Events and Outreach

What's Happening in the Diederich College of Communication

Throughout the year, the Diederich College of Communication brings nationally known speakers to campus, encouraging students and faculty
to explore vital communication issues. Faculty and graduate students also enjoy opportunities to present their research, creating a climate of intellectual curiosity in the college.


Annual Events
Lectures, symposia and conferences presented each academic year by the Diederich College of Communication

Featured Guest Speakers
Each year, the Diederich College of Communication invites a number of distinguished academics and professionals
to share their advice and experience with our community

Diederich College Initiative
This program was created by and for college faculty to initiate and sustain a variety of activities among faculty and students
that would investigate various dimensions of communication ethics, values and social justice.

The O'Brien Fellowship
The Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University fosters excellence in journalism
and improves the quality of news and information reaching the American public.

Community Connections
Read stories of faculty, staff and students connecting with Milwaukee area businesses and individuals

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Housed within Johnston Hall, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service is a multimedia website that provides objective
and professional reporting on urban issues in central city Milwaukee communities

Messmer Partnership
A growing partnership between the college and Messmer High School, a Catholic high school serving a diverse, urban population,
encourages Messmer students to explore communication majors at Marquette

Urban Journalism Workshop
The Urban Journalism Workshop offers aspiring journalists a sense of the real world of news reporting. During this intensive two-week summer program, high school students use Diederich College of Communication facilities and equipment to provide content for the Urban Voice, a multi-media website capturing diverse perspectives and mirroring the converging worlds of media.

Big Ideas

The Latest Comm Magazine is Now Online

The latest issue of Comm magazine is full of Diederich College successes, like the rockumentary former Marquette University students created on alumni Gret Kot that won a Midwest Emmy. You can also follow the journey of alumni James Ford Murphy from Wisconsin to California, starting when he was a cartoonist at The Marquette Tribune and culminating to his career as a Pixar animator. Other highlights include a look behind making a Marquette musical and Dr. Sumana Chattopadhyay's comparison of electoral issues across countries. And finally, let's not forget Daria Kempka's End Note, where she reflects on how to choose a meaningful major.

Another O'Brien Fellowship Success

Former O'Brien intern Erin Caughey played a key role in developing the online presentation for "Unsolved: A Murdered Teen, A 40-Year Mystery," a seven-part, weekly interactive series with print stories, podcasts, videos, images and reader guides. Producing “Unsolved” for the Web allowed Caughey to do something that few journalists have accomplished, given the relatively new world of interactive design. She creatively developed ways to display court documents, create investigation and case timelines and portray characters and suspects in the story. Learn more about Caughey's success and the fellowship.

Student reports on Chicago mothers banding together for CNN

Wyatt Massey, '16, is spending his summer working as Features Intern for CNN. He wrote a story about "Mothers Against Senseless Killings," a group of mothers who patrol Englewood, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago. Massey is studying writing-intensive English and advertising. Read more of Massey's work.

Students present Cultura, their magazine journalism capstone

Journalism students in Dr. Nettleton's magazine capstone produced Cultura, a bilingual magazine about arts at Marquette and in Milwaukee. Cultura was produced entirely by the students. Students were required to take on roles writing, editing, fact checking and designing. Cultura was partnered with Spanish students in Dr. Julia Paulk's classes, who helped with the translation of some stories. 

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

Majors in Communication

Interested in pursuing a degree in Communication? Learn more.

With the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program students can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years.