Co-curricular media organizations

From your first week, you can become a part of vibrant student media outlets

Ithacan offices

The distinctive learning environment in the Park School of Communications features seven student-powered media organizations where you can put your classroom learning into practice and experience a professional environment working your way up into leadership positions.  Each co-curricular organization has a full-time staff advisor - someone with experience in the field plus the time and skills to focus on mentoring you and your team.  Content produced in these organizations regularly wins national and regional awards-- check out all of them from just 2019!  Any IC student can apply to become a part of any of these organizations.

Some of our recent awards:

The following students were recognized in College Broadcaster's Inc  National Student Production Awards Competition:

ICTV

  • Best Station Promo (Video) - 1st Place - ICTV Reports Promo - Manny Sanchez '22
  • Best Special Broadcast (Video) - 3rd Place - Election Center 2018 - Patricia Visceglia '20, Molly North '19 and Michael Pyskaty '19
  • Best General Entertainment Program (Video) - 4th Place - Looseleaf - Kyle Lauerman '20, Val DiGloria '19 and Kristen Karaliunas '19 

WICB

  • Best Podcast - 1st Place - Six Degrees - Sarah Horbacewicz '20
  • Best Sports Reporting (Audio) - 1st Place - Cortaca Jug Football Game Open - Cam Pratt '19

In addition, members of WICB and VIC Radio presented sessions at the convention including:

  • Using Graphic Design, Animation and Systems to Grow Your Station - Presented by WICB Station Manager Peter Champelli
  • Music (Un)Incorporated: How to Grow Your Local Music Scene - Presented by WICB Local Music Director Pia Rizzo-Wittlin
  • Roundtable Discussion: The Music Director's Responsibility in the #MeToo Era - Presented by VIC Radio Station Manager Kate Sustick
  • Getting Along With Your Licensee and Radio/TV/Multimedia Show and Tell - Presented by WICB, VIC Radio and ICTV General Manager Jeremy Menard

The Ithacan

Columbia Scholastic Press Association named the Ithacan Crown Award  a finalists for the 2018-19 academic year and awarded it a Gold Medal for 2017–18 in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual college publication critique.  Each year the CSPA evaluates member papers on overall content, news, depth reporting, features, opinion/editorial, sports, arts/entertainment, editing/headline writing, and design/graphics based on more than 150 specific criteria. This year the paper scored 963 on the critique’s 1,000-point scale and was awarded All Columbia Honors — an additional citation for special merit — in the "Essentials" and "Verbal" categories. Among the judges' comments: “Overall, the publication is incredibly professional, interesting, and a pleasure to read.”  The CSPA consistently ranks The Ithacan as a Gold Medalist, its highest category. The publication was evaluated in the critique’s ”hybrid” category, which is defined as “print publications that provide live coverage via website between print editions.”

ICTV

ICTV crew

ICTV - Ithaca College Television - is the oldest and longest-running student-powered television channel on the planet!  We produce more than 20 different TV shows each semester, ranging from weekly local news to live sports coverage through game shows and scripted dramatic series.  We distribute our content online through our website and also on local cable channel 16.

The Ithacan

students working on the student newspaper, The Ithacan

The Ithacan helps student journalists to learn the craft of reporting and storytelling across multiple platforms including print and digital editions, podcasts, and social media channels that provide breaking news.  Every year it wins top national and regional awards including the Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and best weekly student newspaper from the New York State Press Association.   There are opportunities for writers, proofreaders, fact-checkers, editors, photographers, layout specialists, and advertising managers.

WICB-FM and VIC radio

students working on WICB-FM radio

The Park School has two radio stations:

WICB-FM  is our FCC licensed, non-commercial educational station that broadcasts at 91.7 FM 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are Ithaca’s only modern rock station and are consistently the market’s favorite radio station. In addition to traditional broadcast distribution we also stream worldwide on iHeartRadio, iTunes Internet Radio, TuneIn Radio, and our own iOS app.

VIC Radio is the home to the “best of what’s next” in indie-alternative music. This internet-only radio station is operated by a full student staff of DJs, newscasters and sportscasters. Monday through Friday, VIC’s morning and afternoon programming showcases indie-alternative music. On weekends, VIC features specialty music and sports talk shows created by students.

Park Promotions

social media postings from Park Promotions

Park Promotions brings hands-on experience in creating promotional materials, social media campaigns, and online content for the Park School. Like a traditional agency, a variety of talents combine to create great campaigns: graphic design (Adobe Creative Suite), writing for public relations, social media management, WordPress website design and content management, photography, illustration, and installation design.  Our students help us promote Park events and do social media 'take overs'.

Park Productions & The Studio

student working on a Park Productions grant-funded documentary

Park Productions and The Studio are student-led media organizations that create content that is sponsored or designed for eventual sponsorship and distribution.  They provide students with both production experience and an insight into the "business side" of media production such as working with clients, bidding on jobs, and creating pitches for films to eventual funders or distributors. 

Park Productions operates as a student-staffed media production company.  We have produced hundreds of projects for clients such as Cornell University, Borg-Warner, the Geneva Music festivals, and for grant or contest-funded projects led by Ithaca College students or faculty.   We have won international awards, and continue to make an impact on global issues by reaching millions of viewers from around the world.  Students working on Park Productions projects have the opportunity to travel and meet world experts to create content on topics as diverse as women in science, local tourism for the wine industry, fracking, and the ecology of the cloud forests in South America.

The Studio provides a creative space in downtown Ithaca and is a media incubator for students who want to create and produce content for the entertainment industry. The Studio gives students realistic exposure to working with producers and executives in content-based businesses through mentorship and networking opportunities, workshops, resources, and guidance. The Studio supports collaborative projects that are likely to be marketable and get media attention. It's led by student executives who are guided by professional staff and a network of alumni advisors.