Our History

Our history: A Timeline

The Media School is rooted in the long heritage of three programs at Indiana University: journalism, telecommunications and communication and culture. These three areas of study overlapped and dovetailed with one another throughout the last 100 years, reflecting the shifting communications theories and technologies of the times.

1911

Joseph Piercy (IU Archives)
Joseph Piercy (IU Archives)

IU establishes Department of Journalism with Joseph Piercy as chair (Visit the journalism centennial website.)

1916

Journalism offers master’s degree in journalism

1921

Professor Rolla Ramsey tests an early form of wireless service for campus newspapers in the Midwest

Rolla Ramsey, 1921 broadcast in Lindley Hall
Professor Rolla Ramsey, extreme left, lectured on wireless transmission, then treated audience to an opera transmitted from KDKA in Pittsburgh. This was in early 1921 in what is believed to be Lindley Hall, second floor. (IU Archives)

1927

Professor Rolla Ramsey sends a TV image from a transmitter to a receiver in a physics classroom

1932 

Journalism offers bachelor’s degree

1938

John E. Stempel, BA’23, begins his 30-year tenure as the second leader of the Department of Journalism

1945

This 1948 scene of a recording in progress features a low-tech trash can, handy for directing sound. (IU Archives)
This 1948 scene of a recording in progress features a low-tech trash can, handy for directing sound. (IU Archives)

Board of Trustees approves Department of Radio

1950

IU offers bachelor’s degree in radio

1952

IU offers master’s degree in radio-television

1953

IU establishes Department of Radio and Television

1954

The post-war Daily Student newsroom was housed in an Army surplus Quonset hut. (IU Archives)
The post-war Daily Student newsroom was housed in an Army surplus Quonset hut. (IU Archives)

Department of Journalism, The Indiana Daily Student, Arbutus and IU Printing Plant move into Ernie Pyle Hall

1957

Richard Yoakam named first broadcast journalism instructor; he also teaches in Radio and Television

1961

Harry Geduld joins faculty and promotes film as an area of study

1963

IU offers Ph.D. in mass communications

Radio-TV moves to new building

1965

Harry Geduld, who taught the first filmk studies class at IU in 1965. (IU Archives)
Harry Geduld taught the first film studies class at IU in 1965. (IU Archives)

Comparative Literature offers first film studies class at IU, C390 The Film, the Arts and Society, taught by Harry Geduld

1967

The Indiana Daily Student celebrates its centennial

1971

New master’s of science includes instructional broadcasting, public broadcasting and news, public affairs broadcasting

1973

IU establishes Film Studies Program

1974

Department of Journalism becomes School of Journalism in College of Arts and Sciences

Radio-Television becomes Department of Telecommunications

1975

Charles Sherman named first Telecommunications chair

1976

Telecommunications sponsors Symposium ’76

Certificate in Film Studies approved

1981

A 1982 newscast, Indiana Update (IU Archives)
A 1982 newscast, Indiana Update (IU Archives)

IU establishes Black Film Center/Archive

1989

Journalism becomes independent school

1993

First WTIU News Forum student broadcast hits airwaves

1997

Radio-TV Center addition and renovations completed

Lilly Library acquires David Bradley Film Collection

1998

Master’s in Immersive Mediated Environments (MIME) established

IU forms Department of Communication and Culture

100 Years of Cinema Conference brings scholars, directors to campus

2002

Student formed IUSTV in 2002. (IU Archives)
Student formed IUSTV in 2002. (IU Archives)

Students create IU Student Television

2006 

School of Journalism launches Ernie Pyle Scholars, travel courses, Speaker Series

2007

Telecommunications one of first academic departments with fully operational high definition studio

2008

Telecommunications introduces certificate in game studies

2011

IU establishes IU Cinema

2013

IU Board of Trustees votes to create The Media School, merging telecommunications, journalism and communication and culture

2014

Media School established July 1

2015

Media School curriculum goes into effect

2016

Media School moves to Franklin Hall

Franklin Hall, The Media School
The Media School moved into renovated Franklin Hall in 2016. (Photo by Gena Asher, The Media School)

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