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EIU Department of Journalism

Journalism is not just for journalists.

Sure, our students report breaking news, investigate corruption, design award-winning publications, produce newscasts, cover professional sports, develop public relations campaigns, promote college athletics, and frame major events with their lenses.

Sure, our alumni win Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards and earn all kinds of other recognitions for their journalistic efforts.

But our students learn so much more than journalism. They run major movie studios, lobby to save the environment, create digital businesses, direct social media, argue legal cases, run political campaigns, write graphic novels, and build websites. Our students are prepared for anything.

In our program, you’ll learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.

Why Choose EIU for Journalism

Our Degree Leads To...

EIU journalism offers students real-life experience at The Daily Eastern News, WEIU-TV, The Warbler yearbook, Fresh, The Agency, the Odyssey radio station or WEIU-FM (Hit-Mix Radio). Our journalism students also regularly land a variety of internships.

Click here for a listing of typical career positions.

Opportunities

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.

Program

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.

Concentrations

Writing and Reporting

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of writers and reporters in journalistic media and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

Editing

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of editors in journalistic media and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

Design

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of visual communicators in journalistic media and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

Photojournalism

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of photojournalists and videographers in journalistic media and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

New and Emerging Media

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of new media journalists and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

Public Relations

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of public relations professionals and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.
Students pursuing a Public Relations Concentration must take JOU 3920 as their Media and Society course in the Journalism Core.

Broadcast News

This concentration is designed to provide students with the knowledge and values necessary to understand the roles and functions of journalists in broadcasting/electronic media and to provide them with the skills and practice necessary to excel in such roles.

Sports Media Relations

This minor provides insights into the roles and duties performed by sports media professionals by offering courses that enable students to examine and practice skills related to the fundamentals of sports media relations, which includes working with the media, athletes and coaches, managing crisis situations, recording statistics, writing game reports, marketing teams, organizing press conferences, and managing game events.



Meet our Faculty

Don't take our word for it

"During halftime, I was lying in the endzone watching the fireworks. It was an awesome experience, and it assured me that I made the right decision in my major and school.”

Gina Volk (2013)

"The EIU Journalism program built my foundation. [My colleagues] in a top-85 TV market … have told me how impressed they are with how I wrote, how much I understood about TV news, and my passion for it. That foundation came from EIU.”

Savanna Tomei (2015)

"I picked EIU Journalism because of its courses. In my third year, I’d certainly have to say its instructors are another reason.”

Roberto Hodge (2015)

"Walking in the door, employers are like ‘wow, you’ve done a lot,’ which I couldn’t have done without Hit Mix."

Brad Kupiec (2013)

"The minute you step onto campus, you can get involved in student media. A lot of other schools don't offer that. ”

Katelyn Ifft (2014)

Related Pages

Daily Eastern NewsWEIUDaily Eastern NewsThe Warbler

Contact Information

Journalism Department

2521 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6003
journal@eiu.edu


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