About the School | School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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Did You Know

  • In 1994, The Daily Egyptian became one of the first college student newspapers to go online.
  • That dailyegyptian.com is one of the most popular web sites in the university and consistently ranks in the top 40 among the nation's most popular college newspaper web sites.
  • That SoJ students have the opportunity to meet some of the nation's highest-level leaders at Paul Simon Public Policy Institute events.
  • That we have a partnership with the Washington-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which provides scholarships to our students to travel for projects on under-reported issues abroad.

What are the classes like?

SIU's 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. Plus, Illinois offers in-state tuition rates to all domestic students, and 90% of students at SIU receive some type of financial aid. 

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 Living Learning Community (LLC), with an option close to the Communications Building and one option close to downtown. 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 stay home in your PJs and earn our online certificate.