Communication and Media Studies
The Department of Communication and Media Studies prepares students for a variety of careers in the field of communication. Specific areas of study include advertising and sales; broadcast, print and online journalism; interpersonal and organizational communication, media management and criticism, political communication and public advocacy; and public relations. The department also prepares students for graduate study in communication and related disciplines.
AFLAC Insurance, Bynum Advertising, Clear Channel Communications, Erie Seawolves, Infinity Broadcasting, KDKA-TV, the Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Opera Cleveland, Pittsburgh Magazine, and USA Today.
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Distinguished Lecture Series has brought a number of acclaimed speakers to campus such as the deputy chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army; the president, chief executive officer and chairman of Community Media Group, Inc.; an award-winning newscaster with National Public Radio; and two former U.S. Congressmen.
Three student-run campus media organizations: ETV, the Spectator, and WFSE-FM; Boro Online, a community web publication; and chapters of PRSSA and Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association. In addition, department faculty and students are involved in coordinating the annual Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival.
Graduates are enjoying successful careers across the country and around the world with such employers as: Duke University, KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth, National Public Radio, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Mayor's Office of the City of Pittsburgh, Richmond - The American International University in London, and the University of Virginia.
The department's PRSSA chapter received the prestigious Teahan Award in recognition of hosting the top PRSSA regional activity in the nation in 2008, a one-day conference on public relations at colleges and universities. The department also hosts the annual Northwest Pennsylvania High School Journalism Day and Competition, which in 2009 featured Michael Vitez, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Philadelphia Inquirer, as keynote speaker. In 2009, the Spectator student newspaper was one of only nine student newspapers in Pennsylvania to receive multiple first- or second-place Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In addition, the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA), which reviews college newspapers from across the country, recognized the Spectator with its highest honor, a first place award with special merit.
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