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Student Organizations

Student organization offices are located on the third floor of the Communication and Information Sciences Building on the Tampa campus next to the school’s main office. Most mass communications student organizations post notices of meetings and activities on organization office doors.

Membership in a mass communications student organization offers multiple benefits. New members can benefit from meeting senior students majoring in mass communications. In addition, members regularly meet professional counterparts and tour Tampa Bay media organizations.

Prospective members do not have to be enrolled in mass communications sequences related to the organizations they seek to join. For example, advertising sequence students may elect to join the Radio-Television News Directors Association chapter and public relations sequence students may choose to join the Society of Professional Journalists chapter. In addition, prospective members may be majors in areas other than mass communications.

Radio Television Digital News Association: The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) chapter at USF caters to inspire students interested in a career in mass communications, whether their focus is broadcast news, production or radio. Our monthly meetings include workshops and discussions with some of Tampa's most influential TV and radio broadcasters, as well as prominent journalists, in the nation's 13th largest market. RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting.

President: Wey Lin | weylin@mail.usf.edu

Ad Club: The USF Advertising Club is a place where advertising students can grow and challenge themselves. It is designed to build lasting professional relationships among USF's advertising community. It's a platform where students can interact with professors, fellow students and industry professionals for mentorship and guidance. Members are connected with the Tampa Bay advertising community through guest speakers, AD2 Tampa Bay and other industry events. Working cooperatively with local businesses, it provides members first-hand advertising experience while aiding the needs of the community. Members will benefit from the club's inside information on available internship and job opportunities.
President: Peter Bambasek | president@usfadclub.com
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Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA): The Walter E. Griscti Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (USF PRSSA) is a nationally affiliated, pre-professional student organization devoted to connecting public relations students with each other and exploring the field of PR. Our Mission is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous 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 Associate Membership in PRSA and eventually accredited membership

President: Megan Doherty| megandoherty@mail.usf.edu
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Society of Professional Journalists: Our chapter connect students with journalism professionals in the Bay area. We schedule lectures, socials and networking events. In the past we have had working journalists, professors of journalism and freelancers share their insights.
President: Rebecca Bailey | rbailey4@mail.usf.edu
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