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Welcome from the Dean

William Allen White once said: "In education we are striving not to teach youth to make a living, but to make a life."

Since 1903, we’ve been teaching journalism. We’ve also been teaching students to be curious, questioning, hard-working and ethical. KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications was founded on traditional values of journalism education – writing and editing. We’re known for that. We also are recognized as one of the most innovative schools in the country. Our curriculum builds on our past and prepares graduates for the challenges of the multimedia world.

Now, we’re into our next 100 years of teaching journalism. Our graduates are ready for this new media world. We teach every one of them to think critically. We also teach them to write a news story, shoot and edit video, write a news release and create advertising copy. Our curriculum gives them a chance to try out the many facets of journalism and eventually they focus on either the editorial or the commercial side of media.

You’ll find our graduates in Kansas and beyond – way beyond. While Allison Kite covers business for The Kansas City Star, Julie Jacobson travels the globe as an AP photographer. Another of our graduates, Norm Bilow, owns his own advertising agency in Chicago. Wherever they are, they carry the proud traditions of being Jayhawk Journalists.

We want to make sure all our students receive a world-class education. We also want to instill in them a passion for the great art of journalism. We are one of the few top schools of journalism that requires a course in media ethics. We say it’s not enough to be graduating highly skilled journalists. We want to make sure that our students understand the critical role they play in society. You will find our graduates in television studios, advertising and public relations agencies, newspaper and magazine offices, and a spectrum of other places. And, we hope that wherever they are, our graduates work with skill, passion and a sense of ethics as journalists and citizens.

Our graduates make a good living. It is our hope that they also make a good life. We’re proud of them and hope they are proud of us.

If you’d like to learn more about the School of Journalism at KU, please call the dean’s office at (785) 864-4755 or email us at jschool@ku.edu. We’d like to hear from you!

Ann Brill, Dean