Pursue your passions, hone your leadership skills, make new friends and explore potential careers all while building your resume. With 11 student organizations focused on journalism and strategic communication, and hundreds of groups campus-wide, there is something for every interest. Below are journalism- and strategic communication-specific student organizations. Be sure to visit the Wisconsin Involvement Network to learn about all of the student organizations on campus.
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.
Adviser: Deb Pierce
AWC is the UW–Madison student chapter of the national organization. It holds biweekly meetings featuring speakers from the communication field who share advice and insight into the professional world. AWC also facilitates field trips to big market cities, holds socials and provides volunteer experience for women at UW–Madison interested in the communications industry.
Adviser: Lindsay Palmer
AWSM is a chapter of the national brand of the Association for Women in Sports Media. The group's sole focus is to connect and empower women and men in the industry and to build a stronger support system for all. We hold bi-weekly meetings that include speakers, game watches, roundtables and field trips.
Adviser: Pam Garcia-Rivera
The Badger Herald is the one of the nation’s largest fully independent student daily newspapers. Student reporters, editors, advertising representatives, photographers and graphic designers are accepted at all levels.
Curb is a magazine produced annually in the fall semester by students of J417: Magazine and Publishing. Students study the modern magazine industry as they produce professional quality magazine articles for multimedia platforms, including print, website and tablet devices.
Instructor: Stacy Forster
The Daily Cardinal is published Monday and 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.
NABJ Wisconsin supports Black and Brown students seeking to be reporters, broadcasters, media personalities, producers and other professional communicators.
Adviser: Sue Robinson
PRSSA, UW–Madison Chapter, holds biweekly meetings during the academic year, featuring guest speakers from a variety of communication fields. These meetings offer networking opportunities with professionals, 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 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; encourage high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism; and promote and support diversity in journalism.
Adviser: Lucas Graves