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MACS class watching film
Media & Cinema Studies News
Assistant Professor Derek Long, who teaches a class on world cinema and another on media production, is currently working on a book about the development of film distribution in the 1910s-’20s.  Distribution is the “least studied, least understood aspect of the film industry, certainly of… Read More
Advertising students use BrandSort cards
Advertising News
Marisa Peacock, a new lecturer in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, has spent most of her professional career in social media marketing and content marketing. She began at a time when most organizations didn't consider websites essential to their marketing strategy. “They didn't… Read More
NAHJ and NABJ
College News
Incoming students learned about NAHJ and NABJ at Meet Media, the College of Media's welcome event. (Photo by Madeline Wilson, senior in journalism.)  College of Media students have formed two new chapters of national journalism organizations to support the paths of Asian American and Hispanic… Read More
Hiltzik brothers
Advertising News
Aron Hiltzik (BS '18, advertising) and his brother Jared (BS '16, LAS), who both played tennis at the University of Illinois, co-founded RecoveryForAthletes.com, which sells athletic recovery equipment such as Theragun percussion massagers, Game Ready cold and compression units, Marc Pro muscle… Read More
Chicago Reader
Journalism News
Charlie Meyerson's (BS '77, MS '78, journalism) less-than-three-years-old free email news briefing, "Chicago Public Square," was named Chicago's best blog in the Chicago Reader's Best of Chicago poll. More than 30,000 people voted in more than 300 categories of the poll. Winners will be honored at… Read More
 Jim Schlueter
College News
Schlueter Family Endowed Fund for internships in journalism Jim Schlueter, ’80 BS JOURN, and his wife, Amy, are both grateful for the opportunities they have received as alumni from Big Ten universities. With this in mind, they have created the Schlueter Family Endowed Fund for Internships in… Read More
gerald p. johnson
College News
Gerald P. Johnson Endowment Fund Written by Phillip Johnson, Fall 2013 For most of his life, my father, Gerry Johnson, dreamed to be in front of the camera – or behind the microphone – broadcasting sporting events. The son of an  accomplished athlete and coach, Gerry excelled in football,… Read More
College News
Forsyth Family Endowed Scholarship Bill and Martha Forsyth have created the Forsyth Family Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Media. The fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students. As a graduate of Illinois, Bill has many fond memories of his time on campus, and he considers… Read More
College News
Nancy Ronald and Ron Hartshorn Internship Fund Nancy Ronald '70 JOURN, and Ron Hartshorn '69 ACES, have established an endowment to support students pursuing internships in media. During their time at Illinois neither had an internship, but in working with interns, “I have seen first hand that it… Read More
College News
College of Media Endowed Fund for scholarships and experiential learning Sarah Min ’93 JOURN, and her husband, Matthew Pincus, made a gift in support of College of Media students with the establishment of the College of Media Endowed Fund for Scholarships and Experiential Learning. The fund will… Read More
Kaler
College News
J. Christopher and Robin N. Kaler Endowment Fund Robin Kaler’s ready smile and warm personality have their roots in her childhood. She was born in North Carolina, but spent the first eight years of her life in Texas, Mississippi and North Dakota before landing in Rantoul, Illinois — the Bedouin… Read More
Taylor Rooks
Journalism News
Illinois alumna Taylor Rooks is only five years out from graduation, but has already landed her own Bleacher Report web series, Take It There with Taylor Rooks. While at Illinois, Rooks covered nearly every football and basketball game. She came back to campus for Homecoming—but this time as a… Read More
Virginia Theatre
College News
Roger Ebert (BS '64, journalism) founded Ebertfest in 1999. (Photo by Thomson Reuters.)  Passes for the 22nd annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” will go on sale Friday, November 1. The festival passes cover all screenings during the festival, which will run April 15-18 at the… Read More
MACS students filming
College News
With the launch of the Media Innovation Fund this fall, five College of Media projects proposed by faculty members will be funded this academic year.  "We were very gratified by both the quantity and the quality of proposals received, and are excited to be able to fund a variety of efforts that… Read More
Baez
ICR News
Institute of Communications Research alumna Jillian Báez (PhD '09) won this year’s Bonnie Ritter Outstanding Feminist Book Award, Feminist and Women Studies Division, National Communication Association, for In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship. "From an incredibly rich field of… Read More
Soula Motamed
Journalism News
For the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, each city had its own public fan movement.   FIFA sent out a blast on Twitter looking for the perfect fan to follow the teams around Europe and capture what it’s like to be in the stands. College of Media junior Soula Motamed saw FIFA’s… Read More
Ebert Fellows 2019-2020
College News
In honor of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic and University of Illinois journalism graduate Roger Ebert, three undergraduate students have been named as a member of the fifth class of Roger Ebert Fellows. They will work closely with mentor Michael Phillips, film critic for the Chicago… Read More
Emmy
Journalism News
Alison Davis Wood (BS '91, MS '11, journalism) won a National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences Mid-America Emmy in the arts/entertainment program feature/segment for "Illinois Artists: Endalyn Taylor," produced for the Big Ten Network. The team that worked on the video included producers… Read More
Mario Parker
Journalism News
Mario Parker (MS '06, journalism), a reporter for Bloomberg in Chicago, is moving to the Washington bureau to begin covering the White House. He has been writing about agriculture, energy, finance, and wide-ranging general breaking news across the U.S. Midwest.
Mariam Sobh
Journalism News
Generations of comics have used stand-up to educate the broader society about their culture or ethnic group. Now, Ms. Mariam Sobh, a radio anchor whose mother is from the Midwest and father is Lebanese, is part of a growing wave of performers across the U.S. using comedy to puncture stereotypes… Read More