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The Media I, a monthly electronic newsletter of the College of Communications.
May 2009
Ebert announces $1 million gift for Film Studies Program
Chancellor Richard Herman, Chaz and Roger Ebert, President B. Joseph White, and Susan Herman at the Ebertfest opening gala, April 22.

Roger Ebert '64 JOURN, the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic, got two big thumbs up from the University of Illinois for a seven-figure gift to his alma mater. Ebert, widely regarded as the nation's most visible and influential film critic, and his wife, Chaz, have made a gift of $1 million toward creation of the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies Fund in the College of Media.

Announcement of the Eberts' gift was made during the 11th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival that is presented by the College of Media. Thanks to the support of sponsors and volunteers, the film fest drew over 18,000 attendees to the Champaign-Urbana community for the 12 movie screenings. Fundraising efforts will continue to support the Ebert Program with the goal of elevating the Program to a Center when the fund principal reaches $5 million.

After extending the College of Media's "most gracious thanks to Roger and Chaz for this significant gift," Dean Ron Yates said, "this gift could not come at a more perfect time. The College is formalizing arrangements to bring a new department on line--the Department of Media and Cinema Studies. The new Department will provide a permanent and stable home for the Roger Ebert Program for Film Studies and its vision to become a Center."

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College of Media names Walt Harrington as interim dean
Walt Harrington, department head and professor of journalism, has been named to the position of interim dean.
Walt Harrington, department head and professor of journalism, has been named to the position of interim dean.

The College of Media announces the appointment of Walt Harrington, department head and professor of journalism, to the position of interim dean, effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the university's board of trustees.

Since joining the College of Media faculty in 1996, Harrington has used his experience as a journalist to help guide the next generation of young reporters. He has served as head of the department of journalism since 2004, and as well as associate chancellor for the Urbana-Champaign campus from 2005 to 2007. Before joining the university, Harrington worked as a reporter, editor, and writer for a variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Morning Call.

"I believe Walt will provide outstanding interim leadership to the College of Media during this transition period," said Linda Katehi, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We congratulate professor Harrington on his new position and thank him for assisting our campus in this important role."

Read the entire release.

WILL AM-FM-TV-Online changes name to Illinois Public Media

Illinois Public Media LogoThe overall organization adopts the new name to reflect WILL's expansion into the Internet and outreach projects in the community, said WILL general manager Mark Leonard. "The media landscape is changing, and the ways that people use media are changing as well," Leonard said. "Our name change signals to people that we'll continue to be relevant and that we'll continue to be a public media organization." The individual stations, WILL-AM, WILL-FM, and WILL-TV retain their names and individual identities.

Read the entire release.


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Honors and Awards

Journalism students honored by Illinois News Broadcasters Association
The University of Illinois' Journalism team took the coveted prizes for both Outstanding Television Newscast and Outstanding Radio Newscast in the SINBA awards after competing with students from universities across the state. In addition, U of I took first place for Outstanding Soft Television Program and third place for Outstanding Hard Television Program. Watch the UI-7 promo of congratulations. The following individual students took home prizes as well:

  • CeCe Marizu '10 JOURN, second place, Outstanding Radio Sports Reporting
  • Leslie Picker '09 JOURN/POLI SCI, third place, Outstanding Radio News Reporting
  • Jackie Shannon '10 JOURN, third place (tie), Outstanding Use of Sound

In addition, Susanna Pak '09 JOURN won the Mary McAndrew Scholarship, one of four student scholarships competitively awarded each year by INBA. On the professional side, WILL AM-580 News won first place for Outstanding Radio News Operation (Downstate) from the Associated Press. A number of U of I alumni, including Amanda Vinicky '03 JOURN, Andrea Darlas '94 JOURN, Andy Banker '89 JOURN, and Dane Placko '60 ADV, also received AP recognition. Journalism faculty member John Paul '77 RADIO-TELEVISION, Vinicky, and Adam Jadhav '08 JOURN presented on panels.


