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Upcoming Events

Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture

September 19, 2017

The Diederich College of Communication, in collaboration with the O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, is pleased to welcome Marina Walker Guevara, the Deputy Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Ms. Walker Guevara will discuss her role in coordinating the efforts of journalists from 80 countries in the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation, The Panama Papers. Join us on September 19 for this free event.

Big Ideas

Marquette Journal Students "Break the Silence"

The work our journalism students are doing on suicide prevention has caught the attention of WSIN. During this months-long project, students wrote about how suicide has affected them and were interviewed about their work. In sharing their highly personal stories, they hope to raise awareness of college-age suicides and to let their fellow students know that there are places to receive help for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. Their stories will be shared in multiple forms of media, including articles in the Marquette Tribune, stories on campus TV stations, podcasts, and PSAs that will be shared on the radio and television. Director of Student Media Mark Zoromski says the project “will all culminate in a live, televised town hall forum.” He adds, “I am so proud of our students!” For more, check out the WSIN story, “’Breaking the Silence:’ Journalism students launch effort to prevent college-age suicide.”

Student Media Wins Three National Awards

The Diederich College of Communication is proud to share another Student Media success story. The Society of Professional Journalists have awarded our student journalists from the Marquette Wire with three national Mark of Excellence awards in the genres of newspaper, magazine and television. Our national award winners are Phil Pinarski, Larson Seaver and Hannah Kirby for “Anti-Trump Rally” in the category of Television Breaking News; Stephanie Harte and the Marquette Journal staff for Best Student Magazine; and Morgan Hughes for General Column Writing. Winners will be honored at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference this September in Anaheim, California. Please join us in congratulating our winners and our Director of Student Media, Mark Zoromski.

The Spirit of Communication at Marquette

Senior Communication Studies major Shannon McCormick embodies the spirit of communication students at Marquette. Eloquent, committed to and excited about her chosen field, she loves to conduct interviews and talk to people. As part of her capstone course, McCormick completed a large research project to study alcohol use among teens. She interviewed high school and college students as well as adults, analyzed her findings and wrote a robust research paper that incorporated several areas of communication.

Like many communication students, McCormick balances multiple commitments between her two minors in Advertising and Public Relations and working as the Media Relations Assistant for MU Athletics. Her ability to excel academically while managing a rigorous work schedule will serve her well as she transitions from college life to her professional career.

Real-World Experience Comes to Sports Promotion Class

Dr. Jim Pokrywczynski, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication, is working hard to bring real-world experience to his students. This year, “Doc Pok” and the students in his Sports Promotion Class are working with Fox Sports University and the USGA to promote the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills next June.


The students in the Sports Promotion class are tasked with the goal of increasing awareness and excitement of the U.S. Open in Wisconsin. They work in teams and present their ideas to Fox Sports and USGA executives, and their ideas may even be utilized during the campaign. The USGA and Fox both recruit interns out of this program, rewarding stand-out Marquette students the opportunity to jump-start their careers and take their participation in the FOX Sports U program to the next level.


As the FOX Sports team prepares for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, they are planning to incorporate a number of concepts from the winning team in Doc Pok's class. Check out this video promotion for the full story.

Communication Disciplines: One College Eight Majors

As an undergraduate, you can choose from eight majors, from creative advertising and digital media arts to the strategic disciplines of corporate communication and communication studies. If you have an investigative skill set, you might enjoy journalism or media studies, whereas strong problem solvers often find their niche in public relations. And finally, actors, directors, and technicians gravitate to theatre arts, where they can perform center stage or work behind the scenes.


You may also enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program that allows you to choose any of these majors and earn both your bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years.

Faculty Dedicated to Education and Research

From Strategic Communication to Theatre and Performing Arts, Diederich College of Communication faculty brings a wide range of theoretical and artistic skills to the classroom, while seamlessly weaving ethical and social justice considerations into conversations.


Dedicated to excellence in education, faculty members regularly attend conferences and teaching symposiums to further their own development as researchers and educators. Taking a collaborative approach, they readily share what they've learned with the college.


Meet the faculty here, learn what called them to Marquette, and see what their research is all about.