School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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Our School

The modern media landscape is constantly evolving and our School of Journalism is a good place to get in on the ground floor. Not only is our School one of the 111 accredited journalism programs in the United States, and one of five in Illinois, our primary duty is to ensure that our students adequately learn how to report and communicate news and sports, shoot photos, create ads, produce video and audio, with all forms of new media technology, and publish them on all platforms.

The School of Journalism's retention and graduation rates are impressive and reflect the dedication and commitment of our administration, faculty and staff.  

We have an intensive students’ mentoring system that provides real-world experience and skills students require to compete for jobs, internships or proceed to graduate programs. Our students-run Daily Egyptian newspaper has turned out some of the nation’s top journalists, landing jobs and internships at the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Seattle Times and the Star-Ledger (New Jersey). Our students cover events in southern Illinois including Paul Simon Public Policy Institute speakers and events, Saluki sports and local entertainment.

The journalists had a role in covering and producing a book on the devastating tornado that struck Harrisburg, Ill. 

Our students also enjoy living at Kellogg Hall that is a dedicated residence facility for Mass Communication and Media Arts students. It is a space for students to collaborate with people with similar interests and build lifelong relationships. The hall allows MCMA majors to live in a group setting that benefits students both personally and academically. Each summer, the School holds a week-long Journalism Summer Camp for high school students interested in discovering more about reporting, new media, photojournalism, graphic design and broadcast news.

So, if you are interested in beginning an exciting career in journalism, photojournalism, advertising, web site development or sports media, and taking advantage of our online courses, contact us and together, we'll make it happen.

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