A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
Former names
Department of Industrial Journalism established at Kansas State Agricultural College

Department of Industrial Journalism and Printing

Department of Technical Journalism

Department of Journalism

Department of Journalism and Mass Communications [1]
DirectorNikhil Moro
AffiliationsKansas State University Kansas State University College of Arts & Sciences

The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers instruction leading to the bachelor and master's degrees in mass communications at Kansas State University. Students seeking a bachelor's degree can earn a science or arts degree in one of two sequences: Journalism and Digital Media or Strategic Communications. Further emphases include drone journalism, news broadcasting, graphics production, public relations, and advertising. One of the school's programs involves drone photography and video, which is facilitated through a partnership with K-State Polytechnic's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight and Operations program.

The school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. It has more than 4,600 alumni.[2]Around 500 undergraduate majors, 90 minors and 20 graduate students call the school their home at Kansas State University.

The A.Q. Miller School houses the headquarters of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), the national organization for teachers and advisers of journalism. It also houses the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media, R.M. Seaton Chair in Professional Journalism, and Ross Beach Chair in Mass Communications.

History of Journalism Education at Kansas State University[edit]

Journalism-related instruction at Kansas State began with the university organizing printing classes in 1874. The classes, offered with a sheet-fed printing press located in the basement of Kedzie Hall, the stately limestone building that houses the storied school, made Kansas State University the first American educational facility to offer a program in newspaper printing. [2]

The school offers the second oldest journalism curriculum in the United States, dating to 1910 (after the University of Missouri, 1908). Its current name honors the distinguished Kansas publisher and editor Alexander Quintella Miller, Sr. (b., February 7, 1874; d., December 29, 1959), whose son, Carl Miller, a Kansas State University alumnus, made a financial gift in 1987.[2] For more than 50 years, A.Q. Miller published The Belleville Telescope, a weekly newspaper established 1870 in Belleville, Kansas, the seat of Republic County. He took his first job as a newspaperman at age 17 as a printer's devil with the Clifton News, a daily newspaper published 1889-1923 in Washington and Clay counties of northern Kansas. About the job, he is quoted as follows: "When I first went to work for the Clifton News, I hadn't the vaguest idea what a printer's devil did. I soon found out. My first assigned task was to mail the single wrappers, individual copies of the newspaper. Flour paste was mixed and used to seal the wrappers. I can still vividly recall the odor exuding from the unused paste after the job was completing. The shop took on all the fragrance of a [meat-]packing plant."[3] A.Q. Miller went to perform what the Kansas Editorial Association later recognized as "Distinguished Service in the Field of Journalism," which included several appointments outside of newspapers such as national counselor to the United States Chamber of Commerce, chief clerk of the United States Senate, and division chief of the U.S. Bureau of Internal Revenue. He strongly advocated in favor of the interstate freeway system, which was launched in the state of Kansas.

The university hired Chalres J. Dillon from The Kansas City Star in 1910, and he established the first journalism college curriculum at K-State.[2][4] Dillon's "industrial journalism" program required students to take courses in home economics, agriculture, or engineering in addition to reportorial studies.[4]

As the scope of the school's curriculum expanded, "mass communications" was appended to the school's name in 1971.[2]

The 2019-24 strategic plan of the school, approved under leadership of its director, the digital media law scholar Nikhil Moro, emphasizes research and instruction in media and audience analytics, audio and video streaming, virtual and augmented reality, and social media applications in journalism, public relations, and advertising.

A.Q. Miller School Student Media[edit]

Update alumni magazine[edit]

The Journalism and Mass Communications School in Kedzie Hall produces a bi-annual alumni magazine, Update, which highlights notable alumni achievements, positive student stories, important changes in curriculum and the school's role in the ever-changing communications and media industry. The magazine is printed through Publication Printers in Denver, Colorado, and currently carries a distribution of 6,100 magazines.

KSDB91.9 The Wildcat[edit]

KSDB91.9 is Kansas State University's campus radio station. A non-commercial radio station located in Manhattan, Kansas, broadcasting on 91.9 MHz on the FM dial, KSDB is staffed by about 100 student volunteers who gain valuable experience in all areas of radio broadcasting. It plays alternative/independent rock, hip hop, and jazz. KSDB-FM, which has been on the air since 1949, is the oldest, continuously operating FM station in the state of Kansas.

KKSU-HD TV[edit]

K-State's student-run television station includes two weekly shows: Channel 8 News and MHK All day. Students of any major can be involved with broadcasts beginning their first week on campus. The station is an officially, FCC-licensed low-powered television station serving Manhattan and Riley County, Kansas. The station is available over-the-air on channel 24 or through the Cox Cable system in Manhattan and surrounding areas on cable channel 8.

The Collegian[edit]

The Kansas State Collegian is the official daily student-run newspaper of Kansas State University. Founded in 1896, the Collegian has a circulation of 4,750. It is owned and published by Collegian Media Group.

Manhappenin' Magazine[edit]

Manhappenin' Magazine is Kansas State University's student-created lifestyle magazine. In 2018, the magazine (which is in its third year of production), won third place in the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention's Pinnacle Award's four-year feature magazine of the year category. The magazine has a print edition, web content at their web site, manappeninmagazine.com, and an active Instagram.

Royal Purple Yearbook[edit]

The Royal Purple's mission is to encapsulate student, faculty and staff memories and history at Kansas State University each year.[5] The 2017 Royal Purple won the Pacemaker award, which is the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention's award for best yearbook in the country.

Centennial celebration[edit]

After 100 years of operation, faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the school celebrated its centennial from Sept. 2-4 2010. Events included the 11th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media, which was presented by broadcast journalist and K-State alumna Gail Pennybacker, an A.Q. Miller School memorabilia room at the Kansas State University Student Union, a panel on photojournalism, a banquet, and more.[4]

Throughout the celebration, the school raised money for the Dave MacFarland Tools for Tomorrow Technology Fund, which was created to provide media technology for journalism students. [4]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Daniel Biles, '74, justice at the Kansas Supreme Court
  • Craig Bolerjack, '81, voice of the Utah Jazz
  • Scott Kraft, '77, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times
  • Steve Physioc, voice of the Kansas City Royals
  • Pete Souza, Chief White House Photographer
  • Susan Edgerley, former metropolitan editor, dining editor and assistant managing editor for integrating print and web newsrooms for the New York Times
  • Whitney Davis, '06, manager for Entertainment Diversity for CBS Entertainment
  • The late Gordon Jump, ’57, tv actor, played the Maytag man
  • U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, ’58
  • Marlin Fitzwater ’65, former press sec. for Reagan and HW Bush
  • Mitch Holthus ’79, ’80, Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs
  • The late Milton Eisenhower ’24, ’63 Hon.Doc., Dwight's brother and former president of K-State
  • The late Jerry Wexler ’46, influential producer at Atlantic Records, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Kendra Wecker ’06, WNBA player


  1. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Facts about the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  2. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  3. ^ Jayhawk Editor: A Biography of A.Q. Miller, Sr., compiled and edited by James D. Callahan (Sterling Press: Los Angeles, 1955), p. 26.
  4. ^ a b c d [2] Topeka Capitol-Journal
  5. ^ "Royal Purple | Kansas State University". www.royalpurpleyearbook.com. Retrieved 2018-11-19.