Student Organizations

​Students in the journalism department are encouraged to participate in campus affiliate chapters of national professional media organizations such as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Student Society of America, the American Advertising Federation, the Central Press Photographers Association, and more.

The following are the contacts for Fall 2014 for the student chapters at CMU:

Society of Professional Journalists:

For more information contact:

President: Zahra Ahmad ​​

Vice President: Breanna Stadel

Student Government Association Rep.: Arielle Hines 

Secretary: Laura Ducharme

Treasurer: Amanda Brancecum

Public Relations Director: Midge Carter

Advisers:  Ed Simpson & Jack Hartman​

American Advertising Federation:

For more information, contact:

Johnny Sparks, (989) 774-1340 or

Central Press Photographers Association:

If you are photographer and need help getting your foot in the door, let the CPPA help. You will be affiliated with the Michigan Press Photographers Association and the National Press Photographers Association. You will meet once a month and will submit photos to be entered in competitions.

For more information contact:

President: Zack Wittman

Vice President: Emily Mesner

Vice President: Emily Brouwer

Treasurer: Taryn Wattles

Secretary: Daytona Niles​

Social Chair: Taylor Ballek​

Public Relations Student Society of America:

For more information contact:

President: Scott Stewart

Vice President of Chapter Development: Katie Frankhart

Vice President of Professional Development: Anastasha Franco 

Secretary: Haley Burrill

Treasurer: Halle Sobzcak

Director of Member Services: Elisa Pelletier

Director of Public Relations: Alexandrea Giguere

Director of Social Media: Breanna Stadel

Director of Recruitment: Nate Printz 

Director of Leadership: Ariel Graber​​


Public Relations Central:

For more information contact:

President: Jacqueline Coleman

Vice President: Jake French

Treasurer: Matthew Turner-Reed​

Secretary: Nathan Printz​

Director of Membership: Catharine Studzinski

Digital Coordinator: Natalie Kaczorowski

Office Manager: Ariel Graber​​


Central On-Line News Association (Grand Central Magazine):

Editor-in-Chief: Samantha Smallish

Managing Editor: Charnae Sanders

Photo Editor: Andrea Henk & Christina Locricchio

Public Relations: Lauren Vernier & Alex Bakalis

Campus Life Editor: Megan Zaleski​

Arts & Entertainment Editor: Chris Allen

Style Editor: Laura DuCharme​

Sports Editor: Bryce Huffman

Food & Beverage Editor: Kate Woodruff

Advisor: Betsy Pollard Rau​