University of Illinois Alumni Association recognizes this year's 100 outstanding seniors
Each year, the University of Illinois Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Ambassadors recognize 100 outstanding seniors through the Senior 100 Honorary. Recipients of this award are honored for their outstanding achievements in leadership, academics, and campus involvement throughout their undergraduate education. The following College of Media students were included:

  • Caitlin Althoff '09 ADV
  • Katelyn Brown '09 ADV
  • Jacalyn Ceglinski '09 ADV
  • Jessica Gaden '09 ADV
  • Eleni Hasiakos '09 ADV
  • Laura Hettiger '09 JOURN
  • Lauren Knazur '09 ADV
  • Leigh Ann Krahenbuhl '09 JOURN
  • Whitney Blair Wyckoff '09 JOURN


Hearst Foundation awards Journalism students
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) with full-funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities. The following College of Media students were recently honored:

  • Brittany Abeijon '09 JOURN, 3rd place, Personality/Profile
  • Josh Birnbaum '09 JOURN, 10th place, Photojournalism
  • Stephanie Gomes '09 JOURN, 8th place, Feature Writing
  • Jackie Shannon '10 JOURN, 15th place, Radio 1
  • Jeremy Werner '09 JOURN, 4th place, College Sports Writing


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Around the College

Advertising students get real-world taste of Laughing Cow cheese with ad campaign competition

Winning Team Swiss Misses with judges: (left to right)  Judge Tom Browning '86 BUS/'90 MBA, Taylor Varco '09 ADV, Jessie Oh '09 BUS, Jennifer Janci '10 ADV, Katie Homer '09 ADV, Rachel Carlson '09 ADV, and Judge Ann Legan '94 BUS.
Winning Team, The Swiss Misses, with judges: (left to right) Judge Tom Browning '86 BUS/'90 MBA, Taylor Varco '09 ADV, Jessie Oh '09 BUS, Jennifer Janci '10 ADV, Katie Homer '09 ADV, Rachel Carlson '09 ADV, and Judge Ann Legan '94 BUS.

A group of 26 advertising students had a taste of real-world tight deadlines and professional standards recently, and it tasted a lot like cheese--rich, creamy Laughing Cow cheese, to be exact.

As part of the Department of Advertising's series of professional workshops, six student teams had four weeks to go from an input session with judges Ann Legan '94 BUS, category marketing director at Bel Brands, and Tom Browning '86 BUS/'90 MBA, senior vice president at DDB, to a final proposal on how they would grow Laughing Cow sales volume by 24%.

Team Non-Existent with the judges: (left to right) Judge Tom Browning '86 BUS/'90 MBA, Andrew Markowitz '11 ADV, Rachel Nelson '10 ADV, Matthew Cleaves '11 ADV, Elizabeth Herrera '11 ADV, and Judge Ann Legan '94 BUS.
Team Non-Existent with the judges: (left to right) Judge Tom Browning '86 BUS/'90 MBA, Andrew Markowitz '11 ADV, Rachel Nelson '10 ADV, Matthew Cleaves '11 ADV, Elizabeth Herrera '11 ADV, and Judge Ann Legan '94 BUS.

Each team met twice with Advertising Department Head Jan Slater and Professor Peter Sheldon to receive early feedback on its ideas. First and second place were awarded by Legan and Browning based on each team's strategy, media suggestions, creative executions, and promotional and public relations ideas.

The winning team, The Swiss Misses, consisted of Jessie Oh '09 BUS, Taylor Varco '09 ADV, Jennifer Janci '11 ADV, and Rachel Carlson '09 ADV. The Cutting Wedge, with team members Ting Wu '13 MS ADV, Grace Chen '13 MS ADV, Janie Smith '10 ADV, Cassandra Clark '09 ADV, and Sarah Bish '09 ADV, finished second.

Journalism students travel to Romania and Italy for international reporting course

Journalism students will log their travels and stories online at their Romania blog.
Journalism students will log their travels and stories online at their Romania blog.

In May, ten journalism students will embark on a three-week reporting trip to Romania and Italy with Nancy Benson, associate professor of journalism, for her "International Reporting" class. The students will log their travels and stories online at their Romania blog.

As a relatively new European Union country with a developing economy and democracy, Romania creates a rich environment for the American students to pursue a range of story topics. The students will be based in Bucharest and Cluj, working alongside Romanian journalism students at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj and reporters at The Bullet, produced by the Independent Journalism Center in Bucharest.

The students will also travel to Italy to explore the impact of EU expansion on countries witnessing a spike in legal immigration, and where the immigrants are not always welcome. During a one-week stopover in Rome, students will interview Italians about the impact of EU expansion on their population and Romanians about their treatment by Italians.

Students take on the role of "foreign correspondent" by spending a semester researching story topics while learning how to frame their stories to help listeners, viewers, and readers understand the meaning and impact of these stories.


