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News and updates from the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication

Woods publishes new book based on research about smart home technology

“THRESHOLD: How Smart Homes Change Us Inside and Out” is a critical assessment of smart technologies that empowers smart home users to make informed decisions about their dwellings.


K-State launches online graduate certificate in strategic health communication

Kansas State University's College of Arts and Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are launching an online graduate certificate in strategic health communications. Classes will begin in fall 2024, and prospective students can apply to the program now.


K-State Digital Summit at Fort Riley to showcase next-gen higher education digital innovation

Kansas State University is hosting a digital summit at Fort Riley for the local military community to explore digital innovation and next-gen academic programs.


LaGree and Olsen publish research about strategies that lead to employee empowerment

Recently published research addresses the need for organizational leaders to implement strategies that support employees’ career growth, leading to increased retention and engagement.


Third annual Social Media Week features events in artificial intelligence, social media careers, content creation and more

Attend a series of virtual and in-person events and discussions designed to inspire, educate and empower students to harness the full potential of social media in their personal and professional lives.


Communication studies assistant professor and architecture graduate student awarded Top Paper by Cross Examination Debate Association

Alex McVey, director of K-State Debate, and Trevor Turner, fifth-year Master of Architecture student and member of the debate team, were awarded “Top Paper” by the Cross Examination Debate Association.


Collegian Media Group wins 13 individual awards at the 2023 National Collegiate Media Convention

The Collegian Media Group brought home 13 national awards for their work during the 2022-2023 academic year.


K-State Digital Summit for Teens to showcase next-gen higher education in digital innovation

High school students from the Kansas City area will have the opportunity to explore digital innovation and Kansas State University's next-gen digital degree and certificate programs at the first Digital Summit for Teens on Oct. 4 at K-State's Olathe campus.


Former A.Q. Miller School faculty inducted into Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame

Glorial Freeland and Susan Edgerley are two of 34 selected for induction into the 2023 Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to their profession.


K-State launches online graduate certificate in digital media for educators

The interdisciplinary certificate is designed for working professionals who seek to advance their skills in digital audiences, analytics, educational and communications technologies, social media and communication.


Collegian Media Group receives $40,000 gift for summer journalism program

High school students attend Flint Hills Publication Workshop, hosted by Collegian Media Group this summer.


K-State Debate trains high school, middle school students for upcoming season

In its third year, the debate team’s August camp brought 32 high school students to the Manhattan campus for a week to hone their competitive skills, prepare for the upcoming season, and get a taste of college-level competition.


A.Q. Miller School presents research, provides leadership at national conference

Faculty and students last month made significant contributions to their disciplines through research, education and service at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.


A.Q. Miller School Professor Honored for Service, Professional Achievement

Kansas Association of Broadcasters to induct Ian Punnett into Hall of Fame.


K-State Channel 8 newscasts win two regional student Emmy Awards

KKSU-TV Channel 8, K-State's student-run newscast, won two Heartland Student Television Emmy Awards, which encompass Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.


Collegian Media Group wins 51 individual awards

Students who publish The Collegian newspaper, Royal Purple yearbook, and Manhappenin’ magazine won 51 individual awards at this year’s Kansas Collegiate Media conference.


Wildcat Electronic Media students earn record number of awards from Kansas Association of Broadcasters

After a historic showing in 2022, student-run radio station KSDB-FM Wildcat 91.9 and television broadcast KKSU-TV Channel 8 smashed their previous records at the 2023 Kansas Association of Broadcasters annual awards for college media.



Olsen and LaGree publish new research on professional relationships, consult industry on best practices

New findings from assistant professors suggest that managers should focus on organization and industry-wide professional relationship development to support early-career professionals.


New Inclusive Scholars of Digital Innovation scholarship program to increase access to digital education

Kansas State University today announced a new inclusive scholarship program for prospective students and working professionals from underrepresented communities as part of the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication's new digital innovation degree and certificate programs.


Wildcat 91.9 student takes on a creative edge with musical pieces paying tribute to defining moments in Black History

Wildcat 91.9's Negil McPherson III creates musical pieces utilizing powerful and influential Black speeches. The "speech-to-music" project will be airing throughout February in honor of Black History Month.


K-State Debate competes internationally in World Universities Debating Championship

The K-State Debate team recently traveled to Madrid, Spain to compete in the World Universities Debating Championship, the largest international debating tournament.


