Student Organizations

The school supports a wide variety of organizations that provide opportunities for further education, practical work experience and personal development.

 

Ad Club

Type: Student Group
About: The Ad Club is an academic chapter affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Regular meetings are held with national and local advertising professionals as guest speakers. The club participates in the AAF National Student Advertising Competition.

Adviser: Joe Bob Hester
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Black Ink Magazine

Type: Student Group
About: The Black Ink is the official publication of the Black Student Movement (BSM) on UNC’s campus. It was founded in 1969 and started as a newspaper. Over the years, the publication has transformed into the current magazine format. The Black Ink was created to be the black voice on campus and it continues to serve as an outlet for African American students, allowing them to voice their opinions, thoughts and ideals. But more importantly, the Black Ink is still the voice of the Carolina student and focuses on local, national and international issues that affect every student.

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Blue & White magazine

Type: Student Group
About: Blue & White was established in the spring of 1998 as a media outlet and community resource, designed to return focus to the greatest things about this "University of the People." Its creators hoped to become a financially independent, student-run magazine that allowed opportunities for students of all majors to utilize their talents and abilities in a practical manner. Today its more than 80-member staff informs students about the defining personalities, current issues, historical patterns and trends that will shape the University's future. Through its two media products--Blue & White Magazine and Blue & White Online--the organization aims to help students develop a greater appreciation of the University and the roles it plays for the communities it serves. Blue & White's vision is to be the highest quality media organization impacting the students, faculty and friends of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill--having the best media products, business management and staff.

Adviser: Paul Cuadros
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Carolina Association of Black Journalists (CABJ)

Type: Student Group
About: CABJ is open to any student in the school or at UNC. Its primary purpose is to support and encourage careers for minority students and to sensitize media coverage and practices toward minorities. CABJ is a collegiate chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). By NABJ standards, CABJ is a top student chapter- finishing as a finalist for Student Chapter of the Year in 2015. While membership is predominately Black, the organization welcomes all who seek to increase diversity in the media. The chapter holds networking events with area professionals and alumni, as well as assists in diversity recruitment efforts to the school.

Advisers: Trevy McDonald and Jan Yopp
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Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors (CAFME)

Type: Student Group
About: CAFME, the Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors, welcomes students interested in all facets of the magazine industry, including editorial, design, management, advertising and more. CAFME was recognized in 2011 as Best New Chapter of Ed2010. CAFME's active membership hosts guest speakers and organizes a range of events to help students break into the magazine industry through internships and staff positions. The club occasionally travels to visit publishing companies, consult with magazine staff and to network.

Adviser: Barbara Friedman
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Carolina Connection

Type: Student Radio Newscast
About: Carolina Connection is the radio newsmagazine produced by students in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism students are responsible for all aspects of the program’s production. They report, write, produce, and anchor each week’s program. They also perform all of the technical tasks, such as recording interviews, mixing audio, and engineering the weekly live half-hour broadcast. Carolina Connection is heard Saturday mornings at 8:30 on WCHL 97.9 FM and 1360 AM — Chapel Hill’s news/talk radio station. Selected stories are broadcast statewide on the North Carolina News Network, a group of more than seventy radio stations.  Student-produced stories from Carolina Connection also have aired nationwide on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and American Public Media’s “The Story with Dick Gordon.”

Adviser: Adam Hochberg
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Carolina Week

Type: Student Television Newscast
About: Carolina Week is a student television newscast produced by students of the School of Media and Journalism. Students are responsible for all of the pieces aired, as well as the production of the show. Supervised by a management team of professors and graduate students with prior professional broadcast experience, students shoot, write and edit their own stories. The program, which airs weekly, allows students to gain a strong hands-on experience in the broadcast journalism field. Carolina Week has won numerous state, regional and national awards. Reporters cover University, community and state news for two TV newscasts. Each half hour TV newscast includes news, weather and sports segments.

Adviser: C.A. Tuggle
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Carrboro Commons

Type: Student Publication
About:The Carrboro Commons, since 2006 providing Carrboro with news, features and photographs that capture the vibe of “the Paris of the Piedmont.” Produced by the students in MEJO 459 Community Journalism taught by Senior Lecturer Jock Lauterer.

Adviser: Jock Lauterer
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Coulture Magazine 

Type: Student Publication 
About: Coulture is a fashion and lifestyle magazine dedicated to people who are speaking up, standing out, making waves, traveling the world and educating themselves – all in style. Through artistic expression and the power of storytelling, Coulture highlights their extraordinary stories and accomplishments. Coulture also takes a global, open-minded approach to fashion and lifestyle, featuring models of different races and sizes, delving into cultures around the world and confronting current societal issues. Coulture makes high fashion accessible to anyone and enables readers to embrace the power of style. “Making a statement” can come in many forms – we’re here to chronicle the stories and styles of down-to-earth people right here in Chapel Hill and across the globe. 

Adviser: Dana McMahan and Chris Roush
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Crash Campaign  

Type: Student Group
About: Crash Campaign is a student competition that takes place over 24 hours in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina. It allows students to gain experience, showcase their talent as well as give back to the local community. Students will compete in teams to solve local business and non-profit marketing problems. These teams will conduct the research, develop the strategy, and implement the solutions. Once time is up, the ideas will be pitched to a panel of experienced judges and clients followed by a networking event.

