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.

Forensics speaks strong in St. Louis

February 1, 2019

By Chris Outzen, Director of Forensics Truman State University’s Forensic Union (speech and debate team) brought home two tournament championships in debate and numerous other awards at the 21st annual Gorlok Gala, hosted by Webster University in St. Louis. In a field of 42 schools from 17 different states, Truman Forensics had its best performance […]

KTRM Snow Daze a success

January 31, 2019

The KTRM Snow Daze concert turned-out to be the hot campus ticket on a cold night in the SUB Down Under. The late January event, open to the campus community, featured live music and a chance to raise money for the student-operated radio station. The show featured two bands from Kirksville, Khan Queso and American […]

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