School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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The journalism program offers specialized studies in:

  • Advertising
  • News and Editorial
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Media
  • Web Production

What kinds of jobs might I get when I graduate?

SIU SoJ grads work not only at newspapers and media outlets across the nation, but also as executives in advertising companies and dot-coms. SoJ exists in a creative college in which all students are expected to think creatively. Our graduates have the ability to identify and solve problems, along with well-developed critical and practical skills.

As a result, our grads find employment in a wide range of professions in a variety of media and arts:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist (reporter, editor)
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Digital Imaging Specialist
  • Photojournalist
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Television / News Media Director
  • Videographer
  • Documentary / Television Editor
  • Animator
  • Interactive Designer
  • Production Manager
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Web Publisher / Producer
  • Social media manager / producer
  • Web designer / developer
  • Printer
  • Design consultant
  • Manager / Administrator
  • Non-Profit Administrator
  • Scholar
  • Teacher
  • Critic

What will I study?

You will learn essential skills in any or all of these areas:

  • writing
  • information gathering
  • research
  • production
  • editing
  • teamwork
  • marketing
  • persuasion
  • design

A Journalism degree provides you with practical communication abilities. These skills are needed in all the jobs or professions you might seek – whether you seek jobs in news or work on news as part of a job.

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