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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

 A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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Research update: Closing the leadership gender gap in strategic communication starts with investing in the new generation of workers

Recognizing the need for female representation in leadership roles in advertising and public relations, Danielle LaGree, Ph.D., and Katie Olsen, Ph.D., assistant professors of strategic communication, launched a research program aimed to support and inspire early-career professionals to pursue leadership roles.

Debra Peterson, APR and JMC alumna, to serve as adviser, mentor for PRSSA members

K-State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has a new professional adviser. Debra Peterson, APR will serve as a mentor to PRSSA members. Peterson is a graduate of K-State’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She served as National Chair of the Public Relations Society of America, PRSSA’s parent organization, in 2019. She currently serves as President of Comm365, a strategic communications consulting firm and was formerly VP, corporate communications at CenturyLink.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) earns Star Chapter status for third consecutive year

Star Chapter is the nationwide gold standard for Chapters trying to achieve excellence. K-State PRSSA exceeded expectations in the following categories: quality programming, relationship building with key constituents, high school outreach, focus on ethical practices, attendance at the 2019 International PRSSA Conference, among other criteria.

Two JMC students awarded American Advertising Federation Foundation Scholarships

Two students studying in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications received the competitive American Advertising Federation Foundation Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. Kathryn Hurd and Kate Torline, strategic communications, were announced as winners by the American Advertising Federation-Kansas City on July 18.

A.Q. Miller School launches online bachelor's in mass communications for fall 2020

The A.Q. Miller School is launching an online bachelor's degree in mass communications designed to offer students the skills needed in today's media environment. The program includes specific coursework in journalism or strategic communications. The journalism sequence prepares students for work in broadcast, news reporting and media design. Strategic communications focuses on advertising and public relations, strategic planning and content development and digital and social media.

Collegian Media Group names David Levy new director

David Levy, who has been the student media adviser at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, since 2018, has been appointed director of the Collegian Media Group. His appointment becomes official on Aug. 1 following an extensive national search to find a seasoned professional to manage the Collegian and its affiliated publications, the Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine.

Alumni Spotlight: Megan Herren on authenticity and open-mindedness during Covid-19

Megan Herren a 2015 JMC graduate and former strategist at an NYC advertising agency, updated her LinkedIn network about her recent lay-off, ultimately landing her a feature in AdWeek. 

Job Ready Video: How to Find an Internship or Career in Challenging Times

Watch the May 5th JMC Job Ready webinar about finding an internship or career in challenging times, featuring alumnus Dusty Thomas, director of business development at GDC Technology. 

JMC 2020 Send-Off virtual event May 16 to celebrate graduating class

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting a virtual event for its graduating class on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 a.m. CST at jmc.k-state.edu. 

A.Q. Miller School announces 2020-2021 scholarship recipients

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications has announced 62 students who were recipients of more than $170,600 in scholarships awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year by the school's scholarship committee. 

National council formally reaccredits A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications has formally reaccredited K-State's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The council, which is composed of educators and industry professionals, took the action on Saturday, April 25, voting unanimously to reaccredit the program for the next six years.

JMC students meet COVID-19 challenge

While all K-Staters have had to adapt to the COVID-19 situation, journalism and mass communications students are facing some unique challenges. Those working in JMC students make an impactstudent media have had to adjust the way they get news to their readers, listeners, and viewers, while those working with organizations, such as the local school district and police department, are learning just what crisis management is all about.

Three JMC students chosen for American Advertising Federation national honor society

Three K-State students studying advertising in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications have been inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society. Seniors Kathryn Hurd, Natalie May and Paige Rome were selected by the American Advertising Federation’s National Education Executive Committee for the honor that recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement in advertising studies.

Collegian Media Group publications receive Gold All-Kansas Rating. JMC student named 2020 Kansas Journalist of the Year 

The Kansas State Collegian, 2019 Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin' magazine all received Gold All-Kansas ratings from the Kansas Collegiate Media association. The Gold All-Kansas rating is the highest given by the organization. The announcement, which was made Friday, also named Kaylie McLaughlin, Collegian editor-in-chief and junior in journalism, as the 2020 Kansas Journalist of the Year.  

A letter from our director about the fall 2020 semester

As we move into our fourth week of distance learning, I wanted to reach out to our JMC family to address some of the uncertainties felt by many of you concerning the Coronavirus pandemic and your continued education. 

Tips for internships in uncertain times

Gloria Freeland, internship coordinator for the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, provides tips and advice for students looking for opportunities to gain industry experience during this time of stay-at-home orders and distance learning. 

A letter from our director

Dr. Steven Smethers

Already in this first week back, I am proud and grateful for each of you: Proud of your flexibility and resilience as we venture forward, and grateful we have found a way -- perhaps an imperfect way, but a way nonetheless -- to teach, talk and to be together during this global pandemic.  

Graduate program named in the top 10 most affordable online programs

The A.Q. Miller School's recently inaugurated online master's degree has been named in the Top 10 of the nation's most affordable online Grad School Named to Top 10programs in journalism and mass communications.


Professor Freeland wins Kansas communicators award

Gloria Freeland, assistant professor in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, recently won two awards from the 2020 Kansas Professional Communicators annual contest.

