The objective of the professional student organization Association of Black Communicators (ABC) is to promote the advancement of African Americans and other minorities in the field of mass communication. Branching off from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), ABC includes members from all four areas of concentration at the Manship School. The association publishes its own quarterly newspaper, The Communicator, which reports on the University with a focus on issues that affect LSU’s minority students. ABC emphasizes active participation in school activities, diversity and networking.
The student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is LSU’s chapter of the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, which is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior among LSU’s journalism students. SPJ also works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development, and it protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts. Finally, members participate in regional and national journalism competitions.
The professional student organization Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is the student branch of the national professional society Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), promotes the advancement of LSU students in the field of public relations by helping to develop highly qualified and well-prepared graduates. The society also provides real-world experiences that enhance career opportunities. The LSU chapter runs its own firm, ImPRint Communications, which allows students to handle local Baton Rouge clients and gain professional experience. The organization also brings in guest speakers that provide members networking opportunities. Members are also encouraged to participate in public relations conferences and competitions. Visit http://prssalsu.org/ for more information.
LSU Advertising Federation (Ad Fed) is the LSU student chapter of the national professional society, American Advertising Federation (AAF). The organization promotes LSU advertising students by providing career opportunities and networking. Guest speakers and conferences help students develop ideas for creative advertising solutions and the latest trends in advertising and marketing. These activities also provide insight into successful networking, career planning and employment. The organization also advances education about cutting-edge advertising practices.
The Society of Politics, Communication, and Law (SPCL) aims to provide networking, internships, and political discussions supplemental to the classroom for those students inclined to pursue a path involving politics, communication or law. On Twitter @lsuspcl.
The Manship Ambassadors help recruit great students, give tours of facilities, meet with dignitaries and visitors, help run Manship School student orientations for freshmen pre-mass communication students and students who are newly admitted to the Manship School. You must be a junior or senior in the Manship School to apply to be a Manship Ambassador. Ambassador applications are available early in the spring semester. A committee interviews and selects the 14 student ambassadors. Leadership experience and knowledge of the Manship School are key components in the selection.
The Mass Communication College Council is the student government organization in the Manship School. The president and officers are elected during the LSU Student Government elections each spring. An at-large member is added at the beginning of the fall semester. The presidents of the Manship School student organizations also serve on the council. The Mass Communication College Council represents student interests to the Manship School administration. They also coordinate the annual Etiquette Dinner, Finals in the Forum, the AP Style Quiz Bowl, and the Senior Gala.
Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. Membership is by invitation only and is based solely on excellence in academic work, scholarship and character. Selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor.
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Residential College One – South Hall has been the home of the Mass Communication Residential College (MCRC) since fall 2012. MCRC is home to approximately 100 mass communication students who have the opportunity to engage in activities that will strengthen both their educational and professional careers. The program is open to first-year students and any undergraduate international exchange students enrolled in the Manship School of Mass Communication.
Manship Association of Graduate Students offers professional development and social opportunities for graduate students.