Advertising students travel to Rome for consumer culture study

Italian Cuisine
Advertising students will study culture, tourism, and consumer communication while immersed in Italian cuisine.

In May, 17 advertising students from ADV400 "Global Studies in Culture, Tourism, and Consumer Communication: Branding Italian Cuisine," will start a three-week tour in Italy with Diana Mincyte, assistant professor of advertising, and Cinda Cornstubble, program administrative assistant. They will learn about the economic, historical, economic, and political contexts and marketing strategies through which Mediterranean diets emerge as powerful brands. They will examine the production of the food shows and advertising in Italy's main food network, Gamberro Rosso, and prepare multi-media presentations on specific food products.

In addition to lectures and field trips to local markets, restaurants, delis, cafes and the Food Design Institute, students will meet with celebrity chef Laura Ravaioli, Roman food critics and journalists, and staff at an advertising agency. Travelling outside of Rome, they will visit a famous vineyard in the Lazio region; visit a farm, Martignano Agriturismo, to observe how food is grown and processed; and take a weekend trip to Cilento in Campania region.

This multimedia course uses innovative teaching approaches and advanced technologies to engage students in a unique learning experience. Students will participate in on-line discussions, develop videotours, write blog entries, and collect and share their class projects, pictures, recordings, and videos.


Journalism students produce multimedia for News-Gazette
This spring, students from the Digital Newsroom journalism class have had more than 60 multimedia projects published on the News-Gazette Web site. Students in the course, which is sponsored by the Marajen Stevick Foundation, produce stories using video, audio, and photographs. In the fall semester, the first group of Digital Newsroom students had more than 50 projects published. View to the students' work from Spring 2009.


Illinois High School Association Journalism Sectional
The Department of Journalism hosted the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Journalism Sectional on April 25. More than 100 high school students from east central Illinois came to campus to compete in 15 different categories including: News Writing, Review Writing, Advertising, Yearbook Layout: Double Page Spread, Copy Editing, Newspaper Design, Sports Writing, Feature Photography, Feature Writing, Headline Writing, Information Graphics, Yearbook Theme Development, Yearbook Copy Writing, Editorial Cartooning, and Editorial Writing. Journalism faculty members served as judges for the events along with journalism graduate students, Daily Illini student writers, and News-Gazette staff members. The winners of the sectional proceeded to the finals at Eastern Illinois University held on May 1.


WILL kicks off its Kickin' it at Kickapoo project
WILL kicks off its Kickin' it at Kickapoo project Illinois Public Media (WILL) launched their "Kickin' it at Kickapoo" youth project on April 13. Youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Danville joined WILL and project partners at Kickapoo Landing at Kickapoo State Park in Oakwood, Ill. for the project kick-off. The project, co-organized by Kimberlie Kranich, director of community engagement and Youth Media Workshop, aims to increase awareness among African Americans about the value of Kickapoo. Participating units will teach teens how to use the latest nano video technology and editing software and help them create video public service announcements to persuade other African Americans of the benefits of the scenic park in their own backyards. Michelle Nelson, associate professor of advertising, is participating in the multi-media project featuring teen-produced public service announcements by helping the teens conduct a focus group with their peers. Project partners include the Department of Advertising, Prairie Rivers Network, Danville Public Library, Kickapoo State Park, Department of Natural Resources, Keep Vermilion County Beautiful, Kickapoo Landing, and the Boys and Girls Club of Danville. See other event photos by Mike Thomas, art director for Illinois Public Media (WILL).


Big Ten Network calls for film entries for "Illinois Filmmakers" program
Alison Davis Wood '91 JOURN, producer for the Illinois Campus Big Ten Network, announces the call for film entries for first-ever "Illinois Filmmakers" hour-long program that will also include commentary and production stories from the winning filmmakers. Illinois students and former students may submit films of any length and any subject. The producers are hoping to receive not only narrative films, but also documentary and art films. Winners will also received additional prizes from the Big Ten Network. More information about the program or to submit a film.


JAMS student production highlighted on University of Illinois homepage, "Here and Now"
The U of I homepage "Here and Now" features a "How Smart are U of I Students," the first video production by the student organization JAMS. Watch the production.


