The Roy H. Park School of
Communications is the communications school at Ithaca College, in Ithaca, New York.
The school is named after legendary media
executive Roy H. Park, who lived in Ithaca and who
served on the Board of Trustees at Ithaca College for many years.
Graduates have gone on to positions at ESPN
, NBC News
The New York Times
and more. The school offers majors in
television-radio, journalism, marketing, communication management,
film, photography, visual arts, cinema and photography.
The school is split into six core departments: Cinema, Photography,
and Media Arts; Journalism; Strategic Communications;
Television-Radio; Technical Operations; and the Communications
Program in Los Angeles.
Diane Gayeski currently serves as the interim dean of the
The Roy H. Park School offers the following academic
- Cinema and Photography (B.S), with concentrations in Cinema
Production, Still Photography, and Screenwriting
- Communication Management and Design (B.S.), with concentrations
in Corporate Communication, Instructional Technology, and
- Documentary Studies and Production (B.A.)
- Film, Photography, and Visual Arts (B.F.A.)
- Game Design and Immersive Media (B.F.A.)
- Integrated Marketing Communications (B.S.)
- Journalism (B.A.)
- Television-Radio (B.S.), with concentrations in Video
Production, Audio Production, International Communications,
Scriptwriting, and Directed Studies
Park Center for Independent Media
In 2008, the Park School launched the Park Center for Independent
Media, directed by Jeff
, founder of Fairness and Accuracy in
. It has been designated as a national center for the
study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside
traditional corporate systems and news organizations.
The center's mission is to engage media makers and students in
conversation about career paths in independent media, and
financially viable ways to create news and information for various
kinds of geographic or issue-based communities. The center will
asses the impact of independent media institutions on journalism,
democracy and a participatory culture.
, award-winning documentary
filmmaker, was the Center's inaugural speaker in January 2008.
Kennedy is the co-founder/president of Moxie Firecracker Films,
Inc. The Park Center for Independent Media also offers the
Independent Media Internship Awards, which provides a $2,500 grant
to each students who work as summer interns at specific independent
The Center held a day-long symposium on independent media in the
fall 2008. The event brought members of the independent media
together to discuss different issues facing the growing industry.
The symposium culminated with a speech by Josh Marshall
, the creator and editor of
TalkingPointsMemo.com on the importance and future of independent
The first annual Izzy Award for "special achievement in independent
media" was presented on March 31, 2009, to blogger Glenn Greenwald
and Democracy Now! host and
executive producer Amy Goodman
800 people attended the award ceremony at Ithaca’s State Theatre –
including Izzy Stone’s son Jeremy Stone.
Programs and Events
The Park School offers a wide range of programs and events each
- Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture
Series, an annual series that brings in a high-profile
personality in the broadcast journalism profession to honor alumna
Jessica Savitch. Past speakers have included Cokie Roberts, Ann
Curry, David Muir '95, Catherine Crier, and Natalie Morales.
- Park Distinguished Visitor Series. Each year
Ithaca College hosts an individual representing one or more of the
significant professions associated with the communications industry
for a three-day residency. Leading figures in print and broadcast
journalism are the primary focus. Past visitors have included
Bill Moyers, Ken
Burns, and Robert Fisk. This fall
the Park Distinguished Visitor series will bring author Tom Wolfe to campus.
- Skip Landen Professional in Residence Program,
which focuses on bringing successful alumni of our communications
program to campus for a three-day residency. During this time, they
visit or lecture in classes, teach master classes, provide a public
lecture, and participate in various social functions involving
students, faculty, and staff. Previous guests have included
Bill D'Elia '69 and Judith Girard
- Guest Speakers Series. Guest speakers who have
visited Ithaca College recently include Susan Orlean, Dan Heffner '78, and Seymour Hersh.
- New York City Network Days. Each year, 15
students participate in this unique learning experience and meet
working professionals over winter break in New York City. This is a
one-credit opportunity for senior & junior Park majors to
explore careers with alumni professionals. The 2008 Network Days
were held at Ogilvy &
Mather, Turner Broadcasting,
Fox News, and Nice Shoes, a post-production
video and editing outlet.
- Rod Serling
Conference, a biennial event that brings together
academics to discuss and analyze Serling's work and continuing
influence. Serling taught creative writing at Ithaca for many
years. The 2008 conference received national attention for a table
reading of Serling's previously censored Twilight Zone script, "Noon on Doomsday."
The never-before-produced work was presented with the cooperation
of Ithaca College's Department of Theater Arts.
- PreVues, an annual student film and video
showcase that highlights the best student work from the previous
academic year. Each year the selected pieces are screened at
Cinemapolis in Ithaca and are used for a compilation DVD.
Park Scholar Award
Scholar Award is a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Ithaca College given each year to up to 20 students majoring in a
field of study in the Roy H.
Park School of Communications.
The award, provided by the Park
, recognizes students who excel in academics,
activities, and community service, and maintain a strong interest
in communications. The program, currently directed by Dr. Matthew
Fee, allows each student approximately $42,000 a year in tuition,
room and board, and living expenses. Additionally, they are given a
one-time gift of $2,500 for a laptop purchase. The Park Scholar
recipients are then expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA, participate in
Park Scholar activities, be active in community service, and
maintain a good judicial standing.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2007, the Park Scholar
program hosted a speaker series that was headlined by Bob Woodward
, Pulitzer Prize
reporter; Danny Green '85, co-creator of the The Smoking Gun
website; and columnist and
author Norman Solomon
programming specifically designed for Park Scholars includes a
first-year scholar seminar, biannual workshops, international
research, monthly brown bag lunches, a faculty mentoring program,
symposia and colloquia, and a New York City shadowing trip.
