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Department of Mass Communication

Department of Mass Communication

Professional Associations

Start your professional life early. Join an association.

Hi Tech LabThe Association for Women in Communications is a national organization open to women and men interested in the advancement of women in their communication careers, protection of the First Amendment freedoms, and the guarantee of freedom of information. The Winthrop chapter sponsors speakers, offers opportunities to network with professionals and holds special workshops. Contact the student chapter president for more information.

The National Association of Black Journalists’ Winthrop chapter is called the Winthrop University Association of Black Journalists. It participates in professional get-togethers, fund-raising events and community service projects. The WUABJ plans to helps students find scholarships, internships and jobs. To get involved, contact student chapter president.

Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas established the first South Carolina campus chapter at Winthrop, offering membership to all students interested in radio and electronic television news. Students meet and talk with industry leaders in the Carolinas who hire students after graduation. This organization formerly was the Radio Television News Directors of the Carolinas. For more information contact the student chapter president.

Society of Professional Journalists is a national organization open to all students interested in a career in journalism. SPJ is interested in high professional standards and First Amendment issues. Through workshops, speakers and conventions, it gives students opportunities to meet reporters, editors and professional writers. SPJ also sponsors a high school essay contest on freedom of expression. Contact the SPJ student chapter president for more information.

Video Production Club brings broadcast enthusiasts together to sharpen video skills in a fun setting. Students plan and produce shows that air on WUTube, an online channel. If you’re interested, contact Professor Nortz.

Kappa Tau Alpha is a national academic honor society open to the top 10 percent of the juniors and seniors majoring in mass communication. Selection is based solely on academic achievement. Members are initiated at the annual Recognition Dinner. KTA is a member of and recognized by the national Association of College Honor Societies.

IMC majors also become members of the Winthrop student chapter of the American Marketing Association. Many serve in leadership roles and are active in recruiting speakers, organizing events, and networking with Charlotte marketing professionals. If interested, contact the faculty adviser in the College of Business Administration, Dr. Hemant Patwardhan.