Student Organizations

Ad Club

The UW Advertising Club (Ad Club) is a registered student organization affiliated with the American Advertising Federation. Ad Club holds biweekly meetings with guest speakers from the profession and facilitates socials, field trips and creative opportunities for students wishing to gain experience in the field of advertising.

Association for Women in Communication (AWC)

AWC is the UW–Madison student chapter of the larger national professional AWC organization. AWC holds biweekly meetings featuring speakers from the communication field who share advice and insight into the professional world. The organization also facilitates professional field trips to big market cities, holds socials, and provides volunteer experience for women at UW–Madison interested in a profession in the communication field.

The Badger Report

The Badger Report is a collaborative effort from the students in Journalism 419: Electronic News for the Web and Broadcast. The course turns into a working newsroom, where students research, write, videotape, edit and produce a weekly live, streamed newscast. The class has evolved from being a traditional television news course into one that focuses on video storytelling, while also developing a multimedia approach to reporting.


Corkboard is the online literary journalism magazine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Corkboard emphasizes the creative nonfiction work of student writers but also accepts—and encourages—submissions from university alumni, faculty and staff.


Curb is a magazine produced annually in the fall semester by students of Journalism 417: Magazine and Magazine Editing. Students study the modern magazine industry as they produce professional quality magazine articles for multimedia platforms, including print, website and tablet devices.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

PRSSA, UW–Madison Chapter, holds biweekly meetings during the course of the academic year. Meetings feature guest professional speakers from a variety of communication fields. These meetings offer networking opportunities with professionals and their respective companies, the ability to develop PR and communication skills through hands-on activities, and the chance to meet other students interested in public relations, communication, journalism or marketing.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The Society of Professional Journalists offers students the opportunity to network with professionals in print, broadcast and new media and tackle projects related to a free and open press. SPJ’s mission is to promote and defend the First Amendment, which guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press; encourage high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism; and promote and support diversity in journalism. SPJ has nearly 300 chapters across the United States that bring educational programming to local areas and offers regular contact with other media professionals.


WSUM 91.7 FM is UW–Madison’s student radio station. Students may get involved in news, sports, programming, promotions or engineering.

Not affiliated with the Journalism School

Badger Herald

The Badger Herald is the one of the nation’s largest fully independent student dailies. Student reporters, editors, advertising representatives, photographers and graphic designers are accepted at all levels.

Daily Cardinal

The Daily Cardinal is published Monday through Thursday and distributed throughout the UW–Madison and surrounding community. Students of all levels may apply to be reporters, copy editors, advertising representatives, graphic designers and photographers.

WUD Publications

  • The Dish, an original food blog and magazine
  • Emmie, our music magazine
  • Moda, our fashion and style magazine
  • Souvenirs, a collection of reflections and photography from UW-Madison students who have studied abroad

Additionally, WUD publishes Illuminationthe undergraduate journal of humanities; Sifting & Winnowing, the undergraduate journal of political science and law (no website yet); and UW Flash Fictionthe exclusively online short fiction web publisher. WUD also sponsors Fade In, a screenwriters group.