Journalism, the collection and distribution of current news and information, is essential to all democratic societies. Journalists write, photograph, manage, edit, record video, publish and present news for the public through various forms of media including online publications, newspapers, magazines, specialty publications catering to unique audiences, radio and television.
Public relations is also a strong and growing career field that requires a deep awareness of journalistic skills and concepts.
The major in journalism prepares you to function effectively in a multimedia and multicultural environment, practice ethics in communication and maintain the professional standards of journalism.
Journalism courses include:
Opinion writing and article writing
Broadcast television news production
News reporting and news editing
Photojournalism, press photography and graphic design
Research and information gathering
Contemporary issues in journalism and critical analysis of news
History of journalism
Mass media and society
News and entertainment
Public relations principles, public relations writing and advanced public relations
Special topics courses in journalism are available as well. You can often work individually with faculty members on independent study courses. You can also join several journalistic and/or public relations advocacy organizations, such as the National Association of Black Journalists and the Public Relations Student Society of America.
In addition, students have a high degree of success in obtaining internships and viable employment through our network of alumni and organizations with synergistic goals such as the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association.