School of Communications

Beyond the Classroom

Society of Professional Journalists

The Elon SPJ group sponsors six special events a year, hosts guest speakers and offers journalism workshops open to the Elon University community. The national organization was first known as Sigma Delta Chi when it was started in 1909. Its members are dedicated to the idea that a free press is the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. Members pay a $35 fee. In return they receive 10 issues of Quill, the SPJ magazine about journalists and journalism, and access to useful job banks and internship information offered through the SPJ web site. To read more information about the national organization, go to http://www.spj.org. For information about joining Elon's SPJ chapter, contact the group's adviser, Dr. Anthony Hatcher: 278-5774 or ahatcher@elon.edu.

Public Relations Student Society of America

The Elon PRSSA group meets with North Carolina and national communications professionals in various settings throughout the year. Elon students attend the national convention and compete in the national Bateman Case Study Competition, a prestigious and highly competitive contest. The national organization was formally begun in 1968. Elon's first chapter was formed in 2003. The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners. The student society aims to foster the following: understanding of current theories and procedures of the profession; appreciation of the highest ethical ideals and principles; awareness of an appropriate professional attitude; appreciation of membership in PRSA. Today PRSSA has more than 8,000 members in 248 chapters on college campuses across the country. To read more information about the national organization, go to http://www.prssa.org. For information about joining Elon's PRSSA chapter, chapter dues and other points, contact the group's adviser, Dr. Vaness Bravo: 278-5510 or vbravo@elon.edu.

Lambda Pi Eta

The Elon chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, an organization affiliated with the National Communication Association, got its start in 1998. Any School of Communications student is eligible for membership when he or she has completed at least 60 hours of university credit, with at least 12 of those hours in the School of Communications. Members must be in the top 25 percent of their class and possess no less than a 3.0 overall GPA, and a GPA of at least 3.25 in the School of Communications. Also, students must be in the upper 20 percent of theri graduating class. The annual membership fee is $30. For more information, contact the group's adviser, Dr. Frances Ward-Johnson: 278-5738 or fward2@elon.edu.

Radio-Television Digital News Association

The Elon student chapter of RTDNA, the association of electronic journalists, has been active at Elon since 1999. The group meets for special activities and sponsors student trips to the annual RTDNA convention. It is open to all full-time students preparing for a radio or television journalism career. The cost is $50, and it includes access to a job bank, resume site and other web-based resources in addition to a one-year subscription to Communicator, the RTDNA magazine. For more information about joining the group, contact its adviser, Dr. Rich Landesberg: 278-5112 or rlandesberg@elon.edu.

Cinelon, Student Film Society

Cinelon is both a resource for student filmmakers and a source of motivation. It advances the study of cinema through practical experience and cooperative learning by providing a forum for students to produce and study cinema outside of the classroom. Projects are generated by Cinelon members and outside groups looking for narrative, commercial and music video productions. It also serves as a support system for student filmmakers looking to fill crew positions or network with current and former students. Cinelon is the place for students who love cinema to make, watch and discuss it. For more information about joining the group, contact its adviser, Prof. Paul Castro: 336-278-5730 or pcastro@elon.edu.

American Advertising Federation

Elon’s AAF chapter is a student affiliate of the American Advertising Federation, a network of 40,000 professionals, www.aaf.org. The Elon chapter is an active one, meeting twice monthly in addition to two annual visits to regional advertising agencies. Featured guest speakers hail from prominent regional and national agencies and include presidents, creative directors, account executives, social media managers, and analytics specialists. Club activities include creative competitions and fundraisers. One benefit of this Elon club is access to Elon’s Digital Media Roundtables, directed by Dr. Dan Haygood. These sessions feature leaders and innovators in digital and interactive advertising who share their expertise and skills with the chapter membership. Membership in the Elon chapter includes access to the national organization’s Job Bank, scholarship opportunities and leadership resources. The AAF has 225 student chapters across the country; Elon’s chapter was established in 2009. Annual dues are $60. For more information about joining this group, contact the adviser Dr. Dan Haygood: 336-278-5736 or dhaygood@elon.edu.

National Press Photographers Association

The National Press Photographers Association is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism, its creation, practice, training, editing and distribution in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service. Elon University’s student chapter of the NPPA meets regularly to discuss subjects ranging from technical skills to career opportunities. For more information about joining the group, contact its adviser, Randy Piland: 336-278-5232 or rpiland@elon.edu.

Premier Sport and Event Society

The Premier Sport and Event Society is a student run organization that offers its members professional experience related to career interests in various industries. This outside of the classroom experience is achieved through various event planning activities, networking opportunities, and educational pursuits. After being around for four years membership totals have increased steadily with a current total of 45 members. The Sport and Event Society is quickly becoming a premier organization to be involved with, for those with varied interests related to the Sport and Event Management industry. For more information about joining this group, contact the adviser Dr. Hal Walker: 336-278-5874 or hwalker2@elon.edu.