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.
Co-curricular media organizations
From your first week, you can become a part of vibrant student media outlets
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 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
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 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
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.