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Our Mission Statement

The Department of Mass Communications and Journalism shall advance academic and professional competence primarily in undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in media careers, but also in alumni and mid-career media practitioners, through programs of teaching, research and service that combine strong liberal arts and science studies with professional preparation. The department shall strive to produce graduates that meet national standards of performance in gathering, editing, reporting, interpreting and disseminating information that would shape public discourse.

(Adopted 2003; briefly revised 2016)

Student Media

The Spartan Echo

The Spartan Echo, and Spartan Echo TV are dedicated to meeting the goals of serving Norfolk State University's communication needs and providing maximum opportunity for educational communication experience in fulfillment of the institution and the full spirit of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The Spartan Echo is governed by the NSU Student Publication Board chaired by the Vice President for Student Affairs (or their designee).

Student editors may develop their organizational policies and their own news and editorial content free from censorship and threat of reprisal, suspension or removal from office. Freedom of the press as guaranteed by the Constitution is not impeded or interfered with by the university or any of its agencies, staff, faculty, administrators or student government bodies. The university expects the student media will conduct their business in a professional and responsible manner, adhering to the canons of journalistic ethics (as established by the Society of Professional Journalists) and, as applicable, to the laws of the Federal Communications Commission.

"Hot 91" WNSB 91.1 FM

WNSB is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University. The 17,000 watt non-profit station serves as a radio industry learning laboratory for Norfolk State University students.

Since its inception, WNSB has actively associated with local, regional and national professional organizations, including Tidewater Area Radio Broadcasters (TARB), Virginia Association of Broadcasters (VAB)Broadcast Education AssociationNational Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the National Broadcasting Society - Alpha Epsilon Rho

WNSB has actively supported community events and public service organizations within the Tidewater area, earning and maintaining respect throughout its service area and within the local broadcast industry.