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Conspiracy thinking less likely with greater news media literacy, study suggests

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By Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

The more you know about the news media and how it works, the less likely you are to believe conspiracy theories – even ones you might find politically tempting.

That’s the conclusion University of Illinois journalism professor Stephanie Craft and her research colleagues reached in a study being published next month in the journal Communication and the Public.

29 Nov
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Conrad receives award

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Susan Conrad, office manager in the College of Media, received the Bess G. Matteson Award from The Secretariat. The unique and prestigious award has been given only nine times since its creation 39 years ago.

15 Nov
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Hands-on learning

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Media and cinema studies students in the advanced media practicum are taking a deep dive into documentary film production this semester and gaining valuable hands-on experience in the process. Associate Professor Ann Reisner is overseeing the practicum this fall.

The students are learning basic skills in part through editing existing documentaries to run in a one-hour broadcast on Illinois Public Media next spring.

15 Nov
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AAF honors two from Illinois

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Two students from the College of Media were named to the American Advertising Federation’s Most Promising Multicultural Students Class of 2018. Honorees include Soryane Song and Jane Lee.

14 Nov
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College of Media newsroom receives foundation support

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CU-CitizenAccess.org, an online newsroom affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Media, has received a $40,000 donation for reporting resources from the Marajen Stevick Foundation.

The donation will help CU-CitizenAccess.org produce reporting on public health and related issues in Champaign County and east central Illinois. Among the issues are the effective delivery of health care to the elderly and to those in rural areas, risky behavior such as drug use and gun violence, and environmental dangers.

09 Nov
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