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What is Journalism?

Journalism is the writing and sharing of news. With a heavy emphasis on gaining real-world experience by publishing articles and creating a public access, educational TV channel operated by Illinois, this major will train you to become a public affairs journalist by providing you with the skills, knowledge, and understanding required for success. Our Department of Journalism aspires to prepare broadly educated professionals who eventually assume decision-making and leadership roles

Career Options

  • Circulation
  • Editing
  • Editorial or column writing
  • Investigative journalism
  • Marketing & promotion
  • Photojournalism
  • Production
  • Proofreading
  • Reporting
  • Speech writing
  • Sports journalism

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

71% employed after graduation

13% attending graduate school

$39,698 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ESPN, 120 Sports, Business Insider

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 30 ACT Score

1210 - 1390 SAT Score

3.15 - 3.69 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,816
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $31,792

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,386
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $48,702

International

  • Tuition: $30,260
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $49,576
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