Clubs and organizations

A great college experience depends on many factors; one is becoming involved in campus groups and clubs. The School of Communication offers a variety of organizations for you to expand your career field or interests. Make new friends, network with professionals, or get input on projects for your portfolio or ideas for a thesis.

TIP: Go to Student Life for information about more student groups and organizations outside of the School of Communication.


Radio and TV: WZIP-FM and Z-TV

  • WZIP-FM: Award winning radio station, billed as the most popular college-based, student-run station anywhere. It broadcasts on FM88
  • Z-TV: Z-TV has earned 12 Emmy nominations since 2005.

ZTV shows include:


Speech and Debate Team

Speech and debateThe UA Speech and Debate Team is directed by Mark Rittenour, professor of instruction in communication, and Amanda Layman, graduate assistant coach. Many alumni of the team perennially return to offer coaching, judging and other contributions to its continued success.

“Strong universities value speech and debate,” notes Rittenour.

The team recently won its second Ohio Forensics Association State Championship

About the team


The 2380 Film Club

2380 Film ClubThe 2380 Film Club - The 2380 Film Club is a student organization dedicated to the production, analysis, and appreciation of films.

Members of the organization are film lovers who seek to learn more about film and the art and trade of filmmaking. Members also have the opportunity to enhance their production skills by working in the development of short and full-length feature films.

At 2380, you will be able to meet others with similar interests, attend film screenings, and have the opportunity of showcasing your work at the annual short-film festival at the Nightlight, a local indie cinema in downtown Akron.

Follow The 2380 Film club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The2380Project/


Social Media Learning Lab

Social Media LabThe Social Media Learning Lab - The Social Media Learning Lab brings School of Communication students exciting opportunities to learn about social media analytics. The lab is a space where students and faculty can analyze and measure the effectiveness of social media campaigns and the performance of brands at different points in time and across social media platforms. One of the main features of the lab is that students have access to Radian6, a tool designed to analyze information shared online in social media circles. Students enrolled in social media courses in the School of Communication can take advantage of this space.


Public Relations Student Society of America

PRSSA at The University of AkronPublic Relations Student Society of America, or PRSSA, is a student organization that connects UA students with more than 11,000 college students interested in public relations and communication nationwide. We provide our students with networking opportunities, resources and information that will benefit them in the field after graduation. Students in our organization attend meetings bi-weekly where they interact with guest speakers, as well as other events hosted both by the PRSSA and the Akron and Cleveland Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) groups. The University of Akron PRSSA brings many guest speakers from the professional world to campus to share their experiences and offer information that can be helpful to students trying to navigate the job search after college.

More about PRSSA