What Makes Us Unique?
The School of Journalism is a lab-based learning environment where students immediately have opportunities to experience hands-on professional-level training. From student organizations to class projects, you can find a way to use the theories and techniques that you're learning in the classroom to start building an impressive resume and portfolio. We aim to train the storytellers of tomorrow on the foundations that they can build on in order to adapt to changing technology and social issues
Learn By Doing!
The Daily Egyptian(DE) is the award-winning student on-line and print newspaper that was established in 1916. Over 50 students at SIU work in paid positions as editors, reporters, photographers, multimedia reporters, social media managers, page designers, graphic artists, advertising sales representatives, production technicians and circulation drivers.
The DE has won the prestigious Online Pacemaker Award presented by the Associated College Press three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019).
The Saluki AdLab is a full service, student run advertising agency, drawing students from across a wide range of disciplines. These include, but are not limited to, advertising, marketing, management, English, psychology, sociology, information systems, art & design, public relations, industrial design, photography, computer science, radio-TV, cinema, and any other program that relates to the specific needs of the clients.
The South of 64 Weekend Workshops allow students to be mentored by professional photojournalists several of whom are Pulitzer Prize winners. This initiative has been instrumental for the Carnegie Foundations Community Engagement Classification.
Documenting Southern Illinois is a project where students to spend a full year documenting a town in Southern Illinois. They can choose whatever medium (photo, video, print, articles) to create a portfolio. Most recently, our school has been working with the town of Vienna.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to raising awareness of underreported global issues through direct support for quality journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities. The Pulitzer Center gives students the opportunity to travel globally and report on social issues. SIU was one of the founding charter members of the Pulitzer Center Consortium when it formally launched in January 2009.
Gateway Journalism Review is one of two journalism reviews in the country and the only one that focuses exclusively on media between the coasts. The quarterly print magazine has been published continuously since 1970. The publication’s goal is to regularly review journalism, new media, photojournalism, advertising, public relations and entertainment media to help ensure the public has the most credible, fair media possible.
The School of Journalism is housed in the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts where we share our spaces and studios with WSIU. The WSIU stations serve more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital television channels, three radio stations, an HD radio channel, a website, local production units, and an education and community outreach department.