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The Daily Grind

The Daily Eastern News is more than just a student newspaper, especially for those charged with putting a new edition in the hands of the EIU community every weekday morning. Read more...


EIU journalism offers students real-life experience at The Daily Eastern News, a student newspaper published in Buzzard Hall and online. WEIU-TV, which has won several 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 also regularly land a variety of internships.

Don't believe the hype?

Since few, if anyone, would read a complete list detailing our alum’s many accomplishments, we instead offer a condensed list below.

We sorted graduates by the most popular areas of expertise.

Typical career positions:
Reporter Public Relations Broadcast Digital Media Editing and Design
Sports Media Photographer Educator Law and Politics

The Chicago Tribune’s Ted Gregory, for example, has won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting and authored two books – “Our Black Year” and “To Chase A Dream – while Tim Martin covers credit-market risk for the Wall Street Journal and Dave McKinney reports on state government for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jean Wright Media advocates for the airline industry as a senior vice president while Wally Swenson serves as a communications director for a state gubernatorial candidate. Dan Woike covers the Los Angeles Clippers for the Orange County Register while Marine Glisovic reports on Little Rock, Ark., for KATV-TV.

We are hesitant, though, to speak so much on just a few of our many accomplished graduates who make an impact in both large and small communities across the country, so we’ll stop here.

However, if you do want to learn more about our terrific alum, please stop by our department office or call us because we love to brag about our extended family of grads who make us so very proud.



Student Profiles


Students build journalism skills through seven concentrations 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.



Newsworthy Work

EIU 360: Newsworthy Work from Eastern Illinois University on Vimeo.

WEIU-TV's News Watch continues winning awards and preparing graduates for success. Read more...


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.

National Road Trip

National Road photo

Professor Brian Poulter photographs the National Road — using only an iPhone. Read more...