Student Organizations

The faculty invites students to participate in the School’s various organizations. These organizations provide opportunities for leadership, networking, national competitions, internships, and professional development for students with different mass media interests. For more information please contact a faculty adviser or select the button links below for various national student organization Web sites.

NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists)
www.najb.org
NBS (National Broadcasting Society)
www.nbs-aerho.org
PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)
www.prssa.org
SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists)
www.spj.org

Kappa Tau Alpha

Kappa Tau Alpha is a national journalism honorary society. Its members are selected by invitation of the journalism faculty, and

KTA1.jpg invitations are extended to students with the highest GPAs. The society promotes scholarship and learning through research contests and seminars.
Adviser: Bruce L. Plopper blplopper@ualr.edu

NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists)

Mission Statement
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an association of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to benefit Black journalists worldwide. NABJ is committed
nabj1.jpg to increasing Black employment in the media, to increasing the number of Blacks in management positions, to providing continued professional development and training for Black journalists, to sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in coverage and fairness in the workplace, and to encouraging Black journalists to become entrepreneurs. NABJ also provides informational and training services to the general public.
Adviser: Tim Edwards txedwards@ualr.edu

NBS (National Broadcasting Society)

Mission Statement
The National Broadcasting Society goes beyond the classroom to prepare college students and entry-level professionals for careers in the electronic media. This mission is accomplished through six areas of focus: Promoting excellence, providing exposure to electronic media industries, providing advanced media education programs, providing opportunities for ethical and responsible leadership, assisting in career preparation, and providing opportunities for and encouraging participation in community service projects and activities.

Advisers: Mark Giese jmgiese@ualr.edu and Ben Fry bjfry@ualr.edu

PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)

Mission Statement
Public Relations Student Society of America
The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.

The student society aims to foster the following:
Understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession
Appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles
Awareness of an appropriate professional attitude
Appreciation of Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership

Advisers: Jamie Byrne jmbyrne@ualr.edu and Amy O. Barnes aobarnes@ualr.edu

SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists)

The Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the United States Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well-informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives and their local and national communities. It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists:
To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely and fully
To promote this flow of information
To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism
To foster excellence and to encourage diversity among journalists
To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists

Finally, the Society must maintain constant vigilance in protection of First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press

Adviser: Sonny Rhodes cmrhodes@ualr.edu