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MCOM students and students from other majors are invited to participate in one of the many student organizations and clubs advised by faculty in the department:

Journalism Club


Journalism Club

South Dakota State University’s Journalism Club strives to educate students interested in the field by providing networking opportunities and experience. 

The Journalism Club keeps busy touring media outlets such as KSFY, Midco, Argus Leader and KELOLAND. These tours give students the opportunity to see first hand what their daily lives may involve. Club members have also visited places like Washington D.C. to tour news outlets like the Washington Post, ABC and National Geographic. The Journalism Club has other trips in the works as well. 

“Journalism Club is a great way for students to connect with others from within the department, and network with professionals in the industry. It's not only a great thing to put on your resume, but it helps you develop a handful of skills that will help you succeed in your future,” said Dylan Monson, an officer in the Journalism Club. 

Being a journalist isn’t just graduating with your degree and getting a job. It means you have a constant curiosity. You take pride in your work everyday, pushing out of your comfort zone and, most importantly, being able to communicate to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Journalism Club at South Dakota State University is one small step to the beginning of your future.

Advised by Assistant Professor Teri Finneman and Instructor James Helland

Ad Club

The Advertising & Public Relations Club

The Advertising and Public Relations Club allows students interested in all forms of advertising and public relations the chance to travel, gain experience and network.

Chelsea Rosenau, an advertising and graphic design alumna, became involved her freshman year.

“The Ad/PR Club offers opportunities to be involved in stuff that pertains to your major,” Rosenau said. “It also gives you opportunities to work in a mini advertising agency.”

According to Rosenau, the club takes trips to multiple advertising and public relations agencies every year. These agencies give tours of their facilities, allowing students the opportunity to experience first-hand what daily operations in the field are like. The club has toured in Chicago each of the last two years.

Networking is another key element of the club. Rosenau says it’s important to become familiar with the professionals in your field since those are the people who could be hiring you one day. The Ad/PR Club provides members with excellent opportunities to communicate with potential future employers.

The Ad/PR Club is not exclusively for advertising and public relations majors. Rosenau encourages all students to get involved, adding employers want to see future employees getting involved in more than just their classes.

Advised by Professor Roxanne Lucchesi and Instructor Jessica Freeman


Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council’s primary purpose is to establish and maintain open channels of communication with students in order to gather students’ opinions and concerns and to keep students informed about college issues.

The council works to provide opportunities for formal and informal contact for all students with the college faculty and the professional community.

The council assists the department administration with special projects, including student-alumni relations. This includes posting testimonials on the website and assisting with recruiting and other events for the department.

The SDSU Journalism and Mass Communication Student Advisory Council consists of seven Journalism and Mass Communication majors, three faculty, the department head and the program assistant.

The council meets twice a year to discuss upcoming events and how the council can be involved in those events. There is also any discussion that the students may bring up from the general student body regarding the Journalism and Mass Communication program.

Current council members include Elias Vaoifi, Brady Nicolaus, Cameron Schroeder, Brianna Schreurs, Makenzie Huber, Sofiya Zybaylova, Laura Butterbrodt, Jessica Freeman, Dr. Lyle Olson, and Betty Nelson.

Advised by Dr. Lyle Olson 



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