Currently, there are 67 active Park Scholars attending Ithaca
College. The program is currently in its thirteenth year.
Ithaca College Los Angeles Program
The Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, an extension of the Roy H.
Park School of Communications, is an internship-based program that
provides juniors and seniors with a major or minor in
communications an opportunity to gain professional experience in
their chosen fields while taking industry-related courses. Classes
are taught by Los Angeles-based faculty and industry professionals
at the James B. Pendleton Center, located minutes from Burbank and
Hollywood. Internships are available in the fields of cinema,
television, radio, media and communications, music,
communication/management/design, advertising, public relations, and
Communications-based internships are also
offered at Ithaca College's London and Washington,
is Ithaca College's official newspaper. The
paper is written, edited and published by students. The
is available in print every Thursday morning and
online. The Ithacan
and its staff have won many major
collegiate journalism awards, most notably, the Associated
Collegiate Press' National
for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Pacemaker
has been widely considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate
is Ithaca College's publication for alumni, parents
of students, and friends of the college. The paper is written,
edited and published by students. The publication was formerly
known as Ithaca College Quarterly
and it published four
times per year. Many of the articles are also available on the
publications website: ICView
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Imprint Magazine: College Life’s Internet Magazine
published from Ithaca College, is published by college students,
for college students, about college students. Imprint strives to
inform its readers of national issues and give them the opportunity
to voice their opinion and become involved in the discussion.
Buzzsaw Haircut, was founded in 1997 and is the college's monthly
alternative news magazine. It is available in print and online
every month. The magazine is produced by the Ithaca
College community and printed by Our Press of Binghamton, NY.
It is funded by the Ithaca College Student
Government Association, the Park School of Communication, local
advertising, community support, and a grant from Campus Progress
It has won a number of national awards, including the Campus
Alternative Journalism Project's award for "Best Sense of Humor" in
2003 and the Independent Press Association's Campus Independent
Journalism Awards for "Best Campus Publication with a Budget Under
$10,000" and "Best Political Commentary" in 2005.
Ithaca College Radio
Ithaca College is also home to two student-operated radio
92 WICB is an
FCC-licensed station that operates at 7500 Watts at 91.7 on the FM
The majority of its programming falls under the modern
rock category. While broadcasting modern rock, the station is run
similarly to a commercial modern rock station, with the inclusion
of playlists planned by the programming and music departments that
include leeway for listener requests and DJ choices. The station
was recently honored with the MTVU Woodie Award
for Best College Radio Station.
Other programming ranges from mainstream hip-hop and R&B, to
underground, downtempo, and other lesser-known genres of what is
generally considered urban music. In addition to a lunchtime Jazz
show, WICB broadcasts a number of other specialty shows throughout
the week. These shows, which usually run 2–3 hours in length, come
from genres such as blues, broadway, jam band music, and "homeless"
music, that is not normally heard on the public airwaves.
VIC Radio, once known as 106-VIC, is an Internet radio station
broadcasting via Live 365
www.vicradio.org. The majority of VIC's programming falls under the
indie pop, alternapop, and power pop genres. The playlists are
planned by the Programming Department, with leeway for on-air
talent favorites and listener requests. The rest of its programming
consists of specialty shows, programmed by student DJs, which are
more representative of a typical college station.
The station also hosts an annual 50 Hour Marathon, where two DJs
stay awake for fifty hours straight to raise money for a local
charity. The marathon, which is simulcast on 92 WICB and ICTV 16,
typically involves events such as concerts, scavenger hunts, and
remote broadcasts around Ithaca.
Journal of Race, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity
Founded in 2004 by several Ithaca College students, the Ithaca
College Journal of Race, Culture, Gender and Ethnicity
academic journal that explores complexities of such topics and
welcomes student contributions. The journal is available in print
Notable Park School alumni
- Bob Iger (B.S. 1973), President and
CEO, Walt Disney Company
- Bob Kur, NBC
News Television journalist
- Jessica Savitch (B.S. 1968),
Network news anchor
- Robin Young, Host, National Public Radio, Here and Now
- Karl Ravech (B.S. 1987), ESPN sportscaster
- Mark Romanek, director of One
Hour Photo and music
- David Boreanaz (B.S. 1991),
actor, Buffy the Vampire
- Mark Mahoney (B.S. 1985), Pulitzer
Prize winner for Editorial Writing, The
- David Guy Levy (B.S. 2001),
film producer, Lying, August
- Brian Herzlinger, film producer, My Date with Drew, special
correspondent on The Tonight
- Daniel Heffner, film producer, White
Fang, Three Men and a
- Benjamin Kasulke, cinematographer, Brand Upon the Brain!
- Michael Nathanson, Film
Producer, LA Confidential, Former Head of Production, Columbia
Notable Park School Former and Current Faculty
- Ithaca College Appoints Diane Gayeski As Interim
Communications School Dean - News Release - Ithaca College Office
of Media Relations
- The Ithacan
- About Us - IC View - Ithaca College
- Buzzsaw Haircut
- VIC Radio -
- Ithaca College Journal of Race, Culture, Gender &
- The Pulitzer Prizes - The 2009 Pulitzer Prize
- Ithaca College Grad Wins Pulitzer - News Release -
Ithaca College Office of Media Relations