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Department of Communication, Media, & Persuasion
  • Dr. Sarah Partlow Lefevre Quoted in USA Today

    ISU Director of Debate and Professor Sarah Partlow Lefevre is quoted into the lead story in USA Today ahead of tonight's Presidential debate.
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    Karen Hartman's article "ESPN's Mythological Rhetoric of Title IX” was published in the edited volume The ESPN Effect: Exploring the Worldwide Leader in Sports. This volume is the first academic text focused soley on ESPN and it's effect on sports, media, and culture. Congratulations Dr. Hartman for your inclusion in this groundbreaking work!

  • Dr. Jasun Carr elected Head of the Political Communication Interest Group

    CMP Assistant Professor Jasun Carr was elected Head of Political Communication Interest Group, the largest interest group within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.



The Department of Communication, Media, & Persuasion offers an extensive array of programs, subdivided in to four broad areas of speciality:

  • Corporate Communication
    • The Corporate Communication major offers students tracks in Leadership, Advertising, and Public Relations, preparing them for careers as Creative Directors, Public Opinion Researchers, Publicity and Brand Managers, and Mediators - among a variety of others.
  • Visual Communication
    • Visual Communication consists of tracks in Photography, Graphic Design, and Video Production. Courses provide a solid foundation of design principles, as well as hands-on practice with industry standard software and equipment, equipping them with the skills to succeed as graphic designers, broadcast journalists, and web designers.
  • Rhetoric & Media Affairs
    • Rhetoric students focus on the art of speaking, writing, and persuading, rounding out these skills with tracks in Design, Advertising, or Public Relations. Majors develop the the skills and techniques necessary to succeed as Speech Writers, Lobbyists, Marketing Directors, Legal Researchers, and Grant Writers. This program also provides a strong foundation for those looking to continue on to Law School or to pursue a Masters in Communication
  • Multiplatform Journalism
    • Graduates from our Multiplatform Journalism program are employed across the country as reporters, authors, newscasters, and copy writers. The program provides graduates with the skills to succeed both now and in the future by teaching them to leverage the latest multimedia tools and techniques while emphasizing the underlying processes of the media industry.
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About the Department

The new James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, & Persuasion is an integration of the Department of Mass Communication and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies. The four emphases have been completely redesigned, as reflected in the 2014-2015 catalog, and offer a solid theoretical foundation as well as relevant technical skill development to everyone who studies in our program.


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