About the Communication Department

School of Social & Cultural Studies: Communication Department

Our communication curriculum integrates theory and practice, which prepares students to meet today’s communication challenges. We equip our undergraduates for success in graduate or professional school and in their chosen professions.  

Communication majors at Truman choose one of three areas of emphasis:

  • Communication Studies
  • Journalism
  • Public Communication

All three emphases can be used as preparation for the professional world or for graduate school.  To enhance their experience at Truman, students are actively engaged in student media.

Convergence Vision Statement

Since media consumers increasingly demand information that utilizes new technologies and more personalized delivery systems, Truman State University’s journalism community is committed to news reporting and production practices in the emergent and dynamic environment of cross-platform media.

Recognizing intensifying challenges facing the news industry, Truman exposes students to a model of convergence that values the enduring tenets of journalism essential to citizenship and democracy while also investigating how best to tell and deliver stories—most likely through multiple media platforms.

In this manner, the combined resources of the Truman Media Network (TMN), when possible, stress comprehensive and complementary storytelling that expands audiences, but which also maintains the integrity of distinctive TMN venues: The Index, KTRM, News 36 and Detours.

Truman Forensics earns high honors in St. Louis

February 7, 2020

By Truman Forensic Union Faculty/Staff Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) competed at the annual Gorlok Gala speech and debate tournament, hosted by Webster University in St. Louis, in January. The team returned to campus with multiple awards. In individual event speaking, senior Austin Sopko earned 4th place in pentathlon, a category […]

Communication department major serves as Truman PR intern

February 7, 2020

The Truman State Public Relations Office has named Ben Schmidt, a senior communication major, as its spring 2020 intern.  Congrats, Ben!  See the full story here.

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