The Department of Communication enjoys a close working relationship with the campus radio station, WVUR; the campus television stations, VUTV; the weekly campus newspaper, The Torch; and the yearbook, The Beacon along with the English Department's literary and art publication, The Lighter.
WVUR-FM, The Source 95 is Valparaiso University’s own professional radio station. It broadcasts 24/7 on 95.1 FM in the Valparaiso area, streams online at thesource95.com, and can be accessed on smartphones through the TuneIn Radio app. Interested students from any major are welcome to participate. No prior experience is necessary, as the goal of the station is to help students learn from these various opportunities. Students can develop their own radio shows, broadcast Valparaiso University sports, DJ, or even post music reviews on the station’s website. WVUR is always looking for station managers and other staff members to contribute their own creative ideas and keep radio relevant on Valpo’s diverse campus.
The VUTV teleproduction studio operates like a professional television station including opportunities for cameramen, station managers, and of course, the news anchors and other reporters seen on TVs all across campus. Students from any discipline and every class can get involved. Every TV on campus can access the student-run station on cable channel 82.
The Torch weekly student newspaper covers events on and off campus. The publication offers paid writing, editing, and photography and editing opportunities for students as well as editorial staff positions for experienced participants interested in a leadership role.
The Beacon offers paid writing, photography, and design opportunities for students who want to contribute to the annual yearbook. Please check out our Facebook page for more information. or email us at Beacon@valpo.edu.
The Lighter, connected to the English Department, is a student magazine for literature and art that captures the most beautiful, lyrical, and imaginative works that Valparaiso University students have to offer. The Lighter is released twice a year, once each semester and students must submit their work to be reviewed by a selection committee. The Lighter is one of the best ways for students from all departments to come together and create a piece of their own Valpo experience.
Valparaiso University is home to the Sigma Delta chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's official communication studies honor society.
Many students with a concentration or minor in Communication Law also participate in the Mock Trial competition, a case preparation and presentation organization.
In conjunction with Valparaiso University Marketing and Communications, students in the Spring 2009 Communication 385 (Television Field Production) course produced videos designed to be showcased on campus visit days, prior to campus tours, on the Valpo website, on YouTube, and other ways as appropriately identified by University Marketing and the Office of Admission.
Spotlight on VU was produced as a "pilot" series to highlight various programs, organizations, and extracurricular activities offered at VU. The first edition was nominated for a Midwest Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Award. The video was a final project in the Spring 2009 Communication 380 (Television Producing/Directing) course.