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What is Journalism?

Journalism is the writing and sharing of news. You will learn the skills required for success to become a public affairs journalist. The program has a heavy emphasis on gaining real-world experience by publishing articles. You will learn the steps to writing, editing, and preparing an article for publication. You'll also have the opportunity to work on a public access, educational TV channel operated by Illinois. This major aims to prepare educated professionals who will one day assume leadership roles in the industry.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

83% employed or continuing education

70% employed after graduation

13% attending graduate school

$35,828 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: WQAD-TV, WCIA, ESPN View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Chicago-Kent College of Law View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 31 ACT score

1210 - 1380 SAT score

3.22 - 3.75 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

3.7 years to degree

92% freshman retention rate

80% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,816
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $32,170

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,958
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $49,652

International

  • Tuition: $30,832
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $50,526
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