I on the Media

I on the Media is a new video series from the University of Illinois College of Media in which members of our college address 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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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.