School Director Glenn Frankel
School Director Glenn Frankel

Welcome to the School of Journalism! There's never been a more exciting and important moment than now to study and practice journalism in America. Our world is changing at warp speed. The digital revolution has shattered old methods and old thinking about news and the people who produce it. Like any birth, this is a messy, complicated and at times highly uncertain event. There's great energy and enthusiasm, and at the same time great anxiety about the future.

Our school is striving to be at the forefront in creating a new journalism for this new era. We're revising our curriculum, breaking down the old walls between print, broadcast, photographic and online journalism, and between skills and content courses, and offering training in a host of new techniques. Our students are not only learning journalism but practicing it, helping fill the void in news coverage itself with experimental new websites and other projects and strengthening our ties to the community. Besides our large and dynamic program for undergraduates, we also have one of the most highly regarded graduate studies programs in the country, with master's degrees both in the practice and study of journalism, and a Ph.D. course of study for those who want to teach and do advanced research in the field. And we are strengthening our connections to the real world of journalism, placing more students in internships and more graduates in real jobs across the changing news landscape. Our commitment to change is embodied by the Belo Center for New Media, the new building that will soon become the headquarters for our school and the multimedia newsroom of the future.

Even with all the new challenges, journalism remains one of the most compelling, socially useful and exciting fields to study and work in. We at the School of Journalism are committed to grounding our students in the fundamental values of original reporting - accuracy, verification and fairness - while at the same time equipping them with an array of tools, old and new, to present this material both online and on mobile platforms as well as in more traditional forms. Most important, we want our students to emerge with a sharper understanding of the crucial role that news and information play in our democracy.

The new age of journalism demands fresh ideas, innovative tools and traditional values. Whether you're planning to become a journalist, teach and do research, or simply want to study journalism, our school is here to serve and challenge you. We hope you'll join us in this great new enterprise of creating journalism's next chapter.

Yours truly,

Glenn Frankel

Director of the School of Journalism

G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism