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Department of Communication Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Department of Communication of Central Washington University to prepare students to become active participants in communication within - and shaping - modern culture. To fulfill its mission, the department emphasizes student-centered instruction in the gathering and dissemination of written, spoken and visual information, as well as a broad range of course work in the processes, effects and theories of human communication. The department is committed to a liberal education in written, oral and visual communication, as well as to professional training in the fields of journalism, public relations and advertising.

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Department News and Awards


  Public Relations Lecturer Receives Grant
  October 7th, 2015
  Emily DuPlessis and colleagues received a grant from the Arnold   P. Gold Foundation’s “Mapping the Landscape, Journeying        Together” project to do a rigorous review of literature on        humanism in health care.

Students Document ESPN Analyst's Journey with Breast Cancer

October 6th, 2015
Senior PR major James Naranjo and Senior Broadcast major Kevin Kolb partnered with two University of Washington broadcast majors to start their own production company ILM Production, and produce a video narrative of Shelly Smith's final mammogram to determine if chemotherapy had eradicated breast cancer from her body. 
Shelly Smith is known for her long career and groundbreaking work as a female sports analyst at ESPN.  Her much publicized battle with breast cancer was a topic that Mr. Naranjo found fascinating and en lieu of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the boys took the initiative to contact Smith and pitch the idea of producing a video narrative of that final mammogram to be aired by ESPN.  Shelly loved the idea and even authored the article that accompanies the video and both can be found at the link below. 
These students paid for the trip down to Los Angeles out of their own pocket, and because of the quality of their work, ESPN covered their expenses. Additionally, Smith has invited the guys to accompany her on a trip to Florida as she speaks on behalf of National Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation to produce similar videos designed to foster greater awareness concerning breast cancer.  Lastly, as a foot in the door, Smith has added these students to the ESPN roster of videographers.




Communication Students Published in County Lifestyle Publication

April 28th, 2015

The latest issue of KV Living, the quarterly lifestyle magazine of the local Daily Record newspaper, features stories by students from Jennifer Green's Advanced Journalism Seminar on Freelance Magazine Writing.

View the Online Issue Here

The students pitched story ideas, then conducted interviews and reported and wrote the stories that were commissioned by KV Living Editor Nicole Klauss. Daily Record Photographer Brian Myrick provided the photos.

R Troy Peterson has the cover story, "Songs of Spring," which takes a scientific approach to the art of hunting frogs in the Kittitas Valley in springtime.

Jess Macinko published a thoroughly reported profile of large predators in the Valley and the tireless staff of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in "Walk on the Wild Side."

Ashtyn Mann channeled Ernest Hemingway to investigate the "Lure of the Bloody Mary," talking to local bartenders to find out how they put their own spin on the classic brunch drink.

Tera Stenhouse spoke with local clothing store owners to find out what fashion and hairstyle trends will be in style this spring in "Fashion in the Wind."

More articles from students in the class (Com 486) will be published in future issues of KV Living as well as various feature sections of the Daily Record.


Dr. Vevea Appointed Editor of Regional Communication Journal

April 20th, 2015

Dr. Nadene Vevea has been appointed the new editor for the Journal of the Northwest Communication Association. This is a regional journal that is fully supported and indexed by EbscoHost with an acceptance rate between 15-25% making it highly competitive. This is a blind-peer reviewed journal accepting original manuscripts related to any context of human communication and open to all theoretical and methodological approaches. 


 Bateman Team receives Honorable Mention

April 13th 2015

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Central Washington University Bateman Team, who was one of only 13 to win honorable mention in PRSSA’s National Public Relations Competition.

We are proud to specifically recognize students Madalyn Freeman (team leader), Masey Peone, Silver Caoili, Robyn Stewart and Aubree Downing, who spent eight months together mapping out our regional/local campaign addressing the issue of affordable housing.

The Bateman competition, named in memory of PRSA Chair Carroll Bateman, received 60 entries this year. Of these, 13 received honorable mention and three went on as finalists. Congratulations to our Bateman Team for their hard work and dedication!



CWU Newspaper "The Observer" is Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the SPJ Region

April 13th, 2015

The Observer was named the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper in SPJ's Region 10 this weekend. This region includes student newspapers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. 

Observer reporters Julia Martinez and Aaron Kunkler were finalists in the General News category for their coverage of the Aviation Department's contract woes. Congratulations to The Observer staff!