There are many clubs and organizations on campus providing many opportunities to make friends, explore a variety of issues, lend a helping hand and even contacts in the career field of your choice. The department of mass communication is pursuing chapters of many professional organizations. At present there is one professional chapter on campus.
The Society of Professional Journalists
All mass communication students are eligible to join the Society of Professional Journalists, a national organization for working professionals in the field, educators and students.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SEEPAGE promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.
Campbellsville University and the Lexington, Ky. professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2008 entered into a partnership to provide students with a wide variety of workshops, professional contacts and other opportunities. The department of mass communication is in the process of seeking official recognition from the national office of the Society of Professional Journalists as a campus chapter of the Lexington professional chapter.
Campus members of the organization meet on a regular basis. They also attend various workshops each year.
Professional dues for students are $36 per year. An organization meeting is held each fall. Hillary Wright is this year's president of the Campbellsville University chapter.
The Society of Professional Journalists offers a variety of services for its members including a job bank. Check out the organization's Web site at www.spj.org.
Kentucky Press Association
The department is a member of the Kentucky Press Association which provides students with full access to conventions, seminars, etc. during the year. Each January, students attend the association's winter convention which features workshops covering a wide variety of topics.
"College day" at the convention provides an opportunity for mass communication students from across the state to meet each other as well as mingle with professionals in the field who someday might offer them a job.
Stan McKinney, lead professor for mass communication, is a member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Press Association.
Kentucky Broadcasters Association
The department of mass communication in fall of 2009 became a member of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. Membership will permit students to attend a variety of seminars and apply for internships and scholarships offered by the association.