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KU’s newspaper, TV station to merge newsrooms

June 19, 2010

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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.

Comments

average 4 years, 10 months ago

Is KUJH going to transmit over-the-air any more, or did they decide to drop that with the switch to digital?

Steve Jacob 4 years, 10 months ago

At this point, are students looking into a career in newspapers? Heck, it will only be a matter of time until online editions will no longer be free.

Majestic42 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, what's wrong with a career in journalism?

jayhawk1996 4 years, 10 months ago

There will always be a need -- and great value -- for excellent news content, no matter what form it's delivered in. As an alum of the J-school, I'm sad to see the Kansan leave Stauffer-Flint, but I'm sure that KU will continue to produce first-class writers and editors.

jhwk215 4 years, 10 months ago

im actually a high school student who plans on a career in journalism, particularly newspaper and am hoping to get my education at KU. I think this is a good idea and will really allow students get a feel in different types of journalism.

ksjhawk503 4 years, 10 months ago

It's interesting that no one writing about this ever even asked students -- those who will be most affected -- what they think of the move. The Kansan moving isn't voluntary. And it isn't out of some urge to improve multimedia story-telling as the press release (and Hyland's once again lazily reported story) would have you think. The Journalism School just wanted more space. This had nothing to do with curicculum. The Kansan is not part of the Journalism School. It's a student-run org. The only relationship the two have is that of landlord-tenant. This move will probably eventually be good for students. And having the two newsrooms combined will likely prove valuable. But, let's not pretend like this was a complete win-win. Stop writing press release stories and start reporting! If you don't do any reporting, how do you call yourself a reporter? Tell the whole story!

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