Public Affairs Reporting

PAR is a one-year, professionally oriented master’s degree program that trains students to become journalists who produce intelligent news coverage that helps audiences understand government, politics and other public affairs. The program’s centerpiece is a six-month paid internship where students work for a professional news organization in the Illinois Statehouse press room to report on the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.

NOTE: The application deadline for the PAR Class of 2020-2021 has been extended to July 15 or until all spots in the class have been filled. Contact program director Jason Piscia at jason.piscia@uis.edu or (217) 206-7494 for more information.

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Faculty Focus

Jason R. Piscia is director of the Public Affairs Reporting program. He is a 1998 PAR graduate who returned to UIS following a 21-year career at The (Springfield) State Journal-Register.

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