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Public Affairs Reporting program seeks applicants

Young reporters: Ready for a new challenge? Want to take your reporting and news writing skills to the next level? Think you can handle the pressure-packed environment of the Illinois Statehouse? All while you're earning a master's degree?

Then the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield wants you. Our one-year MA program is a unique blend of classroom study and real-life work experience featuring a six-month internship during which you'll earn academic credit working as a full-time reporter in the Statehouse pressroom for a major metro, regional chain, wire service or online public affairs magazine.

During the internship, you'll receive a $3,510 stipend and a tuition waiver, but more importantly, you'll be garnering scores of bylines on significant stories about key public policy decisions.  With those kind of credentials, the placement record for our graduates is excellent.  In fact, PAR alums account for about half of the Illinois Capitol press corps, including four bureau chiefs.

Sound intriguing?  For more information, contact Charles Wheeler at 217-206-7494 or e-mail Or check out the PAR Website, Applications for fall, 2017 are due April 1. EOE.

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