Illinois Journalism and Communications Careers, Salaries, and Associations
Among the various media positions in the state, reporters and correspondents receive some of the highest pay when compared to the national median according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. They estimate salary figures at over $53,600.
This also holds true in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, which stretches into Indiana and Wisconsin, and is approximately $10,000 higher than the statewide annual mean salary. There are over 850 workers in this field in that metropolitan area alone, only lower than the densely-populated areas of New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
Over 3,800 editing positions also count toward the workforce in the state of Illinois, which is the fifth-highest employment level on a national scale. The annual mean salary is approximately $62,590, which is higher than all neighboring states – only Ohio compares within the region. When comparing the majority of the Midwest, the state of Minnesota only compares with Illinois in terms of reporting and editing.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has Illinois pegged with the fifth-highest employment for broadcast media analysts with over 260 workers. The annual mean salary falls under the national average at $76,260.
Chicago Journalists Association
The Chicago Journalists Association (CJA) was founded in 1939 to help build a local community of journalists in the area and to highlight excellence in the field. Those working at newspapers, magazines, digital media, and radio and TV broadcasting in the Chicago area or those that have recently graduated from accredited institutions are eligible for membership.
One of the programs and services offered is the annual award dinner that recognizes the best talent in the industry, the CJA Charitable Fund, that gives scholarships to high school and college-level students studying journalism. The Daniel Pearl Award that is given to foreign correspondents.