North Central College - Naperville, IL



Investigating corruption, shining a light on social problems, challenging the powerful and uncovering everyday heroes. From local neighborhoods to the global village, journalists provide information, explanation, commentary and analysis that help us make sense of an increasingly complex world and inspire positive change.

Our innovative program grounds you in mass media theory, ethics and law while developing your writing, editing, multimedia, social media and design skills. Your academic program is part of the English Studies program which values both analytical reading and writing, includes classes in literature and journalism as well as advanced courses such as Writing for Social Change, Creative Non-fiction and occasional special topics such as Documentary Writing.

By requiring a year's equivalent of foreign language and emphasizing international study and travel, we encourage future journalists to expand their cultural understanding and literacy in an interconnected global community.

As a journalism student, you'll cover hard news and write persuasive pieces, first-person essays and feature-length narrative journalism. Additionally, you will learn the skills required by the modern journalist, including how to manage video, photographs, audio and web content. Faculty have expertise in a variety of disciplines including print and broadcast media, literature and creative writing.

In addition to regular classes, you'll spend a minimum of two terms in ENG 132 Newspaper Practicum, serving as a staff member for our award-winning weekly student newspaper, The Chronicle.  You may also apply your writing and layout skills to other student publications, The Kindling, a humor magazine, and The North Central Review, a national undergraduate literary magazine.

Journalism students work closely with the Career Development Center and department faculty to find internships in writing, teaching, reporting and other skills related to English. You may earn credit and may also be paid.  Examples of recent placements for journalism students include internships with Chicago Tribune's Red Eye, Chicago Magazine, the Kane Country Chronicle, and Hotels magazine.

Special journalism research can be supported by Richter Independent Study Fellowships and other grants the College awards for travel.  Our students have gone all over the United States and the world to conduct special research on everything from particular authors (Stephen King, for example) to the unique features of Route 66 from Chicago to L.A.

Student Journalists Earn Illinois College Press Association Awards

Chronicle staff members at the ICPA awards in Chicago, IL -  Photo, from left: Ippolito; Klariza Alvaran ’13, web editor; Jenna Markowski ’12, co-editor-in-chief and campus editor; Lindsay Berghuis ’12, co-editor-in-chief and arts editor; Amber Dvorak ’13, news editor; and Shaina Turner ’12, assistant forum and campus editor.

Feb. 29, 2012--Student journalists from North Central College have earned three awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).

The awards were announced at the ICPA's annual conference Feb. 17-18 at the Double Tree Hotel in Chicago. College newspapers from throughout Illinois, ranging from those at small colleges to publications at large state universities, participated in the annual journalism contest. Entries are judged by professional editors who are members of the Illinois Press Association.

Chronicle staff writer Britni Roberts, a junior from Moline, earned a second-place award for headline writing. Sports editors Kim Ippolito, a junior from Bartlett, and Jared Shlensky, a sophomore from Palos Heights, earned a third-place award in sports page design. Forum editor Rebecca Creamer, a senior from Paw Paw, Ill., earned an honorable mention in the columns category.

Before the awards luncheon, students had a chance to attend conference sessions on editorial writing, data mining, hyperlocal news, Spanish-language media, journalism ethics and jobs in journalism. Sessions were led by media professionals, including a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a college student who also works as a staff reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The following students and Chronicle editorial staff members were in attendance to receive awards during the conference and appear in the photo, from left: Ippolito; Klariza Alvaran '13, web editor; Jenna Markowski '12, co-editor-in-chief and campus editor; Lindsay Berghuis '12, co-editor-in-chief and arts editor; Amber Dvorak '13, news editor; and Shaina Turner '12, assistant forum and campus editor.

North Central's Chronicle student newspaper, which was first published in 1873, may be viewed online at Faculty advisor is Kay O'Donnell, assistant professor of Journalism. North Central College offers majors in journalism, interactive media and other areas of communications studies. Visit to learn more about North Central's journalism program. Visit to learn more about the ICPA.