The College of Journalism and Communications offers its students many opportunities to develop professionally and personally through student organizations. The chart below shows the most current student organizations available within CJC. If you need assistance in determining what would be a good fit for you, you may contact Dr. Katrice Graham, Director of the Knight Division, for assistance at KGraham@jou.ufl.edu.
The UF Ad Society (ADS) is a professional student advertising organization and college chapter affiliate of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Its members participate each year in the AAF National Student Advertising Competition.
Public Relations students run Alpha PRoductions, Florida’s largest student-run public relations firm. As a division of the University of Florida’s Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, Alpha PRoductions has more than 40 associates who work to perfect campaigns for seven to 10 clients every semester. Clients have included Levi’s, STEM Florida and Tioga Dental.
UF AAJA is an organization under the Asian American Journalist Association. A non-profit organization aiming to connect journalist students and professionals across the nation through conferences, network, and AAPI awareness.
A mentorship program for students at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications aimed at helping every member become a well-rounded media professional
Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM)
AWSM@Florida is UF’s collegiate chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media. AWSM@Florida hopes to help students get their dream job in sports, whether it’s journalism, public or media relations, advertising, broadcast or anything in between. AWSM@Florida provides all kinds of resources for students to get involved in the field, such as speakers, events and networking opportunities with fellow sports-loving students and media professionals.
First established as the National Case Study in 1973, and later renamed to honor the late Carroll J. Bateman, APR, it challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a public relations campaign for an actual client. More than 75 teams enter the competition each year, giving students real-world experience that can translate to resume additions, portfolio pieces and even jobs. After an extensive judging process, three finalists are chosen to present their campaigns to the sponsor, who receives the right to ideas presented. UF’s team has been named one of three national finalists four times in the last eight years, proceeding to competitive presentations in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Minneapolis.
The nation’s second Black Public Relations Student Society is here at the University it Florida! Our purpose is to advance the practice of public relations as a marketing discipline, serve as the voice for students of color who will soon be working in the communications field nationwide and empower members through support, resources and education. BPRSS offers guidance and assistance to University of Florida students interested in the media and communication industries. We strive for an increase in mentorship, collaboration, leadership, integrity, community engagement and success!”
ChomPics is our national award-winning production group. An offshoot of National Broadcasting Society, students in ChomPics have produced a variety of comedy, dramatic, and entertainment news programs.
CMA EDU is a campus-based program that gathers college students in celebration of their love for music and gives them an inside look into the music industry. In return, CMA leverages these groups for research, marketing, and promotional use on their respective campuses. For more information, contact Rob Harder.
Link: CMA EDU on Facebook
The Florida Magazine Student Association is a professional organization committed to serving the employment, educational and social needs of UF students interested in pursing a career in magazine writing, editing, designing and/or publishing. FMSA connects its members to editors of local and national publications and to the faculty from the College of Journalism and Communications. Members have the opportunity to take part in resume critique workshops every semester, listen to inspiring guest speakers and gain a greater knowledge of the magazine world.
We are also a chapter of Ed2010, a community of young, eager magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes who want to learn more about the industry and obtain editing positions. For more information, contact Ted Spiker.
Graduate Students in Mass Communication Association
GSMCA is a student run organization in the College of Journalism and Communications. It serves as the liaison between the College of Journalism of Mass Communication, the Graduate Student Council and the graduate students. The association’s primary purpose is to assist, advise, and inform incoming and currently enrolled graduate students about the program, the university, and living in Gainesville.
HCA was founded in 1992. Its membership encompasses students from all college majors. Based on total Hispanic enrollment, HCA has the highest percentage of participation of any of the college’s minority student media organizations.
Hispanic Public Relations Student Association (HPRSA)
Founded in 2018, HPRSA is the nation’s first student-led public relations association dedicated to the interest and/or expertise of the Hispanic market. Its mission is to advance the practice of Hispanic public relations as a marketing discipline; to serve as the voice for students working in the Hispanic communications field nationwide; and to empower its members through resources, education and a community that will support them throughout their careers.
The Journalism and Communications Ambassadors are dedicated to promoting high standards of excellence in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism & Communications by giving all students access to opportunities for both academic and personal development. This is accomplished by hosting the official college tours, serving as volunteers for various college events and programs, and providing meaningful resources and mentorship to current students.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists Gator Chapter is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in journalism.
The Gator Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, formerly known as the Association of Black Communicators, was founded in 1980 as the first minority organization in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. The name was changed in 2012 to reflect its relationship with the National Association of Black Journalists the professional parent organization. In its 32 years of excellence, it has promoted and encouraged journalism and communications as a career for students while gaining operational support from the college’s Knight Division.
The University of Florida chapter of the National Broadcasting Society provides students with opportunities to prepare for a career in the broadcast, production, or management fields. Make friends, learn about the business, and get vital job tips.
(NLGJA) Association of LGBTQ Journalists
The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association – The Association of LGBTQ Journalists is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development for its members.
The purpose and mission of NLGJA’s student chapter is to provide a network for LGBTQ student journalists and their allies, both on campus and in the greater Gainesville community
The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution, in all news media. NPPA encourages photojournalists to reflect high standards of quality in their professional performance and in their personal code of ethics. NPPA vigorously promotes freedom of the press in all its forms. To this end, NPPA provides continuing educational programs and fraternalism without bias, as we support and acknowledge the best the profession has to offer. Our members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry.
The Public Relations Student Society of America is one of the most prestigious organizations at the University of Florida and one of the strongest and largest chapters in the nation. It provides superior pre-professional development that consistently places its members ahead of the competition in today’s fierce job market.
Science Communigators trains students to translate science for public consumption. Our articles and videos highlight UF research and esoteric scientific concepts — geared toward a lay audience. We also host events and offer resources to improve science literacy and help students communicate science.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the leading national organization of student and professional journalists. Membership is open to all students who intend to embark on a career in media. The national organization is especially active in journalism ethics, freedom of information and cases involving the rights of reporters.
Sparks is an Asian American student-run magazine that aims to share the Asian American Pacific Islander experience with the community while elevate student voices.
Sports Media Society
UF Sports Media Society promotes development and cohesion among students interested in sports journalism, communication, and information within the College of Journalism and Communications.
Advisor: Eric Esterline