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The Scripps College's student organizations connect you with students who share your interests and with the industry you want to enter. They also provide you with opportunities to gain practical experience that will help you when its time to find an internship or begin your search for your first job after graduation. And because they send a representative to the Scripps College’s Council of Student Organizations, they also give you a voice in campus affairs and College policies.

• Ohio University Audio Engineering Society (AES) is a student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. The AES is an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research. For more information, check out their Facebook page or contact faculty advisor Kyle Snyder at

• Ranked as one of the Top 5 college stations in the U.S. by the National Association of College Broadcasters, All Campus Radio Network (ACRN) is Ohio University's only radio station that is completely student-run. From the executive staff to the disc jockeys, ACRN is staffed completely by students.
Operating from facilities on the third floor of Baker University Center, ACRN transmits to the entire university and the world using Internet streaming technology and its operating revenues come from the sale of commercial air time. ACRN's format is New Rock targeted specifically to college students. With the Rock Lobster as its mascot, the station hosts its annual Lobsterfest, ACRN’s all-day music festival that is free and open to the public.
At ACRN, students have the unique opportunity to learn every aspect of running a commercial radio station: sales, programming, production, promotion, public relations, music, news, engineering, on-air announcing, management, and much more. ACRN holds informational orientation meetings at the beginning of each semester. Check out ACRN’s website at for dates, times, etc. For additional information, e-mail or contact ACRN’s faculty advisor Greg Newton at

(Ohio University) Advertising Association (Ad Club) is a regional and national award-winning pre-professional organization affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Students gain hands-on experience developing national advertising campaigns, through the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) sponsored by the AAF.
A national client is announced in the summer and more than 120 schools compete at regional and national levels. OUAA begins work on this campaign in fall and the project culminates in spring when a team is sent to a regional competition. The campaign requires volunteers in areas of planning, creative, media, research, sales promotion, and public relations. Other activities of the Ad Club include hosting industry speakers, workshops, socials and career conferences in New York City and Chicago, as well as Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Contact faculty advisor Dr. Craig Davis for more information.

Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is a professional organization devoted to the advancement of women across all communication disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members to be at the forefront of the ever-evolving era of communication technology. AWC provides a variety of activities including professional speakers, and a peer mentor program. All majors are welcome. For additional information check out their Facebook page or e-mail AWC at or contact faculty advisor Dr. Eddith Dashiell at

AVW Productions is Ohio University’s Emmy Award-winning student-run video production house and offers experience in all areas of production, including general management, sales, programming and marketing in addition to the production process itself. The variety of shows students work on includes sports, game shows, sitcoms, entertainment magazines, talk shows and music concerts. Most of the programming on WOUB II channel, viewed throughout the Athens community, is produced by AVW. Students (or prospective students) interested in getting involved in video production can e-mail AWV at or check out its Facebook page at

Backdrop Magazine is Ohio University’s first entirely student-produced campus lifestyle magazine. Students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience publishing a print magazine for their own demographic. The four-color, glossy magazine is produced quarterly and is distributed free to students, faculty and staff. For additional information, check out the website at or e-mail

Brick City Records, founded in 2003, is a completely student-run record label affiliated with Ohio University. To our knowledge, no other public university has attempted anything like this before. The main goal of Brick City Records is to provide Southeastern Ohio and the Ohio University community with the opportunity for an artist to record, distribute and promote quality music. Students participate in every aspect of the record business: scouting talent and music production, sales, marketing, promotion, legal and financial issues. Contact Brick City Records at or check out its Facebook page.

• The College Green Magazine is an independent online student publication that aims to inform students and residents of the Athens community about various environmental issues affecting the southeast Ohio region. This publication will provide students with experience in environmental science writing, online journalism practice as well as in-depth investigative reporting. With the multidisciplinary structure of environmental issues, working for College Green will help students become analytical thinkers and multifaceted journalists “while also instilling a sense of pride in the area’s natural beauty, amenities and assets.” Contact faculty advisor Bernhard Debatin Check out its website at

The Essay is an online, student-produced source for in-depth storytelling about the students of Ohio University and the members of the Athens Community. Its collection of stories consists of community issues, sports features, profiles and human interest. Whether through words, photographs or videos, The Essay's mission is to allow the voices of its characters to be heard. Good stories require a variety of skills sets, therefore, members often work in small editorial teams with students from different areas of study than their own. The Essay is about understanding the world and, most importantly, it's about the people's stories. Contact:

