The Department of Communication prepares students for careers in mass media, including radio, television, newspapers, magazines and new media, as well as public relations, advertising, promotions, film or sales.
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The college newspaper is open to all students interested in journalism, feature writing, photography, desktop publishing and advertising sales. It operates under the supervision of the Director of News and Information.
Website: The Gargoyle
The Flagler College PRSSA chapter is one of 248 other chapters in colleges and universities across the country whose mission is to advance the profession and the pre-professional. The chapter serves as a networking ground between students and professionals, as well as a way for members to build professional portfolios. As a member, students get a hands-on approach to public relations. The Flagler College PRSSA chapter also writes and executes strategic plans for local organizations. Students interested in any aspect of public relations, including writing, design and media, are welcome to join the Public Relations Society. The purpose of the club is to establish contacts and develop skills for future employment opportunities. To find out about joining this club, attend the Club Night held at the beginning of each semester or contact the department chair.
The College radio station, run by communication majors, WFCF broadcasts an eclectic and entertaining mix of music on 88.5 FM. Listeners also can access the signal online.
Listen Online: WFCF - 88.5
The college television station. Offering an on campus internship program for students, we shoot and edit events around the college and St. Augustine.
Local history and cultural affairs is profiled on First Coast Crossroads, FCTV's original half-hour magazine program produced by students in COM 417 (Advanced Electronic Production). Each week First Coast Crossroads takes viewers on a journey of discovery through some of the cultural highlights and community treasures found right here in greater Saint Augustine. First Coast Crossroads airs Saturdays on SEA-TV Channel 24 (on Comcast Cable) at 9 pm or you can watch each episode online.
Flagler’s SPJ chapter is a member of the national Society of Professional Journalists, which is dedicated to the freedom of the press. The chapter aims to stimulate conversations about the role of the press in a free society and to provide professional growth opportunities for journalism students.
The department offers numerous internships covering all areas of communication, from magazines to television to public relations.
While the Communication Major does not require students to intern, internships are highly recommended. They offer opportunities for gaining work experience, networking and building resume credentials. Many employers waive the one-year minimum experience requirement if the graduating student has a relevant major and internship experience.
Students may take 9 hours of internship, but only three hours of credit are given at each site. The department encourages students to do as many internships as possible at home and here at the many area sites available. Juniors are eligible to enter the summer nationally-competitive internship, for which the department may nominate two students for each site.
Internships are rarely paid, and many sites require students to receive credit hours for their work. The department does not offer paid internships.
A student is required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA before he or she may intern.