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Research & Creative


Faculty regularly engage in global scholarship and creative work.  The College’s own news feed highlights faculty book publications, articles, exhibitions, film screenings and presentations.

 Big Muddy Film Festival

The internationally recognized Big Muddy Film Festival began in 1979 and is one of the oldest film festivals affiliated with a university in the nation.  With the assistance of faculty and the community, students organize and run the festival which features juried films in animation, documentary, experimental and narrative categories.

Daily Egyptian Newspaper

The award-winning Daily Egyptian Newspaper is a student-run newspaper whose history dates back to 1916. The paper publishes five days a week when classes are in session in the fall and spring semesters, and three days a week during the summer semester.  The newspaper circulates about 20,000 copies on campus and throughout the surrounding communities.  It employs more than 70 students, including journalists, photojournalists, advertising sales and production and business office workers.

Gateway Journalism Review

The Gateway Journalism Review analyzes journalism and entertainment media to offer readers a clear understanding of reporting and to promote fair, credible media. It is published in the School of Journalism and provides students with an opportunity to work on an established journal.

River Region Evening Edition

The heralded River Region Evening Edition has helped launch careers of some of the best broadcast journalists in the nation.  With a tradition at SIU Carbondale that goes back more than 40 years, the program, which airs on WSIU, utilizes the weekly talents of nearly 100 students who work on the newscast both in front of and behind the cameras. Students will produce more than two hours of television newscasts each week for newscasts that air at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday when school is in session during the fall and spring semesters. 26:46

' 26:46' is also a consistent winner -- the student-produced television news magazine has more than 30 regional Emmys dating back to 2001, and five national College Television Awards in the last 13 years.  The program also airs regularly on WSIU.

Fine Arts Activity Committee

The Visiting Artists Committee and the University Fine Arts Activity Committee to present a variety of curated films, photographers, filmmakers, writers, and experimental media artists to campus each year.


There are numerous opportunities to work with WSIU television and radio.