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We’re happy you’re a part of the Department of Mass Communication at Nicholls.

We know your time here is an important part of your future success. While you’re here, we will work hard to help you find your path, build on your strengths and succeed.

Make sure to use the resources available to you. Join student organizations, get internships and just get involved. You are building your future now.

ADVISING

Advising is a very important component of your education — not only does it help you get the course information in the best order and sequence, but it also helps you graduate on time.

Students are encouraged to contact their departmental advisor as well as refer to the MACO handbook to plan and schedule courses.

If you do not have an advisor yet, our office manager Marnya Forbes will assign you one of our faculty members. She can be reached at 985-448-4586 or in 102 Talbot Hall.

When planning schedules, students should also use the Degree Evaluation feature through Banner to show what requirements have been met and which courses and requirements are open. Directions on how to find and use your degree evaluation, which can also be set to a new major, can be found on the Nicholls website.

STUDENT HANDBOOK

Click images below to download pdfs.

Previous Handbooks

(make sure to choose the handbook that corresponds to your catalog year)

Need to use a camera for class?

Click below to fill out the camera check-out request form.

ORGANIZATIONS

MACO student organizations are open to all students across campus. Meeting times and locations are posted regularly, so come join us!

Public Relations Society of America

The Nicholls chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, a professional organization, cultivates a mutually advantageous relationship between students and professional public relations practitioners.

DUES: $50 a year

FACULTY ADVISOR: Dr. Linda Martin

FACULTY ADVISOR: Dr. Andrew Simoncelli

Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world’s largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.

DUES: $65 a year

Society of Professional Journalists

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a professional journalism organization, works to improve and protect journalism. SPJ welcomes broadcast, print, and public relations students, as well as anyone interested in journalism and a free press.

DUES: $36 a year

FACULTY ADVISOR: Ms. Nicki Boudreaux

FACULTY ADVISOR: Dr. James Stewart

Kappa Tau Alpha (Honorary)

The Nicholls chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha invites into membership each fall juniors and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their classes academically. The national honor society promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

INITIATION FEE: $20

INTERNSHIPS

The INTERNSHIP PROGRAM is designed to give students practical mass communication experience to accompany their classroom education.

In most cases, internships are taken during the summer between the student’s junior and senior years. The internship need not be an entire summer, although that is usually the best arrangement. Students receive credit in Mass Communication 390.

Students must register for MACO 390 and pay fees to receive credit for an internship.

BEFORE INTERNSHIP

  1. Complete internship training before applying for the internship [online]
  2. Pass internship Training EXAM [in MACO office]
  3. Meet with adviser to confirm completion of at least 18 hours of MACO course work, which, in the estimation of the supervising professor, adequately prepares the student for the position.
  4. Adviser sends recommendation message to Departmental Internship Director confirming academic eligibility within 3 weeks before start of semester in which internship will be taken
  5. Send application packet to faculty adviser at least 3 weeks before to the start of the semester in which the internship will be taken, to include:
    • Supervisor Letter: Supervisor writes letter to coordinating professor confirming the student has been accepted as an intern, specifying the details and the number of hours to be worked
      in the position.
    • Prospectus: Student writes brief essay to include the following:
      • Background of company.
      • Supervisor’s name and position.
      • What the supervisor does.
      • What qualifies this person as a supervisor.
      • Number of hours per week the intern will be working. (Minimum of 10)
  6. Committee approves application based on academic eligibility, student prospectus and the supervisor letter.
  7. Student requests registration for the course (the department will register the student), based on committee approval.

DURING INTERNSHIP

  1. Complete midterm – present examples of work to coordinating professor; supervisor evaluation and student evaluation.
  2. Internship Director will complete at least one on-site visit.

AT END OF INTERNSHIP

3 days prior to final exam date

  1. Submit WEEKLY LOG to coordinating professor.
  2. Submit PORTFOLIO of all work during the internship to coordinating professor.
  3. Submit final INTERNSHIP REPORT to coordinating professor.
  4. Submit STUDENT EVALUATION to coordinating professor.
  5. Submit SUPERVISOR EVALUATION (link above for work supervisor).

