English and Journalism

Student Organizations

WIU students participate in a wide variety of activities, creating publications such as the literary magazine Elements, and participating in student organizations listed below.

Western Advertising Club

Activities for students interested in advertising, including workshops, internships, and scholarship opportunities.

Faculty Adviser: Teresa Simmons, tl-simmons@wiu.edu


Western's student literary magazine, published annually.

Boiler Room Reading Series

Faculty and students share their poetry and prose at monthly readings in the University Art Gallery.

English Graduate Organization (EGO)

Advocacy, networking, professional development, and social events for English graduate students.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Chris Morrow, cl-morrow@wiu.edu

Film Club

Students who appreciate international, independent, and Hollywood cinema.

Film Club Poster

Spring 2015 Schedule of Films

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiufilmclub

Faculty Adviser:  Dr. Roberta Di Carmine, r-dicarmine@wiu.edu

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ-WIU)

WIU chapter of NABJ, an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.

NABJ meets from 4:00-5:00 pm every Thursday in Simpkins Hall, room 019. Faculty sponsor—Pearlie Strother-Adams

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Western Illinois University’s chapter of NCTE works to promote and support teachers of English at the elementary, middle, secondary and college levels. Members attend and present at local and national conferences, sponsor speakers and events around the teaching of English Language Arts, and participate in service activities that support community schools and literacy programs. In addition, NCTE hosts a Spring Conference at WIU each year with presentations by area teachers and a national keynote speaker.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Rebekah Buchanan, rj-buchanan@wiu.edu

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Since Spring 1991, PRSSA has provided WIU students studying Public Relations with a variety of opportunities for learning professional skills, networking, and many other activities.

PRSSA meets Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. in Simpkins Hall 120.  

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Mohammad Siddiqi, m-siddiqi@wiu.edu.

Sigma Tau Delta

The English honor society.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Tim Helwig, tw-helwig@wiu.edu

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Faculty Advisers: Yong Tang  Y-Tang@wiu.edu and Lisa Kernek, l-kernek@wiu.edu

Western Courier/Western Illinois Magazine

The Western Courier is the student newspaper for Western Illinois University. The paper, distributed at more than 70 campus locations and throughout the community, is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the school year.  Interested students can apply at the Western Courier office (3rd Floor, Heating Plant Annex (brick building behind Sherman Hall – enter through the yellow door and go up the stairs)). Staff meetings are every Wednesday in the Heating Plant Annex.

Faculty Adviser for both: Rich Moreno, r-moreno@wiu.edu

Western Literary Society

The Western Literary Society is a creative writing group open to all students and welcomes all majors interested in writing - from stories to poetry, fiction to non-fiction, and plays to song lyrics.  Come check us out Monday’s at 4:00 in the Du Sable Room at the University Union.

Adviser:  Merrill Cole; m-cole@wiu.edu