The School of Journalism encourages students to become involved in academic life and to develop their professional preparation through student organizations and student chapters of professional organizations.
Students run the following organizations, usually with the guidance of a faculty advisor, enriching their professional development through attending workshops, lectures, and social activities:
- Bloomington Advertising Club, for students interested in advertising.
- Ed on Campus, for students interested in careers in magazine.
- IU Television and Radio, for students interested in careers in broadcast media.
- Journalists for Human Rights, for students interested in raising awareness of human rights around the world.
- Online News Association, for students interested in digital media of all shapes and sizes, but primarily that of photography, audio, video, text, data graphics and animations.
- National Association of Black Journalists, open to all students interested in media careers.
- Public Relations Student Society of America, for students interested in careers in public relations.
- Society for News Design, for students interested in careers in visual journalism.
- Society of Professional Journalists, for students interested in careers in news.
Friendly and outgoing students looking to get more involved with the school can apply to be a part of the Journalism Ambassadors program. These students host alumni and guest speakers at various functions and serve as representatives of the school at recruiting events for high school students. Ambassadors take a networking road trip to meet journalism alumni and shadow them in their jobs. Ambassadors must be admitted to the School of Journalism and be sophomores, juniors, or seniors.