Adviser: Lois Boynton
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The Daily Tar Heel

Type: Student Publication (Independent from the University)
About: The Daily Tar Heel has been publishing continuously since 1893, and in 1989 it incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation separate from the university. It stopped taking student activity fees in 1993 and is solely funded by its advertising revenue, thus making it both fiscally and editorially independent. The paper moved off campus to downtown Chapel Hill in the summer of 2010. The student journalists are solely responsible for all content under the direction of the student editor-in-chief. The paper circulates 14,000 free copies each publishing day during the regular academic year to 205 distribution locations throughout campus, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Chatham and Durham, making it the largest community newspaper in the area with an estimated readership of more than 38,000.

Advisor: Erica Beshears Perel
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The Durham VOICE

Type: Student Publication
About: The journalism programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. Central University have partnered with Durham NGOs, schools and civic and church leaders to produced the Durham VOICE, a community newspaper that  lifts up the community though journalism that promotes youth development, social change and civic engagement.  Stories, photos and videos are posted weekly online a durhamvoice.org and a print edition is distributed in the community every month during the school year. In addition, local urban youth are mentored by journalism students from UNC and NCCU.

Adviser: Jock Lauterer
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Heelprint Communications

Type: Student Group
About: Heelprint Communications is a student-run creative agency that was founded in 2009 by students of the MJ-school. Heelprint is a for-profit entrepreneurial venture that offers students a dynamic outlet to explore the fields of advertising, marketing, strategic communication, and public relations with real-world clients, while providing them with valuable hands-on experience.

Adviser: Valerie Fields
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JINCS (Journalists Integrating Computer Science)

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JINCS is a collaborative organization for journalism majors who have started coding (in 187, 586, or a CS class) and aren’t sure where to go next. JINCS wants to bring together old and new interactive multimedia students to foster the development of interactive programmers in journalism. JINCS provides resources for new interactive multimedia students who want to develop their skills. Meetings will include workshops on coding that aim not to introduce programming, but build on those web development skills that members have already started learning. JINCS will also be a social space for people to seek mentors and discuss new opportunities for skill and career building.

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Kappa Tau Alpha

Type: Honor Society
About: Kappa Tau Alpha is a national society dedicated to the recognition and promotion of scholarship in the field of journalism. It is open to all individuals regardless of race, creed or sex. Scholarship is the single key to membership. The society was founded at the University of Missouri in 1910. The UNC chapter was founded in 1955 and was later named the Norval Neil Luxon Chapter to honor the dean of the school from 1953 to 1964. The invitation to join KTA is extended to undergraduate and graduate students who have placed in the top 10 percent of their class. Students are notified if they meet the requirements.

Adviser: Spencer Barnes
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MJ-school Ambassadors

Type: Student group
About: MJSA was created in 2012 as a student-initiative to help current, future and former journalism students best navigate and succeed through the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

Adviser: Robin Heavner Jackson
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National Press Photographers Association

Type: Student Group
About: The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is the nation's largest trade organization for photojournalists. The UNC student chapter helps organize PhotoNight, a monthly speaker series and The 37th Frame, an annual exhibition of photographs produced by the school's visual communication students. The NPPA student group also helps organize workshops and portfolio reviews.

Adviser: Chad Stevens
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Public Relations Student Society of America

Type: Student Group
About: The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America, the world's largest organization of public relations professionals. Students interact with local professionals at monthly meetings and at meetings of  the PRSA chapter in Raleigh. Students also attend the PRSA national conference, along with the regional professional development conference sponsored by North Carolina's three PRSA chapters and other professional associations.

Adviser: Lois Boynton, Rick Clancy and Valerie Fields  
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Reese News Lab

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About: An experimental news and research project based at the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Adviser: Ryan Thornburg
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Resound magazine

Type: Student Publication
About: Resound’s Mission Statement: “To produce an online magazine devoted to connecting college students, musicians, and venues in order to create mutually beneficial relationships and invigorate campus cultures. Resound Magazine will facilitate a dialogue engaging all corners of campus music culture with features including news, reviews, event schedules, photos and videos. Resound seeks to become an online resource that benefits local and campus music enthusiasts as well as improves the vitality of existing campus music culture.”

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Society for News Design

Type: Student Group
About: The student chapter of the Society for News Design was organized to provide students with greater exposure to graphic design and a direct link with professional publication designers. The chapter sponsors workshops, seminars and portfolio reviews; takes field trips; brings in visiting professionals; and holds social events.

 

Adviser: Terence Oliver
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Society of Professional Journalists

Type: Student Group
About: The campus chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists meets monthly for sessions with professionals and other specialized programs. Student membership may be transferred to professional chapters upon graduation. The student chapter is associated with professional chapters on regional and national levels, and students are encouraged to attend annual meetings at both levels.

Adviser: Paul Cuadros
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Sports Xtra

Type: Student Sports Television Newscast
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Adviser: C.A. Tuggle
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