School of Media & Strategic Communications

Our History


More than a century ago, the first campus newspaper, The Oklahoma A&M Mirror, was published in 1895.

While it only lasted a few years, the Mirror proved to be the first chapter of a colorful history for Oklahoma State University journalism. In 1910, Oklahoma A&M offered its first journalism course in the English Department, but it would take another 27 years before the Department of Journalism began in 1937. During those formative years, newspaper greats such as Walker Stone and Paul Miller would learn their craft on the Stillwater campus before becoming prominent names in American journalism.

In the past 100 years, OSU's journalism studies have grown from a handful of students in the 1890s to more than 600 majors in 2010. The School of Media and Strategic Communications now offers three undergraduate programs - multimedia journalism, sports media and strategic communications - in addition to a master of science in mass communication. To help students gain professional experience, the School has an award-winning daily newspaper, The Daily O'Collegian and a student cable radio station, KXZY.  In addition, our students gain practical experience through the campus video platform, OStateTV.