Student Media Organizations

Enhance your classroom learning, and put your new skills to work by joining student media outlets at the school and on campus. These students talk about why they got involved and why you should, too.

Student Media Organizations

Professionals rely on organizations to enhance their careers, and student organizations seek to provide the same support through workshops and programming. At The Media School, students have many opportunities for hands-on experience and collaborative learning.

Some of these organizations are housed in Franklin Hall, home of The Media School, offering not only proximity for student involvement but also an energetic atmosphere at the campus’s “media central.”

Below are media organizations and campus groups that offer student employment, internships, hands-on training as well as access to guest speakers, alumni and national conferences.

American Student Radio

American Student Radio is an online station dedicated to student-created podcasts and news shows, as well as other programming. In collaboration with students across the nation, who are invited to pitch their story ideas, students at IU develop and produce NPR-style stories. Adviser: Adjunct lecturer Amy Gastelum. FacebookTwitterEmail.

The Arbutus Yearbook

For more than 125 years, the Arbutus yearbook has captured the history of the state’s largest public university from a student perspective, covering personal stories, news events, athletics and campus controversies. The yearbook is a showcase for photographers, with writing, design and peer management critical to the production of the 288-page publication. Adviser: Ruth Witmer. FacebookTwitter, Instagram.

Big Ten Network Student U

Big Ten Network Student U  televises football games, men and women’s basketball games, Big Ten championship events, among others. Students produce programs streamed live on BTN2Go, many of which are rebroadcast on BTN TV. Adviser: Associate professor Galen Clavio. Twitter.

Bloomington Ad Club

Bloomington Ad Club is the IU chapter of the American Advertising Federation. It includes members from several majors who are interested in learning more about advertising and integrated marketing communication. Regular meetings often feature guest speakers who are professionals in those fields.  Adviser: Lecturer Craig Wood. FacebookTwitter.


Open to all IU students, GameDev@IU meets weekly during regular semesters for members to talk over game design problems, show their work and gather feedback. Members include those from The Media School as well as the School of Informatics and Computing, among others. Adviser: Lecturer Will Emigh. Twitter, Email.

Indiana Daily Student

The nationally acclaimed Indiana Daily Student is a financially and editorially independent newspaper. Since its founding in 1867, it has been a hub of deadline and news activity. The IDS staff chronicles both campus and community affairs while competing with regional media for breaking news. The newspaper offers students professional opportunities in reporting, management, sales, advertising, special projects, human resources and design. Adviser: Ruth Witmer. Facebook, Twitter.

IU Student Sports Media

IU Student Sports Media connects students interested in all aspects of sports media to relevant campus media, internship and job opportunities. Students in the organization have special access to IU alumni working in the field, who often visit campus and meet with students. Adviser: Associate professor Galen Clavio. Facebook.

IU Student Television

IU Student Television is a student-created and student-run television station located on campus. Founded in 2002, IUSTV offers high-quality programming for the Bloomington community while giving students real-world experience in the television industry. Students create and produce news and entertainment programming, and the station also offers opportunities in graphic design, Web development, network administration, computer programming and management. Adviser: Kenny Smith. Facebook, Twitter

National Association of Black Journalists

The IU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists is a professional organization partnership that received a charter in 2010 after students organized and developed programs the previous year. Members have supported fundraisers, developed programs with professionals and guest speakers and collaborated to steer the campus chapter toward goals in keeping with NABJ’s national mission of “providing quality programs and services to and advocating on behalf of black journalists worldwide.” Adviser: Assistant professor Danielle Kilgo. Facebook, TwitterEmail.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The IU chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists offers members connections to national scholarships and internships as well as networking opportunities with alumni and professionals in the industry. Adviser: Assistant professor Gerry Lanosga. Facebook, Twitter, Email.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

The IU chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association lends support, education and networking opportunities along with other journalism resources to its members. The group is open to any student interested in pursuing a career in media, coverage of or discussion on LGBT issues. The student chapter holds weekly meetings during the regular semester. 

