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2018-2019 EIU Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 EIU Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Journalism: Public Affairs Reporting (B.A.)

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Public Affairs Reporting is the study of, and practice in, reporting local and state news, including activities of the state legislature, local government, courts and the impact of national and international events on local affairs. Students will learn how to find, interpret and use public records to document government actions, such as new legislation or abuses of power, and to investigate significant social change related to these actions. This PAR option would enable students to better understand the theoretical and practical underpinnings related to public affairs through work in multiple Political Science courses; and, further, to apply this knowledge to cover local, state, and national governments, courts, and other public affairs issues with extensive context, expertise and sources.

Student will study organizations and individuals who operate in what is considered the public interest. This program is also useful for those interested in public service, civic engagement, political and government careers, public communications or non-profit service.

Total Semester Hours required for the Degree: 120 semester hours

The Journalism: Public Affairs Reporting major consists of 45 hours in required journalism coursework and additional liberal arts classes.

Complete one of the following courses:

Students may take additional Media & Society courses as electives.

Public Affairs Reporting Required Classes: 18 hours

Complete all of the following required courses.

II. Co-Curricular Volunteer Activities

Students who have worked on student media have found co-curricular learning activities and experiences to be invaluable. Opportunities available on student media: news, business and advertising staffs of The Daily Eastern News,, the Warbler yearbook, WEIU-TV-FM, the Agency.

Organizations that offer significant learning experiences include the Public Relations Student Society of America, National Association of Black Journalists, Student Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Mid-America Press Institute, and Society for Collegiate Journalists.

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