As Loyola strives for excellence, the School of Communication offers various opportunities for students to express their skills, opinions and ideas. Organizations include honors societies and professional organizations, as well as student-produced programming and publications. Each presents real life experience for students striving to achieve excellence in various fields of communication.
Ad Club is a professional club focusing on networking and immersing ourselves into the advertising industry. This year we have begun working with some of Loyola University’s organizations and creating advertisements for them, as well as making posters for various events and guest speakers on campus. The organization will help build your resume, as well as your network. We definitely do a lot of creative work that you can add to your portfolio.
Beta Rho Honors Society
Beta Rho is a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Society. As the only active organization at Loyola University Chicago geared towards academically advanced communication majors, it stands as Beta Rho’s number one priority to recognize, foster and award those students who have pushed their talents and ability farther than that which is required from them.
Loyola University Debate Team
Memberships: NPDA Style: NTD/CEDA and Parliamentary
Founded in 1875, the debate team is the oldest student organization on campus. The team is open to all undergraduates. Although we are a parliamentary team we invite students with no experience or experience in other styles of debate to join us. Students from a variety of styles have been successful in our program.
Loyola MOSAIC Magazine
Loyola's School of Communication encourages students to be involved with their surrounding community and issues concerning social justice. John Slania's Advanced Reporting class evokes student-produced online magazines that strive to promote issues of social justice in Chicago. The class offers practical training for students interested in reporting for newspapers, TV and radio. Students research and develop story ideas, conduct interviews, take photos and design the website.
Current Issue Focus: The 2015 issue of the Mosaic focuses on public education in Chicago.
- Mosaic 2014—Focus: Gun Violence
- Mosaic 2013.pdf—Focus: Health
- Mosaic 2012.pdf—Focus: The Economy
- Mosaic_2011.pdf—Focus: Immigration
- Mosaic_2010.pdf—Focus: War and Peace
- Mosaic_2009.pdf—Focus: Homelessness
- Mosaic_2008.pdf—Focus: Chicago's Green Evolution Revealed
- Mosaic_2007.pdf—Focus: Immigration
- Mosaic_2006.pdf—Focus: Tolerance
- Mosaic_2005.pdf—Focus: Voices of the Collective Community
- Mosaic_2004.pdf—Focus: The Cultural and Ethnic Life of Chicago
The Loyola Phoenix
April, 2011—The Loyola Phoenix was awarded top honors as Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in Region 5, which includes Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. This is the second year the Phoenix has won the award. The Society of Professional Journalists announced its Region 5 Mark of Excellence Award winners for the 2010 calendar year. This year, the contest received almost 4,000 entries.
May, 2009—The Loyola Phoenix student newspaper won first place as the best all-around non-daily student newspaper. Phoenix columnists Katie Drews and Sarah Watts also took first place in the general column-writing category. Second-place honors went to the Loyola Phoenix Editorial Board for editorial writing and to the Phoenix’s Assistant Diversions Editor, Kate Albing, for feature writing. Albing’s award-winning story, “Class in session” chronicled the musicians at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk music.
LUCine (lucfilm.com), the Loyola University film club, is committed to developing and sustaining an appreciation for film in the Loyola Community by exposing community members with differing levels of film knowledge to a wide variety of film genres. Students have many opportunities to participate in LUCine through the Lake Shore Community Media Project, film screenings, film festivals, and film production workshops with industry professionals. All are welcome and encouraged to join. For more information on LUCine events, resources and contact information, please visit the lucfilm.com website.
Public Relations Student Society of America
In 1968, 20 years after its own establishment, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) founded the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The declared purpose of PRSSA is to cultivate a favorable and mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.
Loyola Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
Embedded in the history of Journalism is the Society of Professional Journalists. It is the nation's largest and most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of print and electronic journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. The SPJ code of ethics is still the gold-standard by which industry professionals abide today. The Loyola chapter has won the Best Chapter award in the region for three years.
Rambler Sports Locker
The Rambler Sports Locker is Loyola's first and only student-run weekly television production. The group meets every Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the SOC Convergence Studio (SOC 100). All majors and backgrounds are welcome! Students have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of everything that goes in to producing a TV show.
Joe Flaherty: Co-Producer
Megan Carabelli: Co-Producer
Nick Amatangelo: Assistant Producer
Brigitte Sheerin: Assistant Producer
Rianne Coale: Head of Social Media
Chicago Sound Alliance