The Indiana Univer­sity Board of Trustees has approved the for­­ma­tion of a new school for jour­nalism, telecommuni­cations, communications and culture, and film.

The new IU Media School, which will officially come into existence July 1, will be housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie made the recommendation to establish the new school at the IU trustees’ board meeting in October in Bloomington.

“The culmination of many years of productive discussions, it will build upon and honor the traditions of excellence IU has attained in the fields that will serve as the school’s academic foundation,” McRobbie said.

A renovated Franklin Hall, which will be outfitted with state-of-the-art classrooms and new digital production facilities, will be the primary home for the new school and provide for the combined programs.

As part of the launch of the school, faculty from the School of Journalism will move from their current home, Ernie Pyle Hall, to Franklin Hall.

A committee has been formed to ensure that the legacy of famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle and other distinguished IU journal­ism alumni will be featured in the configuration of the new school.

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