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The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech focuses on communication processes and their effects on individuals, organizations, culture, and society. Faculty and students create, distribute, and interpret messages through media systems. Students build knowledge and skills for future study and work in public relations, multimedia journalism or communication studies.

PRSA to induct Cannon to College of Fellows

    Douglas Cannon

Please join the Dept of Communication in congratulating Dr. Douglas Cannon for his induction into the PRSA esteemed College of Fellows. Less than 2% of PRSA members receive this honor and he is the first member of the VT Comm faculty to do so. To read more please follow the attached press release link.  PRSA Inductees


Virginia Tech Summer Sessions, Video Production: Studio

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Virginia Tech Summer Sessions, Video Production: Studio
This course will be offered for the first time this Summer. COMM-3114. 

To find out more about available summer sessions please visit the Virginia Tech Summer Sessions website:

3 graduates earn entry-level public relations certificates

Three 2014 Virginia Tech graduates received the Certificate in Principles of Public Relations May 29.

Chris Bonelli of Mechanicsville, Cat Goergen of Midlothian and Taylor Riley of Midlothian earned the certification for entry-level practitioners by passing a comprehensive exam in early May on basic public relations knowledge, skills and abilities.

The Universal Accreditation Board, credentialing agency for members of eight public relations professional organizations and public affairs practitioners in the Department of Defense, awards the certificate. The credential provides third-party validation of what applicants for public relations positions know and is similar to the Engineer In Training credential received by engineering graduates.

Virginia Tech public relations graduates have done very well on the entry-level exam over the past two years. Four of five Hokies passed the test in 2013, the first year it was given.


PR Students Learn from Industry Exec

Frances Reimers, senior account executive at PCI, a full-service marketing and creative production agency with offices in Alexandria, VA, New York City, and Nashville recently gave a guest lecture to Virginia Tech students taking the Principles of Public Relations course. The aptly titled lecture, “A perspective on PR + you + and not having it all figured out,” took students on a journey beyond the pages of their textbooks into the real world of public relations with a top industry executive as their tour guide.

    Frances Reimers speaks to PR students


Check out Frances’ tips for PR Success!

3 Things Every Aspiring PR Person Should Know:

  • The role of the PR professional is evolving, requiring practitioners with skill-sets that may include marketing and technology;
  • Today's PR practitioner must be ever proactive, always staying ahead of their client's industry and issues; and 
  • Remaining congenial, reciprocal, and resourceful are sure-fire ways to ensure long-term success. 

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Stephanie Dorman photos VT's "Combat on the Drillfield" wrestling event COMM major Stephanie Dorman takes photos at Virginia Tech’s “Combat on the Drillfield” wrestling practice during her photojournalism course. This was the first time the wrestling squad practiced outdoors and the event provided the students an opportunity to try their hand at photographing a sports event.