Faculty and Staff News

Chris Benson, associate professor of journalism and African American studiesChris Benson, associate professor in journalism and African American studies, wrote a major feature on the Hyde Park community (President Obama's Chicago neighborhood) for the June issue of Chicago Magazine (due out in mid-May). Among other things, Benson was able to pal around with Bill Ayers; interview Zariff, Barack Obama's neighborhood barber (while getting his hair cut); and consider the special qualities of a diverse community that has produced three U.S. senators, the first African American mayor of Chicago, the first African American president of the United States and a long line of advocates and reformers, beginning with Clarence Darrow and Elliott Ness. "Oh yeah, and let us not forget Chaka Khan and Mel Torme. Talk about diversity," said Benson. Kyle Betts MS candidate JOURN contributed as a research assistant, and Stephanie Prather '08 JOURN, who had been recommended for a Chicago internship, worked as a fact checker on the story. In other news, in February Benson began writing a regular opinion column for N'Digo, an alternative African American Chicago weekly, and will soon begin writing a blog for The Huffington Post's Chicago edition.

Amy Gajda, assistant professor of journalism and law, and Matt Ehrlich, professor of journalism and communications, were invited to participate in an Illinois Business Law and Policy Roundtable in April at the University of Illinois College of Law. The roundtable was titled "Beyond Wall Street: The Interplay Among Film, Business and the Law." It examined questions including how events in the financial world impact depictions of business in film, how film addresses legal aspects of business and finance, how business archetypes portrayed in film affect the regulation of business, and how the artist's engagement with legal rules and business practices shape the depiction of law and commerce in film. Participants came from around the country. Gajda also brought filmmaker Nina Paley to the roundtable; Paley's film "Sita Sings the Blues" was shown at the 2009 Ebertfest.

Walt Harrington, professor of journalism, recently gave a presentation titled "A Holy Aspiration: A journalism of the human condition," at the Nieman-Harvard Conference on Narrative Journalism. He also participated in two panels at the same conference, "Switch Hitters: Adapting narrative for books and documentary films" and "The Memoir Mystique: Getting close to a story without losing your distance." His essay, "The Writer's Choice," was selected for inclusion in the 10th anniversary edition of "River Teeth: A Journal of Narrative Nonfiction;" and article, "The Ghosts of Montpelier," about the home of President James Madison, recently appeared in "American History" magazine.

Ron Jackson, associate dean for faculty development and research and professor of communications and African American studies, was awarded the Centennial Scholar award by the Eastern Communication Association to recognize his being named in their top 100 scholars in communication in honor of the association's 100th anniversary.

Mitch Kazel, director of Broadcast Journalism Resources and Facilities, was presented the Journalism Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching by the University of Illinois Center for Teaching Excellence at a celebration held April 29.

Melvin Leach '99 SPEECH COMM, academic adviser in the College of MediaMelvin Leach '99 SPEECH COMM, academic adviser in the College of Media, was elected chair of the Academic Advisers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IlliAAC) for 2009-2010. IlliAAC promotes and develops quality academic advising at the U of I and is dedicated to supporting professional growth for academic advisors and advising.

Michelle Nelson, associate professor of advertising, and Marianne Figge Stein '95 MS ADV presented the paper, "Does Advertising Content Reflect Consumers' Values?" at the American Academy of Advertising conference in Cincinnati in March. Nelson and Stein's paper compared individuals' values in the U.S. and Denmark with the values reflected in television advertising content. Although similarities were found across countries in values and advertising content, individuals' values reflected more differences than similarities, in line with theoretical predictions. Michelle Nelson, associate professor of advertisingAt the same conference, Nelson also served on a panel on the Ethics and Social Responsibility of Advertising, along with Alexandra Vilela, assistant professor at Towson University. Their research covered how the responsibility to help others in society has shifted from the government to non-profit organizations. The theories, research, and strategies from advertising scholarship and practice, they concluded, can build charity brands and generate revenues. They discussed research related to "doing good" for non-profit organizations and causes from literature on charity advertising and cause-related marketing. Michelle Nelson and her family also joined more than 500 people to help pull trash from the lakes and woods at Kickapoo State Park and cut back walking trails as part of the Great American Clean-Up co-sponsored by Illinois Public Media (WILL). Kickapoo State Park is home to a 2,800-acre playground that includes mountain biking, camping, hiking, hunting, bird watching, scuba diving, fishing, skating, sledding, and picnicking. See event photos by Kimberlie Kranich, director of community engagement for Illinois Public Media (WILL).

Christian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and resident researcher at the Coordinated Science LaboratoryChristian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and resident researcher at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, has been awarded the 2009-2010 Berkman Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University. He will be resident at Harvard during his sabbatical year, based at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His sabbatical research investigates the development of new technological systems of communication on the Internet and their interaction with the existing media, their implications for the freedom of information, and their consequences for public policy.





