student media and organizations

Student Media and Organizations

student media and organizations

Student Media

WUTM 90.3 FM "The Hawk"
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WUTM FM 90.3 “The Hawk “is the award-winning student-operated campus radio station, which serves as the student broadcast voice of The University of Tennessee at Martin. It is an on-air laboratory where UT Martin students can gain broadcast experience almost from the very beginning of their undergraduate studies. The station also streams its signal on the World Wide Web, and can be accessed on computers, tablets or smartphones via the Tune In radio application.


WUTM has consistently been recognized by various entities for broadcast excellence. The Southeast Journalism Conference named the station the “Best College Radio Station in the South” in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In fact, the station has been named in the top three in this category for eight of the past nine years. In 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awarded its highest rating - platinum status - to WUTM. In 2012 the station received the Abraham and Borst Award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System as the “Best Overall College Radio Station in the Nation.” Additionally, individual students have won awards for production, news coverage, sports play-by-play and programming. Communications students who work at WUTM have also been recognized with awards including prestigious organizations as The National Association of Broadcasters, The Associated Press, and Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.


The Pacer
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The Pacer is UTM's editorially independent student newspaper and has consistently won design and writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Southeast Journalism Conference. The Pacer is updated frequently via its website, Facebook and Twitter, with the print edition of the paper distributed biweekly on campus.


The Spirit

The Spirit is a student magazine published three times per academic year. In cooperation with The Pacer, The Spirit publishes Taking Flight, an informative magazine for freshmen and transfer students; an annual magazine covering the events and activities on campus; and a special commencement magazine honoring those who graduate from UTM.

Student Organizations

National Association of Black Journalists

NABJ is committed to strengthening ties among black journalists, sensitizing all media to the importance of fairness in the workplace for black journalists, expanding job opportunities and recruiting activities for veteran, young and aspiring black journalists, while providing continued professional development and training, increasing the number of black journalists in management positions and encouraging black journalists to become entrepreneurs. NABJ also is committed to fostering an exemplary group of professionals that honors excellence and outstanding achievements by black journalists, and outstanding achievement in the media industry as a whole, particularly when it comes to providing balanced coverage of the black community and society at large and Providing informational and training services to the general public.


The Association for Women in Communications

The Association for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communication disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The Association for Women in Communications is the one organization that recognizes the complex relationships that exist across communication disciplines. Modern communicators must demonstrate competence in varied disciplines and be able to network and make career moves across the broad spectrum of communications fields.


Public Relations Student Society of America

The PRSSA chapter here at UTM started in 1997. Since then, our chapter has been growing and working towards improving students' chances of becoming successful Public Relations professionals. Our chapter works closely with several organizations in the community to help improve the city of Martin. We also attend National PRSSA events, visit PR firms, and hold fun events here on campus. Our goal is to prepare students for the real world and try to give them the upper hand in today's competitive job market. The connections made through PRSSA open doors for future opportunities.


The Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation's most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry through the daily work of its nearly 10,000 members; works to inspire and educate current and future journalists through professional development; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press through its advocacy efforts.


Media Design Club

The Media Design Club is for anyone who is interested in learning about the production of media message and media design careers. The Media Design Club provides members with an opportunity to develop their skills by working with campus and community clients to design communication materials. The members also have an opportunity to learn from professionals in the field through field trips, guest speakers and workshops.


Broadcasting Guild

The purpose of the Broadcasting Guild is to give recognition to students in college broadcasting activities, to promote closer ties between students and alumni in the broadcasting field, to aid in the advancement of broadcast production and journalism at the university level, and to serve both the university and surrounding communities through public service and interaction. Members must hold a 2.00 grade point average and show an interest in the field of broadcasting. If a member is a Communications major, they must also hold a 2.00 grade point average in their major as well.

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Major & Minor Requirements

We offer four areas of emphasis for the Communications major. Non-majors may minor in Communications. Take a look at the required courses and sample course plans.

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Student Media

Read the current campus news from The Pacer.

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Listen to music and live broadcasts for athletics and campus events on the nationally award-winning student radio station, WUTM 90.3 F.M. “The Hawk.”

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