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 B# Video Club is open to everyone interested in video, film or television.
The Collegian newspaper and website
Since 1922, The Collegian has covered the Fresno State campus. It is the largest student-run publication on campus and is seen by thousands of students through its website and its weekly newspaper. Collegian staffers have gone on to work at countless publications and websites, including The Fresno Bee, the New York Times, KSEE, the Hanford Sentinel and the Visalia Times-Delta.
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.
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.
Please visit our Web site at https://fresnostateprssa.wordpress.com/executive-board/about/, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Radio 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 for the 2021/2022 academic year include Tony Salazar, president; Clarissa Marquez, vice president; Ruby Roque, treasurer; Karina Guevara, secretary; Marc Lopez, multimedia; and Ana Cruz Lopez, outreach. Prof. Faith Sidlow is the faculty adviser.
RTDNA Student Chapters provide extraordinary opportunities to their members including:
- instant access to innovative education and resource tools
- networking with professionals in radio, television and online news
- career and networking workshops
- social events
- scholarships, fellowships, and more
Fresno State students have visited and toured newsrooms and met news professionals in Fresno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, and they've attended the national Excellence in Journalism (EIJ) conference in Anaheim, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Baltimore, Maryland; and San Antonio, Texas. SPJ 2021 will be in New Orleans in September 2021.