School of Journalism Student Groups

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Student Groups

There are many opportunities for journalism students to become involved in group activities that are educational, career-enhancing, and fun!

American Advertising Federation and The Saluki AdLab

The SIUC chapter of the American Advertising Federation is part of a worldwide organization of advertising clubs. A major function of AAF is to work on an advertising campaign that is entered in the national AAF Campaigns Competition, and to travel to compete against other schools. Students also invite guest speakers, hold social events and raise funds for their activities.  

The Saluki AdLab is a full-service, student-run agency. AdLab provides advertising and integrated marketing communication services to local businesses, on-campus departments and other RSOs. Members get real-world, hands-on experience in copywriting, design, media planning, strategy development, research, PR, and more.  

Faculty/Staff Advisers: Bridget Lescelius, and Vickie 

National Association of Black Journalists

The NationaNABJ-2-small.jpgl Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) meets weekly in the Communications Building. It sponsors speakers, workshops, field trips, social events, and partakes in service projects. NABJ is the largest association of journalists of color in the world and has professional chapters throughout the United States. It offers a series of internship and scholarship opportunities.

NABJ- SIUC Chapter

Faculty/Staff Adviser: Dennis Galloway,

Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA)

The first student group affiliated with the Illinois News Broadcasters Association, SINBA brings together students with career interests in broadcast journalism. The group hosts professional news, weather, and sports broadcasters as guest speakers at chapter meetings. Members work on various projects on behalf of the parent INBA organization and attend two statewide conventions each year. In 1989, the SIUC chapter initiated a statewide student news awards competition.

Faculty/Staff Adviser: Joey Helleny, 

Alt.News 26:46 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.

Faculty/Staff Adviser: Jan Thompson, 

Kappa Tau Alpha

Kappa Tau Alpha is a college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. This is a brand new organization at SIU as of Spring 2020. More news and information will be posted soon.

Faculty/Staff Adviser: Bill Babcock,


There are several other ways to get involved in the College.