PAR trains students to become journalists who produce intelligent news coverage about government and politics.

Here's what sets PAR apart from other graduate-level journalism programs:

  • TIME-EFFICIENT: Earn a master's degree in just 10 months
  • AFFORDABLE: Save money with guaranteed scholarships, tuition waivers and stipends
  • REAL EXPERIENCE: Cover Illinois politics for a professional newspaper, wire service, TV station or radio station

ATTENTION SPRING 2022 GRADUATES: Limited spots remain in the PAR Class of 2023, which begins in August 2022. The application window will remain open throughout the summer. Click the buttons below for more information or to apply now.

From our Alumni ...

"For any aspiring reporter who wants on-the-ground training, I cannot point to a better program than PAR. It did more to prepare me for the real world in one year than four years of undergrad. The classes are designed to be specifically relevant to public affairs and what you’re later covering. The real experience working in the Capitol is invaluable."

Natasha Korecki (’97), senior national political reporter, NBC News

Learn more: PAR Alumni

"The program did not only help me discover the world of radio, but it allowed me to make invaluable connections and mentors along the way. Looking back now, I like to think of (PAR) as my one-stop shop for everything journalism (from classroom instruction to hands-on reporting at the Illinois Statehouse), especially for students like me, who did not major in journalism as an undergrad."

Daisy Contreras (’17), editor, Latino USA

PAR Interns’ Latest Stories

From January through June, PAR interns work in the state Capitol press room as news reporters for professional media organizations like the Chicago Sun-Times, The State Journal-Register, Capitol News Illinois, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald, WBEZ, WGLT/WCBU, Gray TV and WCIA-TV. A sampling of our students’ latest published and aired stories appear on our Twitter account.

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Your gifts to the Public Affairs Reporting program help us provide vital scholarship funds to current students, recruit the next generation of journalists and more. Thank you for your continued support.

PAR News

Apr 21, 2022
A report released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center details the number of journalists who cover America's statehouses, including our own here in…
Apr 14, 2022
I was honored to be invited to speak earlier this month at UIS' Lunch & Learn Series presented by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State…
Mar 31, 2022
The Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois Springfield is seeking an adjunct broadcast writing instructor to provide individualized…
Mar 24, 2022
Degman Longtime Springfield radio listeners likely the remember the voice of Alex Degman (PAR ’09), who worked for WTAX-AM as a reporter, anchor and news…
Mar 17, 2022
On March 17, the Public Affairs Reporting program hosted a conversation with Ray Long, the longtime investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He…