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Northwest Missouri State University


Bearcat Productions (Photo by Darren Whitley)
Communications Class (Photo by Darren Whitley)
Converged Newsroom (Photo by Darren Whitley)
Communications Class (Photo by Darren Whitley)
TV Studio (Photo by Darren Whitley)

Department of Communication and Mass Media

Even though vast technological advancements are certainly changing the communication landscape, one thing remains steady: it takes more than technology to be a good communicator. Here at Northwest, we offer students a balance between technological skills and fundamental communication theories.

The Department of Communication and Mass Media offers seven degree programs that span the communication and mass media disciplines, covering advertising, applied advertising, broadcasting and production, interactive digital media, multimedia journalism, public relations, organizational and interpersonal communications, speech/theatre education and sports media.

Students have the opportunity to be involved in real-world learning, either through our two radio stations, a television station, a converged print and online newspaper, a yearbook with DVD supplement, an online arts and entertainment magazine, video and audio recording studios, or through an internship experience.

The department is filled with faculty who have spent years in the professional world and are now dedicated to helping students prepare for a rewarding communication career.

Awards and Honors in 2014

Northwest Missouri State University’s four student media outlets – KNWT television, KZLX LP-FM, The Northwest Missourian and Tower Yearbook – have been ranked among the top in the nation for the College Media Association Pinnacle Awards in 2014.

  • KZLX LP-FM was named the Radio Station of the Year for the second consecutive year. To read more on the award, click here.

  • KNWT television, seen locally on Channel 8, was ranked second in the category of TV Station of the Year.

  • The Northwest Missourian, the student newspaper, was ranked among the top three in the category of Best Display Ad. To view The Northwest Missourian, click here.

  • Tower Yearbook was ranked among the top three in the category of Best Yearbook Feature Page Design.

Contact the department's office manager Marla McCrary, 660.562.1361, today if you'd like to learn more.