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School of Communication and Journalism

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The School of Communication and Journalism, otherwise known as COJO, provides students with opportunity, experience, and a high-quality education. We offer a variety of unique courses between our undergraduate programs and our graduate programs. Our COJO faculty and staff are here to help you succeed in whatever area of communication you feel passionate about.

With COJO, you will be able to receive hands-on practice in the communication and journalism industries. Our students have accessible opportunities in recording studios, newspaper, radio, television production, and more!

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Student Spotlight: Jadah Morrison

Jadah Morrison

What is your major?

Communication and Media Studies M.A.

What made you choose that major?

I knew after getting my undergraduate degree, I needed to know more! I love reading and writing about human communication and its nuances. Communication allows me to research and speak about all of the different things I am interested in! From interpersonal violence to rhetorical media strategies, they all have a place and application in communication studies.

What is your most memorable experience at SDSU?

The most memorable event I have had the opportunity to attend is the 100 years of Pi Kappa Delta celebration here at SDSU! Speech is my entire heart, to know that I have the privilege to be a part of a strong, loved legacy. It reminded me exactly why I love teaching and coaching.

What has been your favorite class so far?

It's hard to choose what my favorite class has been so far! But, one comes to mind when I think of how it changed my pedagogical approach to academia! Taking instructional communication with Dr. Joshua Westwick was a privilege. He is a wealth of knowledge and provided a vast array of topics and literature. The class really catered to the students, and what our interests and concerns about the world of effectively teaching communication skills to others were.

What internships have you completed?

I am currently a GTA teaching the fundamentals of speech and I am also an assistant coach for the Jackrabbit forensics team! Teaching and coaching is all I have ever wanted to do! Having this opportunity and freedom to work with students and help them realize their potential means the world. 

What do you love most about being a COJO student?

What I love most about being a COJO student is that this program gives you the opportunity and support you need to reach your goals! There has never been a moment I doubted my advisors and professors' belief in me. It has allowed me to take chances and realize passions I never knew I had!

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?

I am a member of FEM and on the SAAM planning committee! I feel my best when I am being an advocate, so being able to speak on things I am passionate about is really important!

What advice would you give to prospective COJO students?

The best advice I could give to a prospective COJO student is kind of boring, but so important! READ. Take every chance to learn from the wonderful professors COJO has curated. 

Is there anything else you'd like to mention as Student Spotlight?

Be a courageous communicator! The beautiful thing about Communications is that it teaches you effective ways to speak up and out. The world is a scary place right now, I encourage everyone to speak up and out about what they believe in the power of narratives is real! Sharing your own narratives can change people's hearts and minds!

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Markel, Westwick named directors

Lynn Sargeant, dean of South Dakota State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has announced directors for two of the college’s schools.

Advertising students in class working with a professor.

Nelson’s Legacy Writes the Next Chapter of SDSU Journalism

Every Jackrabbit at South Dakota State University has a unique story to tell; nobody knew that better than Jeff Nelson.

Lyle Olson / Final edition of SDSU journalism prof’s career comes to close

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