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Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication aims to further Ed Murrow’s legacy of excellence, courage and innovation. The college is strategically focused to meet the escalating international demand for professional and responsible communicators who have an expanded world view and can effectively function in the complex new digital media environment.


“We live in an age when journalism and communication are perhaps more critical than at any other time in our nation’s history. In my mind, there is no more meaningful name in all of journalism than the Murrow name. Our faculty, staff and students take this responsibility seriously.”

— Bruce Pinkleton, Dean, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication


Strategic Goals:

  • Develop professional communication leaders/ entrepreneurs who have an expanded world view, are media-literate and digitally proficient.
  • Offer the best hands-on undergraduate multi-platform journalism and communication education using one of the nation’s largest statewide college-run family of broadcast properties.
  • Create an environment that helps the communication industry navigate looming technological and economic hurdles. Look to be a beta site for technologies of the future, tested in a real‐life teaching lab.
  • Improve the health and well-being of our society and our economy by serving working professionals and through research that will provide a roadmap to the future. Build the health communication graduate program to global prominence.
  • Achieve true preeminence that advances our most famous graduate’s principles of courage, integrity, innovation, and professional excellence in communication.

Your generous support will help to bolster our digital infrastructure, inject a global worldview across the college, and vault our Communication & Society, Journalism & Media Production and Strategic Communication programs to global prominence. Thank you for cementing the college’s role as a continuing vital resource for all the industries it serves.

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Please consider a gift to support the Murrow College priorities below:

Dean’s Excellence Fund

Enables the dean to meet the escalating global demand for professional and responsible communicators who have an expanded world view and can effectively function in the complex new digital media environment. Your support of the dean’s excellence fund fuels the college to continue being one of the nation’s leading communication schools with exceptional undergraduate and graduate-level research and scholarly activity in journalism, strategic communication and specialty areas of health, science, and technology.n


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Murrow Scholarship Excellence Fund

Nurture the leaders of the future. Be a student’s champion. Some of the most exciting and beneficial instruction at the Murrow College of Communication takes place inside and outside the traditional classroom. Invest in training the next generation of leaders through undergraduate scholarships. Your gift will help support students as they learn skills that last a lifetime and vastly increase their chance of success in a very competitive world.


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Digital Technology Excellence Fund

Your support best prepares the students to meet real-world demands by enabling the Murrow College to continue to develop and expand cutting-edge digital and physical infrastructure for the students. Digital literacy is woven into every level of the student experience. This requires an ongoing commitment to early adaption and implementation of emerging hardware, software and communication delivery innovations.


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Edward R. Murrow Symposium Fund

The Murrow Symposium honors Edward R. Murrow, widely regarded as broadcasting’s most illustrious journalist and a graduate of Washington State University. An innovator dedicated to professional excellence and the public good, Murrow built credibility for the new field of broadcast journalism through his courage, skill, and sincerity. In doing so he established standards to which communication professionals still aspire. The Murrow Symposium program furthers Murrow’s legacy by acknowledging exceptional achievement in communication, celebrating scholarship, and connecting students to industry professionals. The symposium honors the recipient of the annual Murrow Award conferred on the person or organization best exemplifying Murrow’s professional ideals. The symposium aims to engage the community in discussion about the role of the press in democracy and to inspire students to pursue Murrow’s standards in their careers. Secondary goals include increasing the number of high-ability students from diverse backgrounds and increasing the Murrow College of Communication’s impact on communication and journalism.


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Additional opportunities to support the Murrow College

Visit the WSU Foundation’s online giving site for additional opportunities to make a gift to the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.



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April Johnson
April Johnson
Senior Director of Development
Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

Washington State University Foundation