Student Clubs and Organizations
The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism is host to many campus recognized student organizations.
Alpha Delta Sigma (Ad Club)
Alpha Delta Sigma is a college chapter of the American Advertising Federation. It is one of more than 200 college chapters across the United States. Students elect officers and meet bi-monthly.
Industry professionals attend meetings as guest speakers. Speakers cover topics from account services, sales, copywriting, creative direction, graphic design and production, as well as how to get a job upon graduation.
Members attend career fairs in Los Angeles and San Francisco, seminars with the Multicultural Advertising Program in Los Angeles, the regional competition of the AAF's National Student Advertising Competition, as well as the annual PR/Advertising Boot Camp held on the Fresno State campus.
B# Video Club
The B# Video Club at Fresno State plays an active role in exhibiting the happenings around Fresno State and also documenting helpful tools for the University.
Some of the projects the club is working on include producing training videos for the Deaf & Communicative Studies Department, recruitment videos for the Geology and Physical Therapy departments, and documenting various lectures and all of the University Lecture Series speakers.
"The club is aiding in convergence of the MCJ Department and the university," said Bryan Harley, the club’s president. This is Harley’s eighth semester with the club, and fifth semester as president.
The first-ever Associated Students’ Presidential Debate was produced by the club, which required the participation of print journalism, broadcast journalism, electronic media and digital media students.
Mostly MCJ majors, specifically electronic media production students, make up the B# Video Club; however it is open to everyone interested in video, film or television.
"Even if you have little or no experience in TV or film, there are still ways you can participate and learn," Harley said. "We do have a few business majors and one biology major in the club currently."
The two studio projects that the club is working on both air on “The Fresno Channel,” Comcast Cable Ch. 96. They control four hours worth of programming for this channel each week.
One show is a weekly live program that covers Fresno State sports called “The Bulldog Sports Report.” It airs every Wednesday from 6 to 6:30 pm.
The other show highlights local arts and entertainment and is called “The Art Show.” The club will tape four episodes this semester, and possibly more next semester. Studio projects are voluntary. MCJ production students work on these projects to get extra experience with equipment in the studio, which helps them greatly in their production classes.
There are also freelance projects for the club members. Harley said that these projects vary greatly and in many cases these projects include budgets, which allows the students to be paid for their work.
"This is a great opportunity for students; they get a little money and the experience of working in a real-world, paid situation," Harley said. "I think the B# Video Club is an essential part of the MCJ Department for these reasons."
Kappa Tau Alpha (national journalism honor society)
The national society of Kappa Tau Alpha was established for “the recognition and encouragement of scholarship and good character among students of journalism in American colleges and universities.”
The Dayle H. Molen Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha was established at CSUF in 1987. Nominations to the Fresno State chapter of KTA are made only to those students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Meeting these qualifications places students in the top 10 percent of all journalism majors.
There are over 93 KTA chapters in colleges and universities throughout the country.
The MCJ Ambassadors team is made up of 11 members, two from each of the department’s options and one lead. They are in charge of promoting MCJ as well as recruiting students from both high schools and junior colleges in the community to join our department.
The goal of the ambassadors program is to educate people about what the Media, Communications and Journalism department offers, since many people often are unsure. In return, the department hopes to see many new students that can join the MCJ family.
Since there are two students representing each of the five MCJ options, Advertising, Broadcast journalism, Multimedia, Print journalism, and Public Relations, the program is set to educate people on each option individually while also promoting the department as a whole.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
In 1968, 20 years after its own establishment, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) founded the Public Relations Student Society of America. The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.
The student society aims to foster the following:
- Understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession
- Appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles
- Awareness of an appropriate professional attitude
- Appreciation of Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership
Today The Public Relations Student Society of America has more than 11,000 members in 300 universities across the country.
The Fresno State Paul D. Adams chapter of PRSSA, established in 2001, is a great way to network with other students and professionals in your particular field of interest. PRSSA offers beneficial workshops and insightful guest speakers that help guide you toward your ultimate professional goal.
PRSSA is not only for public relations options. We love to diversify our group by combining all of our valuable knowledge in order to create a team-driven road to success. We are a fun group that's all about making friends and enhancing our futures.
Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
The Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) is the world's largest professional organization serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 2,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students.
The Fresno State RTDNA chapter was founded in 2012 and is approved by the national
RTDNA in Washington, D.C. Campus officers include Elisa Navarro, president; Vanessa
Romo, vice-president; Matt Broughton, treasurer; Razmik Canas, secretary; Allizbeth
Clavijo Trujillo, ASI liaison. Faith Sidlow is the faculty adviser.
RTDNA Student Chapters provide extraordinary opportunities to their members with instant access to innovative education and resource tools, networking with professionals in radio, television and online news, scholarships, fellowships, and more.
Fresno State students have visited newsrooms and met news professionals in Fresno,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, and they've attended the national Excellence
in Journalism conference in Anaheim, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; and
New Orleans, La.
If you are interested in joining the chapter, please contact Elisa Navarro at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first student-run PR firm at Fresno State, TALK comprises a diverse group of students looking to further enhance their resumes, portfolios and experience in the professional world.
TALK is more than just a PR firm; it is a place for students from different majors and options to get involved, network and prepare themselves for life after college.
Working with clients on and off campus, TALK looks to provide the university community and community at large with affordable public relations services ranging from traditional practices to exploring the new realms of social media.
Joining TALK starts with a visit to the firm's Web site at www.WeTalkPR.wordpress.com where you can find an application to fill out and send in. We'll meet with you to discuss your goals, what you want out of TALK and how we can help further advance your education and potential career.
If you are interested and looking for more information on how you can work with your peers and gain experience dealing in real world situations then e-mail us at email@example.com.