The Harrington School of Communication and Media brings together academic programs in communication studies, digital media, film/media, multimedia journalism, public relations, sports media, writing and rhetoric, and library and information studies, creating an innovative, interdisciplinary learning experience for students who want to become 21st-century communication professionals.
Telling a story—through all types of media—is at the heart of the Harrington School. In addition to an emphasis on verbal and written expression, our students hone their abilities to use digital and social media tools, including video and audio production, writing in electronic environments, and more. They will also learn to collect, organize, and disseminate information, and recognize what are (and are not) reliable sources.
The School was established in 2008 through a transformational, multi-million-dollar gift from Richard J. Harrington, former president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, and a 1973 College of Business Administration graduate of URI, and his wife, Jean.