North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose journalism at North Central College?

You’ll have the opportunity to practice the art and craft of journalism as early as your first year, thanks to our award-winning student newspaper, The Chronicle, and converged student news site, As a journalism major you’ll begin by learning the traditions and history that form the foundation for the modern media landscape. As you progress through the program, you will learn various skills, technologies and publishing platforms. Journalism students work not only with words, but with visuals and audio as well. You will explore emerging media technology while being instructed on adding context and meaning to these tools.

You can further expand your portfolio of talents by exploring interactive media studies and broadcast communication.

You can also:

  • Land a media internship in Naperville, Chicago or abroad.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant to do research abroad.
  • Gain experience on campus working in the office of marketing and communications or sports information.

To learn more about experiences and opportunities here at North Central College as a journalism major, click here.


Steve Macek, professor of communication
Steve Macek, North Central College professor of communication, contributed online posts to a Chicago roundtable sponsored by Mediapolis.
North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.
With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.



  • Journalist, Morris Daily Herald, Morris, IL
  • Podcasting intern, 670 The Score, Chicago, IL
  • Research and copyediting intern, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Lisle, IL
  • Journalism intern, Journal & Topics Newspapers, Des Plaines, IL
  • Digital media intern, NextMedia360, Plainfield, IL
  • Production intern, WBBM 105.9FM/780AM, Chicago, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in journalism have been accepted at:

  • University of Oregon
  • Indiana University


Recent graduates in journalism include:

  • Evening news anchor, WISC-TV, Madison, WI
  • Marketing communications manager, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rockford, IL
  • Special publications writer, Southeast Missourian newspapers
English: Journalism major

Early on, Jenna was involved with North Central College’s student newspaper, The Chronicle. “It was hard work, but I dedicated most of my time and energy for four years into the student publication and it was the most rewarding learning experience. I gained lots of hands-on experience with journalism and the newsroom. I feel my experience as co-editor-in-chief during a time when journalism is shifting from print to online helped prepare me for the industry.”

Her career goal is to become a page designer or magazine editor. In the meantime, she’s already working for a promotional products distributor, based in Aurora, IL, as a writer of product descriptions and blogs.

As a student, Jenna...

English: Journalism major

"I came here as a history major but I took a writing course and found something I was good at and wanted to pursue," says Chad. "I started writing for The Chronicle my freshman year."

He started as a staff writer at the student newspaper and worked his way up to co-editor-in-chief his junior and senior years. "If I’d gone to a larger university, I wouldn’t have had these opportunities," says Chad, who has also been active in campus ministry and traveled to Columbia with other North Central students for an international service trip.

Chad particularly enjoys writing about music and reports that his dream job would be serving as a fine arts editor for a print or web publication. Toward that end, he...

Journalism major

David started climbing the journalism ladder early in his North Central career. He began as a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper The Chronicle and was quickly promoted to staff reporter and eventually managing editor.

“The newspaper allows for tons of growth,” he says. “Writing for the publication has given me the real-world experience I'll need after graduation.”

As a staff member, David wrote articles, interviewed students and edited copy. He also worked with Photoshop and InDesign, programs used by many real-world organizations. These skills will be invaluable as David pursues work as an editor for a newspaper or web magazine after graduation. 

According to David, his...

English: Journalism major

North Central had everything Abbey wanted in a college. A journalism program, international relations program, strong Spanish department, and study abroad opportunities. “And, on top of the financial aid I received through scholarships, North Central was the perfect place for me to study.”

Working on The Chronicle college newspaper, says Abbey, “was a perfect opportunity for hands-on experience in journalism. It’s completely student-run, so we were in charge of assigning stories, writing, editing, layout, advertising and distribution. It’s a lot to take on but also a lot of fun.”

She studied abroad in Costa Rica and England, was involved in Model United Nations and added a second major in global...

English: Journalism major

At North Central, Danielle is learning how to use both traditional and social media to be an effective journalist.

“Journalism today is so much more than writing articles,” she says. “It’s about connecting with the public to give out fast, accurate news.”

Danielle is editor-in-chief of North Central’s award-winning student newspaper, The Chronicle. She and her staff produce a new issue each week and maintain active Facebook and Twitter presences.

In addition to working with The Chronicle, Danielle has completed a writing internship with a local nonprofit organization and is working with a group of fellow students to launch a website targeted at the North Central community. She’s also...