Student News

AAF Pro Bono Advertising
Registered student organizations (RSOs) seeking help to promote their activities can get a helping hand courtesy of Pro Bono, a committee of the American Advertising Federation at Illinois. As the name suggests, Pro Bono provides free advertising and publicity for campus RSOs in order for AAF members to use their skills in an agency-like setting. Pro Bono was first organized in fall 2008 by AAF members Ben Behrman '09 ADV and Rehka Krishnaiah '09 ADV. Since Illinois has the largest student chapter of AAF in the country with 430 members, Behrman and Krishnaiah felt the need to provide members with a new opportunity to be involved in the organization, as well as stretch their creative muscles. Currently Pro Bono promotes events for RSOs including Amnesty International, Penny Dreadful Players, and JAMS, the newest College of Media student organization. In the future, Pro Bono hopes to host Photoshop and InDesign workshops for younger members of AAF who may not have experience with these programs, according to current Pro Bono leader Peter Debnar ’10 ADV. AAF also hosts an agency for Champaign-Urbana businesses called Midnight Oil. More information on Pro Bono.

Katie Castree '12 COMM HEALTH, a student in Professor Steve Helle's Honors course "Blogging and the First Amendment," received the Undergraduate Student Award in the Chancellor's Student Competition on the First Amendment.

Esther Hou '11 JOURN has won the Overall Outstanding Award in the Chancellor's Student Competition on the First Amendment.

Owen Kulemeka PhD COMMOwen Kulemeka PhD candidate COMM has won the first Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship. He will receive a $5,000 stipend and a six-week work opportunity at PRIME Research's Ann Arbor, Mich., offices. He will also author a paper for the Institute on the challenges and opportunities in researching online publics. "The quality and quantity of candidates that applied for this award in its first year speaks to the desire among public relations graduate students for practice-oriented experience," said Mark Weiner, CEO for PRIME Research in North America. Kulemeka is a native of Malawi in Central Africa and has work experience with Kearney & Company, the American Insurance Association, and Cassidy & Associates/Weber Shandwick Government Relations in the Washington, DC area. He also worked as an intern with UNICEF on post-tsunami communications in Indonesia. Read the full press release.

Jennifer Follis, lecturer in journalism, and Erika-Dorothy Strebel '09 JOURN at the Asian American Leadership Awards Ceremony April 13 at Alice Campbell Alumni Center.
Jennifer Follis, lecturer in journalism, and Erika-Dorothy Strebel ’09 JOURN at the Asian American Leadership Awards Ceremony April 13 at Alice Campbell Alumni Center.

Erika-Dorothy Strebel '09 JOURN received a prize for undergraduate research from the Asian American Cultural Center at an awards ceremony in April. Strebel won the Clark Cunningham Undergraduate Essay Award for her paper, "Profiling Seung-Hui Cho: An Analysis of the Racial Representations in the Chicago Tribune's Coverage of the Virginia Tech Shootings," written for the course JOUR420, News Editing, taught by Jennifer Follis, lecturer in journalism. Strebel analyzed newspaper content, interviewed a working editor, examined academic research and incorporated standards of professional journalistic organizations such as the Asian American Journalists Association. Her paper uses the vocabulary of editing to analyze and describe racial representations. Follis said that Strebel's work "exemplifies the immediate connection that academic research can have to public life and to professional practice."



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College of Media in the News

Arizona Republic (April 11) -- Matt Ehrlich, professor of journalism and author of "Journalism in the Movies," was quoted in "The scoop on journalism in the movies" on depictions of journalists in the movies. "Some [movies] are wildly over the top but are still great movies--think of 'His Girl Friday' and other versions of 'The Front Page,' where the journalists hide an escaped convict in a desk," he said.

News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill., April 26) -- Zina Bhaia '09 MS JOURN shares her story of coming to the University of Illinois in her article, "Iraqi woman relates tale of her 'rebirth' in America." "I knew that America would be big, but as I looked out my Royal Jordanian Airline window at the sprawling nightscape of Chicago and the towering cityscape of its downtown, I thought, 'Oh, my God, it is huge," she writes.

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill., April 27) -- "Good and not-so-good judges always close courtrooms for good reasons," said Steven Helle, professor of journalism, in "Judge wraps Nicarico murder case in shroud of secrecy." "But the First Amendment requires that they use closure as the last resort, not the first. If nobody challenges them, I fear closure could become the first choice."

