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Journalism majors should have a strong in interest in news, writing and story telling. Backed by a strong foundation in law and ethics, students learn to report news across a variety of platforms, from print, to the Web, to broadcast, and they learn how to work as public relations practitioners.


Writing and Reporting, Design, Editing, Photojournalism, Public Relations, New and Emerging Media, Broadcast News

Hours Required

120 total hours including 45/46 hours of journalism and 65 hours of liberal arts and sciences.

Departmental Honors Program


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

journalism, communications, political science, history, law, sociology

Course Catalog Listing

Typical Starting Positions

Newspaper/Online Reporter
Newspaper/Online Copyeditor
Newspaper/Online Designer
TV Reporter
TV Producer
Public Relations Assistant
Web Designer/Producer

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Readers Digest, Time Out Chicago magazine, Associated Press, State Farm Insurance, Allstate Insurance, Bloomberg News, Detroit Free Press, Al Jazeera English, Indianapolis Star, Country Music Television, WBBM-TV (Chicago), Paramount Pictures, WCIA-TV (Champaign, Ill.), WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, Ind.), Comcast Sports Chicago

Notable Graduates

Ted Gregory, part of a team of Chicago Tribune reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 2008; David Kidwell, part of a team of Miami Herald reporters that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2001; Cam Simpson, foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Student Professional Organizations

The Daily Eastern News,, Warbler yearbook, The Agency, WEIU-TV, WEIU-FM, Society of Collegiate Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, Illinois News Broadcasters Association.

Professional Development Opportunities

The Journalism Department is headquarters for the Mid-America Press Institute. MPI conducts a series of workshops each year. Journalism students can attend these workshops free of charge.

Students and professors annually attend a number of regional, state and national conventions, workshops and conferences sponsored by College Media Advisers/Associated Collegiate Press, Public Relations Society of America, Illinois Broadcasters Association, Illinois News Broadcasters Association and Broadcast Education Association.


Scholarship Listing

B. Weir -E. Waffle Journalism Award
Broadcast Journalism Scholarship
Bruce Allen White Montgomery Scholarship
Daniel E. and M. Adrianne Thornburgh Scholarship
Daniel E. Marvin Jr. WEIU Scholarship
Dr. Kenneth E. Hadwiger Foreign Cultures Award
E. Warner/D. Thornburgh Presidential Award in Journalism
Edith Breving Annual Scholarship
Eric Schuster Scholarship
Frances W. McColl Scholarship
Gene Seymour Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship
Hal Middlesworth Scholarship
Illinois Broadcasters Association Scholarship
James A. Saunders Scholarship
Jim, Tom, and Robin Roberts Sch
John David Reed Journalism Scholarship
Journalism Grant-in-Aid Award
Mary (Wohlrabe) Durkin Sch
Mary Coon Cottingham Sch
Mary Jane Coartney Memorial Creative Writing Scholarship
Pierre Toussaint Journalism Scholarship
Richard Icen Fourth Estate Award
Robert and Ann Flick Study Abroad Annual Scholarship
Rory and Gail Heltsley Steidl Scholarship
Roy K. Wilson Journalism Sch
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Faculty Honors & Awards

- Professor Joe Gisondi's book, MonsterTrek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot, will be published in 2016. He is also the executive director of the Illinois Community College Press Association.

- Professor Lola Burnham is the secretary/treasurer of the Illinois College Press Association.

- Dr. Liz Viall, instructor, is the division head for the Participatory Journalism Interest Group in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

- Dr. Sally Renaud, professor and chair, in the executive director of the Illinois Journalism Education Association and the Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Department of Journalism, Buzzard Hall 2526
Contact Name: Sally Renaud, Chair, Department of Journalism
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