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Get Involved

There are many opportunities for journalism students to become involved in group activities that are educational, career-enhancing, and fun! 

All opportunities are open to students regardless of their major and offer great ways to develop hands-on experience, build on their resume, and explore areas of interest.

There are several other ways to get involved at SIU

Our Office of Student Engagement has information about more than 300 student organizations, fraternities and sororities, leadership development and more.

American Advertising Federation

The American Advertising Federation is the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” With more than 150+ professional, local clubs across the U.S. representing nearly 40,000 advertising professionals, the organization also supports 4,000 college chapter members and a 140+ college chapter network.

Each year, the SIU chapter participates in the National Student Advertising Competition, the premier college advertising competition. Over 2,000 college students compete in this real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate client.

The Saluki AdLab

The Saluki AdLab is a student team of creatives, strategists, writers, producers, and designers breaking through the creative edge with intelligent ideas. The AdLab serves as a full-service, student-run advertising agency working with local and regional businesses, on-campus departments, and other university organizations.

The AdLab is also offered as a class for credit. Members represent some of the most creative and innovate SIU students from a variety of majors, including Advertising, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Cinema & Photography, Marketing, and many more.

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National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) meets weekly in the Communications Building. It sponsors speakers, workshops, field trips, social events, and partakes in service projects. NABJ is the largest association of journalists of color in the world and has professional chapters throughout the United States. It offers a series of internship and scholarship opportunities.

NABJ- SIUC Chapter

Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA)

The first student group affiliated with the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, SINBA brings together students with career interests in broadcast journalism. The group hosts professional news, weather, and sports broadcasters as guest speakers at chapter meetings. Members work on various projects on behalf of the parent INBA organization and attend two statewide conventions each year. In 1989, the SIUC chapter initiated a statewide student news awards competition.

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Alt.News 26:46

alt.news 26:46 is an alternative news magazine that covers quirky human interest stories, airs on the regional PBS affiliate and has won more than 31 professional regional Emmy Awards and 7 National College Television Awards. Responsibilities include: film/video production, graphics, animation, web, hosting/on-camera, producing, and more. Episodes air on WSIU, our region's PBS station.

Kappa Tau Alpha

Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. This is a brand new organization at SIU as of Spring 2020. More news and information will be posted soon.