The History of Newhouse
The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University has long been heralded as one of the top schools of communications in the country. With its roots in print journalism reaching back to the 1930s, the Newhouse School today offers undergraduate and graduate programs that span the communications field — from advertising to journalism to photography to public diplomacy.
1934 — The Syracuse University School of Journalism offers classes in print journalism.
1934 — Syracuse becomes the first university to offer a college credit radio course.
1947 — Syracuse launches WAER, one of the nation’s first college radio stations.
1964 — A gift from Samuel I. Newhouse enables the construction of Newhouse 1, the award-winning building that houses the School of Journalism. The building is dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
1971 — School of Journalism merges with the Department of Television and Radio to establish the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
1974 — Newhouse 2, the School’s second building, is dedicated.
1984 — Newhouse celebrates 50 years of journalism.
1991 — Newhouse Network, our online alumni community, is established.
2006 — Mirror Awards , which recognize excellence in media industry reporting, are created.
2014 — Gift from the Dick Clark estate helps create the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, featuring Dick Clark Studios and the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation. The new facility is dedicated by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
2014 — Newhouse announces its first online master’s degree, the Master of Science in Communications, which begins classes in 2015.
Accreditation and Rankings
The Newhouse School is accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Newhouse is consistently ranked as one of the top schools of communications in the world.
About Samuel I. Newhouse
At the age of 13, Samuel I. Newhouse was an “office boy” for a lawyer in Bayonne, New Jersey. At 15, he was the lawyer’s office manager and accountant. At 16, he was publisher of a small daily newspaper the lawyer had acquired in payment of a debt. At 21, he was half owner of the paper and had himself become a lawyer. By the age of 30, he was sole owner of the Staten Island Advance and on his way to becoming a world media giant.
Throughout his life, Newhouse remained dedicated to the media and communications programs at Syracuse. He sponsored the creation of an on-campus studio and various contributions from Newhouse and his family over the years have supported programs and improvements to the school and the University.
Newhouse died in 1979 at the age of 84. The company he founded, Advance Publications, continues to thrive and today owns newspapers in 26 American cities as well as Parade Publications, Fairchild Publications, American City Business Journals, the Golf Digest Companies, Newhouse News Service, Religion News Service and Bright House Networks, which serves 2.4 million cable system customers in Florida, California, Michigan, Indiana and Alabama. The company also owns Advance Internet, which operates more than 100 websites serving its print publications and cable systems.
The Newhouse family also owns Condé Nast, which has 20 print and digital media brands including Allure,Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Brides, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, Epicurious, Glamour, Golf Digest, GQ,Lucky, The New Yorker, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W and Wired. The family is also invested in the Oprah network, which is owned by Discovery.
Newhouse has left an enduring legacy on the school, and in turn, the Master of Science in Communications program.