The mission of the Manship School is to produce highly competent communicators with broad knowledge and training in the liberal arts and the media. The school promotes effective communication, critical thinking and ethical responsibility. Through its teaching, research, and public service, the school is committed to leading the study and practice of media and public affairs. Believing that media should reflect and provide leadership to society, the school seeks diversity in its outlook, student body, faculty and staff.
A Long History into the 21st Century
The Manship School now includes broadcast and print journalism, advertising, public relations, political communication and Master’s and Ph.D. programs. You can find Manship graduates working in every corner of the media and communications industry--Pulitzer Prize winners, editors, journalists, CEO’s, producers, advertising and public relations executives and more.
Things were very different in 1912-1913, when The School of Mass Communication began in with one journalism class buried in the English Department. At the end of that year, the Department of Journalism was officially recognized. In 1927, it became one of the very first accredited journalism programs in the country. The school continued to attract students and grow over the next few decades. In appreciation for financial contributions of the Manship Family, owners of local media, the school was renamed the Manship School of Journalism in 1985. After the curriculum began offering sequences in advertising/public relations, broadcast, and journalism, the name was again changed – to the Manship School of Mass Communication.
The Journalism Building was renovated in 2004, creating a structure that fused original architectural elements with twenty-first century, state-of-the-art media technology. Original hardwood floors and crown moldings were uncovered and restored; carved wooden doors similar to originals were installed, and a rotunda was reconstructed, its first reappearance since the building was moved in 1934.
In recent years, the school has added a Ph.D. program, the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, the Public Policy Research Lab and the Media Effects Lab. The school’s focus on media, public affairs and political communication has positioned it as one of the best places to study journalism and communication in the country.
Learn more about the history of the Manship School of Mass Communication. Available from LSU Press: The Manship School: A History of Journalism Education at LSU by Professor Ronald Garay
Hall of Fame
The Manship School Hall of Fame honors alumni who have achieved stellar accomplishments in their careers. From Pulitzer Prize winners to political analysts to writers to producers, the Hall of Fame includes some of the most accomplished journalists and communication experts of our time. Every spring, the school hosts a Hall of Fame gala to celebrate that year’s inductees and to recognize the winners of the school’s prestigious student awards.