National Public Radio (April 28) -- Jason Chambers, associate professor of advertising, gives the government good marks so far for keeping the public up to date about swine flu in "Swine Flu Rx: Be Alert But Not Alarmed?". "Right now I would say health officials are doing a good job balancing between causing a panic and providing information," Chambers says.

And one just for fun…
The New York Times (April 29) -- A clue in the Times' crossword puzzle from Wednesday: " 'Fighting' athletes." Editor's note: The puzzle is not available online, even to … Illini … fans.


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Upcoming Events

May 20-23: Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Illini Union, Urbana Campus
The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry's theme, "Advancing Human Rights Through Qualitative Inquiry," builds on recent human rights initiatives taken by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Education Research Association, previous Congresses, as well as the American Anthropological Association, the American Psychological Association, The American Nurses Association, the Center for Indigenous World Studies, Scholars at Risk, and the Society for Applied Anthropology. It is clear that in these troubling political times qualitative researchers are called upon to become human rights advocates, to honor the sanctity of life, and the core values of privacy, justice, freedom, peace, human dignity, and freedom from fear.

June 12, 6-9 p.m.: Summer Alumni Kickoff Party, John Barleycorn, 658 W. Belden Ave., Chicago
Join the Alumni Board to kick off the summer and the year’s alumni events with a happy hour for folks in and travelling through Chicago. Cost: $20 per person includes three hours of appetizers and an open bar (beer, wine, well, and soft drinks). Parking is available at Children’s Memorial Hospital’s covered garage across the street. (Get $6 parking by having John Barleycorn validate your parking ticket.) RSVP by email to Mary Susan Britt by June 6 or call (217) 244-0552. RSVP in advance and be eligible for a drawing to win free admission. Brought to you by the UI College of Media Alumni Board.


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Alumni Notes

Dan Caterinicchia '05 MS JOURN currently serves as supervisory editor for Business News with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. "Long title that basically means I edit economic and business stories and oversee daily operations for a staff of nine reporters while answering to two editors above me. I miss the writing, reporting, and bylines, but I am finding I still get to do a lot of that and am picking up managerial experience as well. Different stress and different satisfaction."

Paul Davis '63 JOURN was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Chicago/Midwest Chapter in a ceremony in Chicago on April 29.

Cynthia Edwards '06 JOURN will graduate with a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May 2009. After graduation she plans to work for a television network in Los Angeles, CA.

Millicent Hunter '88 JOURN had an essay published on National Public Radio's "This I Believe" Web site. It was done as part of a graduate school assignment and was one of the last essays accepted before the program was discontinued.

Thomas K. Lauterback '67 MS ADV retired after a 40-year career in marketing communications and nonprofit management. Lauterback served as an editor at Strategic Air Command Headquarters and base information officer in the U. S. Air Force. In 1971 he began serving as chief international spokesperson for the electronics industry, as well as senior communications management roles in major Chicago companies such as Quasar Company, A. B. Dick, and Riddell. He served in various senior marketing capacities with national and international nonprofit groups such as the Electronic Industries Association and the American Electronics Association. He was a member of several advertising and public relations-based organizations and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Trade Show Exhibitors Association. He lives with his wife in Elgin, Illinois.

Manfred Pagel '60 JOURN was awarded a master's degree in Modern German Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London, 49 years after he left the then College of Communications. He had left the U of I to join Reuters (now Thomson Reuters) international news agency in 1962 as a correspondent in Bonn, Germany. Subsequent postings took him to Brussels, Geneva, and Frankfurt, and from 1974 to his retirement in 1991, he worked as an editor (including European Editor) at Head Office in London, where he currently lives. In 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in German language and literature from Birkbeck College. "I remain grateful to the College of Media for the valuable study opportunities offered to me at the time."

Stu Werner '85 JOURN was named winner of the Chicago Tribune's Johnrae Earl Award for Excellence in Editing in February 2009. In April 2009, he was named the Tribune's national/foreign copy chief. He lives with his wife, Jill, in Chicago.

Alison Davis Wood '91 JOURN, producer for the Illinois Campus Big Ten Network, was invited to present her documentary "Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency" at the Lincoln Film Fest at the Virginia Theater in Champaign in March. During the festival, Wood participated in an academic panel of national scholars discussing Lincoln's legacy in film. Her documentary was also screened at the historic Normal Theater as part of Illinois' Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. Photo stills from the Lincoln documentary.

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