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UNK’s Communication Department started hosting the NSAA State Speech Tournament in 1999 and has hosted it every year since.
UNK’s Communication Department hosted the NSCTA State Debate Tournament from 1996-2011. In 2012 the competition grew larger than what the campus could handle.
In spring 2013, the department hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new radio station after having completed a $120,000 renovation to modernize the studio and production suites. Rooms were completely refurbished, digital equipment was installed, and power was increased to 3800 watts to provide stronger signal and increased broadcast range.
Forensics as a service function (to high school and college students) and remains a vital part of the department’s mission. UNK Forensics is a tradition that goes back as far as 1905. In 2005, the team was re-established to compete on the American Forensics Association circuit, which is the most prestigious in the nation. Since that time, UNK competitors have worked hard to improve their speaking abilities and qualify events for the American Forensics Association National individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). The team is growing and becoming more competitive every year. Any UNK student is welcome to compete for the UNK Forensics Team.
Department of Communication students have earned numerous awards in competitions and research at the regional and national levels.
UNK’s Communication Department has hosted a number of individual, conference, district, and state tournaments over the years.
UNK’s Communication Department hosts a number of College/University tournaments, has hosted the NAFA state tournament, and in 2011 hosted the National AFA Tournament.
The Department of Communication implemented a new Multimedia major in 1998 to address new and future career developments in the media areas. The Multimedia major was the first interdisciplinary major offered within the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Graduates with the Multimedia degree work in print, web, audio and video and many combinations of the media.