Welcome to COJO
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 courses between our six undergraduate programs and our two graduate programs. Anywhere from advertising, to public relations, to journalism, our COJO faculty and staff are here to help you succeed in whatever area you feel passionate in.
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!
Student Spotlight: Keanu Phumipraphat
What is your major?
I am an Advertising Major w/a Minor in Marketing
What made you choose that major?
I love photography/videography and the idea of adding value through creativity. I also aspire to create creative pieces that inspires people along the way.
What is your most memorable experience at SDSU?
My most memorable experiences at SDSU has most definitely getting to work with various student and university organizations as well as getting closer with my peers! I’m thankful I’ve been able to use my talents and creativity to create content that people enjoy. State a Thon has hands down been my favorite organization I’ve had the honor of getting involved with, and as the Marketing Co-Chair this year, it means a lot to be able to make even the slightest of differences! Gameday was quite an experience as well!
What has been your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far throughout the entirety of my college career was Video Production. I took it with Rocky my sophomore year and he did an amazing job teaching us different techniques and types/styles of video production. I came into the class with some prior experience, but still had so much to take out of it, such as setting up lighting, audio, equipment, and TV broadcasting. I also love how hands on it was!
What internship have you completed?
While I have not had an official internship (the one I had lined up was canceled by COVID-19 concerns), I’ve gained experience working for the Marketing and Communications department here at SDSU as well as alongside the Football Team. I also freelance on the side and have been lucky enough to work with so many fun companies and individuals professionally. My most memorable experience was getting to spend some time in Dallas working with and NFL Agent and players he represented of whom were preparing for the Draft. There I got to learn a ton about the professional side of sports marketing and meet some really cool people!
What do you love most about being a COJO student?
The thing I love the absolute most about being a COJO student is just how open and ready to help all the professors are. There are just so many great mentors for us students here. I also love/miss when the Den was just the place to be before COVID-19. The atmosphere was immaculate.
What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
I am currently going on my second year of being the Marketing (co) Chair of State A Thon this year. Here I get to take all the things I’ve learned about being a COJO student, intertwine that with my experience on the field and passion of my craft to make a difference. During my time with this organization, I’ve had the blessing to meet so many amazing one of a kind people, and form bonds that I know will last a lifetime.
What advice would you give to prospective COJO students?
What advice would I give prospective COJO students? Believe in yourself. We might not have all the answers right now, but we won’t find out by not giving it any effort! So when you make any choice, whatever it might be, be authentic and pursue it with your full heart! The world needs more of us that do what makes us feel the most alive!
Is there anything else you'd like to mention as Student Spotlight?
One thing I’d like to mention is the honor it’s been to have been a COJO student these past 4 years. I came into college with a different trajectory in mind but chose to answer my calling instead. With the right friends and some amazing mentors, my experience in my time here at SDSU has unfolded to have been better than I ever could have imagined. Thank you for it all, COJO.