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  A letter from School Director Dr. Loup Langton

 

   I am honored to be a part of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting community and excited to be working with faculty, students and staff in helping SJ&B fulfill its mission of preparing students for careers in a changing media environment.

The School's reputation for excellence and tradition of success continue to attract outstanding faculty and top students from across the nation, but we're also relentlessly working to stay at the forefront through innovative approaches to education and community engagement.

We hold our students and ourselves to high standards, and we encourage students to think big. We foster an entrepreneurial spirit and constantly seek new ways to partner with individuals and communities at the local, national and international levels, and we emphasize ethical storytelling, strong content and hands-on experience with new technologies.

In my opinion, however, our greatest asset is the mentoring that takes place outside the classroom. The School of Journalism & Broadcasting faculty prides itself in nurturing students to successful careers and rewarding lives.

Contact us any time to learn more.

Dr. Loup Langton
Director, School of Journalism & Broadcasting
Western Kentucky University

 

 Mission Statement

  • To prepare students for a changing media environment by focusing on content, ethics and technology
  • Community Impact and Service: Integrate a spirit of social awareness and community service among students, faculty and staff
  • Digital Media Technology and Responsible Social Media Integration: Promote an integrated Digital Media and Social Media approach to both education and creativity among faculty and students
  • Hands-On Curriculum: Maintain a curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning and reflects global professional practices
  • Internationally Recognized and Diverse Faculty: Develop and support a top-tier faculty that leads its respective profession through effective teaching, creative work and active engagement in scholarship
  • Spirit of Innovation: Promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking among faculty and students.
  • Embrace Collaboration: Encourage collaboration as an opportunity to innovate and create strategic partnerships among all the disciplines
  A Tradition of Excellence

1924

The first issue of the Talisman , Western's yearbook.

Jan 22,1925

Dr. Henry Hardin Cherry announced the birth of The College Heights Herald.

1962

A second journalism class was added to the English curriculum.

1970

The university created the Office of University Publications and made it responsible for The Herald and Talisman.

1970-71

Journalism emerged from the Department of English into the Department of Mass Communications.

1976

The Board of Regents approved reorganization that separated the  journalism program from the Department of Mass Communications.

1979

The new Department of Journalism received accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education as a unit and specifically in print journalism and photojournalism.

1986

The majors in advertising and public relations received accreditation.

1992 & 1998

The department was reaccredited for six years.

1999

The Department of Journalism merges with the broadcasting and mass communication programs to form the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

2000

The Commonwealth designated the School as a Program of Distinction.

2003

The School of Journalism & Broadcasting moved into Mass Media & Technology Hall, a $18.5 million new building.

2004

The School, in its new configuration, was re-accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Additionally, the major in public relations was certified by the Association of Public Relations Society of America.

2005

The Pulitzer Prize Award Wall honoring 30 alumni who have been on 22 award winning stories was unveiled.

2009

The School offers the iMedia Certificate Program and adds a new faculty position, the endowed Turner Multimedia Professorship.  

2010

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism & Mass Communication voted unanimously that the undergraduate program in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at WKU receive re-accreditation.

2010

The School receives approval for two new programs.  The major in film and the minor in digital advertising is offered for the first time in fall 2010.

2011

The major in public relations is re-certified.  The Public Relations Society of America, through its Educational Affairs Committee, conducts the certification review process for undergraduate public relations programs.

CERTIFICATION IN EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS (CEPR) is a voluntary program of quality-assurance endorsement for studies in public relations at colleges and universities worldwide.


   
  Accreditation

Since 1979, when it was only two years old, the Department of Journalism has been nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education for Journalism and Mass Communications. The department was re-accredited in 1997-98. In 1999 the department merged with the broadcasting program and the University created the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

In 2004 and again in 2010, the School in its new configuration was re-accredited. Being accredited means the school adheres to high standards, including emphasis in liberal arts and sciences education in the attainment of a professional communications degree. The majors in advertising, broadcasting, news/editorial journalism, public relations and photojournalism are scrutinized by the council, which is made up of educators and representatives of 20 professional and six educational communication organizations in the United States.

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WKU FACULTY MEMBER CO-AUTHORS BOOK ON MEDIA COVERAGE OF GULF COAST DISASTERS

Dr. Victoria LaPoe, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, co-authors "Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster."

ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALIST TO VISIT SJ&B WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2

Fleischaker/Greene Fund for Excellence will provide visit from award-winning filmmaker. Sanjeev Chatterjee's environmental documentary about potable water, "One Water," will be shown at 7 p.m. CDT in Gary A. Ransdell Hall auditorium.

 

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