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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.

Chapman wins Summit Award

Maya Chapman, a junior public relations major from Roanoke, Va., received a silver Summit Award Nov. 7 from the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The award recognized her outstanding student portfolio. The chapter has presented Summit Awards annually for 13 years to “celebrate the best of the best in public relations” across Southwest Virginia. Awards in 2014 were given in 16 categories.


PR Campaigns class visit The Health Wagon

Virginia Tech seniors from the Public Relations Campaigns class visit The Health Wagon in Wise, VA, in order to gather first hand information on how to better help the organization. The Health Wagon is a non profit organization that has been giving free health care since 1980. 

For more information and to see our students in action please visit the attached link.


Congratulations to the winners of the Common Book Essay Competition!

Twenty-three students from across the university were selected to attend a reception with the author of VT's Common Book -- Little Princes, by Conor Grennan.  Of the 23 winners, 13 were CommSkills students!  Congratulations to their faculty too, including Susan Stinson, Brandi Quesenberry, Emily Wilkinson Stallings, Zack Sowder, and Hannah Shinault.

  1. The Key to Long Lasting Relationships,” Sara Allen
  2. “The Secret to Happiness,” Ashley Baboota
  3. “An Unconventional Approach,” Ryan Beatson
  4. “Earn It With Your Blood, Sweat, and Tears,” Elizabeth Beaulieu
  5. “In the Depths of Emotion the Greatest Change is Possible," Ian Frazier
  6. “Family By Choice,” Amanda Gladstone
  7. “Service to Others: The Greatest Value,” Makena Glemser
  8. “Bravery: The Path of Growth,” Ruichao Lui
  9. “Untitled,” Alison Mairena
  10. “Hard Work Pays Off,” Jenna Mitchell
  11. “Spreading Positivity Through Random Acts of Kindness,” Connie Phung
  12. “Leaders Are Developed, Not Born,” Michal Resnick
  13. “Untitled,” Natalie Robertson

Virginia Tech Spotlight on Innovation Piece Highlights "Top of the Line" Multimedia Studio

An article in Virginia Tech's "Spotlight on Innovation" series highlights work students are doing in the Department of Communication's first-class multimedia production studio at the Moss Arts Center.  The piece includes quotes from interviews with students and faculty, descriptions of facilities and student work, and blurbs on some of the department's alumni working in the broadcast field.

The Spotlight on Innovation article, featured on the VT home page this week, can be read in full here.


1996 Comm Alumnus wins Emmy

    Karen McNew wins Emmy

Karen McNew McGuire, 1996 graduate of VT Department of Communication,  received an Emmy award for Best News Anchor at the 56th annual National Capital Emmy Award ceremony in Silver Spring,  Maryland at The Fillmore June 18th. She is the news anchor at WSLS-10 TV in Roanoke, VA. 
The Emmy recognized McNew McGuire for a combination of anchoring, field reporting and feature stories.  McGuire was also selected to co-host the event.  

The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a non-profit, professional organization serving the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC television community. The Academy's Emmy® Award is the industry's benchmark for the recognition of television excellence.

For the first time this year nominees were announced via Facebook.

Upcoming Events

10/13 Study Abroad Info Sessions

10/14 Study Abroad Info Sessions

12/1-12/3  Force Add Procedures

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Visiting VT COMM-Department Sessions for Students and Families

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Diaz interviews Sands Journalism students watch Senior Anailis Diaz interview Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands after his visit to the Multimedia Center.