Journalism in Illinois

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Schools Offering Journalism Programs in Illinois


Approximately 0.3% of graduates in of Illinois receive journalism degrees every year. In other words, every year an estimated 1,108 journalists graduate from Illinois' 21 journalism schools.

Top Schools

Northwestern University, which is located in Evanston, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a journalism program. It received a ranking of 7th in the country in 2010. In 2010, 306 students graduated from Northwestern University's journalism program. Students at Northwestern University paid $40,223 per year in tuition fees.

Loyola University Chicago, which is located in Chicago, is the second-ranked school in Illinois that has a journalism program. It received a ranking of 28th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Loyola University Chicago graduated 36 students from its journalism program. Students at Loyola University Chicago paid $32,114 per year in tuition fees.

Illinois Institute of Technology, which is located in Chicago, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a journalism program. It received a ranking of 30th in the country in 2010. The tuition rate at Illinois Institute of Technology was $32,442 per year.

Cost

If you choose to attend a Illinois journalism school, average tuition will be $21,065 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,814 per year to $40,223 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois journalism schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, students are charged $40,223 per year
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago - located in Chicago, students are charged $36,150 per year
  3. Illinois Institute of Technology - located in Chicago, students are charged $32,442 per year

The journalism schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in Illinois were:

  1. Harper College - located in Palatine, students are charged $2,814 per year
  2. University of Illinois at Springfield - located in Springfield, students are charged $8,101 per year
  3. Eastern Illinois University - located in Charleston, students are charged $9,987 per year

A journalism degree from an Illinois school... what next?

The highest percentage of journalism graduates in Illinois pursue careers as a journalist. If you decide to work as a journalist in Illinois, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 2,190 Illinois journalists as of 2010. The largest populations of Illinois journalists are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,120 journalists
  2. Edwards County - 160 journalists
  3. Adams County - 150 journalists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of journalists in Illinois will shrink by -8%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 2,400 journalists working in Illinois.

Salary

On average, journalists earn $46,590 per year. In 2010, however, some Illinois journalists earned as little as less than $16,710 per year or as much as more than $104,400 per year. A journalist in the following Illinois counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Cook County - $58,790 per year
  2. Lake County - $54,450 per year
  3. Champaign County - $34,910 per year

A journalist in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Bureau County - $24,890 per year
  2. Edwards County - $25,080 per year
  3. Adams County - $29,310 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in journalism. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as communications or journalism.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in Illinois
  • Master's Degree in Journalism in Illinois
  • Doctoral Degree in Journalism in Illinois
  • Certificate in Journalism in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Photographers 2,790 $45,220 41.6%
2
Reporters and Correspondents 2,190 $46,590 -18.3%
3
Broadcast News Analysts 160 $80,580 -20.0%
 

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