St. Bonaventure University

About the Jandoli School


The Jandoli School of Communication is committed to continuing the tradition established more than 70 years ago by the late Dr. Russell J. Jandoli, who taught generations of aspiring journalists the tenets of good writing and instilled respect and admiration for the practice of journalism.

Jandoli worked as a reporter for Time magazine and served as editor of publications at the War Department in Washington, D.C. He founded the Department of Journalism at St. Bonaventure in 1949 and ran it for 34 years. The program was elevated to school status and named for its founder in 1995.


  • Innovation: The Jandoli School's digital magazine

    Cover of the Fall 2020 edition of InnovationOur digital magazine, published each semester, keeps readers informed of the latest happenings in the Jandoli School as well as the activities and accomplishments of our students, professors and alumni.

    OUR LATEST EDITION of Innovation, published in December 2020, updates our alumni and supporters on how the school is thriving despite COVID-19 and celebrates many achievements.

    Also in this edition:
    • We're launching a new MA program
    • Alumni win major awards
    • Remembering Jack Garner

  • Jandoli School awards and special events

    2020 Helllinger Award winnersEach year, the Jandoli School bestows prestigious awards on achieving students in its graduating class.

    They include the Mark Hellinger Award, which is presented to the top students — a winner and runner-up — in the school's graduating class. The Hellinger Award ceremony often includes presentation of the Janoli School Alumnus of the Year award.

    The school also hosts a number of events that bring some of the nation's top communicators to campus for discussions and presentations.

    In the photo: 2020 Mark Hellinger Award winner Cameron Hurst, honorable mention Layne Dowdall and Alumnus of the Year Charlie Specht.


  • Institute probes the intersection of media & democracy

    Dr. Russell J. JandoliThe Jandoli Institute was created in 2019 to explore today’s media landscape through research studies, op-ed articles, social media, speaking engagements, commentary, analysis and other platforms.

    “A healthy democracy requires a healthy media, so it is important to identify and explore ways to ensure that the media continues to play a constructive role in our nation’s democracy," said Dr. Richard Lee, associate professor of communication and the institute’s executive director.

    The institute is named for the late Dr. Russell J. Jandoli (pictured), who founded the Department of Journalism at St. Bonaventure in 1949.

    The Jandoli Institute