To better prepare students for a changing media landscape, the Kansas University School of Journalism is merging the newsrooms of its student-run newspaper and television station.
The University Daily Kansan’s newsroom will leave Stauffer-Flint Hall and move to the second floor of the Dole Human Development Center, where the school’s multimedia newsroom, television studio and faculty offices are.
The move is scheduled to take place next week.
Ann Brill, KU’s journalism dean, said the move would help students become more familiar with different types of multimedia storytelling.
“It’s where we’ve been curriculum-wise for years,” Brill said. “For a lot of different reasons, they’ve maintained separate spaces. This was the logical thing to do.”
Brill acknowledged that several student staffers and alumni had an attachment to the old spaces, but said she hoped that students in years to come will become just as attached to the new area.
“There’s a lot of sentimentality from each newsroom, so it’s a change,” she said. “But it’ll be good.”
The Kansan’s old space on the first floor of Stauffer-Flint Hall will become an expanded student services center, with space for journalism advisers, the school’s career center and its Bremner Editing Center.
Faculty research offices also will be relocated to the area.