(AP) Syracuse University will use a $15 million grant from the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation to build a third building for its journalism and communications program.
Construction of the building for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is expected to begin in fall 2004 — the 40th anniversary of the school’s opening — and be completed by the end of 2006.
“The Newhouse School has reached a point at which it must expand to fulfill its mission,” said Donald E. Newhouse, president of Advance Publications Inc. “The ever-changing, ever-increasing forms of public communications that new technologies engender have greatly multiplied the areas of expertise needed by professionals.”
The expansion will include a new research center to increase collaboration between faculty and students and attract research contracts from industry clients, said David Rubin, the school’s dean.
Two areas already targeted for research are the media and politics, Rubin said. The school has established a new Knight Chair in Political Reporting. The Center for Convergence will examine the trends toward convergence of various forms of media taking place in the nation’s newsrooms.
Some of the grant will be used to build two modern newsrooms — one for Web-based news reporting and the other for broadcast journalism, Rubin said.
Newhouse is among the nation’s top communications schools, with 1,800 undergraduates and 180 graduate students. It was dedicated in 1964 after S.I. Newhouse, founder of Advance Publications and father of S.I. Newhouse Jr. and Donald Newhouse, began donating more than $6 million toward the school.