The School of Communications offers a wide variety of student media, student professional organizations or other extracurricula activities and opportunities relevant to the curriculum and to help students develop professional and intellectual abilities and interests.
Student media opportunities include GlassHouse Radio, WHBC-HD3 student radio, NewsVision student television news program, 101 Magazine, and HUNewsService.com. Howard is also home of SiriusXM 141 HBCU radio where several students intern. The campus newspaper The Hilltop is not under the school’s control, however SOC majors usually hold top editorial positions. The District Chronicles is an independent newspaper, which publishes student work, and is run by a faculty member. The PBS affiliate WHUT television and WHUR commercial radio station are independent of the school, however, SOC students intern at the broadcast outlets. Unit-sponsored organizations and extracurricular activities include:
- The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forensics Society is a thriving program, which prepares students to become leaders in the global community through speech, debate and mock trial intercollegiate competitions. Howard University is one of the few Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) that competes in forensic intercollegiate competition.
- The Communications Entrepreneurship Research and Resource Center (CERRC) serves as an entrepreneurial incubator for students and emerging business owners interested in media and communications entrepreneurial training.
- The Media Innovation Center is a laboratory for innovation that combines research, immersive media, human-centered design, prototyping and entrepreneurship to explore the intersection of emerging media and technology. The center recently received an ONA Challenge Grant to develop Truthbetold.news, a fact-checking site. The center will serve as a high-tech classroom and incubator where students and faculty will work in teams with across disciplines with computer engineering, fine arts and business students and faculty to develop innovative and interactive ways of telling complex stories.
Alpha Epsilon Rho: The student chapter of the honorary broadcasting society. Requirements for membership in AERho are “B” (3.0 GPA) or equivalent in broadcasting courses and a minimum of “C” (2.5 GPA) or equivalent in other courses; must be major/minor in Broadcast Production, Broadcast Journalism or Telecommunications Management.
American Women in Radio & Television: The student chapter seeks to advance the impact of women in the media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry. Membership is open to all with a communications major or professional background.
Annenberg Honors Program: This supplemental academic and extracurricular program is designed to expand and enrich the total learning and growth experiences of students throughout the School. Entry into program is open to all freshmen and first semester sophomores. GPA of 3.5 or better is required.
Bison Information Network: This student-run video organization mainly consists of broadcast majors, but open to all students in the school.
Cover-to-Cover: This is a professional organization for students interested in careers in magazines, but open to all students and majors. It hosts an annual magazine conference and annual trips to visit magazine companies in New York.
D. Parke Gibson Chapter, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA): Open to all majors with an interest in public relations.
GlassHouseRadio.com: Open to students interested in producing a talk radio program online.
Graduate Student Film Association: Open to all graduate and undergraduate film majors.
Howard Association of Black Journalists (HUABJ): The student affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists.
HUNewsService.com: A hyper-local destination website and news service focusing on Washington, D.C., the White House and Capital Hill.
Lambda Pi Eta: A national communications honor society that recognizes competitive scholarly research by undergraduates in the field of communications. Open to all undergraduate majors in communications with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
NBC4 Media Semester: During the spring semester students have the opportunity to participate in the NBC4 Media Semester. The course is designed to expose college students to all aspects of operating a major television station from news production to engineering. Students attend weekly lectures/seminars at the station that are led by network and station executives. Juniors and seniors apply for permission to enroll in the course by submitting a resume, cover letter and letter of recommendation from a faculty member. In the cover letter the student is required to include why he/she is interested in the NBC4 semester and how this experience relates to their career goals. Applications are accepted during the fall semester and vetted by journalism professors. Ten to 15 students are allowed to enroll. Students chosen for the course are required to register for JOUR 305 Specialized Reporting NBC4. Upon successful completion of the course, students earn three credit hours.
101 Magazine (101magazine.net): A national, multicultural student publication and website as a cornerstone of an evolving, interdisciplinary curriculum in magazine publishing
School of Communications Student Council: The Council consists of four executive officers (president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary) and two undergraduate student assembly representatives who are all elected by the School of Communications student body; three student representatives are elected from each Department, as well.
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ): Is open to students in print and broadcast journalism.
Thomas Burrell Chapter, American Advertising Federation: Is open to students interested in advertising as a career.
WHBC-AM 830: The student-operated radio station broadcasts in most of the dormitories and in the University center; usually operates on a 12-hour a day schedule during the school year; open to all majors.
CapComm Lab: CapComm Lab is a student-run, faculty-advised integrated communications management agency that serves corporate, government, nonprofit, small for-profit and Howard University clients.