The first edition of a newspaper called The Parthenon appeared in November 1898, making it one of the oldest university newspapers in the country. A news magazine by another name predated it. The Parthenon is published online 24/7 and in print each Tuesday and Friday of the semester. During the summer, it publishes on Thursdays. It is produced by student editors who are responsible for the news and editorial content. The paper consistently wins awards in competition with professional journalists and other university programs. The editor and managing editor are chosen by a media committee and they then choose their six-member staff to serve as online, news, wire, sports, life and photo editors. During the regular academic year, most of the stories printed in the paper are written by students taking reporting classes thus earning students the clippings to build a professional portfolio for internships and job interviews. Non-journalism students participate by writing columns, reviews and letters to the editor, or by serving as a staff editor if they have the necessary experience.
Student Radio Station
National College Media Awards Radio Station of the Year, four-year colleges, 2016-2017
WMUL-FM, 88.1 MHz, is the student broadcast service of Marshall University. The radio station provides hands on experience for a volunteer staff comprised of aspiring journalists, sportscasters and music disk jockeys. Students from every major operate WMUL-FM 24/7, 365 days per year. WMUL-FM has won numerous awards for its programming from organizations such as the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Collegiate Broadcasters Inc., College Media Advisers Inc., The Communicator Awards, Omni International Awards, Maxim Star Awards, Marconi College Radio Awards and National Association of College Broadcasters. In 2011 WMUL-FM marked its 50th anniversary as West Virginia’s first public radio station.
MU Report is the student-produced television newscast of Marshall University. Students in the broadcast journalism program conceive stories, conduct interviews, shot video, edit news packages, run cameras, work the control room and anchor the news desk. Through a cooperative deal with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, the newscast is currently seen across West Virginia on public television, as well as on Armstrong Cable.