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School of Communication & Journalism

  • Communication and Journalism are exciting, dynamic and fast-moving fields of study. From the morning newspaper to online publications, personal presentations, advertising and public relations messages, tweets, and blogs to the nightly news broadcast, communicating is an integral part of our everyday lives. The School of Communication & Journalism offers a variety of majors each balancing the breadth of a liberal arts curriculum with the depth of a professional career curriculum. Students acquire career communication skills through traditional in-classroom learning and hands-on experiential projects.

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    April 28, 2017: Social Media Day
  • School of Communication & Journalism News
    • MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year
      The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new entering freshman and graduate students. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.67 percent driven by a 21 percent increase in graduate students and a 2.5 percent increase in new entering freshman. […]
    • What’s happening in Marketing
      Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of MSUM. What had once been a traditional greeting card has evolved into a short video utilizing the talents of staff and our student workers who are often studying film, marketing, ad/PR or similar academic […]
    • Media, Arts and Communications Fair today
      Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Please join us today, Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3 to  5 p.m. for the Media, Arts and Communications Fair in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Gallery. Students will learn about media, arts and communication […]
    • MSUM Sports Communication Conference
      Wednesday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | CMU Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) presents its third Sports Communication Conference, “Bold North Meets MSUM,” on Wednesday, October 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Comstock Memorial Union on campus. The conference, open to all area high school and college students, explores the […]
    • Fall 2017 Dragon Business Cruise
      Friday, Sept. 22 | 12:30-5:30 p.m. Join us for our Fall 2017 Dragon Business Cruise on Friday, Sept. 22! This semester we will be visiting businesses in Southwest Fargo: Dakota Medical Foundation (with a presentation by the Greater FMWF Economic Development Corporation) Eide Bailly accounting firm Discovery Benefits Sundog Interactive Scheels Headquarters (ending with a […]
    • Dr. Hest presents at Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Conference
      Dr. Theresa Hest, Communication Studies Professor from the School of Communication and Journalism, presented at the 2017 Conference of the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota. The Conference was held in St. Cloud on September 15-16. Dr. Hest presented research on “What we carry with us: Memorable family messages that become part of our compass […]
    • Holtan wins two national writing awards
      Merrie Sue Holtan, School of Communication and Journalism, won two national writing awards at the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) conference in Birmingham, Ala. She won first place in Sports Writing and second in Home articles. NFPW also celebrated their 80 year anniversary.
    • Alumna to enter Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus as postulant
      Melissa Haas ’15 (communication studies) is entering the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus as a postulant on Aug. 27. Haas is the third MSUM student to enter a religious vocation under the direction of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, which offers room and board to students attending area higher education institutions. To read […]
    • MSUM alumnus named news photographer, editor of the year
    • MSUM alumnus named news photographer, editor of the year
      KARE 11 photojournalist Chad Nelson 'sweeps' NPPA awards
    • Campus News named national finalist in SPJ 2016 Mark of Excellence awards
      Campus News was named a Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 2016 Mark of Excellence national finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category. Watch the winning newscast: Campus News 4-30-16. Campus News is a collaborative learning project where faculty and industry professionals mentor students to produce a weekly television program that airs on Prairie Public Television. MSUM’s Campus News […]
    • MSUM School of Communication & Journalism Dedicates Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism May 3
      Wednesday, May 3 | 1 p.m. | MacLean 262 Minnesota State University Moorhead School of Communication and Journalism will dedicate its Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. in MacLean Hall 262. Speakers will include MSUM President Anne Blackhurst; Interim Dean of Arts, Media & Communication Denise Gorsline; Forum Communications Company […]
    • The Advocate wins nearly 40 journalism awards
      The MSUM Advocate brought home 36 North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) Awards recently. The student-run Advocate took home first place for best publication, plus dozens of MSUM student journalists — mostly multimedia journalism majors — won individual awards. The NDPC is the state affiliate of National Federation of Press Women, a national organization of communication professionals. […]
    • Holtan wins awards at ND Professional Communicators state competition
      Merrie Sue Holtan, Communication and Journalism, earned first place awards in sports writing and home writing in the North Dakota Professional Communicators’ state competition. She earned a second place in sports writing and an honorable mention in feature writing. The first place awards will move to the National Federation of Presswomen competition in Birmingham, Ala., […]
    • Ad Campaigns team presentation
      Thursday, April 20 | 1:30 p.m. | Communication & Journalism Lounge Go for the Insomnia Cookies. Stay for the sick presentation. On Thursday, April 20 in the Comm Lounge at 1:30 p.m., Capstone class, Ad Campaigns, will be doing their final team presentation in preparation for the National Student Advertising Competition.  Come enjoy some refreshments while listening, […]
    • Dragon Business Cruise
      Friday, April 21 | 1-5 p.m. Join us on the Dragon Business Cruise this Friday, 1-5 p.m. We feature Moorhead businesses this semester. Spaces are still available, so print out the attached form and bring it, along with your registration fee, to BR 206 today! For more information, contact Jane Pettinger at  Check out […]
    • Communication Studies senior seminar survey
      How are classes going? Did you have an expectation when you walked into class? Maybe hear about the professor before you took the class? The students of the communication studies senior seminar course would like to know your thoughts! We invite you to participate in a short 10-minute survey to help us better understand professor-student […]
    • Campus News named best college newscast by Society of Professional Journalists for third straight year
      For the third year in a row, the Society of Professional Journalists has named MSUM’s Campus News the winner in the student newscast category in its annual Mark of Excellence Region 6 Awards. In addition, Campus News students earned twelve individual awards in six different television categories, more than any other school in the region. […]
    • Social Media Day: Using Social Media for Good
      Friday, April 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Paseka School of Business  MSUM will host Social Media Day, “Using Social Media for Good,” Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Paseka School of Business.  Kirsten Jensen, founder and digital strategist at Next Action Digital, will keynote the morning session. Jensen […]
    • Campus News story on FM Autism Support Group airing Feb. 25
      Campus News will be doing a story on the FM Autism Support Group that is run by Rachel Stotts from the SLHS department the collaboration with the MSUM students from the Speech/Language/Hearing Sciences program. The story will run on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 a.m. on Prairie Public television.
  • Benefits of MSUM's School of Communication & Journalism
    MSUM School of Communication & Journalism students learn by doing, not just from textbook theories and case studies. Students gain relevant, hands-on experience outside the classroom through a multitude of collegiate competitions, student organizations and internship opportunities. This hands-on approach allows students to graduate with a strong, diverse portfolio and samples of real-world work that are sure to impress future employers.
    Our faculty have years of experience working in the media profession prior to teaching, and are eager to share their firsthand experience with students. Nationally recognized, practicing professionals also teach a number of courses and provide students with incredible connections in the industry.
    MSUM School of Communication & Journalism students consistently produce award-winning television broadcasts, newspaper articles, advertising and public relations campaigns, blogs, photographs, documentaries and more. Employers are familiar with the regional and national contests, and recognize the skill and dedication it takes to win—which our students frequently do.
    The Marcil Center for Innovative Journalism, housed in the School of Communication & Journalism, gives students the opportunity for scholarships, apprenticeships and enrichment programs, including conferences and professional collaboration.
  • Aaron Lund, Communication Studies
    Becca Leback, Broadcast Journalism
    Our students produce the most compelling stories.
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