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Newhouse School

The Toner Program is based in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. The nation’s leading school of communications, the Newhouse School is engaged in industry partnerships and multimedia curriculum development that prepare students and faculty alike to become leaders in today’s rapidly changing media landscape.

Dean Lorraine Branham, who came to Newhouse in 2008, has led the charge toward stronger industry connections and an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship in communications education and practice. Under her leadership, the school established the Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation, the latter of which led to the creation of the online Journovation Journal. Most recently, the school partnered with alumnus Jim Weiss to create the W2O Group Center for Social Commerce, looking at the confluence of big data with social, online, digital and mobile media.

The Newhouse School embraces virtually every known form of information dissemination, from print and broadcast journalism to online communication to advertising and public relations to photography and film. The more than 60 faculty members come primarily from the profession, men and women for whom teaching is a top priority. Students are among the best in the nation, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. Upon graduation they become part of a large, loyal and highly accomplished group of alumni—individuals who are literally shaping the future of public communication across the globe.