The Hall School of Journalism and Communication offers students great social and professional opportunities through the school's highly active student organizations. These sponsored organizations help cultivate communication, organizational and networking skills. They also serve as conduits between career professionals and students, and increase placement opportunities.
We encourage students to participate as much as possible in one or more of these organizations to enhance their academic experience. Current Hall School of Journalism and Communication student organizations are:
The Broadcasting Club is the Hall School of Journalism’s organization focused on fostering industry success for Troy University students interested in the fields of radio and television. Members of the Broadcasting Club have the chance to meet broadcast professionals and learn about topics such as resume reels, power reporting and employment possibilities.Students interested in learning more about the Broadcasting Club should contact Dr. Jeff Spurlock.
Society of Professional Journalists
SPJ was founded in 1909 and is the largest organization representing journalists in the U.S. Its 14,000 members are professional journalists, students and journalism educators. The Troy University Chapter of SPJ, Delta Sigma Chi has been named regional chapter of the year four times, had members and advisers elected to the national board, and developed a program for reconnecting former student SPJ members with the national organization, a plan that has been recognized by the national board. Troy SPJ members also participate numerous community service projects. Membership in SPJ is open to all students. Contact adviser Robbyn Taylor for more information.
Lambda Pi Eta - Eta Omega Chapter
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. It has approximately 420 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta recognizes and fosters outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies across the disciplines of Communication, Journalism, Theatre and Art & Design.
Members are selected and invited to join Lambda Pi Eta if they have completed at least 60 semester hours, completed at least 12 semester hours in a Communication related major, maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in Communication Studies, Journalism, Theater, or Art & Design.
Members benefit from joining Lambda Pi Eta, because the organization promotes professional development among majors, builds close relationships between faculty and students, as well as nurtures the development of leadership skills and civic responsibility. New members are recognized annually during Honors Convocation and the Lambda Pi Eta initiation ceremony. Graduating seniors proudly display their superior academic accomplishment by wearing the Lambda Pi Eta honor cord and pin during the graduation ceremony.
Contact Dr. Amanda Diggs for more information about Lambda Pi Eta.
Journalism Student Advisory Council
The JSAC is made up of the presidents of journalism and communications organizations, the editor and the business manager of The Tropolitan, and the news director and the producer of TrojanVision. The Council serves as a liaison between the students and the director on matters pertaining to the School of Journalism and Communication.
Contact Robbyn Taylor for more information about JSAC.
National Association of Black Journalists
Troy’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists hosts events such as professional development workshops for students and serves the community while having fun with events such as Apollo Night. Members also receive a cord for recognition at graduation. NABJ membership is open to all students. Contact Dr. Shari Hoppin for more information about the NABJ.
Journalism Alumni Association
Some people think the Journalism Alumni Association is all about networking. Some think the JAA is a professional association. Some think the JAA is all about Troy Trojan Spirit. The JAA is about all of these, plus it is about the success of the Hall School, its alumni and its current students.
Membership in the JAA is open to all Hall School graduates and carries concurrent membership in Troy University's National Alumni Association. JAA membership is also open to current Hall School students at a special student discount rate.
The JAA funds several scholarships for Hall School students plus sponsors Career Day and the Hall School of Journalism and Communication's Student and Alumni Awards Banquet every spring.
Contact Dr. Jeff Spurlock for more information about JAA.