James W. Brown Scholarship

James W. Brown Scholarship


James W. Brown is professor emeritus and executive associate dean emeritus of the IU School of Journalism, which has become the Department of Journalism and PR in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. The Department of Journalism and Public Relations launched the Jim Brown Interview Series in October 2021 in honor and appreciation of his dedication and service to journalism at IUPUI for 28 years. The series features current students interviewing successful alumni with the goal of helping students and those watching the videos to learn from alumni and better understand the path to success. You can find this video series here: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/departments/journalismPR/about-us/jim-brown-interview-series/

Professor Emeritus Brown taught “Introduction to Visual Communication” and upper division courses that relate to visual communication and new media. During his years of teaching students, he was driven to help students become better at both verbal and visual communication. He was always fair in his dealings with students, and other people too.

Jim Brown received many awards and recognitions over the years. In 2009 alone, Jim was named the Robin F. Garland teaching award recipient from the National Press Photographers Association; inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame; named “Distinguished Hoosier” by Governor Mitch Daniels, and the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Better Newspaper Committee created the James W. Brown Innovation Award to honor innovation or initiation that seeks to reach new readers or audiences using any resources available in the newsroom. In 2008, Professor Brown received the Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Civic Engagement and Best Non-Fiction Book by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for “Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians,” edited by Professor Brown and Rita Kohn. The book includes 90 of Jim Brown’s photographs.

He retired from IUPUI in 2010 and continues to work on a documentary of Delaware Indians and a documentary of Operation Walk, a medical humanitarian medical mission.

Selection Criteria

This scholarship is to support one annual undergraduate or one graduate scholarship in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.

In selecting the recipients, preference will be given to a student who is actively involved in campus journalism activities and organizations.

Recipients will provide:

  • List of professional (non-student) media-related positions you have held
  • List college publication, broadcast or other media experience you have held
  • Which journalism instructor or faculty members best knows your work and in which class(es) did you have this instructor?
  • In 250 words or less, tell us about your goals and ambitions. What are you hoping to gain through your college degree and where do you hope to be in the next five to 10 to 20 years?

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