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BAYOU COUNTRY CLUB

A country club including golf course, pool, footgolf course and family events.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Design, event planning, social media management, web management, writing

BRIDGE TO INDEPENDENCE

A Nicholls State University organization that provides students with intellectual disabilities and Autism a full college experience.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring
SKILLS: Public Relations, event planning, social media management, convergence media, design, writing

CROSSROADS PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER

A Christian organization that promotes the sanctity of life by providing caring services to pregnant women in crisis within our area. Our staff provides education, guidance and spiritual support, especially to those considering abortion or other alternatives, in a spirit of compassion, love and grace.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Graphic design, WordPress management, event planning/coordinating, social media management

ED WHITE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

A Houma-Thibodaux Diocesan co-educational institution serving Thibodaux and the surrounding areas, is to impart the Catholic faith, promote academic excellence, and enhance self-esteem.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring
SKILLS: Public Relations, video production, event planning, social media management, convergence media, design, writing

NICHOLLS ATHLETICS

The NCAA Division I – Southland Conference at Nicholls State University.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring
SKILLS: Public Relations, video production, event planning, social media management, convergence media, design, writing

RESTORE OR RETREAT

A non-profit coastal advocacy group created by coastal Louisiana residents and stakeholders who recognize that the Barataria and Terrebonne basins are the two most rapidly eroding estuaries on earth, and that this erosion represents an economic and ecological crisis. With a growing membership of over 250 businesses and individuals, ROR seeks to identify and expedite the implementation of aggressive, large-scale restoration projects to protect this irreplaceable region.

LOCATION: Thibodaux, Houma
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring
SKILLS: Public Relations, Event planning, social media management, convergence media, design, writing

SAINT FRANCIS VEGETABLE GARDEN

A collaborative community garden to supply the Lafourche Parish food banks with fresh produce as well as educate the community on fresh, healthy eating.

LOCATION: Thibodaux, Houma
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Design, event planning, social media management, web management, writing

THIBODAUX ROTARY

An international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Design, web design, social media management, writing

THIBODAUX SERVICE LEAGUE

A group of women dedicated to improving Thibodaux and the surrounding communities of South Louisiana through service and volunteerism.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring
SKILLS: Graphic design, web design, social media management

THIBODAUX VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

An all-volunteer department that provides emergency services to the citizens of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Public Relations [design, event planning, social media management, web management, writing]

UPSIDE DOWNS

A nonprofit organization committed to helping service the Down syndrome community through new parent support, recreational activities, raising awareness and advocating for a brighter future. Our goal is to promote the “Upside” and positive aspects of Down syndrome and further our belief that Anything is possible with Down syndrome.

LOCATION: Thibodaux
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Design, event planning, social media management, web management

WAFB CHANNEL 9

The CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge.

LOCATION: Baton Rouge
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

WBRZ CHANNEL 2

The ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge.

LOCATION: Baton Rouge
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

WDSU NEWS

The NBC affiliate in New Orleans.

LOCATION: New Orelans
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

WGNO TV

The ABC affiliate in New Orleans.

LOCATION: Metairie
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

WVLA LOCAL 33

The NBC affiliate in Baton Rouge.

LOCATION: Baton Rouge
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

WVUE FOX 8

The Fox affiliate in New Orleans.

LOCATION: New Orleans
SEMESTERS AVAILABLE: Fall, Spring, Summer
SKILLS: Broadcast news

INTERMITTENT INTERNSHIPS

NPR hiring in Houma

NPR is going to be hiring a reporter based out of Houma within the next six months to cover coastal and environmental related stories. If interested,

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Sports Writers Wanted [paid]

RiverParishFootball.com is seeking a correspondent to cover games in the River Parishes on Friday nights during the season, along with other game-night coverage help. The

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SENIOR PORTFOLIOS

Check out some of our senior portfolios created in our capstone MACO 490: Digital Media Convergence

Sarah Zeringue

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Deante' Baham

JOURNALISM

Tatum Gehbauer

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Angelle Gaspard

JOURNALISM

Adam Doucet

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Caroline Callais

PUBLIC RELATIONS

CONtact information

Department of Mass Communication (MACO)

Office Location:
102 Talbot Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2031
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985.448.4586
Fax: 985.448.4577

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