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Half of all Northwest students participate in a student organization. With over 200 recognized groups to choose from, explore your passions while discovering new interests along the way.

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AdInk, the University's advertising/marketing/design/digital club, offers students the opportunity to learn more about advertising agencies and specific skills required to advance related career goals. Students tour regional advertising agencies and attend a Kansas City advertising career symposium. Many advertising and marketing agencies today offer multimedia design and broadcast production as part of their services.

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ECHO is open to all communication majors. Members gain valuable experience and professional networking opportunities in the fields of communications and public relations.

Sponsor: John Katsion

Forensics Team (Speaking Bearcats)

A student organization which honors active forensic participation and scholarly activity and promotes improvement of public speaking skills. Students qualify for membership by competing in tournaments and maintaining a sufficient grade point average.

Sponsor: Brian Swafford

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Future Speech/Theatre Educators of Northwest

Future Speech/Theatre Educators of Northwest provides support, information, and social opportunities for students pursuing a B.S.ED. in Speech/Theatre. The group produces plays and workshops for the university community and is active with area secondary schools.

Sponsor: Joe Kreizinger

Lamda Pi Eta

A national communication honor society which recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, encourages professional development among majors, provides an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication and establishes and maintains closer relationships and mutual understanding between speech communication faculty and students. Membership is based on grade point average. New members are inducted each semester.

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Professional Media Organizations

There are quite a few media and college organizations in the country, and Northwest belongs to a good number of them. Broadcast and journalism students attend annual conventions sponsored by these organizations in cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, New York, Chicago and New Orleans. Most of the organizations acknowledge superior achievements with awards. The Department is a member of the following groups:

  • Associated Collegiate Press
  • College Newspaper Business and Advertising Managers
  • Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Missouri College Media Association
  • National Press Photographers Association
  • College Media Advisers
  • Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
  • Missouri Broadcast Educators Association

Society of Professional Journalists

The Northwest student chapter of SPJ is active in national and regional convention activities and sponsors career-oriented programs throughout the year. Regular programs focus on media and the law, diversity in the newsroom and job-hunting skills. The chapter is open to both journalism and broadcasting students.