Have fun while you advance your career. That’s the great advantage of AAF Mizzou. Meetings range from ice cream socials to hearing and meeting with leading professionals in the field. The club’s emphasis is not only on advertising but also on public relations, promotions, marketing and merchandising. Pre-journalism students and students from other departments in the university are welcome. The club meets on average once a month. Members also take trips to places like New York, Kansas City, Chicago and St. Louis to meet leaders in their fields and to network in a setting outside of the interview. In addition, AAF Mizzou offers mock interviews and helps publicize internship opportunities. The whole idea of AAF Mizzou is to enrich and extend your college experience. For more information, contact AAF Mizzou faculty adviser Stephanie Padgett.
American Copy Editors Society
Joining the Missouri chapter of the American Copy Editors Society can give you a running start on a career in editing. The only dues you pay are to the national chapter, which offers a reduced rate for students while providing the full benefits of membership. We take students to the national convention and to regional workshops. We strive to make our monthly meetings both educational and enjoyable. For more information, contact Maggie Walter or Laura Johnston.
Association for Women in Sports Media
The Missouri student chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media is open to those who desire a career in sports media. Monthly meetings focus on professional development and include guest speakers who are professionals in sports media. Occasional social gatherings are held. Check out AWSM@Missouri on Facebook and Twitter.
The Journalism Ambassadors represent the Missouri School of Journalism to prospective students and their parents, alumni and distinguished guests. Activities include providing tours and representing the J-School at occasional out-of town events in St. Louis and Kansas City. You must have been enrolled in the School for at least three consecutive semesters and applied to your emphasis area in the journalism school. You must also be able to serve three semesters; the first semester is for training. You will not be eligible if you are going on a Study Abroad program in the fall following the training semester. [More]
Journalism Student Council
Journalism Student Council (JSC) is open to all journalism undergraduates regardless of year in school or area of study. JSC hosts monthly events to give students the opportunity to build relationships with peers, mentors and professors. These might include networking events, resume and cover letter workshops as well as upperclassmen panels. JSC also assists with the May and December commencement ceremonies. No membership is required, and students are welcome to participate in just one activity or become more involved by assuming a leadership position. For more information, contact the associate dean for undergraduate studies and administration, 120 Neff.
Kappa Alpha Mu
Kappa Alpha Mu (KAM) is a photojournalism society designed to enhance photojournalism education at the University of Missouri. KAM has existed at MU for longer than anyone can remember and is affiliated with the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). KAM/NPPA helps students with the challenges of gaining photojournalism experience and building a portfolio for their future careers. To help photographers gain real-world experience, KAM maintains an internship catalog with firsthand accounts of internship experiences. The organization also serves as a liaison between faculty and students in the Missouri School of Journalism’s photojournalism emphasis area. Anyone can join, whether you are a photojournalism student or not, and there are no membership dues. We have organizational meetings each semester, and we provide many services, workshops and resources.
Are you a magazine journalism student looking to network with fellow students, faculty and professionals in the industry? If so, the Missouri School of Journalism’s Magazine Club is the organization for you! The club’s members, who range in year from freshmen to graduate students, typically meet twice a month. We host speakers from such publications as Vanity Fair magazine, hold resume workshops, discuss issues in the industry, organize our annual magazine career-and-internship fair, and plan visits to various magazine offices in St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Our trips to these media-centered cities help students get an idea of what working in the magazine industry is all about by having them meet face-to-face with editors, art directors and photographers. As part of the annual trip to the Big Apple, students also have the opportunity to meet MU alumni in prominent media positions during a special evening social event. Interested in joining the magazine club? Great…it’s easy! Visit the Vox office in 320 Lee Hills Hall to sign up for our e-mail list, which will notify you of upcoming meetings and special events.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists
If you are interested in the Hispanic culture or bilingual media, check out the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ). Through speakers and other activities, you’ll have opportunities to learn about internships and jobs that can combine your dual interests and of special scholarships you can apply for. And you might have the chance to attend the national convention to meet working Hispanic journalists and participate in workshops, seminars and other conference activities. NAHJ promotes fair treatment of Hispanics by the news media through the education of journalists, provide mutual support for Hispanic journalists in English, Spanish, and bilingual media, and fosters a greater understanding of the culture, interests and concerns of Hispanic journalists. The Missouri NAHJ is the third nationally recognized student chapter in the country. For more information, please contact Anna Romero, chapter adviser.
National Association of Black Journalists (Alé Chapter)
The Alé Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is the student chapter for the University of Missouri-Columbia. NABJ tries to improve media coverage of black communities and the black experience, both locally and nationally. One of our chapter’s major efforts is to create support and networking systems for the black journalism students here at the University. We offer resume workshops, internship and scholarship information specifically for minority students, and opportunities to build a rapport with journalism faculty and staff outside of the classroom. We oversee the Blackout newsletter, the student newspaper that MU’s black student body originally founded in 1969. Alé maintains close ties with the professional NABJ chapters in Kansas City and St. Louis, and we have visited television stations, newspapers and advertising firms in these cities to get further insight into the business. The Alé chapter is open to pre-journalism, undergraduate and graduate students alike. This wide-ranging membership greatly benefits the pre-journalism students as the older students act as mentors.
Online News Association
Join the Online News Association (ONA) at Mizzou, where digital journalism, information technology and computer science converge. Our student club, founded at the University of Missouri in early 2011, brings online-media experts to campus, giving students an opportunity to network and discuss the future of news. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings (not just journalism students). Check out our Twitter and Facebook accounts for information about upcoming events.
Radio-Television Digital News Association
The Missouri School of Journalism has launched a student chapter of the Radio-Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). RTDNA is the largest and most important of the professional organizations in our field. Membership goes far beyond news directors to include other professional journalists, educators and students. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., this group represents radio and television journalists in hearings before Congressional committees and with special interest groups. RTDNA has a code of ethics subscribed to by most of the major radio and television news operations in America, and it regularly leads or participates in court actions in defense of the First Amendment, freedom of the press, and for access by journalists and the public to records and documents. The J-School has long played a major role at RTDNA: More Missouri graduates have served as the elected chairman of the board than have graduates from any other school. The MU chapter meets for discussions and field trips during the school year.
Society of Professional Journalists
If you can’t get enough journalism in your life, then the Society of Professional Journalists — known throughout the world as SPJ — is your kind of group. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ is the United States’ largest and most broad-based journalism organization. With 10,000-plus members, this nonprofit group is dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism, stimulating high standards of ethical behavior and perpetuating a free press. The Missouri School of Journalism’s student chapter is among the nation’s largest, with more than 100 active members, and has been recognized in the past as the best student chapter in its region. We host speakers, training workshops and the occasional party, offering our members an invaluable way to connect to the J-School the moment they begin their college career.
Student Society of News Design
If you are excited about newspaper or magazine design, we hope you’ll join us at the next meeting of the Student Society for News Design. MU’s group was the first student chapter of the international Society for News Design. We’re a motley crew, but a strong interest in visual journalism pulls us together. Each fall, many of us attend the national Society of News Design conference. Each spring, we host the judging for the national College News Design Contest. At least once a semester we try to bring in speakers who will critique our portfolios and advise us on finding the right job. It’s a fun group that won’t take up much of your time. Anyone, pre-journalism or otherwise, may join.