History of the J-School

May 2018

Dean Edward Wasserman's term as dean extended 5 years.

January 2013
Edward Wasserman becomes the sixth dean of the J‑School

In January 2013, Edward Wasserman arrives to become the J‑School’s sixth Dean. A journalist and authority on ethics, evolution and ownership of news media, Wasserman was for the previous decade the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Read his full bio.

September 2008
The hyperlocals are born

As the centerpiece of its J200 curriculum, Dean Neil Henry (2007-2011) launches three hyperlocal news sites: Richmond Confidential, Oakland North, and Mission Local (which is now independent of the J‑School). The sites provide a platform for first-year students to develop daily news reporting skills, and they provide a valuable service to communities underserved by traditional media.

July 1993
A wave of renovation

Dean Tom Goldstein (1988-1996) encourages a wave of renovation through a gift from Nan Tucker McEvoy and others. The new television and radio labs house some of the most advanced broadcast equipment available and allow live broadcasts from North Gate Hall.

1981
Journalism at North Gate Hall

In July 1981 the Graduate School of Journalism moves into North Gate Hall, several months after a national accreditation team had called the young department "the best journalism school in the country," blighted only by inadequate housing.
The building is in poor condition when the Journalism School moves in. "It cost $75,000 just to make it livable," Edwin Bayley, the school's first dean, recalled. "The roof leaked all over. The patio didn’t drain properly. The newsrooms were filled with mildew and smelled horrible. There was no proper lighting."

1979
North Gate becomes a historical landmark

North Gate Hall is approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places and as California State Landmarks.

1968
Undergraduate major in journalism discontinued and professional school established

The undergraduate major in journalism is discontinued as of 1968. However, both undergraduate and graduate journalism courses continue to be offered. An emphasis is placed on the development of the graduate professional program, using a newly revised Master's degree curriculum as a base.

1951
Master's program in journalism launched

In addition to the lower and upper division courses preparing for the major, 10 graduate courses are offered in the 1951-52 academic year. Seventy-eight individuals receive a Master of Journalism degree in the next seven years.

1937
UC Berkeley introduces journalism as an undergraduate major

Formal journalism instruction begins at Berkeley through the English Department, and an undergraduate major is established in 1941. In the years leading up to 1965, the department graduates 1,061 men and women, many of whom later hold distinguished positions in journalism.

April 1905
Building the Ark

Known to generations of architecture students as the "Ark," North Gate Hall is built in 1906 to house the recently established Department of Architecture. The first department head and supervising campus architect, John Galen Howard, designs the new building, which becomes the department’s home for the next five decades. It is a two-story wooden structure clad in redwood shingles and located by the northern entrance to the campus. The original building covers 1,800 square feet and costs $4,393.59.