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Last modified: Monday, May 18, 2009

Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame moving to Bloomington

May 18, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame is moving to Indiana University's School of Journalism in Bloomington beginning July 1.

Ernie Pyle Hall

Photo courtesy of IU School of Journalism

The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame will be located in Ernie Pyle Hall, which is named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II correspondent and an inaugural member.

Founded in 1966, the Hall of Fame has been housed at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. The hall was created by the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and includes 220 inductees.

"The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame board is excited about the Hall being housed at one of the truly outstanding journalism schools in the nation," said its president, Ray Moscowitz. "With its great journalism heritage, IU is an ideal place for the hall to relocate.

"IJHF Executive Director Larry Taylor, Dean Brad Hamm and I have discussed some exciting ways to showcase great journalists with Hoosier connections. We're looking forward to next April's induction luncheon in Bloomington," Moscowitz added.

The hall's board of directors voted in April at the annual induction ceremony to partner with the School of Journalism. The school will assist the hall with displays honoring Indiana journalists, multimedia educational materials about the state's journalism history, the annual induction ceremony and other events and communications.

Brad Hamm

Dean Brad Hamm

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"I can't imagine a better partnership than this one between the Hall of Fame and the School of Journalism," said IU School of Journalism Dean Brad Hamm. "Their goals match ours in many ways -- to work with the best journalists and to teach about and celebrate the best in journalism. We're very proud to have the Hall of Fame come to Bloomington."

The Hall of Fame was formed "to recognize and honor those individuals who have demonstrated over a number of years that they are journalists of the highest distinction; that their dedication and contribution to journalism have in turn contributed to the regard others have for journalism; that their contributions to journalism have had a significant impact on the political, social, economic or cultural life of their communities."

The School of Journalism is located in Ernie Pyle Hall, which is named for the Pulitzer Prize-winning World War II correspondent and inaugural member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, who had been an IU student in the 1920s.

"Just being located at the center named for Ernie Pyle, one of Indiana's most celebrated journalists and story-tellers, will be an immediate inspiration to all who visit the Hall of Fame and a reminder of the many Hoosier writers who continue to help us make sense of this increasingly complex world," said Lawrence Taylor, executive director of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.

Established in 1911, the IU School of Journalism has been a leader in journalism education and research for nearly 100 years. The school offers bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and the Ph.D in mass communication. In the past three years, the school has developed a national honors program for undergraduate students, international travel courses, and has increased enrollment more than 50 percent. About 800 undergraduate and 100 graduate students make up the program. For more information visit the School's Web site at