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What is Journalism?

Journalism is the process of gathering, verifying, and sharing news across a wide variety of platforms. These platforms range from television, radio, and newspapers to websites and mobile devices. In this major, you'll learn the skills required to succeed as a journalist and the news media's role in democratic life. Our program places a heavy emphasis on real-world, hands-on experience. This includes working at campus and local news outlets and on special projects with faculty and fellow students.

Career Options

  • Corporate communications
  • Editing & writing
  • Graphics & web design
  • Investigative reporting
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Public relations
  • Political consulting
  • Speech writing
  • Sports reporting
  • Television & radio producing

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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