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College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

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Thinking about a career as a news editor?

Speed and accuracy is a must for anyone in journalism today. In a world of tweets, Tumblr and viral videos, knowing how to communicate in the digital realm is a primary focus at SIU. 

It is also the primary focus of SIU's student-run news outlet, the Daily Egyptian. Upon enrolling, students will have the opportunity to hone their reporting and writing skills while building a portfolio that can land them a fulfilling job post-graduation.

Jackie Spinner, former SIU alumna and Daily Egyptian editor, enjoyed a career as a reporter for the Washington Post and a correspondent to foreign wars. She talked a bit about the importance of the DE in leading to her impressive career.

Students in the news specialization receive vital training in

  • identifying
  • gathering
  • processing
  • interpreting
  • writing
  • and sharing

news for social media, websites, broadcast and traditional print publications.

News-editorial students are encouraged to take web editing, photo, video and audio classes.

Classes in

  • writing for mass media
  • news reporting
  • journalism law
  • ethics
  • editing
  • graphic design
  • photography
  • web design
  • and investigative reporting

prepare our news-editorial students to compete with journalists nationwide in getting top internships and jobs in major markets. In 2016 alone, eight staffers for the Daily Egyptian, SIU's student-run newspaper, had internship offers from the Chicago Tribune, the Star-Ledger (New Jersey) and the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) 

Courses in the news-editorial specialization...


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News | School of Journalism| SIU

Daily Egyptian

The Daily Egyptian — SIU's print and online student-run news organization — publishes news, sports, entertainment and opinion articles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students write their own stories, shoot their own photos and videos, and design their own pages in a newspaper that prints every Wednesday. Students have total control over website organization and sharing content on social media. For 100 years, the DE has been a launch pad for many journalists' careers.