Professional Activities on Campus
Student Activities Related to Media and Communication
As a media and communication major, you are encouraged to get involved in campus organizations as a way to build your resume and portfolio. Our alumni and prospective employers tell us that campus involvement is an important part of securing one's first job.
Each of the following activities is open to you from your first day on campus. No prior experience is needed and all are welcome to participate!
The Cardinal Courier
The bi-weekly Cardinal Courier was founded in 2002 by a group of students who wanted to revamp the former campus newspaper. Starting off with about ten students, the newspaper now has over 50 staff members with an additional ten on the editorial staff.
Students brainstorm and write stories, edit, take photos, lay out, sell advertising, and market the newspaper. The Cardinal Courier has been recognized for its excellence with several awards by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the New York Press Association.
You may receive academic credit for the Courier for two semesters through the Media and Communication department. However, most students are involved with the Courier throughout their collegiate career.
During class, you will be engaged in conversation with professionals from the field, participate in brainstorming sessions, and work in groups to find solutions and ways to improve the newspaper.
Cardinal Television promotes student involvement in the field of broadcast media. It provides you with the opportunity to practice acquired production skills as well as other on and off air roles and responsibilities. CTV also provides real world experience and skills that can be used in seeking an internship, portfolio building, and employment.
Cardinal Television broadcasts 24/7 during the academic year. Programming can be viewed on campus cable channel 12 and via CTV online.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH in Greek letters) is a national communication honor society associated with the National Communication Association.
Membership is granted to students who have both demonstrated leadership abilities and achieved excellence in their coursework. Our campus chapter holds many communication-related events over the course of the school year.
If you are interested in gaining hands-on experience with Rochester area non-profit and small business clients, consider applying for a job with PRIMA Connections, Fisher's very own student-run firm. With PRIMA, you can take a freelance job in public relations, special event planning, advertising, marketing or digital media. You may also be hired for the firm's executive management team each December.
If you are interested in public relations, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) provides you the opportunity to learn more about the profession through networking and professional development.
As a PRSSA member, you have access to regional and international conferences where you can learn about the latest innovations in the field and begin building your network of contacts leading to careers in public relations or related fields.
In 2008, Fisher PRSSA leaders kicked off "Rochester Professional Connections," an annual networking event where local professionals share best practices with students.
MAC majors may also get involved in the Student Government Association (SGA), and the Student Activities Board (SAB), as well as any of the other over 70 clubs and organizations on campus.