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: top 3 debate school in the nationTruman Forensics: top 3 debate school in the nation

April 25, 2019

By Truman Forensics Students and Staff Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) has once again proven to be one of the top debate schools in the United States. At the National Forensic Association’s (NFA) Championship Tournament, this year hosted by the Santa Ana, CA school district, the Truman Forensic Union placed 3rd […]

Truman Communication professor to author publication on Christianity restoration

April 16, 2019

Barry C. Poyner, Ph.D., professor of Communication, will have a book released in July 2019, “Aim for Restoration,” from 21st Century Christian Publishing Co, Nashville, TN.  “Aim for Restoration” is part of its FLEX adult curriculum offerings. From the introduction: The author desires to capture the heart and thrill of restoration and not to put […]

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