Affiliated programs

We are proud to have two nationally recognized programs headquartered at Kansas State University. These two affiliated programs offer invaluable opportunities and experience to students and faculty

Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media
Gloria Freeland, director

The center, located in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, was founded in 1990. The mission of the center is to serve and strengthen the local newspapers, radio stations, cable systems and other media that play a key role in the survival and revitalization of America's small towns.

The center affirms the fact that community and communication are inseparable; you cannot have community without communications. The director of the center is Gloria Freeland, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at K-State. She has held the position since 1998.

The center:

  • Sponsors the annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media
  • Co-sponsors the annual "Newspapers and Community-Building Symposium" in conjunction with the National Newspaper Association's annual convention
  • Supports research dealing with issues affecting community media and the health of their communities
  • Educates students about community media
  • Co-sponsors the Great Plains Radio History Symposium
  • Helps coordinate multicultural events at Kansas State University

Journalism Education Association
Kelly Furnas, executive director

The Journalism Education Association is the only independent national scholastic journalism organization for teachers and advisers. The headquarters office is located at K-State. JEA serves its membership of more than 2,500 journalism teachers and publications advisers, as well as those with an interest in scholastic journalism. The Journalism Education Association:

  • Publishes the quarterly journal Communication: Journalism Education Today
  • Provides national certification for journalism educators
  • In conjunction with the National Scholastic Press Association, conducts the semi-annual National High School Journalism Convention for teachers and students
  • Conducts the annual JEA Advisers Institute training conference for high school teachers
  • Runs the JEA Bookstore with more than 300 journalism-related titles