Why Choose EIU?
EIU journalism offers students real-life experience at The Daily Eastern News, a student newspaper printed in Buzzard Hall and also available online. WEIU-TV, which has won consecutive Emmys, produces nightly news programming during the school year. The Warbler yearbook chronicles Eastern life with a 240-page book each spring. If that’s not enough, students can also work at Fresh, a bi-monthly newspaper, The Agency, a student-run public relations firm, the Odyssey radio station, which broadcasts online and on campus, or WEIU-FM, Hit-Mix Radio, which serves the wider Charleston community. Our journalism students are also strong contenders for a variety of internships at newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, and firms with public relations professionals.
Focus your career
Students may build their journalism skills through seven concentrations. After completing core classes, students may want to specialize in broadcast, design, editing, new media, photojournalism, public relations or reporting. Specializations allow students to graduate with in-depth knowledge. Industry values our graduates in entry-level positions because of their specialization and the experience they obtain in student media and professional internships.
Use cutting-edge facilities
EIU journalism students receive practical hands-on training using equipment they will likely use in their professional careers. Digital production facilities at WEIU-TV are comparable to professional stations. Classrooms are wired, and wifi is readily available for classroom projects. Students might Skype with interview subjects on large screens in labs. They will also master the latest versions of software being used by professional photographers and designers.
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Strong networks can propel students into long-lasting careers. At Eastern, journalism students network with faculty, who have ties to industry. They can also network with other students in the Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Agency and at national conventions for the College Media Association. Finally, students network with a wide variety of Eastern alumni, who are valuable contacts in media industries. EIU journalism alumni meet students at homecoming events and often visit campus to speak in classes. Students also attend workshops with professionals at the Mid-America Press Institute.