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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Beyond the Classroom

Hear It Now, See It Now, Be It Now

From London rooftop broadcasts during WWII raids, to his exposés of McCarthyism in the early 50s, Edward R. Murrow is known for taking his audience places they had never been and allowing them to experience things they could never imagine.

True to our legacy, the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is dedicated to providing students—the communications professionals of the future—this same level of inspiration, experience, and real-world education.

Murrow College encourages students to break free from the classroom, offering a real-world experience like no other program in the Pacific Northwest. Students can participate in our fully-funded backpack journalism or study abroad programs, work with real clients in a culminating course, national PR or advertising competition, or join the staff of one of our radio or television properties. Internships, mentorships, and student opportunities to participate in funded research projects keep students’ fingers on the pulse of the communications industry.

Student Stories

Murrow students are storytellers who engage in collaborative learning experiences that span the globe, from the rolling hills of the Palouse to the mountains of Nepal.

Recent Stories

SPJ Announces 2019 Mark of Excellence Winners
Two Murrow College students received top national honors. Read more News, Student Work
The Show Must Go On: Murrow News 8 Continues through WSU’s Online Transition
“We are still dedicated to providing the students of WSU and the locals of the Palouse with timely, reputable news.” Read more News, Student Work
Murrow student identifies path to get students career ready
WSU senior Sam Schmitke helped create an opportunity to teach Murrow students about Google Ads & Analytics. Read more Student Spotlight, Student Work

More Student Stories

Student Media

Murrow News 8

Murrow News 8 is a nightly newscast produced, written, anchored and crewed entirely by students from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

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Murrow News Service

The Murrow News Service was created to provide students with experience in creating professional news stories, as well as to provide information to the public and media outlets. NWPR and NWPTV are trusted sources of quality content; students working within these properties get hands-on experience writing, editing, and producing content for a professional, statewide public radio and television service.

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Global Learning Experiences

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Backpack Journalism

The Murrow Backpack Journalism program provides a unique opportunity for the most accomplished students in the college to travel abroad and work in an international environment. Backpack Journalism students experience the challenges and benefits of international travel, may have their work published by professional media and enrich their academic and professional lives.

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Backpack Environmental

Murrow students who love nature, the Earth, and need to be the first to know about groundbreaking environmental science can be a part of the Backpack Environmental program. Student journalists travel around the country and work side-by-side with environmental scientists conducting cutting-edge experiments, and have the opportunity to profile their work.

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Study Abroad: Murrow Global Expeditions

The mission in May 2017: for students to find their own stories while immersed in two incredible international locations. “Havana, Pearl of the Caribbean,” will mark our fourth Global Expedition to this cultural treasure, now open to U.S. Citizens after decades of political and social isolation. A new program, “Epic Stories of Greece,” offers an unforgettable one-month learning experience in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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We have established relationships with major media companies, public relations, and advertising agencies. Dedicated Career Services staff keeps students connected to internship and job opportunities, and our strong corporate partners like Boeing and the Seahawks, students with professional networking and resume building connections.

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The Murrow Mentor Program

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Program Overview

The Murrow Mentoring Program is a voluntary program created for highly motivated students to explore communications career interests and engage in mutually beneficial, professionally oriented relationships with alumni and professionals in the Communications field. Juniors and Seniors in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication are eligible to participate in the Mentor Program.

Program Objective

The objective of the Murrow Mentor Program is aligned with one of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication’s strategic goals of providing professionally-oriented, skills-based education that emphasizes experiential learning and excellence in writing, speaking and digital communication skills. The Mentor Program was developed to offer insight, encouragement and discipline-specific expertise to support student success in pursuing a career in the Communications field after graduation. Students who have already mapped their career paths can use the Program to further explore and confirm their interests. For those considering their options, early exposure to business professionals can help students understand their full potential while identifying potential communication fields that would be a good fit with their personal interests and career goals.

Learn about the Murrow Mentor Program

Student Clubs and Organizations

Join a student club or organization to gain valuable applied experience in communication.

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Graduate students

Awards & Achievements

Murrow students are regularly featured and granted awards by the American Advertising Federation, PRSSA’s Bateman Case Study Competition, the Society of Professional Journalism, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the National Student Advertising Competition. Each of these organizations provides professional networking, career development and real-world experiences that put our students at an advantage in the workplace.

Recent Awards & Achievements