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Clubs & Organizations

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School of Communication & Journalism offers several opportunities to be involved in activities outside of classroom. Student involvement helps you meet people, both students and faculty, who can become your lifelong friends or future colleagues.

Journalism Club

SDState'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. 

The Journalism Club is advised by Instructor James Helland.

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Advertising Club

This club is for South Dakota State University students interested in advertising and marketing communications. We are a student chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) and housed in the School of Communication and Journalism. Club members network with professionals through guest speakers, tours, and attendance at student career days. The club is also interested in working on professional and public service projects. All students are welcome.

Find out more about the advertising club by visiting the Jacks Club Hub or the Ad Club Facebook Page.

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. Current council members include Brianna Schreurs, Brady Nicolaus, Sofiya Zybaylova, Laura Butterbrodt, Wyatt Beyer, Natalie Hilden, Thomas Conrad, and Anne Dragseth.

Advised by Dr. Lyle Olson.

Jackrabbit Forensics

Jackrabbit Forensics is a comprehensive, co-curricular forensics program that competes in the 11 American Forensics Association events and parliamentary debate. Our team is one of the oldest student organizations on campus. We have a rich tradition of excellence in collegiate oral interpretation, speech, and debate. Our program is rooted in education for speakers of all levels. Any student enrolled at South Dakota State University is eligible to participate. Every year there is an audition process for interested students. Students will receive academic credit for their participation in the co-curricular activity.

The Collegian

The Collegian is South Dakota State’s independent student-run newspaper. It provides a welcoming environment for student journalists, photographers and designers to develop their skills and gain real world experience in the news industry. 

First started in 1885, The Collegian continues to flourish because students actively seek to make it better. The Collegian is catching up with the trend of incorporating social media into its news strategy. Involvement on Twitter, Facebook and their website are important ways the staff of The Collegian is reaching out to its audience. Weekly papers are published and distributed on Wednesdays. The Collegian staff edits and designs page layouts Monday and Tuesday nights. The work is rewarding and gives great experience for student interest in writing, editing and photography.

KSDJ

The campus radio station, KSDJ offers students an opportunity to learn the radio industry from the inside, working both on-air and behind the scenes.

The KSDJ staff provide programming for a 24/7 radio station. For the last two academic years, the station has employed 20 student disc jockeys who fill a large number of mostly afternoon and evening broadcast hours.

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PRSSA

The Public Relations Student Society of America is a national organization aiming to help students with professional development, networking and relationship building.

The SDSU chapter of PRSSA stays active throughout the year by hearing from guest speakers, touring agencies, hosting workshops, getting involved in fundraising, and more. We regularly connect with local and regional professionals in public relations, marketing and advertising, and we invite businesses and nonprofits interested in PR assistance to contact us.

PRSSA members have access to resources on the national level like internship listings, conferences, scholarships and other leadership opportunities. A membership like this looks great on a résumé and helps to enhance your college experience. Students from any major are eligible to join. Find us on the Club Hub, Instagram or Facebook.

PRSSA is advised by Dr. Marina Hendricks.