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The Oakland Post is Oakland University's student newspaper. It has a historical presence at OU in providing an independent journalistic student voice. It has a separate governing board and publishes weekly during the fall, winter and spring semesters. The faculty advisor is Holly Gilbert, adjunct instructor in journalism. For more information, visit The Oakland Post.

The OU News Bureau is a group of dedicated journalism students committed to the coverage of Oakland University and surrounding counties in southeastern Michigan.
Here is where students are given the opportunity to create their own assignments, do their own research and experience what it is like to work in a real-life newsroom. They have a passion for writing, a knack for grammar and an unwavering dedication to telling the truth. The faculty advisor is Brian Hlavaty, visiting instructor in journalism. You can contact The OU News Bureau at or visit The OU News Bureau. Video and audio for the OU News Bureau site is supplied by Cathy Shafran’s TV News class. You can reach her at

WXOU is the student radio station that provides programming seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on 88.3 FM (exact broadcast schedule varies daily). As of October 2000, WXOU broadcasts are available on the university website. And, WXOU has received university approval to broadcast through Nibblebox, a webcast provider used by universities nationwide. WXOU has a long history at OU beginning its broadcast on 88.3 FM in 1996. Christine Stover is the Coordinator for Broadcast Services. For more information contact Christine Stover, visit the radio station on the lower level of the Oakland Center, or visit WXOU.

Student Video Club engages students in creating video productions using new TV production studios and editing suites. The organization plans to submit competitive cable video productions for the local Community Media Network awards and move toward becoming a local chapter of the National Broadcasting Society. The Student Video Club began fall 2000. The faculty advisor is Scott Burke, lecturer in communication. Interested students can contact Heather Haughey. To learn more about Oakland University's cable television broadcasting, visit OUTV.

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) at OU is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The organization offers programming and leadership opportunities that aim to assist students in launching successful careers. The AWC at OU is open to women and men alike. Our membership drive occurs every fall and we invite you to join us. For more information, please contact Faculty Advisor, Dr. Rebecca Mercado Thornton.

Iota Eta, is the local chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication national honor organization. Iota Eta began in the winter of 2000 and recognizes outstanding academic scholarship within Communication.  Members will strengthen their academic portfolios and resumes, and may pursue opportunities to attend Communication conferences or apply for research awards through the national organization.  At graduation, members will wear red and white cords denoting their status as members of this honors society.  The faculty advisor of the organization is Dr. Erin Meyers. Interested students can contact Dr. Meyers for more information about the group and the application process.  Basic information about requirements for joining our chapter of Lambda Pi Eta is available in the Iota Eta flyer. New members are inducted in the Fall and Winter semesters of each academic year. To submit an application, please download the application for new members and submit it by noon on Wednesday, January 21 for consideration for Winter 2015 induction.   

The Society of Professional Journalists is the local chapter of the national society that promotes freedom of the press. SPJ is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press so that citizens are well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local, national and global communities. SPJ at OU hopes to connect students who are pursuing all forms of journalism with each other, as well as with professionals. Upon graduation, student members can transfer to their local chapter. For information on membership and meetings, please contact faculty adviser Director of the Journalism Program, Garry Gilbert, or membership coordinator Mary Thompson. For more information on the national chapter, click here.