Journalism at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Explore the forefront of news and popular culture.

People are hungry for information. While our desire to be informed has been constant, distribution methods have evolved over time. Societal shifts and advances in technology have led to new challenges in the act of gathering and distributing information. As a journalism major, you'll learn the skills and standards that guide this important work.

Associate Professor Andrea Guzman's work focuses on automated journalism and human-machine communication: "A great deal of what I focus on, particularly regarding AI and robots, is helping students get beyond the ‘myths’ surrounding these technologies."

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What Can I Do With a Journalism Degree From NIU?

You'll be prepared to succeed in fields like broadcasting, multimedia journalism and public relations. As you begin your career, you'll be welcomed into our extensive alumni network. 

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Editing
  • Leadership
  • Public speaking
  • Social media
  • Strategic planning

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • Nonprofit

Career Potential for NIU Journalism Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Chicago Public Schools
  • AT&T
  • Allstate
  • 13 WREX
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Job titles include:

  • Communications specialist
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Owner
  • Project manager

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Journalism Major at NIU

You'll study writing, photography, broadcasting and related subjects. As you learn journalistic skills and standards, you'll work with faculty who specialize in areas such as international communication and sports journalism. You'll have many opportunities to get involved, including the Northern Star, our student-run newspaper.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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