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Title UA68 Potter College of Arts & Letters 13. School of Journalism & Broadcasting 2. Administration
Creator Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)
Description Administrative records created by and about the School of Broadcasting & Journalism. These include faculty meeting minutes, Professional Advisory Committee, annual reports and strategic planning.
Collection WKU Archives
Object Name Records
Year Range From 1970
Admin / Biog History The first journalism course was offered out of the English Department in 1927. It was described as "especially designed for the staff of College Heights Herald and others interested in newspaper work."
The College Heights Herald was first published on campus in 1925. See UA12/2/1 for more information on the Herald. This grew into the Mass Media Division in the Department of English.

In 1970, the Mass Media Division became the Department of Mass Communication. In the fall of 1976 the WKU Board of Regents approved the reorganization that separated journalism from mass communications, which became part of the Department of Communication and Theatre. The new Department of Journalism offered majors in advertising, journalism, photojournalism and public relations and came online January 1, 1977. The reorganization marked a shift in curriculum from the theoretical communications foundation to a professional program that could gain national accreditation. [Journalism Self-Study, 1998]

In 1999 journalism joined the broadcasting and mass communication programs to become the School of Journalism & Broadcasting consisting of six programs of study: advertising, broadcasting and mass communication, photojournalism, print journalism and public relations. [School of Journalism & Broadcasting website:]

Department Heads:
Willson Wood (acting) 06/01/1970-06/08/1971
Wesolowski, James 06/09/1971-
David B. Whitaker 1/1/1977-(retired 6/30/1987)
James L. Highland (acting) 1984-
Jo-Ann Huff Albers 8/16/1987-7/1/2003
Phebe Pamela McAllister Johnson
Loup Langton (current in 2014)
Subjects Awards
Strategic planning
Television broadcasting
Western Kentucky University
Search Terms Journalism & Broadcasting (WKU)
Potter College of Arts & Letters (WKU)
Finding Aids TopScholar -
Related Materials UA68/6 - English
UA68/10 - Mass Communications
Catalog Number UA68.13.2
Dates of Creation 1970-present
Caption WKU Archives Logo
Extent .25 cu. ft.
Number of Images 1
Access Conditions no restrictions
Parent ID UA68.13
Level of Description Subseries
Containers Faculty Meeting Minutes
Faculty Meeting Minutes
Faculty Meeting Minutes
Faculty Meeting Minutes
Department Heads
Professional Advisory Committee
Student Publications Committee
Annual Reports & Strategic Planning
Proposal for a Center of Excellence in Journalism
Alumni Survey
Broadcast Advisory Council
School History
New Facility Request - Technology and Journalism Building