School of Journalism & Mass Communications

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The School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Values

The William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications is guided by a set of core values. We value

  • A diverse, collaborative, and dynamic student-centered environment.
  • Excellence in learning, teaching, and mentoring.
  • Free expression and conscientious, ethical journalism as cornerstones of a democratic society.
  • Critical and creative thinking.
  • Meaningful research and creative activity.
  • Imaginative outreach and collaboration on this campus, in Kansas, and in the profession of journalism.

Mission

The mission of the school is to teach students to think critically and creatively while preparing them for careers in journalism, mass communications, and related fields and for graduate study. Graduates will

  • Appreciate the value of freedom of expression and its importance in society.
  • Be able to analyze mass media critically.
  • Have an ethical framework for the practice of journalism and mass communication.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the value of a diverse society, a diverse workplace, and the importance of reflecting that diversity in mass media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of changing media technologies on society.
  • Demonstrate effective production and presentation skills for the media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of research for adding new knowledge and an ability to employ research techniques for analysis and interpretation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how communications organizations function and the important management issues they face.

The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

School of Journalism Edwards Campus

Mission

To educate marketers for personal development and professional success.

Vision

To become the degree of choice for marketing communications professionals in the Kansas City area, growing marketers personally and professionally, growing the program enrollment and market awareness, and growing the marketing industry financially and creatively.

Values

  • Academically sound … with a high-quality curriculum taught by expert faculty.
  • Relationship-oriented … in our interactions with our constituents.
  • Attentive … to the unique needs of working adult students.
  • Servant-hearted … in our willingness to go “above and beyond” to assist students and prospects.

Our Promise

To bring KU’s and the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ reputations for academic excellence to greater Kansas City through high-level service and convenience for the working adult marketing professional seeking to further his/her career with an Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate degree.

Facilities

Stauffer-Flint Hall and Dole Human Development Center

The school’s classrooms, laboratories, student media, and faculty offices are in Stauffer-Flint Hall and Dole Human Development Center. The school’s main office, Advising and Records Office, The Agency, The University Daily Kansan, Media Crossroads, KUJH-TV, and the Journalism Resource Center are in Stauffer-Flint, as is the office of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. The Dole Center houses multimedia labs.

Journalism Student Services Center

The Student Services Center, 117 Stauffer-Flint Hall, houses the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator as well as Undergraduate Advising and Records. For prospective student questions about admissions to KU from a high school or transfer institution, please contact our Recruitment Coordinator at (785) 864-7620. For current KU students seeking admission to the School of Journalism, contact (785) 864-4080. Students who need advising, enrollment and graduation planning and assistance should also call (785) 864-4080.

Journalism Resource Center

Professional publications, copies of major national and state newspapers, and reference and research materials are available in the Journalism Resource Center, 210 Stauffer-Flint Hall. Students may check out computers for use in the Resource Center.

KU Edwards Campus 

The KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park consists of three classroom buildings (Regents Center, Regnier Hall and the BEST Building) and a student union building offering comfortable professional accommodations for classes, studying or hanging out with friends. Tiered and flat classrooms, a computer lab, conference rooms, an auditorium, conference space, the Student Success Center and the Hawk’s Nest Study and Open Community Center provide a variety of private and community learning environments.