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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.) 


The News-Editorial specialization requires 33 credit hours from the following courses, plus, three approved approved JRNL electives (two must be at 400 level).

JRNL 310, 311, 312, 332, 335, 434, two of either 313, 337, or MCMA 396 and three JRNL electives (two must be at 400 level).

Course ID

Credit Hours

Course Title

JRNL 310


Writing for the Mass Media

JRNL 311


Reporting and News Writing

JRNL 312



JRNL 313


Basic Photojournalism

JRNL 332


Journalism Law

JRNL 335


Graphic Communication

JRNL 337


Video for Online Journalism

JRNL 396


Publishing to the World Wide Web

JRNL 434


Media Ethics