BSO: Find a Student Organization for You
GET INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SCHOOL
Students in the School of Visual Communication take part in numerous organizations that connect directly with their majors. Here are some opportunities that may interest you:
National Press Photographers Association at Ohio University (NPPAOU)
This organization brings together photojournalism students and any student interested in photojournalism. The group brings in speakers from the profession, shares work, provides opportunities to learn about the different aspects of the profession and hosts other events.
Ohio University Multimedia Society (OUMS)
This organization for students who want to explore different aspects of design and multimedia. Meeting topics include software tips and tricks, web design and development, latest technology trends and gadgets, and even the latest YouTube videos. Trips to visit ﬁrms and workplaces are also organized each semester.
Society for Photographic Illustration (SPI)
An organization intended for students enrolled in the commercial photography sequence in the School of Visual Communication. This group meets to review portfolios, critique projects and conduct workshops.
Soul of Athens (SOA)
This annual collaborative class is an opportunity for students from varying media disciplines to join together and create a project each year. For one term, students create a concept, produce content, design presentations, and handle the management of their team.
GET INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY
There are plenty more opportunities to get involved outside of VisCom. To check out college and university organizations on campus, visit www.ohiocommstudies.com/undergrad/student-organizations and www.ohio.edu/involvement/studentorganizations.
A student-run public relations ﬁrm and subsidiary of OU’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). All Campus Radio Network (ACRN) www.acrn.com OU’s only radio station that is completely student-run.
A full-service public relations, media and event planning organization that connects and exposes students at OU and throughout Ohio in the industries of art, entertainment and lifestyle. https://amplifiedou.wordpress.com/
A completely student-run video and multimedia production group at Ohio University. www.facebook.com/avwproductions/
Association for Women in Communication (AWC)
A professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines. www.facebook.com/OUAWC/
Award-winning life and style publication by students for students. www.backdropmagazine.com
Black Student Communication Caucus (BSCC)
An organization that provides personal support and helps develop professional skills for students who wish to pursue a career in some aspect of communication.
Brick City Records
A completely student-run record label afﬁliated with Ohio University. http://brickcityrec.com/
Her Campus Ohio U
A versatile Online magazine for all women at OU. It highlights feature pieces focusing on beauty, health, college and style. www.hercampus.com/school/ohio-u
Ohio University Game Developers Association (OUGDA)
A professional networking club for OU students interested in the game design ﬁeld. http://ohiougda.weebly.com
This publication jettisons traditional media, acting as leftist commentary magazine that combines art and journalism and is dedicated to artists, poets and thinkers alike. www.jettisonmag.com
National Communication Association Student Club (NSASC)
A professional organization dedicated to teaching communication students more about the ﬁeld of communication as a whole.
Ohio University Immersive Media Association
(OUIMA) A group dedicated to teaching individuals how to work with and develop projects within the new fields of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 360 Video, 360 Audio, Motion Capture, Light Field Cameras, and other new technologies.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
A pre-professional organization afﬁliated with the Public Relations Society of America, designed to provide its members with practical experiences in public relations. www.scrippsprssa.org
Ohio University Society of Professional Journalists (OU SPJ)
Ohio University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization dedicated to the practice of journalism and high ethical standards for journalists. SPJ offers many networking opportunities, workshops that all student journalists can learn from. https://ouspj.wordpress.com/
ONA @ OU
https://journalists.org/local/ohio-university/ The Online News Association chapter of Ohio University’s mission is to foster the growth of digital media at OHIO! Meetings offer noteworthy advice from successful digital media professionals.
A daily updated Web magazine (Webzine) by and for the Ohio University student. It strives to chronicle the Athens social scene by focusing on campus culture at OHIO. http://speakeasyohiou.com
Students for Global Media and Diversity (SGMD)
Promotes cross-cultural communication among students at Ohio University. It aims to foster an appreciation of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of international journalists, their media systems, and the governments within which they operate.
The New Political
The New Political provides honest, independent coverage of politics and political issues by lending a comprehensive, alternative voice to Southeast Ohio’s Online, multimedia presence. www.thenewpolitical.com
Telecommunications Systems Management Association (TSMA)
Brings together students, faculty and alumni to develop skills and knowledge in the communication technology and regulation industries for now and after graduation.
A student-run Online publication that showcases the Athens fashion culture while encouraging the creation of personal style through conﬁdent self-expression, activism and cultural inﬂuence. www.outhreadmag.com
A YouTube based video creating club/community for vloggers/lifestyle videos.
The WOULD Center for Public Media
Home to WOULD Radio & TV that provides public broadcasting service to southeastern Ohio and portions of neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia. WOULD serves as a laboratory for more than 200 Ohio University students who are interested in gaining experience in broadcasting and related technologies. www.woub.org
WOUB’s Student Professional Development Program
To introduce students to the craft of video production, broadcasting, on-line services, community outreach and other media services.
Other opportunities of interest:
Ohio University’s yearbook, which provides an ofﬁcial record of each academic year. The yearbook staff consists of students who volunteer their
time to ﬁll positions in graphics, copy writing, photography, advertising and promotions.
Ohio University’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team (The Speaking Bobcats of Ohio)
Approximately 20 tournaments held at other schools and several on the OU campus enable students to develop skills in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, rhetorical criticism and oral interpretation.
Ohio University’s daily, independent student newspaper. www.thepostathens.com