• Ohio University’s Forensics Speech and Debate Team (The Speaking Bobcats of Ohio) consistently wins regional and national awards. In 2012, the team was honored at the Ohio State House for their consistent record of superior performance. The Speaking Bobcats of Ohio compete each year from September through April, providing the opportunity for OHIO students to meet outstanding undergraduates from 300 or more colleges or universities in intellectual competition. Approximately 20 tournaments at other schools and several held on the Athens campus enable students to develop skills in debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, rhetorical criticism, and oral interpretation. Most travel is funded, and scholarship opportunities are available. This diverse group of fun-loving, hard-working individuals welcomes any and all interested students of any major. No prior experience is necessary. For more information regarding Ohio University forensics, contact the John A. Cassese Director of Forensics Dan West at

• The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, an initiative of Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, was developed by the School of Media Arts & Studies faculty and staff to provide the Appalachian Ohio region with training, education, and an opportunity to develop technical and creative skills with digital game technology. Learn more at the GRID Lab website or contact John Bowditch for more information at

Her Campus is a college women’s magazine devoted to reporting information about what’s happening on campus, including features on events, polls, blogs, and the like. For more information send an e-mail to or check out the Her Campus website.

ImPRessions is Ohio University’s student-run public relations firm. As a part of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), ImPRessions provides hands-on experience in PR. From start to finish, members work on an account team of at least four people. They meet with clients to develop goals, create strategic public relations plans, implement tactics and evaluate outcomes. Working with others on one of ImPRessions 8 to 10 commercial, non-profit, and University accounts, members learn about public relations and teamwork while building their portfolios. Members from all communication disciplines and with all levels of experience are welcome. Contact faculty advisor MJ Clark at or visit the website at

National Communication Association Student Club (NCASC) is a professional organization dedicated to teaching communication students more about the field of communication as a whole. It accomplishes this through interactive workshops, guest speakers, mentoring programs, networking trips, and job shadowing. NCASC is open to all communication majors. If you are interested in joining NCASC or would like more information, please contact NCASC faculty advisor Dr. Stephanie Tikkanen at

National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) student chapter is an organization that brings together photojournalism students and any student interested in photojournalism. The chapter brings working professionals to campus to speak with students. At chapter meetings, students learn about aspects of the field and share their work with their peers. As an affiliate of the National Professional Association, the student chapter provides access to various publications, internship opportunities and job information. The NPPA student chapter’s main goal is educational, permitting students to learn from professionals in various media organizations. Advisor Marcy Nighswander, of the School of Visual Communication, is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist. Contact Nighswander at

Ohio University Association for Black Journalists (OUABJ) is an organization that provides personal support and helps develop professional skills for students who wish to pursue a career in some aspect of communication. Each year, OUABJ elaborates on the classroom experiences of its membership with seminars and programs, annual professional development trips to various cities, guest speakers and a biennial communication conference open to the entire college. In addition to providing opportunities to enhance preparation for post-graduate experiences, OUABJ also prides itself on creating a family feeling. We encourage everyone to join us. E-mail faculty advisor Justice Hill at

• The Ohio University Game Developers Association (OUGDA) is a student chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Founded in 2011, OUGDA is a professional development and networking club for OHIO students interested in the game design field. More information is available at their Facebook page or from the group’s advisor, John Bowditch at

Ohio University Multimedia Society (OUMS) is an organization for students who want to explore different aspects of design, multimedia and the Internet. Meeting topics include software tips and tricks, web design and development, latest technology trends and gadgets, and even the latest YouTube videos. OUMS also has guest speakers from various multimedia industries and Flash and HTML tutorials throughout the year. Most members are multimedia majors in the School of Visual Communication, but all majors are welcome. Members of OUMS critique print and digital work, discuss the latest technologies, visit design firms, give advice on classes, help with VICO’s Dawn to Dusk, Soul of Athens, and much more. A smaller group within OUMS, called the Web Design Association (WDA), works on smaller web design projects throughout the year. For more information contact faculty advisor Sam Girton at or go to the OUMS website at

OU SIGGRAPH is a special interest group in graphics and interactive technology. The group explores all types of animation and video special effects; ranging from stop motion, 2D and 3D animation, 3D modeling and digital video special effects. This group is for anyone interested in animation or video software; no experience is required. Contact OU SIGGRAPH at or faculty advisor Kate Raney at

The Post, Ohio University’s independent student newspaper is not a part of the Scripps College of Communication, but it provides a variety of ways for students to gain valuable practical experience in news and sports reporting, advertising, photography and website design. The Post offers both paid and non-paid positions. Any student from any major can contact the editor about working on the paper. The Post is accessible online at For additional information, you may e-mail The Post at, call (740) 593-4010 (to reach the front desk), or stop by its offices in 325 Baker University Center.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional organization affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), designed to provide its members with practical experiences in public relations. PRSSA aims (1) to introduce students to the field of PR, (2) to help students gain PR skills through its activities and (3) to help students land internships and jobs. PRSSA students produce several publications, operate a 40-plus-member PR firm, attend national and regional conferences and just have a good time in general. Students in news-editorial journalism, online journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, communication studies, English, visual communication, graphic design and sports industry will benefit, but all majors are welcome. PRSSA has won national awards for 12 of the last 13 years. Activities include weekly meetings, many of which feature public relations professionals, student socials, internship and conference opportunities, and a student-run PR firm, called ImPRessions. E-mail: Website: Contact faculty advisor Dan Farkas at

