Journalism at EIU is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Information related to our accreditation can be found on our "Public Accountability" page.
The Journalism major teaches students the skills necessary to be successful regardless of which branch of the profession they choose to enter. Journalism students learn and practice news writing and editing for multiple platforms, multimedia production, design, and photojournalism. They also learn to navigate the ever-changing social media landscape to promote their own work or crowdsource a story. Students are able to report breaking news and complete longer investigative projects for print, broadcast and online media, cover sports, design publications, and frame major events through their lenses. Students learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic. Click here for information about required coursework.
Broadcast Journalism students receive a grounding in general journalistic principles, practices, ethics and law, and they receive advanced instruction tailored to the field of broadcast news. Broadcast news skills extend from traditional radio and television media to digital media platforms. Broadcast Journalism students learn how to disseminate news across these platforms to prepare for careers in front of or behind the camera or microphone. Click here for information about required coursework.
An informed citizenry is essential to the healthy functioning of a democratic society, and the news media are essential to that health through their role in educating the public about what elected and appointed officials are doing. The Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) option gives students with a keen interest in government the knowledge and skills necessary to provide accurate news coverage of all levels of state and local government. PAR students learn about the activities of the state legislature, local governments, courts, police, and the impact of national and international events on local affairs. Students learn how to find, interpret and use public records to document government action, and organizations and individuals who operate in the public interest. Click here for information about required coursework.
The Sports Media Relations option provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to work as sports media professionals. Students learn and practice skills related to the fundamentals of working with the media, athletes and coaches, managing crisis situations, recording statistics, writing game reports, marketing teams, organizing press conferences, and managing game events. They also learn to navigate the ever-changing social media landscape to promote teams and athletes and to write and produce across multiple platforms and multimedia. Click here for information about required coursework.