American Advertising Federation
The AAF is a professional business organization that brings together students and professionals to create a unifying voice in the industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF consists of a nationwide network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local clubs and student groups. As a chapter of the American Advertising Federation, AAF Illinois seeks to bring students together to network with each other as well as with professionals in the advertising, media and marketing fields. Through presentations, social events, philanthropic events and participation in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC), students in AAF gain skills that supplement their education and can ultimately help them find jobs after graduation. The organization accepts new members at the beginning of each semester (excluding summer).

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Hear My Voice
Hear My Voice is a collaborative project designed to create a platform of inclusion for all voices through articles, research studies and multimedia projects. Through teaching, scholarship, research and constant hands-on experience, students learn how to create and develop professional, ethical, multimedia elements and platforms as well as engage in critical thinking. Hear my Voice practices Active Centralized Empowerment which means everyone works together towards a central goal and individual leadership development. No one is left behind or on the margins. All students across campus of any skill level, race, gender, sexual orientation or preference, and nationality, who have the desire to work towards educating the public about unique and authentic perspectives through narratives and research can join.

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IMACS: Illini Media and Cinema Studies
Illini Media and Cinema (IMACS) strives to improve the experience of Media and Cinema Studies majors at the University of Illinois by providing opportunities geared towards an exploration of the production of film and television, as well as keeping students informed on film-related opportunities both affiliated and not affiliated with the university. Through a series of lectures, workshops, and other events, they strive to cater to those interested in the cinema aspect of Media and Cinema Studies.

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JAMS: Journalism, Advertising, Media Studies. Students
J.A.MS of the College of Media is an organization open to all students across campus who are interested in broadcast and editorial journalism, advertising, filming, producing, event planning, and marketing. J.A.MS is a one-stop shop for students who are looking to hone their skills across various media platforms and work with as well as learn from a diverse group of students who specialize in many different areas. Students will work on hands-on projects and gain experiences that will be transferable to internships and full time employment after graduation.


National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists works to improve the quality of news coverage by promoting diversity and ethical reporting. The NABJ invites professional journalists and professors to share their expertise and encourages members to participate in campus media outlets. Visit the NABJ Web site.


Public Relations Student Society of America
The PRSSA is a student-run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing public relations to the Champaign-Urbana campus. The PRSSA a 100+ student organization sponsored by the Registered Student Organization at Illinois open to all majors.  PRSSA’s goal is to introduce members to the field of public relations, facilitate career development and better inform about the field through professional speakers, career workshops, case study discussions, technology training and community projects. The PRSSA also participates in the Bateman Case Study Competition, a national contest in which student teams create and implement a public relations plan for a nonprofit client. The PRSAA meetings are typically held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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Selling Illini
Selling Illini is the newest RSO to be formed through the College of Media and focuses on the wide world of Sales. The club, formed in August of 2014, contains an Executive board and student members who share a common interest in a future career of sales. While attending successful networking and experience filled events, Selling Illini also has a strong social aspect to the club while learning more and more about Sales, whether Media related or not. You can contact the group through their website or through their Facebook page.


Society of Professional Journalists
The Illinois student chapter of SPJ aims to help students connect with other journalism majors and professionals in the field to learn more about careers in journalism. Faculty members occasionally attend meetings to discuss different aspects of journalism. All journalism students are welcome to attend meetings and participate in the organization, including pre-journalism students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Members have a lot of fun and love to see new faces!

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