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is a student chapter of the largest professional organization for broadcast and electronic journalists. The chapter is dedicated to training and developing future professionals to maintain the highest standards in broadcast journalism. RTNDA regularly brings in TV and radio news professionals for workshops and organizes an annual conference bringing 15-20 professionals to campus for panel discussions, tape critiques and job/internship counseling. Students also participate in community projects, and there are social and mentoring events to help new broadcast majors interact with the veterans in the program. The group also travels to the national RTNDA conference and hosts a local conference. Contact faculty advisor Mary Rogus at

Society for Photographic Illustrators (SPI) is an organization intended for students enrolled in the commercial photography sequence in the School of Visual Communication. Commercial photographers are often called illustrators because they can manipulate and control images to fit their visions, unlike photojournalists who document reality. This growing group meets twice a week to review portfolios, critique projects and conduct workshops. Each October, SPI helps to support students attending the National Photo Expo Convention in New York City. For more information visit the SPI Facebook page or contact faculty advisor Gary Kirksey at

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) promotes journalism as an ethical profession. The group conducts many programs and activities each year, such as sponsorship of speakers and panel discussions, social events, service projects, and other events that provide opportunities to learn and gain new skills. SPJ members attend national and regional networking conventions and staff chapter committees on ethics and freedom of information. Contact faculty advisor Nerissa Young at or visit the website at

Society for Publication Design—OU Chapter provides members with portfolio advice, job opportunities and a forum for interacting with other news designers. Students interested in informational graphics and publication design are welcome. For additional information, contact faculty advisor Julie Elman at

Soul of Athens provides an opportunity for students from varying media disciplines to join together and create a collaborative project each year. It began in 2007 as a showcase that explored the characters and stories of Athens, Ohio, a small community in the foothills of Appalachia. Facilitated by the School of Visual Communication, students have the opportunity to reinvent the process. In its essence, for one term the students create a concept, produce content, design presentations, and handle the management of their team. For more information visit the website at or contact faculty advisor Stan Alost at

Speakeasy is 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: what happened, what's happening and what's going to happen. With smart, citizen journalism techniques, Speakeasy offers a fresh, alternative look at "news" that matters to the college student. Speakeasy doesn't just report – its staff gets into the heart of the matter by making sure the OHIO student voice is heard. Speakeasy staffers believe the “news isn't a monologue: it's a dialogue to be shared.”  For more information, contact faculty advisor Elizabeth Hendrickson at or visit the website at

Student Connect Society (SCS) is a student-run organization that emphasizes professional networking through social media and focuses on social media marketing. For more information visit their Facebook page or contact faculty advisor Karen Riggs at

Students for Global Media and Diversity (SGMD) promotes cross-cultural communication among students at Ohio University. Administered in the Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) in the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, 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. SGMD provides students with a comfortable environment within which they can socialize and network about international affairs. They learn about the role of media in a globalized community. SGMD welcomes alumni and former fellows of the Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Internship to participate in the organization's activities. Enrollment and membership is free. For additional information, contact SGMD faculty advisor Dr. Yusuf Kalyango at

Telecommunications Systems Management Association (TSMA) is a student organization that brings together students, faculty and alumni to develop skills and knowledge in the communication technology and regulation industries for now and after graduation. Activities TSMA sponsors include resume help, job placement assistance, field trips, service projects and guest speakers who cover a variety of topics. Twin highlights of being a member of TSMA are the networking capabilities between students and guest speakers and the hands-on experience from service projects. For more information, contact faculty advisors John Hoag ( or Julio Arauz (

• Launched in April 2010, Thread magazine is 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. The name “Thread” was chosen because of the direct connection to clothing, but also based on the idea of the magazine giving out threads of communication and information to readers. Thread is published twice a term and is available online at Contact faculty advisor Jesse Neader at

• The goal of the WOUB Student Professional Development Program (SPDP) in the WOUB Center for Public Media is to introduce students to the craft of video production, broadcasting, on-line services, community outreach and other media services. SPDP offers hands-on training and experiences that complement classroom learning for students majoring in related fields or who want to explore those fields. Students produce various programs, including local sports programs such as the Emmy-award winning Gridiron Glory and Bobcat Blitz. Contact Mike Rodriguez at for more information.

• The Women in Music Industry at Ohio University (WIMI) organization is devoted to helping female students find mentorship, professional development, and networking in their music industry pursuits. Visit their Facebook page or contact faculty advisor Josh Antonuccio at for more information.