Department of Communication
The Department of Communication sponsors chapters of several professional organizations that students may choose to join. Membership in these national organizations provides students with additional educational resources and networking opportunities with industry professionals.
Joining these associations usually requires paying dues to the national and local chapters, but those costs together are typically $50 or less. Students may also have to pay, at least in part, to attend the organizations' meetings and conferences.
The following is a list of professional organizations that have campus chapters within the department of communication.
The intercollegiate debate team at Harding has existed in some form since the beginning of the University. Currently the team participates in the International Public Debate Association, which features one-on-one extemporaneous debate. The team consists of eight to 12 members who travel at the University's expense to eight tournaments a year. All are welcome to join the team, regardless of the amount of experience they have had in debate.
Contact Pat Garner - firstname.lastname@example.org - Box 10791
National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho)
The objectives of the National Broadcasting Society (Alpha Epsilon Rho) are to encourage and reward scholarship of broadcasting students, and high level accomplishments in the art and science of broadcasting by both students and industry professionals; to promote the advancement of broadcast education; to establish meaningful communication between students and professional broadcasters; and to foster integrity in the use of the powerful instruments of radio, television and film.
Contact Ginger Blackstone - email@example.com - Box 10765
Tim Hamilton - firstname.lastname@example.org - Box 10765
Mark Prior - email@example.com - Box 10853
Public Relations Organization
The Public Relations Organization is a student-run organization open to all majors. Activities include professional days, where the club will meet with communication professionals either on campus or around the state of Arkansas; host professional development seminars that focus on topics ranging from interview skills, to resume building, to digital portfolios; fundraising; and work with local organizations.
Contact Katherine Ramirez - firstname.lastname@example.org - Box 10812
Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for news gathering and reporting. For more information go to www.rtdna.org.
Contact Dutch Hoggatt - email@example.com - Box 10765
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Harding University Student Chapter of the
Founded in 1909, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is one of the oldest organizations representing journalists and journalism students. The organization, which boasts about 9,000 members, is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. For more information go to www.spj.org.
Contact Jim Miller - firstname.lastname@example.org - Box 10765
Faculty and Staff Affiliations
In addition to the organizations listed above, the faculty of the communication department are affiliated with the following professional associations.
Kappa Tau Alpha (National society for recognition of scholarship in mass communication)
Southeastern Journalism Conference (SEJC)