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The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is compiling a world-class roster of thought leaders in all areas of media, mass and technical communication. Our goal is to develop a program packed with bold thinking and tactical information that students can apply as they move from academia to the workforce. If you are a communications professional and feel compelled to bring a unique experience and real-time information that matters to the next wave of Murrow graduates, we are interested in hearing from you.

Speaker proposals for symposium 45 are now closed.

proposals for symposium 46 will open in mid-june.


Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2021 Murrow Symposium!


Where is Symposium 45 located?
The CUB at Washington State University
1500 Glenn Terrell Mall, Pullman, WA 99163

What are the dates for Symposium 45?
The dates for this year’s event are Monday and Tuesday, March 23 and 24, 2020.

When are speaker proposals due?
Proposals are due by November 29, 2019.

When will I know if I will be speaking at Symposium?
We will announce all speakers by December 16, 2019.

Who is the audience for Symposium?
Our audience includes those looking to gain insight and inspiration into the advertising, public relations, science communication, communication technology, and journalism and media production industries. The Murrow Symposium is crucial for communication students and professionals who exemplify a commitment to excellence and integrity emblematic of Murrow’s career and legacy.

Does Murrow College typically compensate speakers?
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University is a public institution with limited event funding and cannot financially compensate our participants. Most speakers and their companies recognize the importance of being part of WSU’s education events and embrace a philanthropic spirit by funding travel and lodging. WSU’s educational events provide speakers the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and experience, as well as to network with constituents for business development purposes. In appreciation for all the hard work and effort, Murrow College recognizes speakers and their companies as “conference supporters” in conference literature distributed to delegates in print and online. Speakers are eligible for special University room rates at area hotels.

Are there any speaker scholarships available?
The Murrow Symposium is dedicated to diversity at our events and therefore offer a limited number of scholarships to potential speakers who might not otherwise be able to attend and participate in Symposium. These awards are primarily open to applicants who:

  • Graduated within two years of the event;
  • Serve organizations that do not support employee travel; and/or
  • Give up pay in order to participate in Symposium.

Awards are made by the Murrow Symposium Committee and are based on a demonstration of excellence in the applicant’s field as well as financial need. Scholarships are paid directly to the speaker. Speakers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and fees. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact for details.