The Journalism Library
The Weil Journalism Library, on the first floor of Ernie Pyle Hall, serves the students and faculty of the School of Journalism and the departments of Communication and Culture and Telecommunications. It contains over 25,000 catalogued volumes in journalism and mass communications; over 200 academic and professional journals, periodicals, and trade publications; over 400 videocassette titles; and provides access to many online databases, including LEXIS/NEXIS.
The librarian and staff answer reference questions and provide guidance for research and professional projects. With the help of the online computer catalog (IUCAT), students, faculty and staff conduct searches in all libraries of the eight Indiana University campuses and produce bibliographies by subject and by author. They also use the computer databases in the library that index the scholarly journals and trade literature.
The Roy W. Howard Archive in the Journalism Library contains personal and public material on Roy Howard. Howard grew up in Indianapolis and worked on newspapers in St. Louis and Cincinnati before becoming the first president of The United Press in 1912. In 1922 he was named chairman of the board of Scripps-Howard Newspapers, a position he held until his retirement in 1953. The School of Journalism directs the annual Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition and Howard Lecture for journalism students.
The School of Journalism offers students a range of awards and scholarships and opportunities and activities in student organizations, internships, and workshops. To inform students of such events and opportunities, the school publishes Deadline, a weekly newsletter. The school makes Deadline available to all its majors by distributing it throughout Ernie Pyle Hall in Bloomington and adding it to the World Wide Web.
The school recognizes and rewards the academic and professional accomplishments of its majors with a program of awards and scholarships on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis 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 over $100,000 in scholarships, ranging in value from $1,000 to $6,500, to its majors. The application process begins in September. Applicants are interviewed for these scholarships by a faculty-student committee. The school announces the awards at an annual ceremony for students and parents in April.
The School of Journalism does not require that students work on campus media nor does it give them academic credit if they do. Nevertheless, the school strongly urges all journalism students to work on campus media to practice and develop the skills they are learning in their journalism classes. Students considering professional careers in the media will find that campus media experience is essential for securing professional internships and full-time employment in news, public relations, broadcasting, and advertising.
Almost 170 students work each semester on the Indiana Daily Student in news-editorial, advertising, circulation, and production. The student staff also produces a daily news Web site (www.idsnews.com) and a magazine supplement with the paper. The campus newspaper publishes five days a week in regular semesters and two days a week in the summer. Students have full responsibility for the news-editorial content of the newspaper, which is financed entirely through advertising revenues. The news-editorial and business offices of the Indiana Daily Student are on the first floor of Ernie Pyle Hall.
Similarly, students have full responsibility for the content of the Arbutus, the IU yearbook. This publication offers excellent experience for students interested in photojournalism, layout and design, and magazine and feature writing. It also offers opportunities for students interested in the management and marketing of publications. The Arbutus offices are also on the first floor of Ernie Pyle Hall.
Students with aspirations for careers in print should also explore opportunities for contributing to the Indiana Alumni magazine (1000 E. 17th Street), and other publications and newsletters in academic units, residence halls, sororities, and fraternities.
Broadcast news students are encouraged to seek experience on WTIU and WFIU, the public television and radio stations located in the Radio-Television Building on the Bloomington campus. WTIU airs a student-produced newscast, and both WTIU and WFIU offer internship opportunities. Students may also work for WIUS, the student-run radio station.
The School of Journalism encourages students to become involved in academic life and to develop their professional preparation through student organizations and student chapters of professional organizations.
Students are appointed to appropriate school committees by the dean.
Students run the following organizations, usually with the guidance of a faculty adviser, enriching their professional development through attending workshops, lectures, and social activities:
National Association of Black Journalists, for minority students interested in any area of media.
National Press Photographers Association, for students interested in photojournalism. Among its activities, the NPPA chapter directs an annual seminar for photojournalism professionals and students.
Society of Professional Journalists, mainly for students interested in careers in news.
Women in Communications, mainly for women interested in careers in journalism and mass communication.
