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EIU Journalism



This minor introduces students to the skills necessary to practice news writing and editing for multiple platforms.  Students learn how to report breaking news and examine the role news media play in a healthy democracy.  Students learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.  For more information, click on the "Curriculum Guide" below or contact the Journalism Minor Coordinator, Dr. Ensung Kim at

* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)


This 18-hour photojournalism minor, comprised of courses already part of the journalism curriculum taught by tenured faculty, lays a foundation for using the camera to document the world around them and then leads students through advanced classes and finally to a semester-long project. Besides digital and still photography, students will be introduced to basic video and will be able to edit and post this content to the web. Photojournalism skills and principles can be transferred to a variety of occupations as well as to a student's own life story. With the skills students learn and practice in the photojournalism minor, students will be able to help with publication and digital communication for business and work environments or with feature photography that chronicles their world. This minor would be a nice complement to several majors such as public relations, art, and business, as well as attractive to students who enjoy photography as a hobby or entrepreneurial endeavor.  For more information, click on the "Curriculum Guide" below or contact the Photojournalism Minor Coordinator, Mr. Greg Cooper at

* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)

Social Media Engagement

The Social Media Engagement minor is comprised of journalism courses that lay a foundation for using social media platforms to research, publish and engage with audiences in numerous contexts. Social Media Engagement skills can be transferred to a variety of occupations, preparing students for rapidly changing online environments. With the skills students learn and practice, they are able to help with the publication of digital communication for work environments and communities throughout the world. For more information, click on the "Curriculum Guide" below or contact the Social Media Engagement Minor Coordinator, Professor Egg Berry at

* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)

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.  For more information, click on the "Curriculum Guide" below or contact the Sports Media Relations Minor Coordinator, Dr. Joe Gisondi at

* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)



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