Students holding awards

Public Relations

Newhouse public relations students receive year-end academic and leadership awards.

The public relations industry is changing faster than ever. As one of the first and most prestigious public relations programs in the nation, we are too.

Strategic. Our world-class faculty come from the best in their field who are pioneering a curriculum that prepares students for current and future job opportunities. Their research and practice is deliberate, strategic and respected.

Innovative. Our W2O Center for Social Commerce connects students with professionals at the leading edge of social media and analytics. Our Emerging Insights Lab provides real-world application and analysis of brands. In addition, our "Diversity and Inclusion First" approach embeds a multicultural perspective into all classes. Each of our students complete a unique digital portfolio that reflects their education and experience. 

Specialized. Our academic programs allow students to specialize in preferred areas of study, and earn skills-based and technical certifications that are in demand by top employers. We support active-duty military students through rigorous training partnerships with the Defense Information School, training tomorrow’s Public Affairs Officers to meet unique challenges and tell their stories. 

On average, our students participate in three to five internships during their college career, and our Public Relations Practitioners Group of advisors representing every sector of the industry ensures our students are prepared for the future.

Christal Johnson

Featured Faculty

Christal Johnson

Assistant Teaching Professor Public Relations

Christal R.S. Johnson earned a doctoral degree in strategic communication from the University of Oklahoma. Before joining Newhouse, she worked as an assistant professor at Howard University. At Newhouse, she teaches PR Research, Social Media Analytics, Thesis Preparation Seminar, and Hip Hop & Media.

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