Students in front oval with masks

COVID Between the Coasts

In Fall 2020, WNIN, UE and ¿Qué Pasa, Midwest? collaborated on a seven-month research and reporting project to find stories of the Coronavirus pandemic that weren't being told in seven Midwestern states.

Here is one of those stories, by student reporters Maddie Jesop and Ben Godden, taking part in a communication class led by Dr. Tamara Young. The WNIN/UE collaboration, called COVID Between the Coasts, has already reached thousands of listeners.

Students flourish under personal attention and instruction from faculty members – not teaching assistants – who have extensive practical experience in their fields. The Department offers a program that touches upon a broad range of interests, from advertising and PR to journalism, and includes specialties of sports comm and health comm for those interested.

ESPN 3 LogoCommunication majors have numerous chances to put their skills to use through the following opportunities:

  • Practicums: On-campus experiences available through Student Media, ESPN3, the Offices of Marketing and Communications, Sports Information, and Admission.

  • Internships: Recent local internship sites for communication majors have included Alcoa, Berry Plastics, Children's Museum of Evansville, Deaconess Health System, Evansville Living magazine, Old National Bank, Reckitt, Mesker Park Zoo, and Vectren Corporation.

  • Course work: Classroom work regularly takes on real-world projects. Students design and execute advertising and PR campaigns for clients, write and get published in newspapers, magazines and blogs around the nation, and create podcasts aired on WNIN, NPR and other sites.