E. W. Scripps School of Journalism

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E. W. Scripps School of Journalism
FounderGeorge Starr Lasher
DirectorDr. Eddith Dashiell
Associate DirectorsDr. Hans Meyer (undergraduate), Dr. Aimee Edmonson (graduate)
Academic staff
Students820 students (approximate)
Location, ,
BuildingsSchoonover Center, Scripps Hall, Sing Tao Center, Radio-Television (RTV) (WOUB)

The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is part of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.

Founded in 1924, the school has been recognized by The Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report for excellence in instruction and research in the fields of journalism and mass communications. The program was recently recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents, and has attracted more than $54 million in grants, awards and investments.[1] The School of Journalism is accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The school's current director as of March 2020, [2] Edith Dashiell, joined OHIO in 1992.

Degree Programs[edit]


The new curriculum at the school features two tracks in the Bachelor of Science, Journalism degree:

The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism is relocating to Schoonover Center for Communication (in the Old Baker Center), which is in the second phase of a major renovation.

Each track requires candidates to enroll in prerequisite journalism courses ("core" classes) and track-specific skills classes. Students, however, must also specialize in electives outside the school of journalism, and each student must complete an advisor-approved internship before graduating.[3] Students may also build their own coursework through the "Carr Van Anda" Program.[4]


The school offers Master's of Science programs in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication. Many students work toward their Ph.D. in mass communication with an emphasis in either Media Studies or Journalism. Scripps students often publish their work in academic journals or present papers at academic conferences, such as the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

In August 2014, seven graduate students are scheduled to present 11 papers at the AEJMC annual convention.

Scripps Howard relationship[edit]

The E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, together with the Scripps College of Communication, is funded in part by numerous grants from the Scripps Howard Foundation. To date, the foundation has given approximately $20 million in funding to Ohio University's communication programs.[5]

The foundation also funds the Scripps Howard Visiting Professionals program, which brings in well-known journalists to teach at the school. Recent visiting professionals have included Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Julia Keller, Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, former The New York Times editor Mark Prendergast, former Forbes magazine senior editor Mark Tatge and former Associated Press Beirut bureau chief Terry Anderson. Notable alumni include NFL journalist Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, Andy Alexander of The Washington Post, and Laura Landro of The Wall Street Journal.

Associated institutes[edit]

The Schoonover Center for Communication houses the School of Journalism faculty suite, Lasher Learning Center, two research labs, the Scripps College Survey Center, the Scripps Survey Research Center, co-founded by Distinguished Professor Guido Stempel and Thomas K. Hargrove, as well as other schools in the Scripps College of Communication.

The Institute for International Journalism is located within the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, and is currently headed by Yusuf Kalyango, an associate professor in the school. The institute administers the John R. Wilhelm foreign correspondence program, which has placed more than 250 students with international internships in 30 countries since 1970.[6]

Student publications and organizations[edit]

Many journalism students work for the independently run campus newspaper, The Post, and WOUB-TV and Radio. The online radio station, All Campus Radio Network (ACRN), is another popular option for journalists. Many students are also an active part of the city of Athens' main newspapers Athens Messenger and The Athens News as well as several student-run media, including Speakeasy Mag, a student-produced online magazine with more than 100 staff members, Backdrop (magazine), a quarterly arts and culture magazine, and Thread, the university's only fashion magazine.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://scrippsjschool.org/about/historyofschool.php
  2. ^ https://www.ohio.edu/news/2020/03/eddith-dashiell-named-director-ohios-e-w-scripps-school-journalism
  3. ^ "Requirements for the BSJ". E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. August 2001. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  4. ^ "Carr Van Anda Program of Study". E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. August 2001. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  5. ^ "Scripps Howard Foundation gives $15 million to Ohio University's College of Communication". Scripps Howard Foundation. April 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
  6. ^ "John R. Wilhelm foreign correspondence program". Institute for International Journalism. August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18.

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