Royal Purple named as a national Pacemaker Finalist for Best College Yearbook in the country

The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) chose the 2022 Royal Purple among 10 finalists in the competition.


Kansas State University adds new online digital engagement certificate

The A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication is launching a new online certificate in digital engagement for students, working professionals and job seekers in fall 2023.


K-State freshman chosen for national Sugar Bowl play-by-play coverage

Wildcat 91.9 sports commentator and broadcaster J.P. Cardenas will call Kansas State's Allstate Sugar Bowl appearance against Alabama for Tico Sports, a national Spanish language broadcast network.


Wildcat Electronic Media makes local broadcast history with Big 12 Championship coverage

Wildcat 91.9 (KSDB-FM), part of Wildcat Electronic Media, covered the 2022 Big 12 Championship Game between Kansas State and TCU. While the team brought a victory home for Manhattan, the students of Wildcat Electronic Media brought fans an unforgettable multimedia broadcast experience.


SMC student innovates groundbreaking mobile app for Wildcat 91.9

The Wildcat 91.9 mobile app is live and ready to download on either Apple or Android devices. The app was created by Wildcat 91.9 (KSDB-FM) sound engineer and Kansas State University student Brody Zwiebel.


Channel 8 News alumni take over “Good Day Kansas”

It’s not unusual for broadcast students from the A.Q Miller School of Media and Communication to work for the same company as one another after graduating, but thanks to KSN-TV’s “Good Day Kansas” show, a pair of graduates have taken this idea to the next level on the air.


A.Q. Miller School launches Bachelor of Science in digital innovation in media for fall 2023

Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication is launching a new Bachelor of Science in digital innovation in media, introducing a new era of academic innovation designed to deliver graduates with in-demand blended digital skills in entrepreneurship, computing and digital engagement.



Social media management certificate for students, working professionals now offered online at K-State

The A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication is offering a new online certificate that helps college majors and industry professionals expand and enhance their knowledge and skills in social media strategies and best practices, daily management and content creation.


Woods participates in Microsoft workshop on metaphors for AI

Heather Suzanne Woods, assistant professor of communication and technology and associate director for graduate programs and research in the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication, recently joined an international group of researchers, industry leaders, engineers and developers for an invitation-only workshop on how to communicate about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).


Collegian Media Group director Ira David Levy presented with top 100 Pioneer adviser award

At a breakfast at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., the Collegian Media Group’s Director, Ira David Levy, was presented with a Pioneer Award by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) on Friday, Oct. 28.


Royal Purple yearbook named #1 college media publication over 100 years

The Royal Purple yearbook was named the Number One college media publication, having won more national Pacemaker and Pacemaker Finalist awards than any yearbook, newspaper or magazine combined over 100 years.


Collegian newspaper and Manhappenin' magazine win national Pacemaker finalist awards; 18 individual awards

Both the Manhappenin’ magazine and Collegian newspaper won Pacemaker Finalist awards for best student publications in the country, in their respective categories for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Pacemaker is considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.


Woods gives invited international talk on digital media in Hannover, Germany

Heather Suzanne Woods, assistant professor of communication studies and associate director for graduate programs and research in the A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication, recently gave an invited talk in Hannover, Germany.



Director of Debate Awarded Speech Communication Collegiate Educator of the Year

Assistant professor of communication studies and director of K-State Debate, Alex McVey, was named Collegiate Educator of the Year by the Kansas Speech Communication Association (KSCA).


A.Q. Miller School Launches New Advertising & Public Relations, News & Sports Media Degrees; Updates Communication Studies Degree

The newly merged A.Q. Miller School of Media and Communication announces new degree programs in advertising and public relations and news and sports media, and an updated communication studies degree for summer 2022.


Nearly $190,000 in scholarships awarded for 2022-2023

The A.Q. Miller School awards 92 students with scholarships totaling nearly $190,000 for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Strategic Health Communications Courses Offered in New Public Health Degree Programs

The A.Q. Miller School is excited to offer courses in strategic health communications as part of their new Bachelor and Master of Science in Public Health.


Professors Publish Research on First-Gen Students and Diversity in Advertising Industry

Professors study the perspectives of first-generation college students and their college experiences that develop a bridge into professional life.