Indianapolis campus enables students and faculty to work closely with public and private agencies, government, business, and industry. Its urban orientation enables the university to be directly involved in metropolitan concerns and aspirations. The state capitol is only a short walk from the school's offices. Internships available from Indianapolis media organizations allow students to enhance their classroom skills with work experiences in a major media market. Classroom experiences are also enriched by part-time instructors who are media professionals.
The School of Journalism operates administratively and practically as one school for the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses. Because the degree program is unified, students who meet all admission requirements may start in Bloomington and transfer to IUPUI or vice versa. Students who have not met all admission requirements may transfer to the University Division at Bloomington or the University College at Indianapolis. The school is nationally accredited on both campuses.
For more information about the degree at Indianapolis or to obtain a bulletin, contact the School of Journalism at IUPUI, call (317) 274-2773, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IUPUI campus emphasizes computer-based journalism. Students are taught how to use on-line information (LEXIS® and NEXIS®) in J100 Computer Methods for Journalism class. NEXIS, a massive database that contains full text of many newspapers, magazines, news services, and government documents, is very useful as background research on story ideas. Students are given free computer access accounts so that they may connect to the world of electronic information and, by electronic mail, to their professors. Owning a computer is not necessary, but students who have their own computer in their homes or offices can turn in assignments electronically without coming to campus.
Two journalists from The Indianapolis Star won the Pulitzer prize for investigative journalism using computer skills learned in IUPUI journalism courses. The Sagamore is recognized as the top campus weekly in the state, having won numerous national awards.
Books, journals, trade publications, and newspapers used by faculty and students in journalism are housed in the University Library, 755 W. Michigan Street. The IUPUI University Library is a beautifully designed building; it features computer databases that help students, faculty, and staff in their academic and professional work.
Students may work for The Sagamore, the campus newspaper administered by the School of Journalism in accordance with principles established in the Articles of Operation. The newspaper is a state-of-the-art desktop-published weekly that gives students a full range of opportunities in writing, editing, photography, ad sales, production, graphics, and page design. Students have full responsibility for the news-editorial content and may also gain management and marketing experience. Most student staff positions are paid. Students are also encouraged to explore opportunities in the communications market in print, broadcast, public relations, and advertising in Indianapolis.
The school recognizes and rewards the academic and professional accomplishments of its majors with a program of awards and scholarships on both campuses.
The school places its outstanding students on the Dean's List each semester, based on their grade point average for that semester. In addition, the school annually awards approximately $70,000 in scholarships ranging in value from $500 to $6,500 to its majors. Indianapolis students compete with Bloomington students for these scholarships. Approximately $5,000 is earmarked for Indianapolis students. Applicants are interviewed for these scholarships in spring semester by a faculty-student committee. The school announces the awards at an annual ceremony for students and parents in April.
Students have a Journalism Student Organization, which helps students prepare to enter the media by organizing a spring job fair, and sponsoring occasional workshops and guest speakers throughout the year. Students may also join the professional chapters of Society of Professional Journalists, for students interested in careers in news; Women in Communications, for women interested in careers in journalism and mass communications; or Public Relations Society of America, for students interested in careers in public relations.
The IU School of Journalism at Indianapolis has a placement director in Indianapolis to help students prepare for internships and full-time employment. Indianapolis students are also encouraged to take advantage of recruiting visits, available through the Bloomington campus. Information about these opportunities is posted regularly on the school's bulletin board outside Cavanaugh Hall 001G or through the Journalism Web site at http://www.journalism.iupui.edu, available at computer work stations on the IUPUI campus. Job opportunities are also listed in Deadline, a weekly newsletter from the Bloomington campus.
The school's placement director advises students in preparing resumes, clips, cover letters, and interviews, as well as arranging for recruiters and employers to visit the IUPUI campus. For more information, contact Patrick McKeand, Education/Social Work Building 4104, tel. (317) 274-5934.
Students may earn up to 3 credit hours in journalism for properly supervised internships, as long as they arrange to meet the school's requirements in advance of taking the internship. Students may not apply the credit to the minimum of 30 credit hours required for the journalism major.
The IUPUI Honors Program offers special opportunities to academically superior students to do honors work or pursue departmental or general honors degrees. Undergraduates may enroll in independent study, H-Option courses, graduate courses, or designated honors courses. Students should check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings.
Students who have SAT scores of 1100 or above, rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class, or have a 3.30 grade point average are eligible to enroll in honors courses. Students not meeting those criteria may explore limited participation in the program with the honors counselor.
To graduate with a general honors degree, students must have a B+ (3.30) cumulative grade point average and at least a 3.50 grade point average in all honors work. All credit received in honors work counts toward graduation, but a grade of B+ (3.30) or higher must be received for honors credit. For information on honors degrees, contact the Honors Office, Education/Social Work Building 2126, tel. (317) 274-2812.
The University Writing Center provides tutoring for all kinds of writing needs as well as a Hotline Service, tel. (317) 274-3976 for telephone inquiries. The center is located in Cavanaugh Hall 427, tel. (317) 272-2049.
The IUPUI Child Care Center is located in the Mary Cable Building, tel. (317) 274-3508.