I on the Media

I on the Media is a video series from the University of Illinois College of Media in which members of our college address current research. It began in 2020 to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on media-related issues. The series will be updated here; you can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we post new videos.

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Angela Aguayo, associate professor of media and cinema studies, discusses the Illinois Community Media Project, funded by Chancellor Jones's Call to Action to Address Racism & Social Injustice Research Program. The project supports people making and circulating media that is most aligned with the interests of that community. (Video produced by Andrew Hall.)


Nikki Usher, associate professor of journalism, discusses their new book, News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism. They argue that "the future of journalism conversation is actually a future of democracy conversation." (Video produced by Andrew Hall.)


Brian K. Johnson, professor of journalism, demonstrates how he applies a photojournalism methodology to his creative works and how to find the unseen in the seen.


Kevin Wise, professor of advertising, discusses current studies at the MAD (Media and Advertising) Lab, where researchers have access to psychophysiology, eye-tracking, and virtual reality equipment. (Video produced by Andrew Hall.)


Victor Font, lecturer in media and cinema studies, discusses how the pandemic affected film production in his class last spring, how he approached fall semester, and why he's optimistic going forward. (Interview conducted by Connor Ciecko, Videography and Photography Intern.)

Watch the student film that was disrupted by the pandemic.
Watch the Normal Rockwell-inspired video made before the pandemic.


Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, discusses trends in movie exhibition since the pandemic, distribution and production studio strategies to mitigate losses, and the shift to streaming. (Interview conducted by Connor Ciecko, Videography and Photography Intern.)


Brant Houston, Knight Chair Professor in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting in the Department of Journalism, discusses student-driven investigative reporting of COVID-19 on the website he oversees, CU-CitizenAccess.org, which serves as a lab for digital innovation and data journalism. (Interview conducted by Connor Ciecko, Videography and Photography Intern.)


Ewa Maslowska, assistant professor of advertising in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, discusses the changes in consumer behavior and brand advertising strategies that researchers observed in the first few months of the pandemic.


Mike Yao, professor of digital media and head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, explains the mental and social impacts of using computers and digital devices while working and learning from home. 


Alison Davis, a lecturer in journalism who teaches documentary production and has won seven regional Emmy Awards, recommends five documentaries to watch while we're in quarantine and shares tips for documenting your own experience during this unprecedented time. 


Eric Meyer, associate professor of journalism, discusses how his weekly paper in Kansas, the Marion County Record, has temporarily removed its paywall and has begun distributing the paper free for 13 weeks to county residents to keep people better informed.