The Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois has been making history and teaching students how to report it since opening its doors in 1927. Public Broadcasting was born here, and our alumni and faculty have won Pulitzer Prizes, Emmy Awards and Peabody Awards.

Our graduates find exciting jobs in traditional and non-traditional media as multimedia reporters, producers, editors and writers for online publications, newspapers, magazines, television and radio programs. Recent grads also work as web designers, corporate communications specialists, public relations professionals, corporate business and technical writers, political consultants and speechwriters. 

Why should you study Journalism at the University of Illinois?

We’ve got great students.

Our students are among the best and the brightest in their high schools, and they continue to excel when they come to our campus. They’re smart and creative, and they’re curious about the world and interested in telling compelling stories about what’s going on around them. Our students work hard and flourish in the classroom, and doors open for them because of what they learn here. In the past five years our students have been awarded 15 prestigious Dow Jones Copy Editing Internships and landed other internships in, among other places, Los Angeles; Chicago; Alaska; Washington, D.C.; San Diego; Phoenix; Pittsburgh; St. Paul; St. Louis; Tampa Bay; Oakland, Calif.; and even China. Our students regularly win state and regional journalism contests, and in recent years they have won two Crystal Pillar awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the academy’s top honor for college student television productions. These same kinds of opportunities await you at Illinois.

We’ve got great teachers. 

Our faculty have real-world knowledge of and experience with the rapidly changing demands of media and the news industry. They know how to translate their professional experience to the classroom, and you’ll get to know them and they’ll get to know you in many of our small laboratory classes. You’ll learn the skills and values you’ll need to produce the kind of journalism the 21st century demands, and that a democracy requires.

We’ve got great alumni.

Our alumni are and have been industry leaders at The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Politico, NBC, ABC, CNN and Fox News. Some of the names are famous: Roger Ebert. Scotty Reston. Dan Balz. Barry Bearak. Our grads work at large and small newspapers, in TV and radio markets of all sizes, at online and cutting-edge digital ventures, in public relations and corporate communications, political campaigns, non-profits and businesses large and small. And they’re always looking for talented Illini to join their staffs. 

We’re at a great university. 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-class research university, with people, resources and opportunities that are second-to-none. You may be a journalism student here, but you’ll be amazed at the educational and cultural offerings that will be available to you on our campus. 

The new world of journalism and the media is a place where opportunities are unlimited for people who are smart and creative – people like you. We can teach you the skills and the fundamental values you’ll need to succeed in that world. You may even come up with the next great idea that will change the world. 

We in the Department of Journalism at Illinois believe in the importance of and the power of journalism, and the need for it to be practiced fairly, accurately and responsibly. We’re looking for young people like you to carry the torch for the next generation of journalists. We’re excited about the future. If the thought of doing something like this also excites you, you are meant for the Department of Journalism in the College of Media. Come join us at Illinois. 

Our mission is to inspire the next generation of journalists to embrace their responsibility to explore and report on the diversity of ideas, people and events in our democratic society, while teaching them the skills and concepts required to produce accurate, fair and thorough journalism on topics within the U.S. and around the world.

Our department is committed to these nine guiding journalistic principles:

  • Protection of First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and of the press
  • Accuracy, fairness, meaningful context and thoroughness
  • Transparency, independence, honesty and accountability
  • High standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism
  • Fulfilling our moral obligation to consider societal needs
  • Presenting multiple perspectives in storytelling  
  • Promoting diversity in the newsroom and in news coverage
  • Continuing journalism practice by faculty
  • Journalism scholarship

To apply for admission to the University of Illinois Department of Journalism, visit Admissions.