Celebrating a century of journalism education

A new book marks the 100th anniversary of Ohio University’s renowned E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Laura M. André | April 4, 2023


After its founding in 1924, what is now the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University quickly became one of the premier programs in the country. For decades, it has produced leaders who have reached the highest levels of journalism and communication in their careers, and their success is a direct product not only of the education they get in Athens but of the community the school fosters.

In this book, nearly 100 alumni, faculty, friends and students offer their stories of life at and after Scripps. The result is a multilayered, inspiring portrait of the school and how it shapes those who pass through its doors. At the same time, The Scripps School gives a nuanced history of journalism education at Ohio University. From covering assassinations and presidential elections to major moments in sports, alumni have documented the unprecedented and the historic, and here they show just how Scripps prepared them to be there.

The Scripps School, edited by former director Ralph Izard, is a love letter to the people and the institution. At a time when journalism is more important than ever, this book humanizes and contextualizes the profession in ways that will resonate in the Scripps community and beyond.

The Scripps School: Its Stories, People, and Legacy
Edited by Ralph Izard
456 pp. · 8½ × 8¾ in. · 144 color illustrations
Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN 978-0-8214-2315-8
Available wherever books are sold

About the book’s cover: Students traditionally pay homage to the school’s namesake by rubbing the nose on the bronze bust of legendary newspaper publisher E. W. Scripps in Schoonover Hall.

A book which reads "The Scripps School: Its Stories, People and Legacy."

Image courtesy of the Ohio University Press.

“The Scripps School is about journalism education at Ohio University, but it’s also the story of how its graduates have gone on to shape American journalism over the past century. There are few schools that have prepared so many aspiring journalists. And there are even fewer that have done it so well.”

—Andrew Alexander, former Washington Post ombudsman and longtime Cox Newspapers Washington bureau chief