JMC Student Groups
Whether you're a pre-major or a major, and no matter which sequence you're in, there's a student professional organization for you. Our JMC student groups are a way for you to connect with fellow students in your sequence, and start networking with potential internship providers and employers who come to campus to talk with groups or belong to the professional counterpart to our organization. Each student group enhances what you're learning in your classes.
KSU's Advertising Club is the only collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in the state of Kansas. Members receive benefits from being part of a student organization on campus, and they also gain access to an AAF-only online student portal that includes job and internship opportunities as well as various educational events put on by professionals in the industry. The American Advertising Federation is the leading professional organization in the industry, so it provides students the benefit of including the membership on their resumes and having a direct connection to those working in the field.
The KSU Ad Club is involved with the AAF professional chapters out of Topeka and Kansas City. Ad Club promotes events that these two districts offer, such as "speed dating" among different agencies in one setting, and agency crawls where students can tour a variety of firms. Both the Topeka and Kansas City AAF offer scholarships to the KSU AAF members as well.
On campus, the Ad Club Leadership Team works every year to set an agenda that includes items the club as a whole wants to see accomplished. These include everything from bringing professional speakers to meetings, and setting up resume/portfolio critiques, to working on creative projects for various companies and organizations. The KSU Ad Club provides students an incredible opportunity to get to know one another in a close-knit environment, while at the same time learning about and participating in the dynamic world of advertising.
JMC Ambassadors represent the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications in a professional, enthusiastic and informed manner, interacting with a variety of audiences, including prospective students, alumni, current students and faculty. Ambassadors assist with various activities on and off campus to promote the School and Kansas State University.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Kansas State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). It is an active, pre-professional society that is dedicated to offering its members opportunities to advance their knowledge of public relations and communications fields, while providing professional development through guest speakers, conferences, hands-on experiences and networking. You can visit their web site here.
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Kansas State has a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, an organization “dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty.” Founded in 1909, SPJ’s membership includes broadcast, print and online journalists, journalism educators and students interested in journalism careers. SPJ seeks to actively recruit prospective majors from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities to create an all-inclusive group of students.
Students interested in a journalism education career – at the secondary or higher education level – are encouraged to get involved with the national Journalism Education Association. JEA offers training, resources and networks for existing and prospective teachers. Kansas State’s SJEA chapter has helped with the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention.
Student Media Groups
Royal Purple Yearbook
The Royal Purple has chronicled the stories of Kansas State every year since 1909. Students’ work has consistently led to the Royal Purple’s distinction as a decorated yearbook that has received All-American ratings, Pacemaker awards from the Associated Collegiate Press and Gold Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
The Collegian is the independent news source at Kansas State. Its content is created by a paid student staff, which also makes up its advertising and design teams. The Collegian’s website is updated regularly, while the print edition is published daily in fall and spring, and weekly over the summer.
Our newest student publication is a print lifestyle magazine. Manhappenin' was created to give a snapshot of life in Manhattan, on and off Kansas State University's campus. Check out their latest issue here.
Wildcat 91.9 KSDB-FM
KSDB-FM, which is managed and operated by students, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting on 91.9 MHz, cable TV channel 25 and streaming on the Internet and mobile platforms. KSDB-FM’s format includes news, sports and entertainment, featuring alternative, urban and new music – some recorded by local and regional artists.
Channel 8 News KKSU-TV
Channel 8 News is a weekly newscast produced by students. The newscast, which airs live every Wednesday, is a product of two classes. Channel 8 News seeks to educate and guide student journalists who are learning how to deliver fair, ethical and balanced news coverage for local and surrounding communities. Check out their YouTube channel here. Visit their YouTube site here.
Wildcat Watch is a made up of a group of students who love video production. Wildcat Watch provides video content and information created specifically for K-State students. Participants in Wildcat Watch have many opportunities; they can shoot, produce, anchor, crew, edit, write and gain quality experiences suited for their interests.
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