Student Organizations and Clubs | MCMA | SIU

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Registered Student Organizations and Student Clubs

SIU offers over 20 media arts and mass communication-related involvement opportunities.

All opportunities are open to students regardless of their major and offer great ways to develop hands-on experience, build on their resume, and explore areas of interest.

The College of Mass Communication and Media Arts hosts its own Involvement Fair every fall to  introduce and remind students of these and any new opportunities.

Get Involved 26:46 is an alternative news magazine that covers quirky human interest stories, airs on the regional PBS affiliate and has won more than 31 professional regional Emmy Awards and 7 National College Television Awards. Responsibilities include: film/video production, graphics, animation, web, hosting/on-camera, producing, and more. Episodes air on WSIU, our region's PBS station.

The Big Muddy Film Festival is an internationally recognized film festival that began in 1979 and is one of the oldest film festivals affiliated with a university in the nation.  With the assistance of faculty and the community, The Big Muddy Crew of students organize and run the festival which features juried films in animation, documentary, experimental and narrative categories. Students also participate in the Little Muddy Student Film Festival.

The Daily Egyptian Newspaper is an award-winning student-run newspaper whose history dates back to 1916. Students publish news stories daily, with a print edition distributed once a week. Students are responsible for advertising, writing/reporting, editing, multi-media, web, graphics/layout, and more. All positions are paid. 

Digidog Records is a student-run record label which records and promotes local musicians and runs an annual music festival. There are opportunities for students interested in audio production and music business.

The Gateway Journalism Review analyzes journalism and entertainment media to offer readers a clear understanding of reporting and to promote fair, credible media. It is published in the School of Journalism and provides students with an opportunity to work on an established journal.

MCMA Ambassadors is an organization lead by the recruitment and retention coordinator to help with recruitment efforts at events, school visits and more. For more information, contact Rita Medina at

Movie Camera Movement (MCM) is a student group that produces several short narrative films a year. Students incorporate the filmmaking structure, positions, and workflow commonly found in large crew productions within the entertainment industry. Roles range from scriptwriting to producing/directing to post-production editing and everything in-between. 

Musicians United (M.U.S.I.C.) offers opportunities to jam, play in venues around Carbondale, and occasionally record. There are also opportunities for networking and collaborating with fellow musicians.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an interdisciplinary media group that focuses on professional development and sponsors workshops, guest speakers, conferences, field trips, social events and service projects. This is the student chapter of the largest national association for journalists of color.

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. SIU’s student chapter is one of only 12 in the nation.

Photogenesis offers professional development for photography students by sponsoring visiting photographers and field trips to photography studios, galleries, and museums. Photogenesis also supports Lux, a fine photography magazine.

River Region Evening Edition has helped launch careers of some of the best broadcast journalists in the nation.  With a tradition at SIU Carbondale that goes back more than 40 years, the program is a live, student-produced, half-hour newscast that airs on the regional PBS affiliate, WSIU. RREE is the recipient of numerous honors, including the IBA's Best Student TV Newscast in Illinois. Available positions include; reporters, photographers, producers, news and sports anchors, weathercasters, graphic artists, writers, video editors, sound technicians, camera operators, and more.

The Saluki AdLab offers two ways to get involved. The student chapter of the American Advertising Federation competes in regional and national advertising competitions. AdLab also runs an in-house advertising agency providing full agency services such as branding, social media, print materials and advertising campaigns for internal and community partners.

Saluki Athletics Video Service produces over 70 live athletic events from 6 different sports. They work with ESPN, FSN, and other sports entities and provide hands-on training with camera operation, sports replay, and video switching. To learn more, contact Dennis Galloway at

The Student Programming Council (SPC) is an RSO that plans and implements a wide range of exciting events such as concerts, lectures, films, art exhibits, Homecoming, Saluki Family Weekend, trips, SPC-TV, festivals and special events. 

WIDB is a student run radio station with hip-hop and alternative rock stations streaming online that offers students experience in all aspects of station production, operations/business, and promotion.

Writers’ Room is a group of students learning how to critique and develop their own screenwriting skills. Working alongside the theater department’s playwriting program, students can come together to develop full screenplays and workshop them as a group. 

WSIU television and radio is the professional PBS and NPR station where our students get involved with everything from production to writing and reporting and more. River Region Evening Edition and 26:46 both air on PBS in our region.

Other groups that may be of interest to MCMA students include:

  • National Press Photographers Association Student Council
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Grassroots Literary Magazine
  • Southern Illinois Radio Information Service
  • American Marketing Association
  • Women Business Association
  • and many more