Tips for distance learning

Tips for distance learningView a few tips from some of our JMC faculty about making the transition from in-class learning to online learning during the second half of the  spring 2020 semester. 

JMC students win big awards for radio and television programs

Congrats2020Two K-State seniors have won Awards of Excellence in the 2020 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Arts Competition. Bri Womack and Zach St. Clair were honored for documentaries that were entered into the world-wide competition, which annually draws about 1,500 entries. 

A new "plug and play" computer lab

Kedzie 107 New Lab

A.Q. Miller School faculty, students and alumni dedicated the renovated Kedzie 107 writing and production lab on Monday, February 3. We recognized some generous donations from the College of Arts and Sciences and from a friend of the program, Steve Edgerley. The lab facility represents $35,000 of financial support.

Six takeaways from a day with Kansas City PR prosPRSSA Career Tours

K-State PRSSA recently traveled to Kansas City for career tours to network with industry professionals and tour area organizations. This guest post provides a round-up of
advice from PR professionals. 

Peter Loganbill’s “Let Me Hear It Media” pitch rises to the top of 190 entrepreneurial ideas  Peter Loganbill

Loganbill’s idea was chosen as one of the best at K-State’s annual Elevator Launch Pitch competition, where entrepreneurial ideas vie for scholarship money. He won a scholarship of almost $700. The idea, to give a platform to debate through a company he’d call Let Me Hear It Media, was one Loganbill had before even coming to K-State. He said he saw it as a way to have “difficult discussions, not just about politics, but about religion and other stuff, too.”

K-State PRSSA Chapter selected to participate in highly competitive mentorship programlogo-PRSSA

The Kansas State University Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was selected as one of five Chapters nationwide to participate in the competitive Aspire Higher: Future Fellows Mentoring Program.

Changing the conversation about millennials and Gen Z

HeadshotK-State Journalism and Mass Communications student Grayson Gilbert, a sophomore from Tonganoxie, KS, recently represented the state of Kansas during conversations with industry executives in Milwaukee and Chicago through the National Millennial Community. 

Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Student Seminar 

KAB sponsors annually a Student Seminar for high school and college students who have an interest in pursuing a broadcast education and career. The 2019 Student Seminar is set for April 2 at the University of Kansas Student Union. It will include a half day of panels and round table discussions to acquaint students with the future of broadcasting, career opportunities, and the real world of broadcasting. There will also be a job fair for graduating college seniors. To read more details and to download a registration form go to: kab.net/Programs/StudentServices/AnnualStudentSeminar/


Monica Diaz participates in NNAF News Fellows program

Monica DiazMonica Diaz, K-State sophomore in journalism and mass communications, was among seven students selected from across the country to participate in the National Newspaper Association Foundation's News Fellows Program in Washington in mid-March. She was sponsored by the Kansas Press Association, and her mentors were Steve Haynes, president and publisher, Nor'West Newspapers, The Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Kansas and Cynthia Haynes, publisher, The Oberlin Herald, Oberlin, Kansas.

JMC students participate in the 18th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium

Diaz Developing ScholarsMonica Diaz and Rafael Garcia, students in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, participated in the 18th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium on April 15.

Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media: “Saving community journalism from the rising threat of news deserts”

Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, delivered the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on April 11. Her lecture — "Saving community journalism from the rising threat of news deserts" — was April 11 at the Kansas State University Alumni Center. 

KSDB brings two awards back from the BIG APPLE

KSDB IBS Award 1The NYC IBS Conference 2018 awarded Kansas State University's college radio station Best Artist/Band Interview and Best Campus News Coverage on March 3. 

91.9 KSDB Manhattan were finalist for six Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) awards for the 2017-2018 year:

Students at KSDB-FM, K-State's student-run radio station, won first place in the 2017-2018 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts

KSDBSteven Asper, Dylan Swoyer, and James Copeland won first place in the Sound Engineering and Production category for work on the "KSDB Classroom Series" with a recording of the band Gekko from Kansas City.

Documentary film "From the Ashes" to be screened at K-State Union

K-State students will have a chance to attend a special screening of the film "From the Ashes," a groundbreaking new documentary that goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal," on Friday, March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Wildcat Chamber. 

Terry Schroff to be next guest speaker for "How I Landed My Job" series

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications will host alumnus Terry Schroff as part of their "How I Landed My Job" series on Tues. Feb. 27 from 4-5 p.m. in the Kedzie Library. Schroff is founder and CEO of Quiet Light Communications, Inc. (QLC), a full-service integrated marketing communications agency specializing in the food and nutrition industry.

Media and Communications Meet-Up to be March 8

The Media and Communications Meet-Up, formerly called JMC Professionals Day, will be Thursday, March 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Berney Family Welcome Center great room.

Penny Abernathy to deliver 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media


Penelope (Penny) Muse Abernathy, a former executive at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and Knight Chair in Journalism and Digital Media Economics at the University of North Carolina, will deliver the 18th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media on April 11.


Three Director Candidates to give Presentations

Please join us as we welcome three candidates for the position of the director of the A.Q. Miller School. The candidates' presentations will detail their visions for the A.Q. Miller School.

Jan. 22, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Jan. 24, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Jan. 29, 2018 - 8:45am - Hemisphere Room, Hale Library


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