The director of the Placement and Internship Office, Marcia Debnam, helps students prepare for internships and full-time employment. Information about opportunities is posted regularly on the school's bulletin board in Ernie Pyle Hall. Such opportunities are also published in Deadline, the school's weekly newsletter.
The school's placement director advises students in preparing resumes, clips, cover letters and interviews and coordinates school visits from recruiters and employers. The Placement and Internship Office is EP 202.
Students may earn up to 3 credit hours (1 credit per internship) for properly supervised internships, provided 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 hours required for the journalism major. They may use it only as elective credit in the total 123 credit hours required for the degree. For information about requirements for securing internship credit, consult the Placement and Internship Office.
The School of Journalism encourages superior students to take advantage of the variety of opportunities offered through the Honors College and is pleased to cooperate with their advisers in helping first-year students plan their individual programs.
Honors Seminars are 3 credit hour discussion classes with limited enrollment, open only to students formally admitted to the Honors College. A variety of topics are offered within these seminars. Some Honors Seminars may be applied toward distribution requirements.
Many departments offer special sections for students in the Honors College. The School of Journalism has offered honors sections of Journalism J200, and Journalism J300, and opportunities for honors research through Journalism J499.
The Honors College faculty also teach honors seminars in their various disciplines. The material covered in these courses is broader in scope or greater in depth than that of a regular course.
The Honors College offers a limited number of merit-based, renewable scholarships to incoming freshmen only. To be eligible to apply, an applicant must have been admitted to Indiana University Bloomington, have a minimum SAT of 1300 (or a minimum ACT composite of 30), and rank within the top 10 percent of his or her high school class.
Any junior or senior with a 3.0 or higher is eligible to apply for the Honors College's Research Awards, Creative Activity Awards, Teaching Internship Grants, and Professional Experience Internship Grants. Awards are for a maximum of $600.00 during the school year and $1,750.00 in the summer. Priority is given to those students who are working on an honors thesis.
Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) provides free, one-on-one tutorial help for students writing papers for any course. Students visiting WTS (located in Ballantine 206) meet with tutors in hour-long appointments to talk about papers at any stage of the writing process-brainstorming, drafting, revising, or polishing. Whenever possible, a student seeking help at WTS will meet with a tutor who is familiar with the student's discipline and course, and who can therefore help with discipline- or course-specific aspects of the student's writing. To make an appointment for a tutorial, call WTS at 855-6738. In addition to the main location in Ballantine, WTS tutors are also available at three branch locations for walk-in tutorials in the evenings: on the undergraduate side of the Main Library and at the Academic Support Centers in Briscoe and Ashton Residence Halls.
Journalism students are encouraged to make overseas study a part of their regular degree program. Students can spend a full academic year, a semester, or a summer abroad earning IU credits while enrolled in outstanding foreign universities. IU offers more than 50 overseas study programs in 16 languages (including English) in 25 countries and in nearly every field of study. For example, students can study Renaissance art in Florence, international politics in Aix, English history in Canterbury, international news gathering in London, tropical biology in Costa Rica, or Spanish in Cuernevaca.
Some programs require a strong foreign language background, so that students can attend regular courses in the host university. Others, especially summer programs, provide intensive language instruction as part of the program. A number of semester programs offer courses in English on international topics such as environmental policy. Indiana University grants direct credit for all IU-sponsored programs so that students can continue normal academic progress while abroad. Journalism students usually satisfy distribution and elective requirements abroad. IU overseas credit may be counted toward the senior residency requirement, and students may apply IU financial aid to all program costs. There are special study-abroad scholarships for certain programs, minority students, and students from IU's nonresidential campuses.
Students who are interested in overseas study should begin planning early in their freshman year to include study abroad in a degree program. For more information, visit the Overseas Study Information Center, Franklin Hall 303, tel. (812) 855-9304, see their Web site: www.indiana.edu/~overseas/, or contact overseas study coordinators on other IU campuses.