Students from Southern Illinois University’s School of Journalism have been writing stories, shooting captivating photographs and reporting on crises from as near as the tornado that hit Harrisburg, Illinois, to as far away as Nepal, Peru, Ghana, Australia and Niger. A partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides students with fellowships for funding reporting trips to the far corners of the world.
As one of 111 accredited programs in the United States and five in Illinois, the School of Journalism is the perfect place to start a career in the media industry. Taught by award-winning professionals, students can choose to major in news editorial, photojournalism, advertising, sports reporting and writing, or new media production.
The Daily Egyptian (DE), the school's student-run newspaper, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Over 150 past editors, reporters, and alumni who have gone on to be successful media makers in Illinois, the Midwest and in Washington, D.C., returned to relive their memories.
At the DE, investigative stories are picked up by national media, and studnets secure prized internships as well as jobs. As recently as March 2018, several students won over 25 excellence awards in various categories from the Illinois College Newspaper Association. Faculty and graduate students publish the Gateway Journalism Review that adds in-depth analysis of news and events with editorials on contemporary issues.
Photojournalism students have documented the lives of local communities by shooting pictures, editing stories and publishing them as books. To date, stories about the cities of Murphysboro, Cobden, Alto Pass, Carterville, Chester, Harrisburg and Carbondale have been edited and published by the photojournalism students.
On late Monday evenings, a group of enthusiastic advertising students can be found working on creative ads, shooting pictures, writing scripts for commercials and planning campaigns to participate in the local and regional competitions organized by the American Advertising Federation (AAF).
In recent years, the School of Journalism has developed an online program allowing enrollees to work towards a certificate or a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Generous alumni donations support several scholarships for recognizing and encouraging high achievers and support others in continuing their progress at the university.
The journalism school’s community outreach programs draw students from the neighboring region, and include the Southern Illinois School Press Association (SISPA) and the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) media competitions, which attract hundreds of students who are reviewed and graded by the faculty and receive awards and certificates of merit.
The School of Journalism awaits anyone interested in starting a career in the media and being on the forefront of what is happening in the world. We hope you will take advantage of this excellent program.