Clubs & Organizations
Broadcasting Education Association Student Media Club
The BEA Student Media Club at MSU is designed to help students create professional ties to the broadcast industry.
Events include a spring 48 hour audio challenge and a fall 48 hour film/video challenge, as well as invited guest speakers to campus.
Dr. Terry Likes
Blackfriars Drama Society
The primary purpose of Blackfriars Drama Society is to promote and support theatre as an art form, the theatre production process, student leadership in the arts and theatre artists on Mississippi State University’s campus and in the local community. We are open to all theatre fans, practitioners and audience members of the MSU community.
Lab Rats Comedy & Improv
Lab Rats Comedy & Improv is a student theatre organization that performs improv pieces and provides assistance backstage, in the shops, and other areas of Theatre MSU's productions.
Lambda Pi Eta
MSU hosts the Theta Alpha chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. Newly eligible candidates for Lambda Pi Eta are identified in the fall semester and inducted in the spring semester of each year. If you believe you are eligible to join but have not received an invitation, feel free to contact the faculty advisors.To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete 60 semester credit-hours
- Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours in Communication
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication Studies courses
- Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by MSU's policies
Dr. Melanie Loehwing
LPH Faculty Advisor
Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM)
PRAM is a regional organization comprised of college students and the best public relations practitioners in Mississippi. A membership provides access to workshops and conferences, PRISM Awards, study programs for Accreditation, as well as membership in the Southern Public Relations Federation. SPRF joins Mississippi PR practitioners and students with others in Alabama, Louisiana, and the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle. For more information, please visit the Starkville PRAM website.
Dr. John Forde, APR
PRISM fosters a dynamic learning environment where students are encouraged to apply classroom knowledge to strategic communication campaigns unfolding in real time. Members of PRISM are provided with professional internship experience, a dynamic portfolio/resume, and course credit. Students leave PRISM with many skill sets, providing learning opportunities in teamwork, leadership, and workplace responsibility. For more information, visit the PRISM website.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the largest pre-professional organization for public relations students in the nation. PRSSA seeks to advance the PR profession through rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession. For more information, please visit our PRSSA website.
Dr. Terri Hernandez
The Reflector is Mississippi State University’s award-winning student newspaper, and the oldest student newspaper in the SEC. Since 1884, the Reflector has helped thousands of young writers, photographers, designers, and editors get their start in media. Some of the Reflector’s recent alumni who now shape the national dialogue include:
Ross Dellenger, national college football writer for Sports Illustrated
Elizabeth Crisp Dellenger, U.S. Capitol reporter for The Advocate
Ben Mims, cooking columnist for the Los Angeles Times
Anna Wolfe, investigative reporter and winner of the 2018 and 2019 Bill Minor Prize for Investigative Journalism
Craig Peters, senior editor for the Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Starrett, author of four history books about Mississippi and the South
Dustin Barnes, digital strategist for the USA Today Network
Although the Reflector still publishes a physical edition, it has adapted to the changing media landscape, winning national awards for its multimedia content and website in 2020. The Reflector is always looking for ambitious young content creators. Visit the Reflector website for more information.
Speech & Debate Council
The MSU Speech and Debate Council represents Mississippi State University in intercollegiate forensics competition and promotes speech and debate education on campus and across the state. We believe in the power of the spoken word to change lives and communities for the better.
Competitive speech and debate at Mississippi State has a long and proud history, stretching back over decades. Since the program was revived in 2015, it has had great success, winning numerous tournament and regional championships, and seeing our students ranked among the top in the nation.
However, the Council’s impact goes beyond winning trophies. We promote public speaking and debate on MSU’s campus through activities like the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest, mock presidential debates, and sponsorship of Student Association debates. We also work to provide forensics education in the larger community by sponsoring activities like the Cowbell Classic tournament and helping establish and support new high school programs.
Whether you’re an experienced speaker or completely new to the activity, the Council has something for you. If you’re interested in learning more, let us know.
Take 30 News
Broadcasting students produce multiple multimedia programs each semester. Take 30 provides hands-on experience for majors to prepare them for careers. Learn skills in producing, anchoring, writing, reporting, videography, directing, technical directing and more.
Take 30 News Directory
Theatre MSU provides students with professional training in a wide range of productions skills. Students from all majors at MSU are welcome to participate in acting, scene construction, costuming, and helping behind the scenes. Audition information is posted on Theatre MSU’s social media platforms as well as on Cowbell Connect. Theatre MSU typically produces five productions each year that includes one children's show.
The Scene is the new MSU student organization devoted to film and hosted by the Department of Communication. The goal of The Scene is to create one short film each semester that is completely student written, directed, and edited. The organization hopes to give students of all different backgrounds and levels of experience the chance to see and/or be a part of every aspect of the filmmaking process. To join The Scene, visit the Cowbell Connect website.