Journalism Certificates of Excellence
The Certificates of Excellence program is designed for high-achieving Journalism majors. You can sign up here!
The world of Journalism is complex. Convergence in the news - the coming together of a range of mediums, such as print and the Internet – means that the budding reporter must be proficient in a wide range of skills and techniques; from writing and interviewing to editing film and working on a website. Yet at the same time, the job candidate will need to show evidence of having acquired mastery in at least one area of specialization that will lead to a specific niche in the news, such as TV anchor or sports reporter. In short, the successful candidate will be a Jack or Jackie of all trades, but a master of at least one.
Journalism students can pursue up to (2) Certificates in the following areas:
- TV & Online Reporting
- Radio & Online Reporting
- Print & Online Reporting
- Multimedia Design & Production
- Multimedia Sports Reporting
- Documentary Reporting & Production
- Multimedia Arts & Culture Reporting
- Social Media Analytics, Reporting & Production
All Certificates require the satisfactory completion of the Journalism major required classes, as well as demonstrating exceptional competence in the Certificate areas by gaining a major grade point average of at least 3.3/4.0.
All Certificates require COM 398: Professional Practice in Communication (internship for credit). You will need to complete separate internships for each Certificate you pursue.
For all Certificates that require COM 267, you must earn a "B" or higher.
Participation in the program is voluntary. You can elect to remove your name at any time. Students that complete Certificate area(s) and that maintain a 3.3 major GPA will be recognized during their graduating semester and will receive a Certificate.
More information can be found at communication.illinoisstate.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Boutilier, academic advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.