School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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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.

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 are the classes like?

THE SIU School of Journalism offers more personal attention because most of our class sizes are capped at 18.

Most of our professors have extensive experience at some of the world's most respected media outlets. Other professors do research in fascinating advertising and media topics.

Lots of classes are offered in a traditional manner in our high tech classrooms and labs. 

We also offer online alternatives. You can earn a certificate from home!

Can I afford my SIU education?

YES! Many new programs will aid you. We have dozens of journalism scholarships available.

Illinois offers in-state tuition rates to nearly everyone now, and our capable staff in financial aid will work to ensure you can do this.

As early as your first semester you can work for pay at the student run newspaper the Daily Egyptian, and many of our students also find paid work for Saluki Sports and other campus media such as Web Services.

Student staff at the “DE” do it all. The news team reports, edits, photographs, designs and produces one of the nation's top 20 award winning websites supplemented by one print edition each week.

The DE advertising team sells ads, and designs ads and campaigns that fund the web and print editions.

Our students also are eligible for two international reporting fellowships with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which covers costs for your international reporting trip.

What is life in Carbondale like?

Journalism students can choose a room in the Kellogg Hall living, learning community (LLC), just a four-minute walk from the Communications Building. There you can make friends with others in the college. So, for instance, if you have an interest in doing movie reviews, you might make friends with filmmakers.

Our rural location has more advantages than you might think. Off campus housing – often with incredible amenities – also is now more affordable than ever in and around Carbondale.

If you enjoy indoor activities, our Student Center has a bowling alley and much more. Our Recreation Center will blow you away with features such as

  • Olympic size pool
  • Racquetball
  • Climbing wall
  • Weight and other training equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Base camp rentals
  • Adventure travels
  • Dance, Yoga and other fitness classes

Nestled in the middle of the Shawnee National Forest with cool state parks like Giant City nearby, outdoorsy types will enjoy regional amenities such as:

  • hiking
  • biking
  • ziplining
  • rock climbing
  • orienteering
  • fishing
  • canoeing
  • camping
  • hunting
  • anachronistic gaming

Some call us the most beautiful public university campus in the state. Come see for yourself.

Or not. Stay home in your PJs and earn our online certificate.