Journalism & Mass Communication Student Organizations
PUBLIC RELATIONS STUDENT SOCIETY OF AMERICA (PRSSA)
The Kent State Chapter of PRSSA, established in 1968, is one of 14 alpha chapters of the national PRSSA organization. The chapter currently has nearly 70 active members. PRSSA Kent has won three consecutive Teahan Awards, a national PRSSA award and Center for Student Involvement awards. PRSSA Kent also has received numerous awards for its service to students, the university and community from the annual Kent State Student Leadership and Honors Celebration.
PRSSA members have access to a wide range of benefits that will enhance their knowledge of the public relations profession. Students can attend local, regional and national events, network with professionals and peers, obtain access to internship and job openings and participate in a variety of workshops, committees and activities to build their resume and prepare them for their career.
Having PRSSA on your resume can give you a leg up on the competition and offer many other benefits. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of joining, please watch this video created by Kent State's College of Communication and Information.
Franklin Advertising is for any student interested in the business of persuasive communication and includes members that are working toward degrees in advertising, marketing, visual communications and design, electronic media, public relations and communications. Our diverse membership mirrors the industry in which students will be competing.
Membership in the club includes hands-on workshops, professional speakers and tours and other advertising-related events that further students' professional growth and experiences and enable them to begin networking with a variety of industry professionals.
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
The NABJ is made up of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. The NABJ was started in 1975, in Washington, D.C. by 44 men and women. Kent State's chapter was re-instated in 2017.
ED2010 is a networking organization designed to help students attain careers in the magazine industry. ED2010's Kent State chapter hosts Q&As with editors, takes group tours of publications, and submits resumes to be critiqued by New York City employers.
KAPPA TAU ALPHA (KTA)
Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. It is the seventh oldest national honor society, founded at the University of Missouri in 1910 at the world's first school of journalism.
Membership must be earned by excellence in academic work at one of the colleges and universities that have chapters. Kent State JMC is one of 95 chapters nationwide. Selection for membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor. Juniors and seniors must rank in the upper 10 percent of their class.
The emblem of Kappa Tau Alpha is the key, the oldest symbol of knowledge and communication. The Greek letters mean "The Truth Will Prevail." The letters also suggest three English words: knowledge, truth and accuracy. The Society's colors are light blue, significant of truth, and gold, emblematic of worth and high standards.