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Upcoming Events

NPR's Michel Martin to Speak to College of Comm Students

January 18, 2017

Michel Martin, award-winning journalist and weekend host of NPR's All Things Considered will speak on January 18 in the Weasler Auditorium. Prior to this university-wide event, Michel will speak specifically to students in the College of Communication. Students will have the opportunity to ask Michel questions from 10–11 a.m. in the jPAD.

Michel has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, covering stories for national print, television and radio news media. Her work covering the international campaign to ban the use of land mines was honored iwth an Emmy award.

Making It as a Millennial in the New Age of Journalism

January 26, 2017

We are proud to welcome journalist and speaker Noor Tagouri and alumnus Kevin Clancy. Tagouri works as a reporter at and is dedicated to breaking down cultural barriers. Her storytelling and public speaking have drawn profiles in Marie Claire, The Washington Post and more.

Since graduating in 2015, Clancy has worked tirelessly as a video journalist, covering the campaign trail, political protests and international stories. He currently works at Newsy. Tagouri and Clancy will take the time to offer valuable insights on breaking cultural barriers and successful reporting to students in the jPad on January 26th. More details to come.

The Real Story of the Fake News

February 15, 2017

The Diederich College of Communication is very excited to welcome Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion as the 2017 Burleigh Media Ethics lecturer. In a hilarious and and insightful lecture, Dikkers will chronicle the early years and influence of The Onion. He will examine the impact of satirical news outlets such as Saturday Night Live, “The Daily Show”, and The Onion on modern politics. He will also take a look at the rise of fake news online during the 2016 Election. With the tools of a journalist and the savvy of a comedian, Dikkers will help us make sense of the nonsense.

Big Ideas

The High Value of Internships

Senior Journalism major Hannah Kirby recognizes the value of a good internship. Since starting at Marquette, she has completed three internships that have given her valuable experience for her future career. Last summer, she had 20 articles published in print and digitally while interning at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including this featured cover story about the Pokemon Go app. Prior to her internship at the Journal, Kirby interned with Justin George, a former O’Brien fellow, who brought her to San Francisco while he interviewed families of homicide victims. In filming these vital interviews, Kirby helped give voice to people who desperately wanted to communicate the injustices their loved ones suffered but who did not have the words to tell their stories. Pictured above, Kirby was selected to introduce Justin George at the 2016 conference for O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, a testament to her valuable contributions to George's project.

Student Film Wins Local and Regional Awards

Henry Willette’s short film “Closed Mondays” started out as a class assignment for his senior-level video production class but quickly caught the attention of judges at local and regional festivals. Last spring, Willette won the best writing category at the Marquette Student Film Festival, which is judged by industry professionals in Milwaukee. Spurred on by his initial success, he entered his film in regional festivals. Willette knew he only had a 10% chance of his film being accepted as an emerging filmmaker but has been pleasantly surprised by the results. “Closed Mondays” was shown at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, with actors Matt Nichols and Sidney Johnson taking home awards for the best actor and best actress categories. By taking his responsibilities as a writer-director seriously, Henry Willette has given local actors the opportunity to shine and truly exemplifies what it means “to be the difference.”

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.

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.