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E.W. Scripps School of Journalism named Historic Site in Journalism
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, September 21, 2023

Lou Harry, SPJ Manager of Publications and Awards, lharry@hq.spj.org
Kim Tsuyuki, SPJ Communications Coordinator, ktsuyuki@hq.spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists has named 1 Ohio University, 200 Schoonover Center in Athens, Ohio as a Historic Site in Journalism. The address is the location for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, one of the oldest journalism schools in the nation.

SPJ’s Historic Sites program honors the people and places that have played important roles in American journalistic history.

“The Scripps Journalism School, long recognized as a national leader in journalism education, has come a long way since the first journalism class was offered in 1923,” wrote E.W. Scripps Journalism Professor Eddith Dashiell. “From its humble beginnings with a single journalism writing course to a fully accredited journalism program in the Scripps College of Communication, it has become a prominent school for aspiring journalists.”

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The first journalism class was offered in 1923 and in 1982, through a generous $1.5 million gift from the Scripps Howard Foundation, it was named after E.W. Scripps.

An accredited journalism school by the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for more than seven decades, the Scripps School has produced some of the most noteworthy journalists, academics and industry leaders in the past 100 years, including Pulitzer Prize winners Clarence Page, Wes Lowery, John Kaplan, Michel du Cille, Jane Kronholz and Donal Henahan.

The school also has a long history with SPJ. The Ohio University chapter of SPJ was founded in 1932 and accepted both student and professional members of Sigma Delta Chi at the time. By 1971, the chapter was the largest student chapter in the U.S. and developed a reputation of excellence within SPJ’s student membership.

The SPJ Central Ohio Pro Chapter endorsed the Scripps School nomination.

A bronze plaque will be placed at 1 Ohio University, 200 Schoonover Center to distinguish it as a National Historic Site in Journalism with a ceremony held later this year.

More details about the award, as well as maps of places named National Historic Sites in Journalism dating back to 1942 can be found here.

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