News-Decoder is a global news service and forum for young people of a wide range of majors and career paths to foster an understanding of international issues, to challenge their own assumptions and to offer new insights through their own stories. IU is one of 14 original pilot programs around the world. Students produce stories that break down complicated global issues, collaborating with peers at IU and abroad, as well as accomplished News-Decoder editors and correspondents with decades of journalistic experience. Adviser: Professor of practice Elaine Monaghan.
Online News Association

The Online News Association is a nonprofit organization for digital journalists. The IU chapter takes in professionals and students involved in journalism, technology and innovation as members in order to provide a forum for education. ONA at IU defines “online” loosely, to include mobile technology and the Internet. Adviser: Lecturer Bonnie Layton. Facebook, Twitter

Public Relations Student Society of America

The Beth Wood Chapter of PRSSA at IU provides members with a variety of activities from conducting skills development workshops, sponsoring speaker visits and organizing field trips to hosting informational sessions with professionals on critical public relations topics. Participants also may work on national competitions, such as the prestigious Bateman Competition, or specialized programs brought to chapters from the national organization. Adviser: Lecturer Dave Groobert. Facebook, Twitter, Email.

Reporters Without Borders

The IU chapter of Reporters Without Borders raises awareness of press freedom and freedom of information issues all around the world. The club engages in human rights activities and takes part in local and international initiatives related to freedom of speech. Adviser: Associate professor Tony Fargo. Facebook, Twitter, Email.

Society of Professional Journalists

The IU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists offers programs about freedom of information, diversity and finding internships and jobs. It is open to any student interested in news reporting, writing, editing and production in all forms of media, from broadcast and print to digital and design. Adviser: Professor of practice Joe Coleman. Facebook, Twitter.

Student Cinema Guild

The IU Student Cinema Guild is an organization where all IU students can collaborate to produce and enjoy film, and gain the experience and preparation they need to work in the entertainment industry. Students write, direct, produce and showcase their films, and work together to learn and grow as media creators. SCG provides the support, equipment, monthly workshops and networking sessions for members. The club also partners with the IU Cinema for its annual Crimson Film Festival and helps bring Campus MovieFest, the largest student film festival in the world, to IU each spring. Adviser: Lecturer Steve Krahnke. Facebook

Student Society for News Design

The IU chapter of the Society for News Design brings together students interested in learning more about visual communications for multimedia, including print and online. The group hears from guest speakers and travels to conferences and workshops. Adviser: Lecturer Steve Layton. Facebook, Twitter, Email.

WIUX Pure Student Radio

WIUX, IU’s student-run radio station, has a broadcast history that goes back to the 1960s. Currently on 99.1 FM, the station organizes music playlists, covers events and news and provides a learning experience for student members. Students may work as DJs, in sports or in the station’s news department. Adviser: Associate professor Galen Clavio. Facebook, TwitterContact

Affiliate organizations

Affiliate organizations are hosted by another academic unit, but many Media School students are members, because the organizations’ missions relate to media. The Media School often partners with affiliate organizations on events and initiatives.

Gaming @ IU

Gaming @ IU serves as a portal to all gaming activities at the university. It hosts campus-wide events such as LAN Wars, IU Smash tournaments and eSports. Adviser: Adam Sweeny, UITS. Facebook, Twitter, Email.

Indiana All Media

Open to all IU students, Indiana All Media collaborates with student organizations on branding and marketing, video promotions, photo documentaries and graphic design. IAM also sponsors its own projects, such as the IAM Music Video Showcase, IAM Film Fest and workshops created by students, for students. Adviser: Penny Dillon, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs. Twitter, Email.

Music Industry Networking Club

The Music Industry Networking Club connects students to music industry professionals, artists and peers. The group hosts a monthly speaker series and a regional conference, and travels to Nashville or Chicago each spring. Facebook, Twitter.

IU Science Writers

This group includes those from all over campus who are interested in reporting on science issues for a wide range of publications and news organizations. Guest speakers include professionals who cover scientific topics. Facebook, Twitter.


Women in Game Design

Women in Game Design is a special interest group within the IU Center of Excellence for Women in Technology. It supports women who want to learn about how to create games, build skills with production software and code, among other abilities. Contact CEWiT. Facebook, Twitter