Clubs and Activities
The university’s weekly student newspaper, The Rider News, routinely wins top awards from the New Jersey Press Association and from the regional division of the Society of Professional Journalists, successfully competing against institutions like Harvard and Yale.
Students are responsible for all aspects of the publication, including writing, editing, photography, design, as well as maintaining its digital and social media platforms.
Each year, the student executive editor of The Rider News is awarded a full-tuition scholarship and the student managing editor is awarded a half-tuition scholarship. In addition, newspaper section editor posts are paid positions and serve as these students’ on-campus jobs.
The newspaper faculty adviser is Dr. Jackie Incollingo, a former Washington correspondent for a Florida newspaper, and a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Rider University Network is a student organization that produces television programs in the Department of Communication and Journalism’s Television Studio. Programs are regularly broadcast on the campus network and are available everywhere online. Current productions can be seen at www.rideruniversitynetwork.com.
Scholarship support is given to the network's student producer.
The radio station broadcasts on a frequency of 107.7 MHz. Offering public-affairs programming along with entertainment shows that take advantage of an extensive music library, the station helps students polish both on-air and management skills. John Mozes is the General Manager. The WRRC-FM studios are on the ground floor of The Bart Luedeke Center; telephone (609) 896-5369 or (609) 896-5211.
Scholarship support is given to the station's student General Manager and the Project Director.
Rider Public Relations Society
This association supplements classroom and internship learning for public relations students through speakers, field trips and networking opportunities. Workshops on writing resumes and preparing for job interviews are held for members. Dr. Nancy Wiencek is adviser.
For more information, please visit their social media page: Facebook.
Lambda Pi Eta is the honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). It works to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; to stimulate interest in the field of communication; to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; to establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between communication studies faculty and students, and to explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must have completed 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter credit-hours); have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 for all courses taken; must be in the upper 35% of their institutional academic class; have a GPA for all communication studies courses taken of at least 3.5; have completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours in communication; and currently be enrolled as a full-time student in good standing as determined by institutional policies. In addition, students should also display commitment to the field of communication, and all persons considered for membership shall exhibit high standards of personal and professional character and shall support the purposes of the honor society. Our department became a member of LPH in 1994. Dr. Minmin Wang, Dr. Yun Xia, Dr. Allison Weidhaas, and Dr. Jackie Incollingo advise the chapter.